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    Arrow Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy | Dr. Joseph Greco Ph.D. Answers Your Questions

    Can the infusion of platelet rich plasma (PRP) help to reverse or slow the process of Androgenic Alopecia? Does this therapy actually reverse hair follicle miniaturization and “wake up” dormant follicular stem cells?

    Dr. Joseph Greco Ph.D. will be answering your questions concerning this possible breakthrough in the prevention and treatment of hair loss, exclusively on Baldtruthtalk.com.

    Please feel free to post your questions for Dr. Greco and he will provide as much information as possible about his research and results with PRP as it pertains to hair loss.

    This is a great opportunity to communicate directly with one of the foremost experts in PRP therapy for hair loss, so feel free to get involved.

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    Hello Dr. Greco I think we all have many questions for you.

    Does this treatment work as well or better then Propecia?
    Do you have to be on any medication for this to work?
    When will it it be available?
    How many people have you treated and what were the results.
    Does it work on everyone who still has some hair?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Hello dr. Greco.

    - Is your treatment useful on the hairline?
    - How much density?

    Thanks.

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    Dr. Greco,

    Incredible results for treating injuries. Thank you for your research in PRP therapy and sharing it with the hairloss community. And what a pleasant surprise to see that you are treating Dr. Cooley for a tennis elbow injury. I have a similiar situation in my left shoulder as I injured it last September. Very slow to heal, it's the tendons and/or ligaments that I injured. Chronic pain and now more a nerve sensation down the arm.

    Back to hairloss and PRP therapy.

    1) Since MPB is a genetic disposition and not an injury, how can PRP reverse "the progression" aspect of the disease?

    2) Does PRP reduce the production levels of DHT?

    3) Does PRP enhance the hair follicle's resistance to DHT?

    4) And just to confirm, this therapy would be ongoing for a lifetime since the disorder is progressive over a lifetime?

    5) How many partcipants are in your ongoing study and any distinctions that we need to be aware of? How many females are in the trial group?

    6) Will you be treating other forms of alopecia with PRP?

    7) How frequent will you be releasing your clinical findings for treating MPB and where will you be publishing them?

    8) Just out of curiosity, do you have MPB or does it exist in your family history? And if so, do you plan on doing PRP therapy yourself or possibly are already doing it?

    9) How practical is it for this therapy to get into HT practices and clinics?

    10) Here's my biggie question. Does your theory suggest that if the young men who are diagnosed with MPB early, and they get on PRP therapy, that they may never need surgical hair restoration?
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    NOTE: I am not a physician and not employed by any doctor/clinic. My opinions are not medical advice nor are they the opinions of the following endorsing physicians: Dr. Bob True & Dr. Bob Dorin

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    Dr. Greco will be posting his responses ASAP. Thanks for your participation and feel free to add to the list if you have other questions.

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    I look forward reading his reply. It's very exciting if you ask me.

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    Can the infusion of platelet rich plasma (PRP) help to reverse or slow the process of Androgenic Alopecia?
    I just posted the study we did on my blog so you can read the results of the study. It demonstrated that the treatment group increased hair diameter when compared to controls at 4 months and 8 months. All we can do is slow it down. I will be posting a video of the patient demonstrated in the study soon and he is now at 13 months. We plan to do another session.

    Does this therapy actually reverse hair follicle miniaturization and “wake up” dormant follicular stem cells?
    It does in Alopecia Areata where this occurs. This is also demonstrated in the study.

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    Hello Dr. Greco I think we all have many questions for you.

    Does this treatment work as well or better then Propecia?
    We are not saying that this therapy should replace any FDA approved therapy and it was never intended to replace any therapy. We have been utilizing PRP cellular therapy the past two years in surgery and noticed increased density sooner which prompted the study on non transplanted hair.

    That being said, it is an adjunctive option for hair surgeons to utilize in surgery, especially in the vertex or crown of young patients both male and females who are thinning.

    Non-surgically, we recommend it 1- in conjunction with FDA therapies, 2-in those patients that may have noticed a reversal after being on approved therapy or 3- for those patients who had side effects to Propecia or Rogaine.

    Do you have to be on any medication for this to work?
    No

    When will it it be available?
    It is available now in surgical procedures and I know Dr Cooley is using it. I have a number of hair surgeons scheduled to visit and we will share our experience with them. Any hair surgeon who understands PRP processing is able to use it.

    What is very important to understand is that “not all PRP is the same”. It can be processed differently with higher concentrations of platelets and growth factors. If the PRP is not at a therapeutic level it will not work as well, so someone not skilled in processing may use it and not get the same results. Additionally, if it is used in a non surgical application and used on someone who has more extensive hair miniaturization or someone who is older it will not work as well, similar to Propecia.

    We are only beginning to understand how it works in hair applications and caution must be taken and realistic expectations must be given to patients. The most important thing about this therapy is that it is safe because it is your own cells, there is no downtime and it can be used in combination with other therapy.

    How many people have you treated and what were the results.
    Over 300 the past two years. My partner Bob Brandt is the real guru in PRP. In the past 12 years his company has done over 28,000 PRP procedures in almost every application other than hair. It is with this background that we are studying the effects of growth factors in hair restoration.

    Does it work on everyone who still has some hair?
    No. Unfortunately Paul, there is no silver bullet yet.
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    I will be back to answer the rest of the questions in the next couple days.

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    If this reverses miniturization for 8 months and you take Propecia, wouldn't it help slow down the hair loss even more? Also, if the effects only last 8 months (as what I keep reading in the blog), couldn't you just go again and again every 8 months to a year and still have the benefits?

    Thanks
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    So if it works for a person, all you would have to do is go in for treatments every 6 months or so. Sounds better then Propecia if it works for you.

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    Thank you for answering our questions Dr. Greco and thanks' to Spencer Kobren and the moderators of this site for providing this great service to all of us. This forum rocks!

    I’m also very excited about this treatment since it is not a drug and it comes from our own bodies. Who cares if you have to go in a couple of times a year to get your head pricked and injected, I would go every week if I could keep my hair!

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