Hair Loss after Surgery

 Weight loss and hair loss often go hand in hand because healthy hair growth requires a sufficient amount of nutrients. When your food intake is drastically reduced after weight loss surgery, hair loss is a common side effect. Your hair will grow back eventually, but you don’t have to wait the six to 12 months it normally takes. Instead, visit Vitality NP NYC prior to your surgery for guidance and therapies to prepare you for the surgery. Then follow up afterward to get the best bariatric vitamins and IV treatments in New York City. Ensure a speedy, well-rounded recovery, overcoming hair loss after weight loss, to get results you’ll feel proud to show off. Call today for a consultation..

Does Surgery Cause Hair Loss?

Unfortunately, surgery is often responsible for hair loss. There are several different reasons why you may lose hair after a surgical procedure. Surgery can be a tremendous shock to your body, and losing hair is a common reaction to the trauma. Hair loss after bariatric surgery  and following gastric bypass surgery  often occurs because of the drastic reduction in caloric nutrients you consume.Choose the very best healthcare providers available in NYC to prevent hair loss after surgery or to help you with rapid regrowth following your procedure. The nurse practitioner/owner of Vitality NP NYC in Downtown Manhattan,  Svetlana Pyatigorskaya, has more than 30 years of medical experience and decades of experience with hair regeneration. She’s a board-certified anti-aging specialist and a member of both:
  • Alcoholism and addiction
  • The Cellular Medicine Association.

What Causes Hair Loss After Surgery?

Hair loss after surgery is quite common, especially among older patients. Telogen effluvium is the medical term for temporary but heavy shedding that may or may not be directly related to the surgery. Instead, it may result from the stress you felt before, during and after the surgery. Your body reacts to the stress by attacking your scalp.The American Hair Loss Association says telogen effluvium is the second-most common cause of hair loss. It’s characterized by non-scarring, non-inflammatory shedding. It’s most noticeable about two months after surgery and may be either acute or chronic. While not understood completely, researchers have linked telogen effluvium to main two mechanisms:
  • Nervous system. Sensory nerves around the hair follicles become stressed during the surgery and release a neuropeptide known as substance P. Normally associated with pain transmission, substance P is also responsible for stress-related hair loss.
  • Hormonal imbalance. Surgery-induced stress creates a hormonal imbalance that leads to thinning and balding on your scalp. During the surgery, your body’s adrenal glands release cortisol. Also known as your “fight or flight” hormone, it causes your body to tense up, and the blood vessels surrounding your hair follicles constrict. This vasoconstriction leads to hair loss.

Does Weight Loss Result in Hair Loss?

Weight loss often causes hair loss, and bariatric surgery patients are especially vulnerable to losing hair. In addition to the stress of the surgery, your body has to deal with receiving less food and nutrition than it did before. When your body suffers from this deprivation, hair loss is a common result.Fortunately, there are several ways you can mitigate your hair loss after weight loss — proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation are fundamental to maintaining your overall health and hair regrowth following weight loss surgery. Svetlana, your weight loss specialist at Vitality NP NYC in Downtown New York City, cautions you to be extra vigilant about getting enough of the important nutrients necessary for hair growth, including:
  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Multivitamins

Even better, you may want to start a regimen of bariatric vitamins.  Scientists designed bariatric vitamins specifically for the needs of weight loss and hair loss. They’re available along with a host of other nutrient-rich treatments at Vitality. Bariatric vitamins have substantially higher levels of vitamins and minerals, especially:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Calcium

Are Treatments Available for Hair Loss After Surgery?

If you choose Vitality NP NYC for your pre-bariatric surgery  and post-bariatric-surgery  journeys, you get the best possible care for all your needs, including hair loss. Your nurse practitioner offers a complete hair loss treatment regimen, including PRP injections,  to promote hair growth.PRP injections for hair loss  represent a cutting-edge technology that employs platelet-rich plasma, which has proven effective at treating both hair and skin problems, as evidenced by the power of a PRP facial. Platelets help regenerate cell growth and stimulate your dermal papilla cells in your scalp. Vitality NP NYC uses the branded procedure associated with Dr. Charles Runels.For weight loss or hair loss, Svetlana Pyatigorskaya has the experience and techniques you need. She even offers intravenous (IV) infusions  to boost your nutrition while bypassing your sensitive and restricted gastrointestinal tract. Contact Vitality today <Link to Contact> to schedule your initial consultation. Begin your hair loss treatment before you undergo surgery to create the best path for a quick, painless and complete recovery.

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Svetlana Pyatigorskaya is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and American Board Anti Aging Health Practitioner. She lives and practicing in New York.