Meet Dr. Craig Ball
About Dr. Craig Ball at Palm Desert's Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Dr. Ball is an E.N.T.—head and neck cosmetic surgeon—who finished his residency in Los Angeles in 1982 and worked in L.A. for 20 years before moving to the Coachella Valley.
Dr. Ball specializes in facial cosmetic surgery, including blepharoplasties, face/neck lifts, and fat-to-face transfers to replace hollowed-out areas. He is experienced in the latest Sciton erbium laser treatments. He is also renowned for meticulous body contouring, using small micro cannulas to ensure smooth transitions of body areas.
Lastly, Dr. Ball is excited to be able to add autologous fat harvesting stem cell therapy to help those with auto-immune diseases, injuries—including such areas as the knees, shoulders, hips, spine, etc.—as well as what seems to be advancement in neuro-cognitive disorders, such as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, i.e., concussions) and Alzheimer's disease.
Training & Education
A University of Texas at San Antonio graduate, Dr. Ball finished a year of rotation internship at VMC in Fresno, followed by another year of general surgery there, then three years at White Memorial Medical Center, where he was asked to join the teaching staff and was voted "Most Outstanding Teacher" in 1985 by the residents.
Beginning Anew in Palm Desert
After 20 years in Los Angeles, Dr. Ball moved to the Coachella Valley in late 1999, and in early 2003 opened Cosmetic Surgery Institute. Five years later, he sold his practice to his friend and colleague, Dr. Mo Zakhireh. They've maintained their friendship, and, after so many years of traveling, golfing, biking, doing spec-building projects with his wife Lorna at Bighorn Country Club, and landscape projects, Dr. Mo asked Dr. Ball to rejoin him at CSI.
"Dr. Zakhireh took a world-class cosmetic facility and made it better!" Dr. Ball explains. "He's added a truly remarkable staff with four full-time estheticians, nurses, and a great surgical staff. I'm truly honored and humbled to be able to have a second career again back at home at CSI. And adding stem cell therapy to our surgical options is really exciting".