Home » Hair Loss Treatments » Revivogen MD » Interview Dr. Alan Shargani
The makers of Revivogen agreed to field questions from our members. This interview was conducted when Revivogen was fairly new to the scene, so there was a healthy dose of skepticism. Much respect is due to Dr. Shargani for putting himself out there to answer each and every question that was tossed his way regarding this natural DHT inhibiting treatment. We hope that the answers will convince you that Revivogen is scientifically backed treatment that’s worth its weight in gold.
Q: Can Revivogen be used in conjunction with Rogaine or other Minoxidil containing topicals?
A: Yes and it makes sense too. Revivogen is a DHT inhibitor and Minoxidil is a hair growth stimulator. We have heard many positive comments from people who use both products as well as those who were using Minoxidil before using Revivogen However the products must be applied at least three hours apart to prevent any absorption interference.
Q: Do I need a doctor’s permission to obtain Revivogen?
A: No. Revivogen is a natural product and as doesn’t need a prescription.
Q: As far as I know the hair problem is NOT about hair loss, BUT about lack of hair growth. Why should I use my money on Revivogen if it only reduces hair loss rate to a normal level, and only “a smaller percentage” report regrowth?
A: The problem in hair loss is not lack of hair regrowth. It is shortening of the anagen phase and miniaturization of the hair follicle due to DHT. Revivogen works very similar to Propecia by reducing DHT production. Therefore, you can expect similar results without the potential side effects. However not everyone responds to Propecia or Rogaine which is also true with Revivogen.
Q: How long has Revivogen been around, and how successful has it been for those who have used it? Can it grow hair on the front as well as on the crown?
A: The product was officially introduced on October of 1999. So far the majority of customers have reported significant decrease of hair loss and increased in thickness of the baby fine hair and existing hair. A smaller percentage of users have reported visual growth of baby fine hairs all over the scalp including the frontal area. So far this is very much in line with what we observed in our clinical study.
Q: You stated that while a significant number of your users experienced a significant decrease of fallout and an increase in thickness, a smaller percentage of your users had reported visual growth of baby fine hairs throughout the scalp including the frontal area. How much is a smaller percentage?
A: The data we have was not statistically significant. We will be able to provide additional information with the completion of the clinical trial.
Q: Have you seen any instances of “shedding” with Revivogen?
A: It seems that many topicals put the user through phases where heavy loss is possible.
Q: Your product contains Niacin which stimulates blood flow and hence leads to temporary redness where applied. Would this be overtly noticeable if it were applied during the day in the workplace?
A: Generally the redness of Niacin last about half an hour to 1 hour and it is generally unnoticeable by most individuals. Also we have recently reduced the Niacin content of the formula so it can be easily used by those with sensitive skin.
Q: Does your research indicate how much the Revivogen Shampoo contributes to the products effectiveness?
A: Revivogen shampoo has the same active ingredients found in the Scalp Therapy formula. It can only enhance the effectiveness of the formula and it is not effective when used alone. The reason is that any shampoo regardless of brand or active ingredients can not effectively deliver its active ingredients to the hair follicle due to the short amount of time it remains on the scalp.
Q: Do you have any proof of which type(s) of 5 alpha reductase (type 1 or type 2, or both) are inhibited by the fatty acids in your product? How about the Azelaic Acid?
A: The studies done on these fatty acids indicates that they inhibit both types 1 and 2 forms of 5AR equally from 90% to 98%. The complete abstract of these studies can be viewed on our web site. We are unaware of any studies describing which type of 5AR is inhibited by Azelaic acid.
Q: Has Revivogen been tested on human subjects to determine if it’s non irritating?
A: Yes. On the internal studies we noted mild scalp irritation in less than 2% of the subjects which was temporary and self limiting. The irritation was mainly due to Niacin which is an irritant and causes vasodilatation which helps in absorption.
Q: Has Revivogen been tested on human subjects to determine its level of DHT suppression?
A: The original studies on the inhibition rate of 5AR by the main active ingredients were performed in vivo (on live non human subjects) as well as in vitro (in the test tube) which has proven that DHT production is inhibited by these ingredients up to 98%. Some of the testing such as Saw Palmetto studies also involved human subjects which have shown very good results.
Q: What results could a typical responder expect vs. those of an ideal responder, like those in the photographs you have published from your preliminary trials?
A: In general there is a significant decrease in hair loss and re-thickening of baby fine hairs within 3 to 6 months of use. The improvement continues with use and ultimately the results depend on many factors including the degree of hair loss, the length of time since the hairs have fallen, and age.
Q: Propecia protects the hair follicle. Minoxidil only forces the dying follicle keep producing hair. End result on Propecia is a healthy follicle. End result on Minoxidil is a dying follicle on life-support. Which side of the fence does Revivogen fall? Is it simply coercing the follicle into activity, or is it actually protecting the follicle from further damage?
A: At this time Revivogen is very similar to finasteride in regards to mode of action, i.e. inhibiting 5 AR types I and II. It also contains ingredients that prevent DHT’s attachment to the androgen receptors. Your statement about the benefits of Rogaine and Propecia is not entirely correct and we can not tell you exactly which one of these scenarios apply to Revivogen We believe that all of these products can perform these functions to some extent but you are welcome to make your own assessment based on these facts.
Q: Ingredients used topically do get absorbed into the bloodstream don’t they? and even though the product is natural, could the product still cause unwanted side effects like pain in the testicles, enlarged breasts or any other unwanted side effects?
A: All active ingredients can get absorbed into the blood stream but at a extremely low concentrations. There is long history of using these ingredients both orally and topically at much higher doses without any side-effects. It is only when these ingredients are applied locally at a high concentration that they can have antiandrogenic effects which is why oral supplements of these ingredients can’t work as well.
Q: You recommend applying Revivogen once daily. Is this sufficient to cause maximum beneficial effects?
A: In our own internal study we have seen adequate results while using Revivogen once daily. Also once daily applying has shown to increase compliance which is a very important factor in achieving results. After all continuous use is the most important factor for achieving results. However applying Revivogen more than once can have increased efficacy in some individuals and may in fact be necessary for certain individuals.
Q: Creating a topical DHT inhibitor implies that you don’t feel that blood levels of DHT are significant in balding. Is this an accurate statement on your position?
A: The blood levels of DHT may play a minor role in Androgenetic Alopecia but it is the locally produced DHT which plays the major role. If you look at any physiology text book (such as Guyton’s Medical Physiology) you can see that the majority of DHT production takes place at the site where it exerts its effects. Also there is a high concentration of type 2 isoenzyme within the hair follicle itself and a higher concentration of the type 1 form within the scalp and sebaceous glands which feed into the hair follicle. Together they can produce more DHT locally than what blood brings to the hair follicle. Also most researchers now believe that it is the locally produced DHT that is involved in Androgenetic Alopecia rather than the circulatory DHT. Finally there is new evidence about effectiveness of topical inhibition of DHT on hair growth by Dr. Christiano which provides support for this theory.
Q: Can you disclose the concentrations of ingredients in your products?
A: Due to patent pending status of Revivogen we can’t disclose these details at this time.
Q: Was Revivogen scrutinized under independent clinical trials, and if so, what were the results?
A: In 2008 Revivogen underwent an independent clinical trial on its effectiveness. The results are as follows:
BIOalternatives has developed a unique test to measure the effects of any compound on Testosterone metabolism in living human skin tissue (reconstructed human epidermis) . The living skin tissues are given equal doses of Testosterone which under normal metabolism is converted to DHT and other androgens. The amount of DHT produced by the test tissue is measured for the contorl and all compounds being tested for comparison. Each compound is tested on three separate tissues to assure the tests validity.
The control is allowed to metabolize Testosterone without any interference so it produces DHT at the maximum rate (100%). Topical application of Finastride which is a known inhibitor of 5AR reduced DHT production by 67% compared to control. Topical application of Dutastride which is also a known inhibitor of 5AR was tested at two concentrations and reduced DHT production by 80% compared to control at the lower concentration (the same concentration as Finastride) and 86% compared to control at the higher concentration. Topical application of an equivalent amount of Revivogen Scalp Therapy reduced DHT production by 90% compared to control which is higher than Finastride and Dutastride (both concentrations).Revivogen scalp therapy also reduced the production of other Testosterone metabolites significantly.
Revivogen Scalp Therapy strongly reduced the production of DHT (by 90% compared to control). You can see the actual study data by finding the study on the right sidebar of this page under “Clinical Trials & Related Studies”.
Q: Can we speak to people who had success on Revivogen?
A: We place a very high value on our customers privacy and we can not release that information to anyone. However many of our clients can eventually be found online in places like the HairLossTalk Discussion Forums.
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