Dr. Craig Ziering
What is your favorite part of your job?
I really enjoy seeing patients' frustration and despair turn to happiness and self-confidence.
What fascinates you most about the human body?
It's fascinating how framing the face with hair makes someone appear 10 years younger.
What alternative occupation would you choose?
I'd like to be a sculptor.
American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology
Affiliation:American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
A Minute With
Which celeb photos do your patients bring in?
For men: Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper; for women: Emma Watson, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Blake Lively; female eyebrows: Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and Cara Delevingne; facial hair: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Affleck
What sets your practice apart?
A completely personalized and artistic approach to hair restoration that incorporates the latest technology, as well as techniques and ongoing research with a patient- centered experience
What is the future of your field?
Robotic surgical procedures will continue to expand and evolve; at my practice we are helping to pioneer this FUE technology through research and development
My dream innovations
Cloning or a cure for baldness
There will be plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead
What do you love most about your profession?
I am blessed to be able to use my hands, artistic insight and medical knowledge to make a positive impact on other people's lives
How has your profession evolved?
When I started, it was a miracle to move hair from the back to the front and top and let it grow; today, there are two different methods to remove follicles from the back of the head, including using a robotic system
How do you make the best first impression?
With eye contact, a warm smile, a firm handshake and a listening ear–I want each patient to know that I am going to be their partner in their journey
- Hair Restoration for Men and Women
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Including Robotic (FUE)
- Facial and Eyebrow Hair Transplants
- African American Hair Transplants
- Nonsurgical Treatments
- Scalp MicroPigmentation
- Laser Hair Therapy
- ACell® / Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair
- Jan Marini Skin Research® Skin Care
How can I give the appearance of more hair in thinning and balding areas?What our experts say:
Using classical art and design principles, i surgically arrange the strong, 'permanent hairs, which are moved from the back of the head and are not genetically programmed to be lost, and then place them at the correct angle.
What can I do if I have a family history of hair loss?What our experts say:
Early intervention is the key to successfully fighting the progressive nature of hair loss. There are surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Preventative medicine includes rogaine, propecia and laser hair therapy. Hair transplants are the only permanent solution for hair loss.
Can I use Viviscal after a hair transplant surgery? Do you think that will help or hurt? Also, I heard taking iron supplements after a hair transplant is good. What do you recommend?What our experts say:
After a hair transplant, similar to any procedure, it is essential that your body has the nutrients it needs to properly heal. Specifically with hair transplantation, the newly transplanted grafts require your body to heal around the site then deliver the building blocks needed for the hair follicle to begin its growth cycle in its new home. Viviscal is a natural safe supplement that has been shown to promote healthy hair growth and in some cases decrease shedding and miniaturization in certain types of loss. In order to give your transplant everything it needs to succeed, Viviscal, along with proper aftercare and followup with your physician, is important. You are safe to restart your Viviscal 4+ days after your transplant. Iron supplementation is warranted if you have an iron deficiency as that can contribute to hair loss and poor wound healing. Before taking iron supplementation, I would suggest you see your physician to get baseline levels of your current iron status and take the advice of your healthcare specialist.
Is there help for excess testosterone?What our experts say:There is an FDA approved medication called finasteride (brand name Propecia) that may help you but its use in women is not as well studied and considered off-label use. It may be worthwhile to seek out a physician who has access to the genetic hair loss test in order to see if you are truly sensitive to testosterone based hairloss. As with any test, it is not 100% predictive but can help narrow down the potential causes of your thinning as well as see if finasteride or any anti-androgenic medication like spironolactone may help.
What is the average dosage when taking Biotin?What our experts say:
I would concur that up to 5 mg of Biotin is considered safe. This B vitamin can also be found in foods like rice, grains, some fish like sardines and salmon, nuts, and fruits like bananas and raspberries. A healthy, well-rounded diet is always the best choice to meet your daily nutrient requirements but for those of us who don't always eat like we should, supplementation is the second best choice.