Woman who had simultaneous eyebrow and eyelash transplant at Crown Clinic

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At Crown Clinic, our consultant surgeon Asim Shahmalak is one of the few surgeons in the UK who performs more unusual procedures including eyebrow transplants and eyelash transplants.
With one woman, he performed eyebrow and eyelash transplants on the same day – the first time this has been done in the UK.
You can see pictures of her remarkable transformation below.
The woman is a 36-year-old mother-of-four from Essex who had permanently damaged her eyelids by gluing on false eyelashes. She also had naturally thin brows and craved a bushier look like the Duchess of Cambridge.
She said: “I am really happy with my new eyelashes and new brows. It's the best money I have ever spent.”
Dr Shahmalak carried out the eyebrow transplant in the morning and the eyelash transplant in the afternoon – and the patient was able to leave the clinic that day.
She was so relaxed she fell asleep during the eyebrow transplant.
She said: “I knew that I was in very good hands. Both procedures were very straight-forward. I would recommend them to any woman who was unhappy with her lashes and wanted a permanent solution to her problems. This way, you don’t have to worry about causing damage to your natural features using products like false eyelashes. I am thrilled with my new look.”
Eyelash and eyebrow transplants have been pioneered in America in the last few years.
A number of cosmetic surgery clinics in the States offer the treatment to patients who have either damaged their lashes or brows or want to recreate the 'perfect' brows and lashes of their favourite stars for cosmetic reasons.
Both operations have been introduced to the UK by Dr Shahmalak, one of the most respected cosmetic surgeons in the world.
This was the first time Dr Shahmalak had performed both operations at the same time on one patient.
He said: “It was an exhausting day for all of us – no one has attempted to do both operations on the same day before
“The patient had damaged her eyelashes and required a transplant. She thought it made sense to fill out her brows at the same time.”
A strip of hair was taken from the back of the patient's scalp and the individual hair follicles removed.
The surgeon then transplanted the new hair into her eyelashes and brows.
She had 35 new lashes threaded into upper eyelids using a special needle.
For her new brows, around 400 hairs were transplanted individually to fill out the brows in a similar procedure to a hair transplant like Crown Clinic patient, TV doctor Christian Jessen.
Dr Shahmalak had four technicians working with him to extract the hair follicles for the transplants.
Both operations were carried out under local anaesthetic and lasted around three hours.
Because hair from the head is used which grows as it would on the scalp, the new lashes and brows need curling and trimming every couple of weeks.
Dr Shahmalak said Britons are now embracing surgical techniques which have been pioneered in America.
He explained: “I am the only surgeon in the UK to currently carry out eyelash transplants.
“We are fast catching up with America where both these procedures have been common in the last few years.
“The patient's new lashes and brows will last her for the rest of her life. It is amazing what these operations can do for a woman's confidence and over-all well-being.
“So many patients come to me lacking in confidence because they are so unhappy about their hair.
 “Eyelashes and eyebrows make an important contribution to facial symmetry. Get them right and they frame the face perfectly.
“I can make subtle but very importance changes to a patient’s appearance and completely transform their lives.”
Dr Shahmalak is also a big favourite with male celebrities seeking hair transplants.
Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd, model Calum Best, Homes Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts, former footballer Didi Hamann and Gogglebox star Chris Butland-Steed have all had FUE (follicular unit extraction) transplants with Dr Shahmalak.

This is where individual follicles are taken from the back and sides of the scalp to obtain the donor hair and the scarring is less obvious. Around 80% of Crown Clinic patients choose this method.

Embarrassing Bodies star Christian Jessen has had two FUT (follicular unit transplantation) hair transplants at Crown Clinic. This is the more traditional method where a strip of skin is surgically removed to obtain the donor hair. 


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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.