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10/13/11 10:09 P

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Thanks for all of the information. I was allowed to start taking Biotin almost immediately, possibly that will help and keeping good tabs on my nutrition and any deficiencies I may develop. Biotin was a supplement that I took prior to surgery. I was also told by a dietician that maintaining my protein levels, zinc and iron would aide too.

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"Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip."
- Arnold H. Glasgow


Starting Weight: 254
Surgery Date: September 22, 2011
Surgery Type: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
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10/13/11 5:27 P

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Congrats on having WLS...

I have had hair loss everytime I have had surgery, no matter what the reason. Also tend to have hair loss when I am really stressed. Luckily I have very thick hair and no one but me notices the loss.

What I notice the most is the "halo" of short new hairs when it is growing back in.

Julie

HW 315#
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Day of Surgery 228#
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RNY Surgery 8-5-10
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10/13/11 3:56 P

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I think part of the reason that I have not had much problem with hair loss is that my naturopath and dietician is keeping pretty close check on my nutrients to make sure that my body has the nutrients it needs to function. Yes I still work with a dietician as we tweek my food and exercise to try to get off this last 23 or so pounds.

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10/13/11 12:11 P

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I've never noticed hair loss. I mean, I have long blonde hair so I notice when I shed a bit because I wear a lot of black; but I never noticed an increase in hair loss at all.

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10/13/11 9:29 A

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The hair loss has been the only real negative side effect for me. About 10-12 weeks after surgery I noticed it. I got pretty bad. When I would blow dry my hair upside down and when I flipped it back the floor would be covered. My husband thought I was freakin' dying, it was pretty gross!

I knew what to expect and once I got onto my lifestyle plan for food, my doc allowed me to take biotin which helped a lot. At this point, I am 15 months out from surgery and it has stopped. What I lost is growing back slowly, but the strange thing is it's growing back different from my pre surgery hair. Before I had think straight hair. The new hair had a mind of its own and tends to get curly or even frizzy!

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10/13/11 7:22 A

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I had hair loss. It was pretty bad but not horrible. I decided to cut about 10 inches off my hair so it wouldn't look too thin. My hair was already a little thin (though I have lots of it) so it was noticeable. My stylist recommended a shampoo, conditioner and treatment to help my hair grow back. It's called Nioxin. The stuff is great. I used 3 because my hair was dyed. It leaves your scalp tingling and feeling fresh. I really didn't use the treatment, but the shampoo and conditioner did the trick for me. It keeps hair follicles clear and active so that hair will grow back. It took about 7-8 Month until my hair started growing back and it grew back with a little more body and thickness. I also used Redken Thickening Lotion. It makes hair look fuller and feel thicker. I use it every day. The Nioxin is expensive and is a salon product as is the Redken. Anither way to get volume is using Redken's Guts at the roots. If you start losing your hair these are a few options to keep it looking fuller and get it growing again. Hope this helps.

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10/12/11 11:43 P

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I had hair loss before surgery and after surgery. It was a little more than usual for a couple of months. My naturopath told me that contrary to many supplement dealers the usual cause is lack of sufficient amounts of iron in your protein and not lack of biotin. If you start to loose hair after a few months (usually it is around month 3 or 4 and lasts about 6 weeks) try increasing protein from meat. He said it was the reliance on protein drinks instead of meat and poultry that triggered it and when you get to where you are getting most nutrients from food instead of the drinks or protein bars then the hair will return and be strong again.

Did that happen to me. Yes to some extent it did. I still loose hair but at the level of pre-surgery. My naturopath is pretty savy and has always been spot on for my nutritional needs. I started seeing him because he is a leading researcher for supplements for people with diabetes. I am very lucky Bastyr Center for Natural Health is near me.

If you start loosing hair then call your primary care doctor and ask to have complete nutritional bloodwork done. Then adjust your supplements. I find that Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner helped strengthen my hair and keep it from drying out when my nutrients were out of wack.

cindy

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10/12/11 10:04 P

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I am 3 weeks out from my Gastric Bypass Surgery (9/22/11). I hear people talking about hair loss. I'm wondering:

Did everyone that had the surgery have hair loss? emoticon

If yes, when did you start noticing hair loss? How severe did it get? When did it grow back?

My hair is baby fine and tends to look thin anyway. I would think that being religious with nutrional supplements and focusing on good choices could prevent this... No????


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~~~ Donna

"Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip."
- Arnold H. Glasgow


Starting Weight: 254
Surgery Date: September 22, 2011
Surgery Type: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Goal Weight: 130


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