A: Ozempic (semaglutide) is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. Weight loss is a common side effect of Ozempic, and hair loss is a rare side effect that has been reported in some patients taking the drug. The exact mechanism by which Ozempic weight loss causes hair loss is not fully understood but may be related to the reduction in caloric intake, and subsequent weight loss plays an important role. Some believe that weight loss may disrupt the normal balance of hormones in the body, including androgens, which can contribute to hair loss. Additionally, Ozempic may cause inflammation and apoptosis (cell death) in hair follicles, contributing to hair loss. It is important to note that hair loss is a rare side effect of Ozempic, and not all patients who take the drug will experience this side effect. If you are experiencing hair loss while taking Ozempic, you should talk to your healthcare provider and seek the advice of an ABHRS board-certified Hair Restoration Physician, like Dr. Alan J Bauman MD, for evaluation, diagnosis, detailed baseline tracking measurements, global photos, and treatment.
Caloric restriction can cause hair loss because when the body is in a state of caloric deficit, it redirects its energy to essential functions, such as the brain and organs, instead of non-essential functions like hair growth. Hair follicles require a significant amount of energy and nutrients to grow and maintain healthy hair, so when the body is deprived of these resources, it can result in hair loss. In addition, caloric restriction can lead to nutrient deficiencies, such as iron and biotin, which are important for hair growth and health. Low levels of these nutrients can contribute to hair loss. It is also possible that caloric restriction can cause stress and hormonal imbalances, which may also play a role in hair loss.
What Does Ozempic Hair Loss Look Like?
At Bauman Medical, we’ve seen that hair loss due to Ozempic weight loss may present with a variety of symptoms, which can vary from person to person. Some of the main symptoms that may occur include:
- Thinning hair: This can be one of the earliest symptoms of hair loss due to caloric restriction. The hair may start to appear thinner than usual, and you may notice more hair falling out when brushing or washing.
- Increased hair shedding: As hair loss progresses, you may start to notice more hair falling out than usual. This can be especially noticeable when washing or brushing your hair.
- Receding hairline: In some cases, hair loss due to caloric restriction may result in a receding hairline. This can be more common in men than women.
- Bald patches: In severe cases, hair loss may lead to bald patches on the scalp. This can be more common in women than men.
- Itchy or irritated scalp: Some people may experience an itchy or irritated scalp as a result of hair loss due to caloric restriction. This can be caused by inflammation or other factors related to hair loss.
What Specialist Can Treat Ozempic Hair Loss?
If you think you are experiencing hair loss due to Ozempic or another drug, seeking advice from a medical hair loss specialist who is board certified in hair restoration can provide several benefits, including:
Accurate diagnosis: A board-certified hair restoration specialist has undergone extensive training and has specialized knowledge in hair loss and restoration. They can accurately diagnose the cause of hair loss and provide appropriate treatment options.
Tailored treatment plans: Hair restoration specialists can develop individualized treatment plans based on the unique needs of each patient. They can combine various treatment options to provide the most effective and customized plan.
Advanced technology and techniques: Board-certified hair restoration specialists stay up to date with the latest advances in hair restoration technology and techniques, including regenerative medicine treatments and procedures. They have access to advanced diagnostic tools and treatment options, which can lead to better outcomes for patients.
Expertise in hair transplantation: Board-certified hair restoration specialists are skilled in hair transplantation, a surgical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from one area of the scalp to another. They can perform hair transplant surgeries with precision and skill.
Support and guidance: Hair loss can be a difficult experience for many individuals. Board-certified hair restoration specialists can offer support and guidance to patients throughout their treatment journey, helping them to feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance.
Our Medical Director, Dr. Alan J Bauman MD, is certified by ABHRS, accepted by IAHRS, a Fellow of ISHRS, and consistently short-listed amongst the Top Hair Transplant Surgeons In The World Today by Ape To Gentleman.
What Other Weight Loss and Other Drugs Cause Hair Loss?
Can You Treat Ozemic Hair Loss?
Yes, absolutely. There are many ways to treat hair loss due to Ozempic. However, it’s important to determine the diagnosis and also understand the impact of any underlying medical conditions such as hereditary hair loss (male or female pattern baldness), a history of browlift or facelift procedures (which cause hair loss due to scarring and hairline changes), other medications that influence hair growth, autoimmune conditions, lifestyle factors. Treatments may include nutritional support, customized medications, photobiomodulation (laser therapy), regenerative medicine (PRP, PDO, Stem Cells, Exosomes), and even hair transplantation in severe cases.
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