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Does Biotin Help Grow Hair? (and other great questions)

When after weight loss surgery does hair loss begin? Does Biotin help grow hair back?

For most patients hair loss generally becomes apparent within the first 1-2 months after surgery and seldom lasts more than 6 months, though many patients report that their hair did not fully return to its normal thickness.

The best way to get ahead of the curve and minimize the risk of hair loss is to keep up with your nutrition and supplementation.  Protein, Zinc, and Iron are the most common nutritional deficiencies after weight loss surgery when it comes to hair health.  As many patients report, Biotin may also support hair returning to normal, but it needs sufficient protein to work with and this is why diet plays such a crucial role.

Keep in mind that not all protein sources are equal – the body will assimilate different protein sources differently AND this will also vary greatly among individuals.  For that reason, it is very important to listen to your body and pay attention to how it is responding to different foods.  This holds true for everyone, whether you have just had surgery or whether you are 2+ years out.

How many milligram should be taken per day?

Because Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and excesses will be secreted in the urine, the risk of developing biotin toxicity is very low.  There have been studies performed of daily Biotin consumption of up to 5,000 mcg per day over a 1-2 year period with no side effects.  Keep in mind that up to a certain point, more Biotin is not necessarily better.

Please share your comments below this post on your own experience with hair loss, nutrition, and supplementation after weight loss surgery.  Your peers would love to hear your thoughts and experience!

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