- Watch Dr. Ziering on the popular and informative show, “The Doctors”, Monday, March 10. Please check www.thedoctorstv.com for your local listings, set your DVRs, and enjoy!
- Watch Dr. Ziering on the popular and informative show, “The Doctors”, Monday, March 10. Please check www.thedoctorstv.com for your local listings, set your DVRs, and enjoy!
Even my best friend, who spends all day doing plastic surgery was extremely impressed with the work – he has to search through my hair at the back to find the scar and even then, its more through ‘feel’ than actually seeing it. As a doctor myself, I can without hesitation recommend Dr. Ziering
It was very inspiring to see the medical team’s commitment to excellence and artistry. Dr. Ziering has built an excellent medical team. I also have to thank you for your personal help answering all of my questions throughout the weeks leading up to my procedure. You made me feel as though I was receiving the VIP treatment which I appreciated.
The recovery period is very well explained and they are readily available to address any further questions after the procedure is completed. I look many, many years younger as a result! It is very evident to me as to why he is so highly regarded in his field and without any reservation.
I highly recommend and endorse Dr. Ziering and his entire staff.
About 10 months after the procedure when I would meet girls out at the bars or clubs and I would take off my hat, they weren’t disappointed any more. Before the hair restoration procedure, they were a little bummed. I would talk to them and my personality would get them, but then I would take off the hat, and I would lose them. Now when I take off the hat the momentum keeps going. Thanks again Dr. Ziering and Staff!
Making the decision after thirty years of wearing a hair system was an easy one. I investigated three leaders in the field of hair transplantation and Ziering overwhelmingly received the highest marks.
I have completed three procedures and I am happy with the decision and the final result. In my humble opinion Ziering is the overall leader in the industry.
I was in desperate need of a scar revision after my last hair transplant and subsequent repair caused a two inch bald spot in my donor area.
Based on my individual needs, we determined the best solution would be an FUE procedure.
The process was also less invasive and the recovery was faster. I am very happy with my results. His staff are outstanding.
Hair Transplant Procedure
Hair Transplantation is the only permanent solution for hair loss. During hair transplant surgery, you are both the donor and the recipient during the procedure with hair being removed from the donor zone in the back of your head where your hair is genetically programmed to grow for life and being transplanted into the balding and thinning areas of your scalp.
There is a step-by-step process for all procedures with the biggest difference being the choice of the donor hair harvesting technique. At Ziering, we perform both FUT Strip Harvest and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures.
Your Ziering surgeon will help you understand and select the type of procedure which is best for you.
Step One: Donor Harvesting
The donor zone is identified and prepared for harvesting. There are two basic methods of harvesting your donor hair:
- FUT Strip Harvesting in which a strip of tissue is removed from your donor zone and then dissected into follicular units of 1 – 4 hairs using the Ziering Scope
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in which grafts are harvested individually from the donor area and then trimmed under microscope. FUE options include:
Manual (FUE) using the
Robotic FUE using the ARTAS Robotic System. Read more about ARTAS Robotic FUE Here
Step Two: Microscopic Dissection of the Grafts by Your Personally Selected Tech Team
With FUT Strip Harvest procedures, the donor strip is placed under the Ziering Scope which is designed specifically for hair restoration surgery. Then the donor strip is dissected into individual follicular units of one to four hairs.
Step Three: Creation of the Recipient Sites by Your Ziering Surgeon
Your hair transplant surgeon creates recipient sites in the proper angle, direction and orientation according to the artistic hair transplant plan he has designed specifically for you. This is where artistry is key and separates an average result from an amazing result. Read more about Ziering Artistry
Step Four: Placement of the Hair Grafts by Your Personally Selected Ziering Tech Team
Finally, your hair grafts are transplanted into the balding and thinning areas of your scalp by a surgical technician who places each graft carefully and meticulously into those recipient sites. Surgical hair restoration is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.
Transplanted hair goes through the same resting and growing phases of your normal hair. The hairs of the transplanted grafts will begin to grow at approximately 4 months after your procedure and will continue to grow through months 10 – 12 post operatively.
Combining today’s technology with our surgeons, Ziering hair transplant results are perfectly natural and undetectable. To learn more about the Ziering difference, call 800-642-9942 now and schedule your personal consultation.
Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT)
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is performed using local anaesthetic.
A thin strip of donor hair is harvested from the donor area which is the region of hair on the back of the head. This hair is genetically programmed not to fall out. These hairs are permanent.
The donor strip is then placed under the Ziering Scope which is a microscope specifically designed for hair restoration surgery. The strip is then dissected into microscopic grafts of individual follicular units, of one to four hairs. This important step in hair restoration surgery must be precise in order to gain the best yield from your donor area. These precious grafts are placed in a cold, tissue storage and kept as such until they are meticulously placed in the recipient sites created by our hair surgeon.
Extreme attention is given to the exact angle and direction of each tiny recipient site in order to maximize the redistribution of your transplanted hair to achieve aesthetic and artistic density, meaning to give the most natural looking result and the greatest allusion of more hair.
In most procedures, the 1- hair grafts are placed in the frontal hairline and temporal peaks, the 2-hair grafts immediately behind the hairline grafts and the 3 and 4 hair follicular units are placed through central and forelock zones.
Suture Line Immediate Post Op
Suture Line 11 months Post Op
This may vary with Corrective Procedures where the repair of “old plugs” requires more creative design to soften the “pluggy” appearance of older surgical hair restoration techniques.
Surgical hair restoration patients are provided with a specific post-operative routine to follow for the first 10 days. After the procedure, if there is any discomfort related to the procedure it is normally treated with oral medications.
Transplanted hair goes through the same resting and growing phases of your normal hair. The hairs of the transplanted grafts will begin to grow at approximately 4 months after your procedure and continue through months 10 – 12 post operatively.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Surgical hair restoration is a field of medicine that is constantly evolving as the result of physicians constantly seeking to meet the needs of their patients. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of obtaining donor hair for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedures and one of those innovations that has been developed to give an alternative harvesting technique for patients who are looking for an option other than the traditional gold standard single strip method. Patients who are concerned about having a linear scar, who want to wear their hair very short or whose scalp is too tight for strip harvesting, are typically good candidates for FUE procedures. These are the patients that physicians had in mind when they were developing FUE as viable option and alternative.
Immediate Post Op
1 Day Post Op
1 Week Post Op
Unlike the strip method in which only the precise donor strip is shaved and a linear incision made with the grafts being microscopically dissected from that strip, FUE requires that the entire donor zone be shaved and the follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp, one follicular unit at a time, which is a time and labor intensive process. The follicular units are taken from the known donor area by using a .8mm to 1mm punch, making a circular incision around the top of the follicular units and removing the follicular units directly from the scalp. Once the donor hair is harvested, the recipient sites are created by your surgeon and the grafts are placed with the proper angle and direction by the hair surgery technicians, as is with all follicular unit transplantation procedures.
Due to the extended length of time required to properly extract the follicular units, time for recipient site creation and graft placement may be proportionately decreased. This may shift the surgeon’s time and focus away from planning and designing recipient sites (the artistic component) to the donor area and the mechanical extraction of the follicular units unless the sessions are kept small or are done over several days in succession.
Follicular Unit Extraction Instruments
Follicular Unit Extraction instrumentation and techniques have evolved in recent years. The latest improvements have made FUE more viable, by offering instrumentation capable of harvesting more grafts with less damage and less scarring.
Recent improvements include:
- Smaller punches that reduce spotty scarring
- Motorized punches that refine the way Surgeons score the upper layer skin
- Restricted depth of scoring to better protect the follicular unit grafts
- Understanding the need to limit extractions in order to prevent obvious scarring
SAFE System for FUE
Ziering Surgeons utilise Dr. Jim Harris’s “SAFE System” instrumentation for Follicular Unit Extraction. The specially designed instrument is a motorized blunt dissection device.
- Isolates the follicular units from the surrounding scalp area
- Allows the Surgeon to extract follicular units directly from the scalp
- Minimises damage to follicles
FUE has moved forward with the latest technology and techniques and a good result can be achieved in the right patient, though it is certainly not the best option for all. The single strip harvest procedure used in Follicular Unit Technique transplantation remains the preferred method of graft harvesting for most patients.
ARTAS® System FUE Transplants
Now you can have a permanent and natural looking solution for hair loss. And nobody has to know you’ve had treatment.
With the ARTAS® System Procedure, your skilled physician utilizes advanced digital technology and precision robotics to give you fuller, healthy looking hair. Permanent hair from the back of the head is transplanted into thinning areas, growing naturally as before.
You’ll have natural looking hair – your own hair – that you can wear in any style with confidence.
What Is A Follicular Unit?
We all know what hair follicles are. But many people don’t realize that hair in your scalp grows in groupings. These groupings, called follicular units, typically contain one to four hair follicles. In hair restoration, single-hair follicular units are transplanted in irregular patterns along the hairline, like the original hairline. Multiple-hair follicular units are used in the interior to provide density and fullness. In this way, the transplanted hair grows back naturally and permanently.
ARTAS® System Machine Interface
- Visualizes the surface of the scalp in three dimensions with micron-level precision.
- Stereo digital imaging maps coordinates, angle orientation and direction for each follicular unit.
- Determines the density and distribution of follicular units.
- At 50 times a second, monitors and updates distinct parameters of each and every follicular unit.
- Intelligent algorithms set the alignment and depth for individual follicular unit harvesting.
- Calculated angle of approach minimizes transections by the two-needle system.
- Only available in our Beverly Hills Clinic.
Ziering US Locations
- New York
- Long Island
- San Antonio
- Salt Lake City
- Beverly Hills
- Newport Beach
- San Francisco
- Palo Alto
- Washington, DC
- Las Vegas
Dr. Craig L. Ziering, celebrity hair transplant surgeon and leading authority in hair transplant surgery, and the team at Ziering Medical are among the very best in the field of hair restoration. Working with entertainment and sports celebrities, executives and individuals across the country, Dr. Ziering considers himself privileged to be a part of changing people’s lives, personally and professionally. There is no better reward for the Ziering Medical team than to watch individuals regain their confidence as they run their fingers through their new hair.
Dr. Ziering received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida and completed his residency at Ohio University’s Grandview Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. After completing a Fellowship in Hair Restoration with Medical Hair Restoration in Orlando, Dr. Ziering became the Associate Medical Director at MHR for a period of ten years before founding his private practice, Ziering Medical. Dr. Ziering is certified by both the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. A Past President of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, Dr. Ziering serves on advisory boards for various companies including Merck, Lexington International, Pfizer and on the scientific advisory board of Histogen (Regenerative Medicine) and is on the Surgical Faculty for the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at the University of California at Irvine, the Dermatology Faculty, Western University/Pacific Hospital, Long Beach, California and Michigan State University, Dermatology Faculty. Additionally, Dr. Ziering is the Medical Director for Advanced Hair Growth and Apira Science as well as being the Primary Investigator for the clinical trials involving hair cloning and multiplication. In 2003, Dr. Ziering was recognized by his peers at the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons for his Whorl Hair Classification System being awarded the prestigious, “Most Original New Idea” at that year’s scientific assembly.
As a recognized expert in the art and science of hair transplant surgery, Dr Ziering is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, including the Today Show and was invited to perform the very first hair transplant procedure on ABC’s hit show, Extreme Makeover.
Hair Restoration is Dr. Ziering’s passion and he has been and continues to be active in the industry through ongoing education and research in the U.S. and abroad, serving frequently as a guest surgeon and lecturer, and as Primary Investigator in various clinical trials.
Growing up in a family of medical professionals, Dr. Christopher Varona spent his childhood immersed in his father’s medical practice learning the ins and outs of patient care. By the time he received his Doctorate degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Midwestern, he was already an old hand in knowing how to take care of patients. He carried this knowledge with him through his residency at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and, upon completion, into his medical practice.
As a kid Dr. Varona was already a skilled artist in his own right, attending a music academy during high school to foster his skill as a pianist. Today, he uses his innate artistic sense and skilled hands to help transform peoples’ lives through hair restoration.
Although he originally worked in family medicine, Dr. Varona decided to change the course of his career when he underwent hair restoration himself. With a keen sense for the artistry and meticulous skill required by these procedures, Dr. Varona quickly learned the ropes and excelled in the specialty.
A member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ABHRS), Dr. Varona is especially skilled in creating the most natural looking hairlines possible. In addition to his tremendous technical ability, he prides himself on being easily accessible to his patients and being able to empathize with them on a personal level, since he has also experienced hair loss himself, and ultimately, hair restoration.
In addition to being a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Dr. Varona has been on the faculty of the Orlando Live Surgery Workshop for the past two years and is also part of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the Illinois Medical Society. He enjoys traveling as much as possible, trying new restaurants, and investing in his personal health by dedicating an hour of each day to exercise.
“People place great value in hair and the overall contribution it places in an overall appearance. After I had my own procedure and felt that transformation from worrying about my hair to not even thinking about my hair, I knew I wanted to help other people overcome similar concerns while still doing something artistic and technically oriented.” Dr. Varona
When price is not factor, but the ultimate in privacy and discretion is – ask about our VIP Packages.
At Ziering, there are certain things you can always count on when you allow us to be a part of your hair restoration journey.
- You will always know who your surgeon is.
- Our grafts are Ziering Certified!
- You will be assigned a Patient Advocate who will guide you through the whole process from beginning to end.
- You will enjoy getting to know our Patient Relations Specialist.
- We will give you a comprehensive, long term plan for treating your hair loss.
- And you will have be the first to know the latest developments in everything HAIR!
The Value of a Hair Transplant
Selecting the hair restoration practice to perform your hair transplant procedure is a big decision. Here are some tips for helping understand this field of medicine and how to make the best decision for you.
Basic Pricing Model for the Industry
Determining the cost of your hair transplant procedure starts with knowing the amount of hair loss you have already. Next, your donor hair has to be assessed. The amount of quality donor hair that can be safely harvested helps establish the surgery session size and the actual price range. Most hair restoration practices charge an average price per graft for the harvested donor hair. That average price per graft is impacted by the type of procedure you choose to have whether it is FUT Strip, FUE Manual or Robotic FUE. All these factors are combined to determine the actual cost for your surgical hair restoration. While cost may be a driving factor in your decision making, one of our patients summed this up well: Whatever you pay for a bad, or even mediocre hair transplant, is way too costly.
The Affordability Factor
Now, more than ever before, surgical hair restoration is affordable. Typical procedures range from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on all the factors discussed. To help you plan financially, here is an example of monthly payment plans when you qualify for some or our available finance options.