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It’s all downhill from here…how men start worry about losing their looks at 35

Crown Clinic were in the media again last week after putting out a new survey which looked at the ages men and women start worrying about their looks.

The story was picked up by the Sun, Mirror Online and lots of other news organisations. You can see some of the coverage here:

Here are the full results of the full survey.

It’s all downhill from here…how women start worrying about losing their looks at 29 – the same age as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, according to a new survey
* Men wait until 35 before they starting fretting about the ageing process – the same age as Tom Hiddleston, tipped to be the next James Bond;
* Women’s biggest concerns were grey hair, wrinkles and crows feet around the eyes;
* Men’s biggest worries were man boobs and thinning hair;

The average age when women believe that time has begun to catch up with them is 29, according to a new survey.
Almost two-thirds of women (64%) are agonising about their fading youth as they approach their 30th birthday.
The three biggest worries are grey hair, followed by wrinkles and crows feet.
Fears over the ageing process don’t hit most men till six years later – at the age of 35.
Their three biggest concerns are man boobs, thinning hair and a double chin.
The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain’s top hair transplant centre.
It found that one in six women (16%) were already fretting about being over the hill by the time they are 21.
A further one in seven (17%) become preoccupied with losing their looks when they turn 25.
But the key age when the fear is most intense is 29 – the same age as supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and singer Ellie Goulding.
The survey found that 42% of women felt more insecure about their looks when they turned 30.
The average age of new mothers in Britain is 30 (up from 29.8 years in 2012) and it is also the most popular age for new brides.
Only 5% of men worry about their looks by the time they are 25.
This figures goes up to 22% by the age of 30.
By 35, 62% of men fear they are over the hill. Male celebrities who are 35 include The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston – hot favourite to be the next James Bond –  and singer Justin Timberlake.
The survey found that 47% of women would go under the knife to improve their looks – with a boob job the most popular option.
A third of men (34%) would also consider surgery with a hair transplant the number one option.
More young men are now seeking surgery to improve their looks with the average age for hair transplants down to 42 from 47 five years ago.
There has been a 25% increase in under-30s seeking help – down to the ‘Wayne Rooney effect’ with young men copying the England football captain by bolstering their hair with a transplant.
Hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak from Crown Clinic said: “The ageing process catches up with us all, but Britons are increasingly prepared to turn to cosmetic surgery to improve their looks – mimicking a trend which first started in Hollywood.
“Studies show that people who look after their bodies are more successful in their careers and earn more.
“Techniques have improved so much, particularly regarding hair transplantation, and men can look 10 years younger through a simple operation.
“The Wayne Rooney effect has sparked a boom in hair transplants. Wayne will be seen by millions at the European football championships this summer – he is a great advert for the procedure.”
Dr Shahmalak is the stars’ favourite hair transplant surgeon, having performed procedures on the model Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen and the footballer Didi Hamann.

Calum and Didi both had FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedures while Christian favoured the more traditional FUT (follicular unit transplantation) technique.

Women’s top five ageing fears

1 Grey hair
2 Wrinkles
3 Crows feet
4 Double chin
5 Bingo wings

Men’s top five ageing fears

1Man boobs
2 Thinning hair
3 Double chin
4 Beer belly
5 Grey hair

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.