HOMES Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts shows the remarkable difference in his hair after his transplant at the Crown Clinic.
Our before and after pictures reveal how the hair on the popular BBC1 day-time presenter's crown has been completely restored.
Martin said: "I have got all my hair back - I could not be more delighted. The operation has been a total success.
"I chose Dr Shahmalak because of his state-of-the-art clinic and the work he had done previously with Christian Jessen. He is the doctor’s doctor. "I cannot thank Dr Shahmalak and everyone at the clinic enough for the excellent treatment I received."
Martin came to us in December 2012 because he was worried about the growing bald spot on his crown. Dr Shahmalak moved approximately 4,200 hairs from the back of Martin's head to the top of his scalp.
The picture showing Martin with his hair restored to his crown was taken at the end of July 2013 - seven months after the operation. There should be further improvement over the next few months as even more of the transplanted hair grows back.
Martin said: "It was well worth the wait. I have seen steady progress over the months since the op and now my crown looks pretty much like it did when I was a teenager. I am a new man."
Martin had been increasingly worried about his bald spot in the months leading up to his operation. He explained: “Every time there was a shot of me from the back, you’d see this ‘thing’ – my balding spot. It was like a halo.
“I know I have not been getting any more saintly so there could only be one other reason – my hair was thinning quite quickly."There is a strong history of hair loss in my family, and I just didn't like the idea of it getting any worse.
"Thinning hair or no hair looks great on some people, but I felt it wouldn't suit me, so I decided to do something about it. "Dr Shahmalak and the Crown Clinic had been recommended to me, so I booked in for a procedure."
Martin, 49, had the same procedure as Wayne Rooney to boost hair on his thinning crown.
Martin said he had been encouraged to have a transplant by seeing other celebrities go public after similar procedures.“Thankfully, there is no longer a stigma attached to having a hair transplant,” he said.
“When you see people like Wayne Rooney, James Nesbitt and Christian Jessen being so open about having help, you do think, ‘Why not?’
“Hair transplants are just about the only vanity treatment that I think most men would consider.
“We are not going to have facelifts, but the loss of hair really can affect your self-esteem.
“No drug in the world is going to make your hair grow back- only preserve what's there - so the only solution is a hair transplant. “Men are often too slow to invest in themselves.“
Instead of changing your car every three years, why not have a hair transplant? It will give you a lot more satisfaction in the long-term.”
Dad-of-two Martin, whose grandfathers and uncles all went bald, said his wife Kirsty, 44, had been fully supportive of the move. He said: “She just said, ‘You are not going to stop losing your hair – you should do it if it will make you feel better'.”
Dr Shahmalak carried out a Follicular Unit Extraction on Martin – moving 2,500 grafts (some 4,200 individual hairs) from the back of his scalp where the hair is thicker to his crown.
He said: “Losing hair on his crown can shatter a man’s confidence. They don’t want to turn around in case people see their bald spot. “Years ago, men would cover up a balding crown with a ‘comb over’ like the one Bobby Charlton had in the Seventies.“Thankfully, things have moved on a lot since then – and there are simple steps men can take like a hair transplant to combat baldness.
“All men want to look good, but it is especially important when you are on TV like Martin.“
It’s why we get so many celebrities coming to the clinic. “It feels great when I see people I have treated on TV and I know that I have transformed their lives.
”I am delighted Martin is so pleased with our work."
Martin is celebrating ten years presenting Homes Under The Hammer.
The programme gets a huge day-time audience, beating ITV1’s This Morning every day when they go head-to-head. It shows how people boost the value of properties bought at auction with value-for-money renovations. Martin, who lives near Bath, said: “I’m so pleased I had it done. I would heartily recommend Dr Shamalak to anyone who is worried about thinning hair. It is no exaggeration to say that he can change your life.'