Zinc to stop/prevent hair loss?

on 7/4/16 6:35 am

Any success stories? I've been getting my hair foiled blond for more years that I care to say - so, I dont know if this is in my head or what, but I'm about 5 weeks out & I have noticed a LOT of breakage- and more hair in the brush. My surgeon mentioned zinc to help- I googled it, and it does say good things about zinc and the correlation to hair loss prevention- but it also says dont take more than 3 weeks?


Anyone try zinc and notice improvements? I was thinking maybe take 2, or 3x a week?



on 7/4/16 6:36 am

I dont know what the heck that smiley is all about... ooops- 

Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 7/4/16 7:12 am
RNY on 08/05/19

This is telogen effluvium, and supplements won't stop it. Most patients experience it.

Sparklekitty / Julie / Nerdy Little Secret (#42)
Roller derby - cycling - triathlon
VSG 2013, RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD. Trendweight here!

on 7/4/16 7:38 am
VSG on 04/30/14

The hair loss will happen - no stopping it, likely only you and your stylist will notice it.  It's a result of anesthesia and the body's reaction to much less food, surgical recovery, etc.  Mine lasted for about 3-4 months and then regrowth started and everything went back to normal.  I did get a shorter layered pixie cut and that helped me to deal with it better.

Surgery: April 30, 2014: HW: 288 SW: 250 Achieved Goal 149 lbs: April 8, 2015 CW: 200 lbs (50 lb regain as of Jan 2021). Fighting every darn day!

on 7/4/16 10:33 am - TN
VSG on 06/19/13

Didn't work for me.

Tracy D.
on 7/5/16 10:47 am - Papillion, NE
VSG on 05/24/13

I take some extra zinc for immunity boosting reasons...but it never did one single thing for my hair.  In fact, while taking it I lost half my hair after VSG.  And then I lost a ton of it again after plastics 

 Tracy  5'3"     HW: 235  SW: 218  CW: 132    M1: -22  M2: -13  M3: -12  M4: -9  M5: -8   M6: -10   M7: -4

 Goal reached in 7 months and 1 week

 Lower Body Lift w/Dr. Barnthouse 7-8-15



















































on 7/5/16 12:58 pm
VSG on 06/11/16 with

I've heard that it is the natural process and you only lose up to 15%.  I'm only a few weeks post op but I've been taking 10000 mcg biotin and washing my hair with Nioxin that helps with this type of thinning.   I won't know if it works until much later, but I'm staying positive because I already feel a difference in my hair.  fingers crossed

- Mia