PRP goes mainstream with segment on ABC TV’s Good Morning America

I have covered platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss here here and here on this blog before.  Initially, I was very skeptical about this whole idea, especially since a number of hair transplant surgeons had written about lack of results after their own experimentation.  In the past year, things have changed as I have:

  • Read more on the subject on surgeon websites and elsewhere.
  • Seen informative pro-PRP and hair growth related videos and/or forum posts from eminent surgeons such as Dr. Ken Anderson, Dr. Alan Bauman, Dr. John Cole, Dr. Jerry Cooley, Dr. John Greco, Dr. Sam Lam, Dr. Robert Niedbalski, Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport and Dr. Ken Williams among many others.
  • Read a few new published studies in support of PRP for hair loss. Most importantly, these studies have come from different countries, implying lesser chances of bias and implying potentially successful outcomes across all races of people.

I have therefore decided to give this subject more serious consideration and coverage on this blog.  It seems like the way in which a clinic makes/derives the PRP can drastically impact the results (or lack thereof) and I will write more on that in future posts, including analysis of the growth factors involved in the PRP.

For now, the below embedded two videos are worth checking out. The first is a segment that appeared last week on ABC’s popular Good Morning America (GMA) program. While PRP for medical applications has been covered in numerous TV programs in recent years, it is rare for PRP for hair loss to get this kind of coverage on national TV in the US.

In case the video does not embed correctly or is removed later by ABC, here are the relevant links:  GMA 1; GMA 2 and GMA 3.

The physician in the ABC segment is Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport, and he has a great video on youtube (embedded below) about this, including before and after photos of PRP injections in his own balding crown 19 mins into the video! The last part of the video is really interesting, and Dr. Rapaport thinks that PRP for hair loss is going to become huge in the coming year. He even thinks that many people with limited hair loss will delay or avoid hair transplants and instead come for these PRP injections several times a year.

18 thoughts on “PRP goes mainstream with segment on ABC TV’s Good Morning America”

  1. I’d love to see a list of legitimate PRP hair treatment physicians posted. Traveling to Sarasota or Englewood cliffs is not practical for me.

  2. Hi Matt, I added a few more names in my post. I am sure I am forgetting at least 3-4 other names of highly pro-PRP surgeons that I have seen on the forums in the past year. Not sure if I will ever get the time to make a list by state, especially since more surgeons come on board the PRP wagon every month.

  3. i personally visited Dr Lam a few weeks ago and requested the PRP treatment as a standalone treatment. He told me that he didn’t have much faith in it alone and that he really only recommends that treatment when combined with a transplant. he seems like a good guy, but I couldn’t help but wonder if hes possibly trying to protect his practice by not suggesting PRP alone as it may put the halt on potential transplant procedures he does. Anyone know of a physician in North Texas that is currently doing PRP?

  4. To The Administor:

    It would be very nice to have a special section at top of your Blog dedicated to Only Ruxolitinib and its sister drugs.

    They are proven to grow 100% of a person’s hair back, with AA hairloss. We only need to know if it works for male pattern hairloss, if so then it is Game Over.

    Right now we need to find out if it works on Animals or Humans with male pattern hairloss and we should know that very, very soon and that is the information I (and others) really need to know. Unfortunately all of these other types of treatments at best, barely help. That is why Ruxolitinib information is very important. Thanks.

    Rich

    1. Hi Rich, I think that is a good suggestion, but if I do it, it will be once we hear a bit more about human research for MPB patients. I also want to read more about any long-term side effects before publicizing these drugs even more.

  5. Can you do this.

    Can you announce what happens with Ruxolitinib in Male Pattern Hairloss experiments either in Animals or Humans once there is a result? I just want to know either way.

  6. I will keep an eye out for this for sure and definitely announce the news as it comes! Just like you, I am more excited about this avenue than about Histogen and Replicel even though the current research is dominated by Alopecia concerns rather than MPB concerns.

    I am a bit biased too, since I also have on and off scalp itching, skin flaking, and more recently, exzcema/psoriosis/ dermatitis type symptoms on my scalp and face. For me, this points towards an inflammatory and immune system attack component in addition to regular MPB. However, I do not have alopecia.

  7. Hi Admin… I went into DHI medical group clinic in London yesterday and they reccommended i get PRP therapy £300 a session as i am in very early stages of hairloss. Do you reckon its worth a shot? Thanks to your blog i am aware of that PRP can yield some positive maintenance results! Any advice would be greatly appreciated dude..

    Thanks again for all your work

    Henry

    1. Hi Henry, results have not been too impressive, but worth a try. I prefer Dr. Greece’s version in case you are ever in the U.S..

  8. Ok thanks Admin.. Unfortunately i’ll have to see what best the UK offers if im going to get PRP done! I’ll let you know results if i do.

  9. Please let me know of any doctors in the Cleveland area or nearby that I could take my son to for the PRP for he is only 21 and starting thinning and receding.. Please help!

  10. Hi

    I’m interested in doing PRP. I am currently in France and I ve seen that some doctor add something in the PRP injection. I want to do it in a clinic call”DHI”. Apparently it is worldwide known. Anyway here is their procedure
    here the link to website : http://dhiglobal.com/hair-loss-treatments/prp/

    1.A small amount of blood (less than 50 ml) is obtained from the patient
    2.Platelet-Rich Plasma is isolated following the centrifugation of blood
    3.PRP is activated with DNA activators (thrombin) and enriched with calcium ions (e.g. calcium chloride)
    4.Activated PRP is injected into the area which is suffering from hair loss in order to stimulate hair growth

    what do you think about the fact to add thrombin and calcium ions
    I m asking u that because some people say you have to add something into injection to activate the growth factor

    What do u think

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