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Hair Loss of the Bariatric or Gastric Bypass Patient


You are most-likely aware that having Bariatric or Gastric Bypass surgery DOES cause you to experience "some" type of hair loss as you lose the weight so rapidly. You've heard the rumors, and they are TRUE to the point that you WILL LOSE some hair... but you will not be bald in the least! In all of my years attending a support group, NEVER have I seen one bald person yet! So rest assured that although you DO lose "some" hair, it won't be all.

Hair has never been under the category of a "life-sustaining" organ; therefore, the body puts the hair on the back-burner until it is sure that the body is going to be okay enough to again send nutrients to the hair.

Let's simplify this topic by putting it in a question/answer format:

Q: Why do we lose some hair?

A: As a pre-op person, you used to consume between 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day. But once you have the surgery, your caloric intake is drastically reduced to a mere 300-600 calories a day. This puts the body in an "emergency" mode as it thinks something is terribly wrong, and it begins to focus ONLY on supporting the vital organs that will sustain life.


Q: When does hair loss begin?

A: It normally will begin anywhere from one month after surgery and last until about 6 months after surgery. Of course, this can begin during the third month or even extend beyond the sixth month. It varies from person to person.


Q: How much hair is lost?

A: Some will jokingly tell you that they could build a cat out of all the hair they lost, but that is not true. While you will notice some handfuls come out as you wash your hair in the shower, see more than normal in your comb or hairbrush, and perhaps even see some on your pillow when you wake up in the morning -- this is nothing to be alarmed over. IT WILL STOP FALLING OUT once the body begins to feel that life is "normal" and it will trust that it's okay to send nutrients to the hair again. Be patient and know that it DOES STOP in time.


There ARE some TIPS that will help you NOT experience so much hair loss, however.....


DO NOT wear a hat, scarf, head bands, tight barrettes, ponytail holders or anything similar that will pull or tug on the follicles of your hair. Pulling and pushing on the hair weakens it when it is already eager to fall out. Avoid these items for at least the first six months after surgery.


DO NOT stress the hair with hot treatments such as hairdryers, curling irons, or hot rollers. Stand in front of a fan to dry your hair in a hurry and use good hair jells to create some curl if you want. Sprays are okay too. Even hair color is okay IF you do it sparingly rather than the standard automatic every 6 weeks. Try to go 8 weeks in between hair coloring. Perms are a bit more stressful, though some have had success doing them. You'll have to judge this for yourself as you evaluate this for yourself. You can always be confident in asking your hairdresser about it if you are not sure.


DO TRY a new hair style. As heavy people, we often relied on our hair's BEST looks to draw attention away from our extra pounds. But as you are losing, people aren't noticing your hair anymore... they are noticing the pounds falling off, which is a perfect time for you to consider totally changing your hair style IF it will help you manage it better and also keep more of it on your head. Long hair is a heaviness on the head, which does stress and pull at the hair follicles. So perhaps a shorter style would help your delicate hair stay ON the head. Just as your body is experiencing a "makeover", why not consider your hairstyle as well.... Especially if it will help you KEEP more hair?


DO TRY a product called NIOXIN that you can purchase from your beauty salon. It's a three-step process of a product that helps cancer patients keep more of their hair as it falls out. It strengthens the follicles. I personally used this product, and I fully believe it helped more of my hair stay attached than what might have happened had I not used it. I noticed a remarkable difference when I used this product. And I can tell you that others also have similar testimonials on this product.


DO TRY to remember that your hair is only falling out temporarily and it will soon STOP and STAY ON again! Some people have experienced that their hair soon becomes healthier than they've ever had before! Sometimes the texture even changes.... Sounds FUN, huh? It can be!


BOTTOM LINE: Have a GOOD ATTITUDE about your hair... take care of it, baby it, and you'll find that you'll be out of that FALLING OUT Zone shortly! Today's hairstyles ARE more relaxed, and with the right cut, you'll look just as glamorous as a celebrity! Don't despair.... Just know that we're NOT a group of baldies!!! For additional information or support, visit my website at I offer a FREE "Weekly Tip Newsletter" that can help keep you motivated as you forge ahead along your weight-loss journey.


Meloney Hall successfully lost 170 pounds in 19 months after a gastric bypass bariatric weight-loss surgery. She is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals along their weight-loss journey. Visit her website at for more information on the RNY procedure and how it can cure morbid obesity.


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Alopecia Areata Hair Loss


Nu Hair of Texas Hair Loss clinic, announces new alopecia areata comprehensive source at Nu Hair web providing answers to most frequently asked questions on alopecia. Nuhair has presented condensed articles about alopecia hair loss and baldness issues, using photos and links.


Understanding how and why is a start for every one who is afflicted with Alopecia Areata hair loss.

* What causes Alopecia Areata hair loss?

* Who is most likely to get Alopecia?

* Will my hair grow back?

* Living with Alopecia Areata

* Alopecia Areata hair loss treatments

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Alopecia is a progressive skin disease causing hair loss but not life-threatening.


Alopecia areata is highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease with recurrent no scarring hair loss. It can affect any hair-bearing area of the body with many different patterns of hair loss on the scalp or elsewhere on the body. People with Alopecia are generally healthy otherwise. Alopecia hair loss can cause emotional psychosocial stress.


Most common appearance is 1 or many round-to-oval patches of hair falls out. In many cases, only a few bare patches show up. But for some people hair loss is extensive. It can cause total loss of head hair, alopecia Areata Totalis, or complete loss of whole body hair, alopecia Areata Universalis.


What Causes Alopecia Areata Hair Loss? Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Our immune system, designed to protect the body from viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks its own body cells, attacks the hair follicles, the root from which hairs grow. The hair follicles become small and slow down new hair production. In most cases the stem cells that supply the follicles with new cells are not targeted. Therefore there is possibility for the hair to re-grow at a later time.


Why some people get afflicted with Alopecia, maybe the combination of genes predisposed to the disease. Unknown trigger in a person's environment may cause the autoimmune disease to attack the hair follicles. Who Is Most Likely To Get Alopecia? Alopecia Areata condition is common, affecting males and females in approximately 1.7 percent of the world population overall, 4.7 million in the US men and women ( )of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are affected with alopecia areata hair loss.


Genetic factors may play an important role in determining susceptibility and disease severity. The risk of developing Alopecia Areata increases if a family member lost his first patch of hair before age 30. One in five people who have the disease have a family member who already experienced Alopecia hair loss 9 ), but it is not inherited from a parent.


Alopecia areata often occurs in people whose family members have other autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, systemic lupus. People who have alopecia areata have a higher occurrence of thyroid disease, eczema, allergies, or asthma.


Will My Hair Ever Grow Back? Your hair may or may not grow back. At times it grow back and it may also fall out again. For others hair regrows, and the condition never recurs. Even if all hair is lost, possibility for full regrowth remains. Living with Alopecia Areata Use sunscreens for exposed skin, sunglasses to protect the eyes from excessive sun, and dust with eyebrows or eyelashes hair loss condition. Use wigs or hairpiece to cover and protect scalp. Value yourself for who you are, not for how much hair you have. Talk with others who are dealing with Alopecia Areata hair loss, you are not alone.


Alopecia Areata treatments Doctors try several medications approved for promoting hair growth, but none cure the disease. Steroids, Corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs are often used in the treatment of various autoimmune diseases, including alopecia areata. Corticosteroids may be given as injections of steroids directly into the patches on the scalp or the effected area, usually repeated monthly. Side effects may be mild swelling, changes in pigmentation, or small indentations in the skin that go away once injections are stopped. Risks of hypertension and cataracts may occur.


Corticosteroids taken by mouth may be used in more extensive alopecia areata. Ointments containing steroids rubbed directly onto the affected area are preferred for children. However, corticosteroid creams are less effective than injections; they work best when combined with other topical treatments, such as minoxidil. Other treatments used are Sulfasalazine, or Anthralin. Hairpieces and wigs ( )are useful for patients with extensive disease.


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Hair Loss- An Overview of Hair Loss Treatments

No doubt about it, hair loss is a condition which can affect one's emotions. Most people in our society feel outer appearance is important to be successful and well liked. It may be vanity, but it is how we were raised, so we may as well accept it. This is why there is such a large market for hair loss products.

Hair loss treatments are offered in various forms; medicines, lotions, shampoos, supplements and herbs.

Before you choose a treatment, you need to know the cause of your hair loss. There are many reasons for losing hair: aging, medicine side affects, hereditary factors and hormonal imbalance all can be behind it.


DHT, Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone which can be a cause of hair loss. DHT will block the flow of nutrients necessary to hair, which in turn stops healthy hair growth. One herb that lowers the level of DHT in the body is Saw Palmetto, a powerful herb. that by blockades. Saw Palmetto stops hair loss by blocking the cell membrane receptor sites in hair follicles, with a substance called 5 alpha-reductase, where DHT normally is absorbed.


Nettle Root is another herb also providing natural hair loss treatment. It works by lowering levels of two enzymes, aromatase and 5 alpha-reductase, which produce the hormones estrogen and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) respectively. Research has suggested these two enzymes are blocked completely by a Nettle Root extract.


Hair loss can also be treated by medications formulated to block dihydrotestosterone. Hair Genesis, NuGen, and Revivogen are all appropriate medications to block DHT in the scalp. Revivogen is the most popular; it fights hair thinning by minimizing DHT scalp levels.


Some commonly available shampoos that help to stop hair loss are Viviscal, Nisim, Folligen and Tricomin. Folligen contains copper peptides to aid in treating hair loss. Viviscal is available in tablet form also. Tricomin is available in three forms; shampoo spray, and conditioner.


The trace minerals supplements Magnesium and Zinc also help halt hair loss. Zinc is mainly used for skin problems such as boils, sore throats and acne. Zinc also plays a vital part in the cell division process, so aids growth of hair cells.

Of course the two medications approved by the FDA for hair loss treatment are Rogaine and Propecia. Rogaine and Propecia are used by men and women globally to stop hair loss.


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Women Experiencing Temporary Hair Loss

While hair loss is considered a normal part of aging for men, hair loss in women is much less common. Thus, hair loss in women is much more detrimental to a woman's self image than it is for a man. Women with thinning hair are often ridiculed and may find it difficult to be seen in social situations. But what makes male and female hair loss so different?


The truth is that there are not many differences in the way the hair is lost or why. While it is true that fewer women are susceptible to genetic hair loss, a small group of women do still experience this disease. This type of hair loss may cause complete baldness and is not temporary. It is a popular misconception that these women are somehow genetically or hormonally more masculine than other women. While this has caused many women shame and ridicule, this is a complete myth. There has yet to be any proof that these women are genetically or hormonally more masculine than any other woman.


Hormonal hair loss also occurs in women. Nevertheless, hormonal hair loss in women is usually temporary, as a woman will experience re-growth once the hormones return to normal. This type of hair loss in women is likely to occur after the birth of a child, during menopause, during pregnancy or even as early as puberty.


If you or someone you know as experience hair loss after the birth of a child, the experience I usually temporary. This type of hair loss occurs when extreme fluctuations in hormones take place. During this time a woman's estrogen levels are likely to either be to too high or too low. If the level happens to be particularly low, it leaves the woman more susceptible to an imbalance. The testosterone in her body may trigger the same hormonal hair loss it does in men. Luckily for the woman, this usually only last a few months before hair begins to grow again. A woman may also experience hormonal hair loss if she has a thyroid problem, but even this is temporary, as the hair will return when the thyroid is treated.


Hair loss due to medication is a greater risk for females than males, because breast cancer in women is the most common kind of cancer. Like most cancers, breast cancer often requires treatment in the form of chemotherapy. Women are also at a greater risk of having thyroid disease which often requires radio active treatment. This too causes the hair to fall out. Many of these treatments will cause complete baldness. Luckily, this type of hair loss is also temporary and may subside when the medication is stopped.


Since most forms of female hair loss are temporary, over the counter treatments may be used to prevent too much hair from being lost during these periods. However, genetic hair loss is still a real threat even for women. For this reason anyone experiencing thinning hair should see a doctor and consider treatment.


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Alopecia Hair Loss Symptoms and Treatment

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Alopecia is the gradual loss of hair across the top and sides of the scalp. This is a hereditary condition that can begin as early as the late teens.Around 40% of men will have some hair loss by their mid-30s. Baldness usually begins with overall thinning of the scalp hair.

Symptoms of Alopecia (Hair Loss)?
Hair loss not followed by re-growth or regeneration is the primary sign of alopecia.
Hair loss can also be caused by certain drugs, and by systemic diseases including lupus, thyroid disorders, and nutrient deficiencies.
In women, alopecia is more likely to appear when there are signs of excess body hair, abnormal menstruation, acne, or other signs of excess male hormones.

Medications & Medical Treatments of Alopecia Hair Loss:
Many different medications and medical treatments can cause either temporary or permanent hair loss.Although androgenic alopecia is hereditary and not easily reversible, there are other factors both internal and external involved in hair loss that can indeed result in hair improvement and regrowth.Hair health depends on blood supply circulation and nutrition.Today alopecia hair loss treated in many ways like hair transplant and different medical treatments.

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As with all diseases stress will increase hair loss so it is important to be stress free and avoid depression as best as possible. Besides that adopting an exercise routine also helps avoid hair loss.
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