The popular diabetes drug "Ozempic," has become popular not only in Hollywood, but in some of the general population. That being said, I have personally witnessed hair loss issues due to the popular drug that is used off-label for weight loss. First and foremost, I am not here to judge anyone, as well as their weight loss efforts, but this injection does have serious side-effects more so than hair loss. I caution people to seek a weight loss specialist if they are seeking Ozempic, and to not purchase the drug online. Additionally, if you are not diabetic, read the side effects such as thyroid issues.
Now let us talk about the affects to the hair. Ozempic lowers fasting and blood glucose by stimulating insulin secretion in a glucose-dependent manner. In a nutshell, the drug will lessen cravings which will cause you to eat less.
What happens to your hair?
As with Gastric Bypass surgery and other weight loss surgeries, Ozempic leads to rapid weight loss. In some cases, the stress to your system can cause your hair to continue to shed (as it normally does), but the pattern of hair growth is halted which leads to less hair. This is common with illness or genetics, the condition is known as "Telogen effluvium." Most will experience hair loss at the top of the head, the good news is the condition tends to reverse in three to six months.
It is important to have a physician assist you during your weight loss journey to help avoid hair loss and other side effects. I would never use the drug without being monitored.
Below are some ways to help prevent hair loss while using Ozempic
1) A Nutritional supplement such as, HUM, contains essential vitamins and biotin to stimulate hair growth.
2) Be sure to eat enough protein (1g per pound) since protein is the building block of hair.
3) Collagen drinks or supplements -- collagen will help your hair to grow, and circulate protein to the hair follicles. It will also help your skin and bones.
4) The best practice is to always massage your scalp. Shampooing hair is a great time for you to do a 3 to 5 minute massage, try to move your scalp while doing so. A head massage circulates blood to the hair follicles.
Although Ozempic seems to be a quick fix to assist in weight loss, the weight can return after you stop the injections. It is important to learn healthy eating habits, and possibly go it alone. Loosing weight in a healthy manner (2 lbs per week), is better for your body, internal organs and hair.
After all, there are no long term studies for the use of Ozempic! I can help with extreme hair loss by applying a no glue, or sewing hair system, but I hope that is not necessary. As I said, always seek a medical professionals advice before taking Ozempic.
Hair Loss background
With Alopecia Areata, fungal infections, other autoimmune diseases, thinning hair by Trichotillomania which removes hair follicles by physical means. At Noelle Salon, we cover the various approaches to hair solutions to treat hair loss, female pattern baldness, balding spots, and other conditions to which you lose hair. At Noelle Salon, we focus on hair growth techniques. Hair systems and hair extension maintenance is part of the journey while wearing them. For Trichotillomania, as our hair grows they both will loosen, and service is required. The difference between a hair system and hair extensions for Trichotillomania clients varies based on the location of hair loss.