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.