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Hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak in the news for his work with acid attack victims

You may have seen Crown Clinic’s hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak in the news this week for his work with acid attack victims in Pakistan.

Two years ago, Asim lead a team from Crown Clinic who went over to Karachi to provide eyelash, eyebrow and hair transplants to women who had been horrifically scarred in these attacks.

Asim recently went back to Pakistan to meet some new patients who he will be helping with a team from Crown Clinic on a trip later this year.

He was also reunited with Kanwal Qayyum, a beautiful 29-year-old mother-of-four who was scarred for life after a jealous friend doused her with sulphuric acid because she wanted to better herself and become an air stewardess.

We released this story to the media this week and it go out a phenomenal response. Asim was in demand with the world’s media – doing interviews with BBC1’s North West Today, BBC Greater Manchester and BBC Asian Network.

The story was picked up all over the world including on popular sites such as Mail Online. You can see the Mail Online story here:


Read the full story of Asim’s extraordinary work with Kanwal Qayyum here:

A woman horrifically scarred in an acid attack because a jealous friend did not want her to become an air hostess has shared pictures of her remarkable facial reconstruction.
Kanwal Qayyum, 29, was horrifically injured after being doused with sulphuric acid while she slept by a bitter former pal who hated the idea of her bettering herself.
She lost her nose in the attack in Pakistan and surgeons have spent the past decade painstakingly rebuilding her features.
They completely rebuilt her nose using tissue from her thigh.
One of the team helping her has been hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak, from Manchester, who travelled to Karachi to create two new eyebrows and a new eyelashes in the left eyelid for Kanwal from hair taken from the back of her scalp.
Dr Shahmalak, best known for his work with celebrity hair transplant patients like Calum Best at Crown Clinic close to Manchester Airport, was reunited with Kanwal on a trip to Karachi last week where she proudly showed off her new eyebrows and eyelashes which have grown back following his reconstruction work two years ago.
The acid used to attack her can be bought for as little as 15p a bottle in the streets near her home with no questions asked.
Before the surgery, she used a black marker to give the impression that she still had eyebrows.
Dr Shahmalak is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world who can carry out eyelash and eyebrow transplants.
In the UK, he performs these operations on women who have wrecked their brows or lashes through over-plucking or misusing false eyelashes.
Kanwal, now planning fresh surgery on her nose, has got married since first being helped by Dr Shahmalak.
Kanwal, who wants her story and pictures to be shared to raise awareness about the plight of acid attack victims in Pakistan, said: “I cannot thank the doctor enough – he has completely transformed my face and I love my new eyebrows and new eyelashes.”
These pictures show the extraordinary transformation in Kanwal’s appearance since the attack 10 years ago as surgeons have rebuilt her face and created a new nose for her.
Father-of-two Dr Shahmalak, who lives with his GP wife Rubina in Cheadle, Manchester, said: “Kanwal is one of the bravest women I have ever met. The surgeons have done a remarkable job completely rebuilding her features and I was delighted to be able to help with her eyebrows and new eyelashes.
“It was wonderful to hear how she has turned her life around, found happiness and got married.
“She is now having her nose remodelled and making amazing progress every time I meet her. It has been so rewarding to be part of her recovery.”
Dr Shahmalak met Kanwal again while on a new mercy mission to Pakistan last week. He has identified seven new people he will help with free hair, eyebrow and eyelash transplants later this year.
He is taking a team from Crown Clinic to carry out the surgical reconstruction.
He spent £50,000 of his own money helping Kanwal and five other women on a previous trip two years ago  – one of whom was attacked with acid after turning down a man’s marriage proposal.
Dr Shahmalak, a skilled former NHS surgeon, works with celebrities including Gogglebox’s Chris Steed, football pundit Didi Hamann and Homes Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts, who have all recently had procedures at Crown Clinic, one of the world’s leading hair transplant centres.
He said: “I wept when I heard these women’s stories. Being doused with acid because you refused a man’s marriage proposal – people were treated better in the Middle Ages.
“Helping to rebuild their faces is some of the most rewarding work that I do. Just seeing their smiles after the surgery makes it all worthwhile.”
Dr Shahmalak, who was born in Karachi but moved to the UK after qualifying as a doctor, was introduced to the patients by the Pakistan-based charity Depilex Smileagain Foundation whose founder Masarrat Misbah has worked tirelessly to help victims of acid attacks.

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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.