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When it comes to hair loss, the crown area – the highest point on top of your head – is often one of the first to experience thinning or balding. Crown hair transplants can provide a permanent solution for a fuller head of hair.

What is crown hair transplant surgery?

A crown hair transplant is a surgical procedure designed to restore the hair on the top of your head. When performed by a reputable clinic like FUE Clinics, it delivers natural results, helping boost your confidence.

During crown hair transplant surgery, healthy hairs are taken from your head and strategically transplanted into the affected crown area. This process involves two primary methods:

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) – Using a precise instrument called a micro punch, hair follicles are extracted from the donor area, usually around the back and sides of the head. These healthy follicles are then placed into small incisions on the crown area. This is known for being a painless procedure, yielding precise results with minimal scarring.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transfer) – This method involves removing a thin strip of skin from the back of the head. Hair follicles are taken directly from it and planted into the crown area. You'll be left with a thin linear scar on the back of your head, but it will only be visible if you have very short hair.

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The crown hair transplant surgery process

1. Consultation 

At FUE Clinics, every procedure begins with a free consultation to assess the extent of your current hair loss. Our surgeons will evaluate if you're the right candidate for a hair transplant and provide guidance on the appropriate next steps, taking into account your unique circumstances and aesthetic goals.

Hair in the crown area naturally grows in various directions, which can lead to less overall coverage and increased visibility of the scalp. Consequently, crown hair transplant procedures often necessitate a larger volume of donor hair. To ensure a successful outcome, meticulous planning becomes paramount during your consultation.

With a higher number of grafts needed, your surgeon will consider points like:

  • The extent of your current hair loss
  • The number of grafts needed to achieve your desired results
  • The availability of healthy donor hair
  • The natural growth pattern of hair in the crown area


Understanding what happens on the day of your crown hair transplant can give you a clear idea of what to expect and ease any concerns. While each surgery is personalised to suit the patient's unique needs, the procedure will look something like this:

1.Anaesthesia – On the day of the procedure, you'll receive either local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia to ensure your comfort during surgery.

2. Extraction – Healthy hair follicles are carefully extracted from the donor area using the FUE or FUT method. In the case of the FUT technique, the surgeon will subsequently close and stitch the incision for proper healing.

3. Harvesting the grafts – After extraction, the grafts are sorted into groups based on their thickness and size. This categorisation is essential to ensure that the transplanted hair matches your desired crown area's shape and density.

4. Implantation – With skill and precision, each follicle is strategically placed in the crown area, following the designed plan to achieve a natural result.

The whole process usually lasts between 3 to 8 hours, but the exact duration can vary based on your specific surgical plan.

Remember that the final results won't be fully visible until your scalp has completely healed and any swelling has gone down.

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Crown hair transplant recovery and aftercare

Your new hair follicles will be vulnerable for a while after the procedure, so for the best results, it's essential to let them heal properly. This means avoiding certain activities like: 

  • Hair washing – Avoid washing your hair for the first five days after the procedure to allow the follicles to settle and heal.
  • Physical activity – Engaging in exercise can elevate your blood pressure, which may lead to bleeding at the transplant site. To ensure a smooth healing process, refrain from all strenuous activities for a minimum of 14 days following the procedure.
  • Putting pressure on the head while sleeping – For the first two weeks, it's recommended to keep your head elevated with pillows to prevent any pressure on the newly transplanted crown area.
  • Wearing a hat – Although it may be tempting to wear a hat to cover any scabs, it can cause friction or tightness in the transplanted area. This can potentially disrupt healing or cause infection, so it should be avoided for around a week after your procedure.

After your procedure has finished, your surgeon will give you painkillers to ensure the first couple of days of healing are as comfortable as possible. They'll also provide all the aftercare information you need, but if you want to learn more, read our guide on what hair transplant aftercare involves.


Hair loss on the crown of the head is one of the earliest signs of male pattern baldness – a type of alopecia that affects 6.5 million men in the UK, according to the NHS. However, it can also result from various factors, like hormonal shifts, medical conditions, stress, or simply the natural ageing process.

Crown balding can progress through various stages, starting with mild thinning and potentially leading to complete baldness in the crown area. The specific stages may vary from person to person.

To learn more, read our guide on the 7 stages of male pattern baldness.

The duration of crown hair transplant surgery varies from person to person and depends on factors like the extent of hair loss and the desired outcome. Typically, the procedure takes two to three hours to complete.

Determining the suitability for a crown hair transplant is a personalised process that involves a consultation with a surgeon. Factors such as the extent of hair loss and individual goals will be considered to determine candidacy.

For crown balding caused by pattern baldness, it's usually best if you've been losing hair for five years or more (typically past class 3 on the Norwood Scale). This is because, at this stage, balding tends to stabilise, allowing your surgeon to better assess the pattern of your hair loss. This reduces the chance of needing more procedures later on.

Read our guide on the best candidate for a hair transplant to learn more.

Crown hair transplant surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia to keep you comfortable during the surgery. After the procedure, you might feel a bit sore, but this can usually be managed with prescribed pain medication.

The number of grafts required for a crown hair transplant depends on individual factors like the extent of balding and the desired hair density. Your surgeon will assess your specific needs during the consultation and determine the appropriate number of grafts.

While some initial hair growth may become visible within a few months, it typically takes around 12 months to see the final results as the transplanted hair fully matures and thickens. Regular follow-up visits at FUE Clinics will help us keep a close eye on your progress and provide any support you may need.

The answer depends on its underlying cause. If it's due to hereditary factors, there's not a whole lot you can do to prevent it completely. However, treatments like minoxidil, which can help stimulate hair growth, or even a hair transplant, may be options to consider.

On the other hand, if your crown balding is linked to lifestyle factors like stress or diet, making some positive changes in those areas could potentially slow down or even reverse hair loss.

Your surgeon can provide guidance on the most suitable approach for your situation.

A double crown is a unique hair growth pattern characterised by two whorls or centres of hair growth on the top of the head. It's usually influenced by genetic factors.

If you're not a fan of your double crown, a hair transplant is a potential option to explore.

The cost of a hair transplant for crown balding can vary significantly based on factors like the number of grafts or procedures needed, the complexity of the surgery, and your expected results. 

During your initial consultation, you will receive a personalised cost estimate. You can learn more about the cost of hair transplants on our pricing page.

While crown balding is more commonly observed in men, crown hair transplant surgery is equally suitable for women experiencing thinning or balding in the same region.

A crown hair transplant offers a permanent solution to restore hair in the crown area. This can improve your overall appearance and boost confidence.

Besides hair transplants, alternative options to address crown balding include topical treatments like minoxidil or finasteride or low-level laser therapy. Your surgeon can discuss these alternatives and their suitability during your consultation.

To learn more, read our ultimate guide to hair loss treatment.


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