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When Hair Transplants Go Wrong

There has been a vast increase in recent years in the number of hair transplant clinics which are not registered with the Care Quality Commission – the NHS’s independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. This is a worrying thought, as the level of detail, experience and care that is required to perform a successful hair transplant is paramount.

Since the turn of the last decade when high profile celebrities such as Wayne Rooney and Callum Best began to sport the results of their hair transplants in public, the popularity of the procedure has continued to soar. It’s no longer unusual to see stars of the screen sporting brand new hairlines. Because of this openness, some men now happily discuss the prospect of having work done and more than ever are undergoing the procedure.

According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), hair restoration procedures increased by 60% between 2014 and 2016, with just under 650,000 procedures being successfully undertaken during the period. However, as the popularity of hair transplants have increased, so has the number of unlicensed hair transplant clinics. Today, the percentage of overall transplants being performed by qualified clinicians is frighteningly low.

Ensure Your Surgeon is Qualified and Experienced

You may have read in the media that hair transplant surgery can cost up to £30-40k. In today’s marketplace, it’s possible to find practitioners offering them for as little as £1k. To patients, such low prices should be an immediate warning sign.

Poor clinics work with no oversight and sometimes the results can be devastating, damaging the confidence of the patient and costing them a large sum of money as they later had to invest in recovery work.

Some patients have reported that on the day of their transplant, a surgeon came into the room and introduced themselves, but did not perform the transplant.

Dr Shahmalak, Head Surgeon at Crown Clinic, encourages patients to ask, ‘what were they doing yesterday?’ as he fears that many ‘technicians’ are underqualified and under-experienced to perform the job.

In recent times, the surgeons here at Crown Clinic have spent more and more of their time attempting to remedy the shoddy work of cowboy doctors. Common injuries include;

Excessive Pain
Haemorrhage bleeding
Visible scarring
Long term damage to the donor
Poorly placed grafts

If you experience any of these symptoms too excess, contact a doctor immediately.


Get in touch with Crown Clinic to find out more about hair transplants


Can a Surgeon Correct a Poorly Executed Hair Transplant?

A hair transplant procedure will give a patient a more natural-looking hairline and thicker hair. The transplanted grafts should blend perfectly with the patient’s natural hair. For many, this restores their self-esteem and leads them to live a happier and more fulfilled life. A poorly executed hair transplant results in the opposite happening. The importance of using an experienced surgeon cannot be stressed enough.

If you are already suffering from the results of a bad transplant, you have several possible options. There are no guarantees that it can be remedied, but that’s not to say that excellent results are not possible. Dr Shahmalak has undertaken and saved many patients from disastrous results. If there is ample donor tissue available, there is a possibility to save the transplant.

For those that have had hair loss since their transplant, it’s essential to wait until the situation has stabilised before undergoing another procedure.

Find Out About the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery)

The ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) is the world’s leading authority medical association for Hair Transplant Surgery. Their role is to ensure that work is being carried out to the highest possible standards. They currently have 1100 members from 70 countries and can help you to find a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your transplant.

If you like to arrange a consultation with Dr Shahmalak or find out more about his skills and experience as a hair transplant surgeon contact us today on 03455 2 100 300.

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.

Expert hair transplant surgery by Dr Shahmalak

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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.