Nov. 20--Vitamin deficiencies cause these, says dermatologist
A number of patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery face hair loss
and skin problems after surgery, a dermatologist has said.
The symptoms start appearing 2 3 months following surgery, Dermatology
Consultant at University Hospital Sharjah Dr Fatima Mustafa said.
The discovery was made after a number of recurrent cases were presented to the
hospital's outpatient clinic, with patient's complaining of loss of hair and
various dermal symptoms including abnormalities in skin and nails.
Dermatology consultants at the hospital discovered a high link between these
symptoms and gastric bypass surgery, especially that such an association did not
exist in patients following strict dietary regimes for weight loss without
"Other than gastric bypass patients, those who undergo a severe weight loss
regimen also face similar symptoms because they deprive the body of essential
nutrients," she explained, adding that at most times patients are aware of the
The symptoms occur due to deficiencies in Vitamins B12 and D, the depletion in
iron and zinc levels, as well as the low levels of some essential proteins
associated with gastric bypass. These are all essential elements for skin health
and the healthy growth of hair and nails.
"Sudden loss of weight has a negative impact on various body systems and organs,
especially on the skin, hair and nails. We recommend visiting a dermatologist
right after surgery. The purpose is to receive a prescription for supplemental
doses to substitute these nutrients and elements prone to depletion or
deficiency in the future," she added.
"University Hospital Sharjah helps in treatment of patients suffering from these
symptoms, using non-conventional treatments based on latest research, such as
Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment (PRP)," she said.
"In this treatment, a blood sample is taken from the patient, processed in a
special device to separate platelets from other blood components, and then
injected into the same patient's skin. This will activate less performing cells
to fulfil their role in skin, hair and nails nutrition. Patients start to
experience improvements within two months," added Dr Fatima.
As for patients suffering from these symptoms, the doctor advised them to take
good care of their skin, using proper SPF products when going under direct or
indirect sunlight. She also advised people suffering from acne vulgaris to avoid
using any moisturisers without prescription, since different skin types require
different types of products.
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