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baldwien
07-23-2016, 10:14 AM
Hello,

I am 33 years old and my genetic hair loss has become more aggressive in the last couple of months. I would say, now I am at NW2.5 - 3.
Now enough is enough and I want to do something against my hair loss.
But unfortunately the so called BIG3 (Fin,Minox,Ket) combo is not an option for me, since me and my wife plan to have a baby.

Besides the BIG3 combo, we now have also PRP as a safe alternative for hair loss treatment.
But I can't find any positive independent user reviews in online forums regarding the PRP treatment. All I can find are some advertising before&after photos on some hair clinic websites...
The PRP treatment has now been around for some time, but the lack of positive results/reviews makes me wonder, if it is all scam and nothing else but expensive snake-oil?

What do you guys think of PRP? If it can be helpful then I would seriously consider it. For me, it would be enough, if PRP can at least maintain my current hair and make the existing hair a little bit thicker. This would be actually a huge success for me...

Or is it just scam, where no results whatsoever can be expected? Furthermore, can it make situation even worse? For example, shock hair loss caused by injection trauma?

allTheGoodNamesAreTaken
07-23-2016, 11:10 AM
It doesn't do shit. It has been investigated for ages and if it was worth bothering with it would be known about by now.

vtheripper
07-23-2016, 11:26 AM
Joe Tillman had it done few months ago, maybe he can chime in

baldwien
07-23-2016, 11:39 AM
It doesn't do shit. It has been investigated for ages and if it was worth bothering with it would be known about by now.

So PRP is just bullshit... I really wonder, then why the hell is PRP still a thing in the media? People must realise by now PRP is just bull crap. Probably because of stupid suckers like me... But seriously, if doctors know that and still offer it just to suck insecure desperate people's money dry and they should be all sued or something. I mean, jesus, there are guys like Prasad who claim 99% success rate and charge 5000$ per session... Then why aren't these 99% people report any positive results? Where the hell are they? Really, not a single independent experience report in this forum with positive PRP result. Should government ban PRP to put an end to this consumer scam then?

What about then all the studies with positive PRP results? Are they also bought and scam?

navi
07-23-2016, 12:29 PM
The worst thing is that it makes your hair worse rather than giving positive results.Never go with it, its risky , i got huge shock loss with it and for Doctors who say it works, show me one single patient who has positive results on this website

baldwien
07-23-2016, 12:36 PM
The worst thing is that it makes your hair worse rather than giving positive results.Never go with it, its risky , i got huge shock loss with it and for Doctors who say it works, show me one single patient who has positive results on this website

Hi navi,

Thank you for your reply and the warning about the shock loss. How bad was it? Did the hair grow back at least or were they gone forever? Do you think that PRP did anything against the hair loss? Slowing it down maybe? Or thickening remaining hair a little bit?

navi
07-23-2016, 07:19 PM
Hi navi,

Thank you for your reply and the warning about the shock loss. How bad was it? Did the hair grow back at least or were they gone forever? Do you think that PRP did anything against the hair loss? Slowing it down maybe? Or thickening remaining hair a little bit?

No, it did not grow back. My hairline receded within a couple of months of doing PRP, my doctor kept assuring it will recover but it never did. And minooxidil also stopped working after PRP to the extent that until today I believe that PRP is still in action. NEVER EVER GO WITH ANY TREATMENT UNTIL IT IS CLINICALLY PROVEN.

baldwien
07-23-2016, 11:25 PM
No, it did not grow back. My hairline receded within a couple of months of doing PRP, my doctor kept assuring it will recover but it never did. And minooxidil also stopped working after PRP to the extent that until today I believe that PRP is still in action. NEVER EVER GO WITH ANY TREATMENT UNTIL IT IS CLINICALLY PROVEN.

Thats what I thought... Just terrible!!! IMO PRP should be banned and the criminals who offer PRP should be thrown into jail!!! Seriously, not only is PRP a scam, it can make things even worse. Holy cow!!! So scary. For a brief moment, I've seriously considered to try out PRP as my last option to save my hair...

And seriously, there seems to be no one single person with positive PRP result in this forum. Wow, just wow! Screw PRP! You want my money? I don't think so!

baldwien
07-24-2016, 12:53 AM
Where is Joe Tillman? :-) I believe, he recently received PRP treatment. Would like to know what his opinions are regarding his PRP result...

baldwien
07-24-2016, 01:58 AM
Interesting blog:

http://californiahairsurgeon.com/news/prp-therapy-hair-loss-one-patients-story/

Seems to be honest and realistic...

baldwien
07-25-2016, 03:58 AM
The world of hair is full of snake oil that comes and goes. It takes years and large unbiased studies to prove something works. FDA cleared is usually the first step to show its safe, does not mean it is shown to work. I would not rule it out yet, but we do not offer it for the reason that the science is not that strong. Since our background includes a PhD, it is a little harder to get things past us.

Thank you for your reply. Actually there are now a handful of published studies, which show some positive effects of PRP treatment... But I don't understand, why PRP is not being investigated scientifically once and for all to show with certainty if it is effective or not. PRP has been out for some time now, it has been years actually, why are we still saying we don't know for sure... If it is definitive a scam, then it should be banned completely and nobody should be allowed to offer PRP... so frustrating....

MYHAIRDLS
08-13-2016, 07:28 PM
Well I just had it done. PRP with Acell. Hair is thinning but no baldness. Have baseline pictures so we will see. The clinical trial data, while small and not without criticism, is overwhelmingly positive

SonaliSahu
09-06-2016, 11:47 PM
PRP Therapy is not a bad option. As you all know, that all medical results may vary person to person. If you think Fin, Minox, Ket is very effective, then you can check on the forums. There are many people who used these medicine and not got any satisfaction. That's why many experts said the hair transplant is the permanent solution.

Vic
09-07-2016, 01:31 PM
I had 2 PRP treatments 6 months apart about 2 years ago. Complete waste of money. Had a HUGE shed, grew back some peach fuzz. Nothing even close to being cosmetically beneficial. Overall, I lost terminal hairs and grew some peach fuzz.

k9gatton
11-26-2016, 06:48 PM
I had 2 PRP treatments 6 months apart about 2 years ago. Complete waste of money. Had a HUGE shed, grew back some peach fuzz. Nothing even close to being cosmetically beneficial. Overall, I lost terminal hairs and grew some peach fuzz.

Were the terminal hairs lost around the injection sites? The reason I'm asking is because I am actually considering it.

Now I'm not so sure.

dynamo
05-01-2017, 07:35 PM
Its how the PRP is processed. There are a lot of inferior PRP processing systems on the market that are real cheap, test tube systems. You get what you pay for. Ask the hair restoration Dr or facility what system they use. It matters.

Emcyte PurePRP II system for PRP. ~ 30% more viable platelets and ~ 20% more growth factor in comparable samples, ie processed from the same person.

FYI, dont take anti inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, etc... for up to 10 days before your prp treatment and 14-21 days after treatment. The anti inflammatory can have a significant effect upon the platelets that the Dr is extracting from your blood. Schippinger et al Influence of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs on Platelet Function Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(6) 2014

Vic
05-01-2017, 11:04 PM
Its how the PRP is processed. There are a lot of inferior PRP processing systems on the market that are real cheap, test tube systems. You get what you pay for. Ask the hair restoration Dr or facility what system they use. It matters.

Emcyte PurePRP II system for PRP. ~ 30% more viable platelets and ~ 20% more growth factor in comparable samples, ie processed from the same person.

FYI, dont take anti inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, etc... for up to 10 days before your prp treatment and 14-21 days after treatment. The anti inflammatory can have a significant effect upon the platelets that the Dr is extracting from your blood. Schippinger et al Influence of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs on Platelet Function Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(6) 2014

The Harvest was one of the most expensive Prp devices when I had my treatment. My treatments cost $1600 EACH.
When you say 30% more - 20% more... compared to what??
To this day, the only results I've seen from PRP are posts from Docs soliciting patients. Not one patient has posted pics of improvement from a PRP treatment. If PRP worked, there would be a lot of people posting their success. Instead we have countless posts from patients stating shock loss, no growth, hair loss, etc etc etc resulting from a PRP treatment.
FYI, we know about your FYI's. If you want to throw your money away, get a PRP treatment. Everyone on this site that's actually had the treatment has either lost hair or had next to no visible results.

Vic
05-10-2017, 10:40 AM
Were the terminal hairs lost around the injection sites? The reason I'm asking is because I am actually considering it.

Now I'm not so sure.

You should check this thread out about PRP from people who've actually had the procedure. First hand accounts of what PRP does.
https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/threads/21292-PRP-ended-my-young-looks-forever-it-seems