let's talk about hair
Mine started falling out about three months post op and it lasted for about three months. It was coming out in clumps. Not just shedding a lot like mine has always done, like if I bru**** or in the shower. It was in small clumps, not individual hairs. Scared the crap out of me, really. I did end up with an almost-bald spot on the upper back of my head.
Almost everyone loses some hair. A few people don't, but most do. There's nothing you can do to prevent it but you can keep it from being worse than it has to be by taking your vitamins and making sure you get enough protein from the beginning. Other than that, try not to worry about it. I've never heard of someone going completely bald and after a couple months it usually grows back just fine. In fact, many people say it grows back thicker and healthier than before, probably due to all the vitamins we take.
Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor. Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me. If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her. Check out my blog.
Dave Chambers, 6'3" tall, 365 before RNY, 185 low, 200 currently. My profile page: product reviews, tips for your journey, hi protein snacks, hi potency delicious green tea, and personal web site.
protein in. You'll lose what you'll lose. I had thinning hair already and lost
a LOT to the point that I had a bald spot in front and could see the front
of my scalp, ear to ear, through my hair. Like Kelly, I lost clumps of hair.
I take Biotin every day and currently have a head full of new fuzz growing
in, but since I cut my hair about 2 inches long all over, it will likely be a
year or so until I see if I have enough natural hair to work with again.
In the meantime, I bought 2 very cute wigs that are lightweight and easy
to wear...get lots of compliments on them. Good luck!
I did not find that the biotin helped the hair to regrow any faster than usual (my hair grows slowly), but it DID cause an increase in the fine hair on my lower cheeks and above my lip (and that increase in hair is permanent, BTW), so I stopped taking it for quite a while. The hair I lost post-op is just now (4 years post-op) at ear level.
(I also had an episode of unexplained hair loss for about 6 months late last year and early this year... the loss was slower than after my RNY, but I lost a significant amount of hair AGAIN, so now the hair that is growing back from that is only about an inch and a half long)
Keep in mind that, as you lose your hair, you are also losing weight (and many peoople lose weight in tehir face very early on), so your face looks smaller and makes the lack of volume (unless/until it gets really bad) less noticeable to others.
6 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!
“You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
on 10/15/11 6:22 am
BUT....everyone is different....and I hear from everyone that it comes back....and being able to shop in regular sizes, bend over to tie shoes, wear a belt, and exercise without feeling like you're going to die (among many other non scale victories) definitely makes up for the hair that you may lose :)
on 10/15/11 9:25 am
HW 254 SW 242 CW 148
**Down 106 pounds from highest weight!**
on 10/15/11 11:27 am
Oh I also stopped washing it everyday, now I condition it two days wash on the third. I try to not use my hairdryer as it can damage it more, and I only bru**** prior to washing...but then with the natural curl I don't have to bru**** a lot.