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.”