What celebrity patients have said about Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak

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Crown Clinic hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak is known for his work with famous celebrities. He does two types of hair transplant procedure, FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation), at Crown Clinic near to Manchester Airport.

Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd

Jack, who plays David Platt in the soap, said: “There are only a few cosmetic procedures that men can have to make themselves look younger. It is the modern day version of the boob job.
“No man wants to go bald, particularly one in his early 30s like me, and this simple operation can completely transform your life.
“I was in and out in a day, back on the Corrie set in two weeks and, nine months later, I have a completely new hairline.
“I have never felt more body confident and I know in taking this step I have helped my future as an actor.
“I have been inspired by stars such as Wayne Rooney and Calum Best who have been so public about their operations and how they have benefitted from surgery.
“It is the same cost as replacing your car but the benefits to your self-confidence and mental wellbeing are incalculable.”
“I was very keen to work with a UK surgeon – you do read some scary stories about things going wrong at clinics abroad in countries like Turkey.
“The very best surgeons such as Dr Shahmalak blend the new hair in so naturally and completely transform your appearance.”

Model Calum Best

Calum Best said: “”There is no doubt that my hair transplants have changed my life. I have been losing my hair since my early 20s.
“Nature's plan was for me to have thin and patchy hair across the top of my scalp.
“But the great thing is, we don't have to follow nature's plan.
“Hair transplant technology has improved so much in the last five years and I have been able to keep hold of all my hair and wear it in my the same way as I did when I was in my teens. I have so much to thank Asim Shahmalak for – he is the best hair transplant surgeon in the world.
“No man wants to be bald when he is older.
“Losing your hair is one of the most demoralising things that can happen to a man as he ages.
“You don't feel nearly as good about yourself and it eats away at your body confidence.
“For me, I was worrying about my thinning hair when I was attending auditions. I would be thinking, 'Have they seen my hair? Are they going to give me the job?'
“It was becoming a big distraction.
“I've read research saying that baldness can make men look 10 years older. I would say keeping hold of my hair has made me look at least five years younger. The difference in my self-esteem is immeasurable.
 “Stars like Wayne Rooney and Robbie Williams have made a big difference. They've been very open about what they have had done. Men just say: 'Good on them.' And most women say: 'Don't they look better.'”

TV doctor Christian Jessen

Dr Jessen said: “Having two hair transplants with Asim Shahmalak at Crown Clinic has been very empowering for me. I thought to myself, 'Why am I always telling people how to change things about their bodies that they dislike if I can't do the same thing for myself?'
“We view cosmetic surgery for men and women so differently. Having a boob job for women is seen as such an every day thing these days, but for a man to have a hair transplant is seen as a far bigger step. 
“There are so many men out there who want to have this done but don't dare.”
In his most recent procedure, Christian had 1,800 grafts (3,000 individual hairs) transplanted to bolster his hairline. 
Dr Jessen added: “I am not on TV for how I look. I am on TV because I am a doctor and I guess at first I didn't realise that your appearance is important and all part of the game.
“I did get some pretty hurtful comments. Some people would just say, 'You've got **** hair.'
“After I had my first transplant with Dr Shahmalak all those negative comments stopped immediately and no one ever commented on my hair again.”
Dr Jessen chose Asim Shahmalak because they had worked together on his Channel 4 medical show Embarrassing Bodies.
Christian said: “We filmed Asim on the show performing a hair transplant. The patient looked fantastic afterwards and I remember thinking, 'Wow that is great.'”
Dr Shahmalak said he was thrilled to operate on another doctor.
He said: “I love the fact that I am the doctor's doctor. Being recommended by a doctor or treating a doctor is the ultimate compliment.”

BBC presenter Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts, star of the BBC1 property show Homes Under The Hammer, had 4,200 hairs transplanted on to the top of his scalp to cover up a bald spot around his crown. 
He said: “I got all my hair back and could not have been more delighted. I chose Dr Shahmalak because of his state-of-the-art clinc and the work he has done previously with Christian Jessen.”
Martin had been increasingly worried about his bald spot in the months leading up to his operation. 
He said: “Every time there was a shot of me from the back, you'd see this 'thing' – my balding spot. It was like a halo. There is a strong history of hair loss in my family and I didn't like the idea of it getting any worse.
“Men are limited in the options they have when it comes to cosmetic surgery but hair transplants can make a real difference to your life.
“The way I saw it was, I could upgrade my car or I could spend the money changing my appearance for life and improving my self-esteem. When you view it like that, it is a no brainer to have the hair transplant.”

Soccer legend Didi Hamann

Didi Hamann, former Liverpool and Man City midfielder, had 4,000 hairs transplanted to his temples and hairline in a procedure at Crown Clinic.
Didi, now a respected pundit on Sky and the BBC, said: “I have always liked Wayne Rooney both as a player and as a man. I remember thinking when he had it done, 'Good for him – he wants to look better and isn't afraid to tell the world about it.' I'm the same. I am happy to go public and make clear that you can really benefit from giving nature a helping hand.”

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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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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.


Why does sun damage the hair?


Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.


Protecting your hair from the sun


Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.


Protecting your hair from the sea


Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.


Protecting your hair in a swimming pool


Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 


Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 


Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 


Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 


If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 


Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 


It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 


Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 


If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.