A hysterectomy may affect your skin and hair in various ways. Their experiences differ from person to person, depending on the type of surgery or if the woman is on Hormone Replacement therapy. Some may experience breakouts, while others may experience dryness. Similarly, few women might experience hair thinning, while some may experience hair loss due to hormonal changes.
Does having a hysterectomy affect your skin?
Maybe. Hysterectomy may accelerate skin aging in some women. This might be due to dehydration and loss of collagen because of the drastic reduction in estrogen production. A reduction in estrogen can affect the elastic fibres and collagen, causing skin wrinkling and reducing skin thickness. Furthermore, few women experience skin dryness because oil glands aren’t as active post-menopause. However, on the contrary, few women can experience increased oiliness and breakouts. It depends on the type of surgery, whether both ovaries were removed or if the woman is using Hormone Replacement Therapy. Research suggests that the majority of women also undergo bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries) during a hysterectomy, and if the ovaries are removed, the woman may undergo premature menopause, which causes hormonal loss, leading to these skin changes.
Does having a hysterectomy affect your hair?
Yes. Sometimes. A hysterectomy leads to a surgically induced menopause that leads to hormonal imbalance in the patient. This hormone imbalance can affect hair growth. Few women experience hair thinning, while few women experience hair loss.
The reason for hair loss could be menopause, as the body stops producing estrogen and progesterone, the two hormones that are essential for menstruating. These hormones are also connected to hair growth and hair health. Another causative agent for the changes in your hair can be hormone replacement therapy which is prescribed with the surgery and affects hair health.