Stem cells used for hair loss treatment in Sarasota

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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 4:26 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. – The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs per day, but hair that sheds in large amounts after brushing, becomes thinner over time, or falls out, may need medical attention. But there is a new treatment for hair loss involving stem cells.

A woman's hair is said to be her crowning glory, but, for the millions of American women experiencing hair loss, receding hairlines and bald patches, the emotional and physical effects can be can be devastating.

Entertainer Laurie Shaw’s hair is a sensitive topic. “I used to have so much hair; big, thick, curly long hair.”

She has a beautiful head of hair, but it wasn’t always so. “It was thinning; nobody could tell me why. People noticed before I really wanted to admit what it was.”

Now she travels from England to the Greco Medical Group in Sarasota for hair restoration treatment.

“We've done over four thousand treatments from people in thirty countries, and not had one adverse side effect, because it uses your own cells.” Dr. Joseph Greco developed and uses a combination of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and cytokine-rich plasma (CRP) to treat hair loss. “The growth factors on the platelets are fertilizer for your hair. It increases circulation, it reduces inflammation, and it turns the hair into the growing phase.”

The stem cell hair restoration treatment featured in this month’s Vogue gives Shaw and others hair loss hope. “And now it's becoming one of the big treatments for alopecia aeriata, which is devastating.”

If you are wondering how long it takes to work, Dr. Greco says people generally see less hair shedding within a couple of weeks. Because hair has a rest phase, it takes two to three months to see an improvement and four to six months for peak effect.

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  • ryannegarry posted at 6:09 am on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    ryannegarry Posts: 1

    I concur poitrmx ..I also thought these therapy doesn't worth it... Hair loss can also be prevented by natural hair products like KADI.They are truly effective by all means.. :) :) :)

  • grecoj posted at 1:58 pm on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    grecoj Posts: 2

    Actually, glad you asked... regarding studies of the effects that autologous growth factors have on hair ...You can go to International Society of Hair Restoration Forum ( March- April 2009 Issue) Greco, Brandt; The British Journal of Dermatologic Surgery ( 2013 Volume 169, Issue 3) Rinaldi et al; Prime Journal ( June 2013) Bounanna, Amgar; The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery ( 2013;1-9) Yong Miao et al.

  • poitrmx posted at 5:35 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    poitrmx Posts: 1

    The reporters might want to include some of the research on this treatment, which is basically non existent. No studies have shown any proof of this working. PRP and laser therapy treatments are both scams. The only proven treatments are Minoxodil and Propecia, both of which have limited results and significant side effects. Not to poo poo this article too much, but PRP has been around for a while and hasn't really shown tracable results at all. Hairloss is a sad subject with a lot of sanke oil going around. It's a bummer when legit news outlets pass along shady techniques. This poor women flew from Europe for nothing.


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