My Gastric Bypass: The Hair Loss Continues

Breigh June 1, 2012 4

Well it’s been a month now since I first started noticing an increase in my hair loss, and it hasn’t slowed down a bit.  If anything it’s gotten worse.  The only good thing, if there is one, with this hair loss is that it’s happening all over my head rather than just on the top.  With the Androgenic Alopecia that I had from the PCOS it all seemed to come out on the top of my head and the crown but this is coming from all over, thank GOD.  If it was all just concentrated on the top I would be seriously bald by now.

Of course, the top is thinning more as well but there is still hair there and it’s still enough that I’ve not resorted to looking into wigs or hats yet.  I’m not sure what state my hair will be in after another month of this but I will deal with that then.  For now it’s manageable and I think I’m doing a pretty good job of not letting it get me down too much.

Hair Loss

This is what came out of my head this morning in the shower. Yesterday the same amount came out… and the day before that, and the day before that… for the last month. Honestly, it’s a wonder I have any left.

I’m not sharing this to scare anyone, but like I said in my pervious post about hair loss, I want to make sure I put it out there so people can get an idea of what it can be like.  That doesn’t mean that it will be like this for you, as everyone is different, but this is what it’s like for me.  I think when it comes to the hair loss and WLS I’m sort of the worst case scenario.

What’s funny is, now that I am losing a lot of hair, I keep noticing women around town that have super short or even shaved heads. Not cue ball shaved but GI Jane style.  I so wish I could pull that off and look as comfortable in my own skin as they do, but alas, I cannot.  I also worry that with dark hair that if I go quite short that my scalp will show through even more.

Like I said, though, at the moment it’s still ok, but I may have to rethink my strategy in a few weeks if it continues like this… maybe I will chop all my hair off, maybe look into getting a wig… I don’t know, whatever it is I’ll try to make the best of it and continue to concentrate on all the good things that are happening rather than this one bump in the road.  The positive changes that have been taking place still outweigh the bad by far.  So as long as I can say that I’m happy!

I know I am late with my 4 month photos and update, but I will get on that this weekend!  I have a lot to tell!

4 Comments »

  1. Suz June 1, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I know what you mean on concentrating on the happy…after chemo all my hair fell out and i don’t know what i was thinking, but i imagined that once all that chemo was over, that in no time my hair would come back in a sort of cute Audrey Hepburn do-dah! Well, last chemo was sept 2011 and thank god i’m doing well but i can’t say the same for the hair…it’s still a little fluff-ball of baby-bird down. Thin on top, mousy grey-brown…not an Aurdey in sight…so i hear you on the wig…i love my 2012 model, short, blond and sassy…and always ready to add to my look! Wigs today are light and breathable…hope you never need one, Tammy…but if you do they’re so much better than you can imagine!

  2. Shane June 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I really admire you for being so strong and being positive about life. So how are you now? I hope everything is okay. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pam June 3, 2012 at 4:01 am - Reply

    My fiance had mini gastric bypass surgery back in 2005. I just asked him if he had hair loss after surgery and he said he did. He has a full head of hair now, if I didn’t know him I wouldn’t know any better. He had to take a ton of vitamins, and he said that helped…but I’m sure you’re already doing that!

  4. aussie girl June 4, 2012 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Maybe try a hair, skin & nails vitamin supplement?

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