Our surgeon Asim Shamalak will be in Orlando, Florida, next week on a very important trip.
Dr Shahmalak is making three presentations to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) - the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration with more than 1,000 members throughout 60 countries worldwide.
The ISHRS is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of medical practice and medical ethics.
Dr Shahmalak is appearing at the ISHRS's Live Surgical Workshop.
One of his presentations will be on the charitable work he is carrying out in Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr Shahmalak travelled to Karachi in December last year to meet people who had been horrifically disfigured - some by acid attacks. He is planning to help them with hair, eyebrow and eyelash transplants.
One woman he met was burned by a hot stove when she was aged four. She is now 23 and has lived with her injuries for the last 19 years. She needs a hair transplant and an eyebrow transplant.
Dr Shahmalak also met a 31-year-old woman who refused to get married 10 years
ago and was doused in acid as a punishment. She suffered awful burns to
her arms and face and now needs hair, eyebrow and eyelash transplants.
Some people had travelled hundreds of miles to see him – their only hope of
treatment in a country where cosmetic remedies are only available to the
You may have seen last year’s Oscar winning documentary
Saving Face. It showed the true cost of the deliberate disfigurement of
women in Pakistan and attracted worldwide attention after lifting the veil
on a hitherto little-known world.
A survey by Trust Law ranked Pakistan the third most dangerous place
for women in the world, after the Democratic Congo and Afghanistan.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, nearly 700
women were victims of honour killings in the period between 2009-2010,
and 90% of women have been victims of domestic violence – of which
acid attacks are one of the most extreme forms.
Later this year Dr Shahmalak will be travelling back to Pakistan and using his skills to rebuild the scarred features of these people who
have no one else to turn to.
Dr Shahmalak will be doing two further presentations at the workshop in Orlando.
In one, he will also be advising about when to operate and when NOT to operate on hair transplant patients.
It sounds like all the delegates in Orlando will have a fascinating week.