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Guide to male hair transplants – 10 key tips

Crown Clinic’s surgeon Asim Shahmalak is often asked to provide simple guides to male hair transplantation. Here are the 10 key points to remember if you considering having a transplant based on the most common questions put to Dr Shahmalak. We do genuinely feel that hair transplans are the most transformative procedures that a man can have.

1 What procedures are available? There are two common procedures. Around 80% of patients at Crown Clinic choose the FUE (follicular unit extraction) technique used on celebrities such as Wayne Rooney and Crown Clinic’s patients, model Calum Best, Gogglebox star Chris Steed, football pundit Didi Hamann and Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.  Dr Shahmalak will revmove individual hair follicles from the back and sides of the scalp where the hair is strongest and most abundant – and move them to the balding areas. The other popular technique is FUT (follicular unit transplantation), used by around 20% of Crown Clinic patients including the TV doctor Christian Jessen. This involves surgically cutting a strip of skin from the back of the head with the hair follicles attached. This strip is put under a microscrope and the follicles are removed and separated by skilled technicians.

2 Advantages of FUE– the surgeon removes each follicle separately so scarring is minimal. This is a big advantage if you like to wear your hair short or shaved.

3 Scarring with FUT– yes, the scar is more visible than with FUE but it is very difficult to see if you wear your hair longer. It is an older technique and an effective one. Because all the follicles are removed at the same time there is less chance of them being damaged.

4 Getting the best from your hair transplant– Dr Shahmalak sees all his patients personally to plan exactly which areas will be bolstered with the transplanted hair. He will look at the pattern of a patient’s hair loss to assess best how many grafts he will take and where they will be used to boost the hairline. There are a limited number of follicles that can be used for a transplant. Patients need to be realistic and not too greedy. While your hairline will be transformed, you may not get the hairline you had when you were a teenager. If the grafts are spread out too much, it doesn’t look right. Dr Shahmalak will create a good natural hairline which will takes years off your age.

5 What’s the operation like? This is performed under local anaesthetic. Most patients are pretty relaxed when the grafts are removed. Some are so chilled that they fall asleep while others watch DVDs. Once the follicles have been extracted either by FUT or FUE, the surgeon makes the holes for the patient’s new hairline. They need to be made in such a way that they follow the natural slant of the patient’s existing hair. This is where the skill of the surgeon really counts – the very best surgeons like Dr Shahmalak make the new hair look as natural as possible, perfectly blending with existing hair.

6 How many follicles can be transplanted? Anywhere between 2,000 and up to 5,000 follicles in a single day.

7 Key aftercare tips – you need to treat your scalp with extreme care for the first couple of weeks following a hair transplant. At Crown Clinic we recommend that you wear a buttoned shirt rather than a sweater or a T-shirt because the act of taking off a pull-over or T-shirt can dislodge the new hairs. You need to be careful when you wash your new hair at first to make sure none of the tranpslanted hair comes out. Within two weeks, the new grafts are pretty solid and you can return to your normal routine.

8 How long does it take to grow back? No two patients are the same but around 8 months. The new hair will fall out in the immediate aftermath of the operation. This is entirely normal – the important thing is that the new roots are established. From these, the new hair will grow back in time, but it can be 8 months and up to a year before your new hair transplant will look its best.

9 What can go wrong? There are fears that a patient’s grafts can end up looking like a doll with hair plugs – individual clumps of hair – creating an unnatural look. Certainly this was a valid worry 15 years ago when modern hair transplant techniques were still in their infancy. Such worries are no longer relevant.  Provided you do your research and go to the right surgeon – one with international recognition such as Crown Clinic’s Dr Shahmalak – you can get a natural-looking transplant.

10 Why go to the trouble? Hair loss can have a damaging effect on a man’s self-esteem. Studies consistently show that men with a full head of hair are happier and more confident and this impacts on their personal relationships and even their earning power.

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 


For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.