Dr Asim Shahmalak
Asim Shahmalak is one of the most respected hair transplant surgeons in the world - known for his pioneering techniques and his charitable work with acid attack victims in his native Pakistan. He is the consultant hair transplant surgeon at Crown Clinic, which he established in 2007 after a distinguished career in general surgery. He also has consulting rooms in London’s Harley Street.
He trained as a general surgeon, moving to the Republic of Ireland in 1990 to take up a post as a Senior House Office in General Surgery. In 1997, he qualified as a Specialist Registrar in general surgery. He became a member of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1995 before moving to the UK in 1996 where he worked as a general surgeon in the NHS for 15 years.
He began working privately as a hair transplant surgeon in 2005. His current practice mainly offers follicular unit transplantation by both strip and FUE methods with up to 3,000 grafts per session.
Apart from male and female pattern hair loss, Asim also specializes in eyebrow and eyelash transplant surgery. He was the first surgeon in the UK to perform an eyelash transplant – on a young female patient from Great Manchester. He recently became the first UK-based surgeon to perform an eyelash and eyebrow transplant on a patient on the same day – a mother in her 30s from Essex. Asim has also pioneered the introduction of beard and sideburn transplants in the UK.
Asim is involved in an ongoing hair follicle research programme in collaboration with staff at the University of Manchester. The research group, headed by Professor Ralf Paus, investigates the biology and pathology of the hair follicle as a mincrocosmic miniorgan in which many of the fundamental problems of biology can be studied in exemplary fashion.
In January 2014, Asim took a team from Crown Clinic to Karachi, Pakistan, to perform eyelash, eyebrow and hair transplant surgery on six women and one man who had been horrifically injured in acid attacks – most after being doused in sulphuric acid. One victim was attacked by her husband in a fit of jealousy after taking a job as an air stewardess. Another was attacked after turning down her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Asim funded the trip and surgery himself at a cost of £50,000 ($85,000). He was accompanied on the trip by a film crew from ITN and it received widespread media coverage globally. Asim was named Man of the Year at the prestigious Fusion Awards for this humanitarian work.
Asim is the only hair transplant surgeon to be included in Tatler magazine's prestigious Cosmetic Surgery Guide 2015. Tatler says that Crown Clinic is the best clinic in the UK for hair loss.