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.