What Makes A Good Hair Transplant Surgeon

It can be challenging to identify an excellent and skilled hair transplant surgeon from a dodgy and reckless one. Unfortunately, there are still too many people getting caught out by inexperienced surgeons, particularly within the hair loss industry, leaving patients feeling more anxious and having to spend more to rectify their careless mistakes. Fortunately, you won’t get this treatment at Crown Clinic.

Crown Clinic is one of the most renowned hair restoration clinics in the UK. Not only do we have an excellent and endorsed reputation, but we are also one of the leading hair transplant surgeons in the world – Dr Shahmalak. Recognised for his pioneering techniques, regular media appearances and global charity work, Dr Shahmalak has opened up a door to allow those suffering from hair loss to speak up, not feel embarrassed and get the treatment they deserve.

Dr Shahmalak understands the anxiety that hair loss can have and has the rare ability to transform this empathy and ground-breaking techniques into his hair transplant surgeries. The results speak for themselves.

While Crown Clinic is in a fortunate position, many hair transplant clinics in the UK don’t have the same accreditations and reputation.


Tips for Choosing the Right Hair Surgeon


When considering hair transplant surgery or other private surgical treatments, you must do your research first and seek advice. Sadly, cosmetic procedures are sometimes overlooked and unregulated, which is why you must research your options first and speak with medical professionals.

Healthcare professionals can often recommend a reputable and skilled surgeon, so it’s worth asking around.


Qualifications and Terminology


The most important factor when considering which hair transplant clinic to book with is the qualifications and the type of terminology they use.

The physician should be able to provide you with their education, training, and qualifications. If they cannot disclose this to you, go no further.

The British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS) was founded in 1996 and published a Constitution to ‘promote the understanding and reputation of hair restoration surgery in the United Kingdom’.

When it comes to a hair transplant, there are terminology misconceptions that should be avoided by both patients and surgeons. These include:

  • Cosmetic Surgeon
  • Cosmetic Doctor
  • Cosmetic Physician

While it’s common to refer to hair restoration surgery as a cosmetic procedure, it’s not the current terminology to use for the hair loss industry.

BAHRS promotes the usage of ‘hair transplant surgeon’ as opposed to ‘hair transplant doctor’ to its practitioners.

When researching clinics and surgeons, consider the terminology being used both in communication and in other content materials that are being advertised.


Face-to-Face Consultations


While most hair loss clinics provide a consultation service, make sure it’s face-to-face and not over the phone. Having a face-to-face consultation allows you to meet the surgeon and build a rapport. If you don’t feel comfortable with the surgeon after your meeting, then you’re unlikely to have confidence in having your hair transplant done at that clinic, and you might save yourself from having a bad experience. The same applies to clinics that don’t offer face-to-face appointments.

Here are some questions to ask the clinician during your consultation:

  • Do you dissect grafts using a stereo-microscope?
  • Are all the technicians experienced with using this type of equipment?
  • Do you work with a single-bladed knife to extract from the donor area?

Fortunately, Crown Clinic offers face-to-face consultations to discuss the best form of treatment, as well as allow you to meet the surgeon and ask any concerning questions. Contact us today to book your hair loss consultation.


Hair Loss Results


Always ask to see past results and patient testimonials if possible – taking into consideration patient confidentiality. If you’re able to see past and most recent results, you’ll get more of an understanding of the surgeon’s skill set and experience.

When viewing hair restoration images, check the legitimacy of the before and after shots. Different lighting, angles, and locations in the photos are a big giveaway to determining a legit and fake result.

If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of the photographs or testimonials, don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek a second opinion.

Crown Clinic has built an excellent reputation and regularly welcomes celebrities through our doors, as well as being open to answering any questions. You can view our image gallery and hair transplant case studies on our website.


Hair Transplant Cost

Hair transplant surgery varies in cost, but sometimes, if the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. This is a critical factor to consider for having the procedure done abroad, especially if it turns into a holiday package that includes, flights and hotels.

Hair transplants in the UK and overseas are expensive, but due to the specialist skillset that is required, they shouldn’t be cheap.

Some clinics will cut corners and use trainee technicians rather than fully qualified hair restoration surgeons. During the procedure, a doctor will oversee the trainees, which is exceptionally dangerous, and any mistakes made can lead to long-term damage. If you’re told trainees will undertake the surgery, or you sense that a qualified clinician won’t be performing the surgery, go elsewhere, as not only is it dangerous, but you’ll also lose a substantial amount of money.


Dr Shahmalak – The UK’s Leading Hair Transplant Surgeon


With an illustrious career in general surgery, Dr Shahmalak was already an established and well-thought-out individual within the medical industry.

His career began in 1990 following the completion of his initial training, Dr Shahmalak moved to the Republic of Ireland to become a Senior House Officer in General Surgery. He later became a Specialist Registrar in general surgery. In 1995, Dr Shahmalak became a member of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) and moved to the UK in 1996 to become a general surgeon in the NHS with a career spanning 15 years.

Following his 15-year career as a reputable NHS general surgeon, Dr Shahmalak began his career as a private hair transplant physician in 2005, before establishing the most recognised hair restoration clinic in the UK in 2007 – Crown Clinic.

Today, Dr Shahmalak is undoubtedly the most established and leading hair transplant surgeon in the UK, who takes pride in the work that he does, working to an exceptionally high standard.

Click here to learn more about Dr Shahmalak or book a consultation with him by calling us on 0345 2 100 300.


The above are all critical factors to take into consideration when selecting a genuine hair restoration clinic and surgeon for an illegitimate one. If you’ve been a victim of a bad hair restoration procedure, Crown Clinic also specialises in hair transplant repairs. Get in touch with us today for more information.