Crown Hair Transplant (FUE)
Hair thinning in men and women can occur as a result of alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia, scalp infections, and scarring. One of the most common balding patterns associated with androgenic alopecia — in both male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness — is the thinning of the crown area (also known as the vertex). Crown hair transplants for androgenetic alopecia are one of the most common treatments Dr Bonaros performs at his hair loss clinic in Glasgow.
Located at the highest point of the scalp, the vertex is a complex region where hair forms a circular pattern known as a hair whorl. Male pattern baldness frequently affects this area, with hair loss starting from the centre and progressing outwards. Despite being relatively concealed from our view, a bald or balding crown area can cause many men and women to feel self-conscious, which often leads to seeking out permanent solutions for hair loss in this area, such as a crown hair transplant procedure.
Dr Epameinondas Bonaros is a highly experienced hair transplant surgeon and member of the BAHRS (British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery) & ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) who is dedicated to providing honest, transparent, and cutting edge hair transplant treatments to men and women suffering from hair loss throughout the United Kingdom.
If you are considering a crown hair transplant in the UK, Dr Bonaros can help you regain your self-confidence. Schedule a consultation to discuss if a vertex hair transplant is right for you.
FUE Hair Transplant for the Crown
The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) crown hair transplant we offer at our Glasgow clinic is a safe and effective crown hair restoration treatment for hair thinning in the crown region of the scalp.
After a dose of local anaesthesia is administered, individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area at the back of the scalp and skillfully transplanted to fill in balding spots on the vertex.
Before beginning any treatment, Dr Epameinondas Bonaros will ensure that each hair transplant patient is fully informed about what the crown hair transplant procedure involves so they know exactly what to expect. In alignment with the ISHRS, every aspect of the crown transplant is carried out using the highest international standards and equipment to ensure you get the best possible treatment and results.
Dr Bonaros is a FUE expert who specialises in hair implanter pens. This pioneering technology eliminates the need for pre-made incisions and allows precise control over the direction, angle, depth, and density of the hair follicles. This approach gives Dr Bonaros complete control when transplanting the hair grafts, which allows him to deliver more natural looking results.
Take the first step towards regaining your confidence by booking an appointment for your crown hair transplant with Dr Epameinondas Bonaros at his FUE clinic in Glasgow.
Considerations for Crown Hair Transplants
Whether it’s a hair transplant for a full bald spot or to improve the hair density of thinning hair whorls, there are several important aspects that patients should discuss with their hair transplant surgeons when contemplating crown hair transplants to treat thin or missing hair.
Given that there is a finite supply of donor hair and that balding will likely progress over time, it is vital that you select a qualified and responsible surgeon who will discuss your aesthetic goals and priorities with you to ensure they can tailor the procedure to you for the best long term outcomes.
These are the most important considerations:
Achieving Natural & Uniform Results
The crown area can pose challenges in creating uniform hair density, especially at the centre of the hair whorl, because the changes in hair direction are unique to each patient. Merely increasing hair density in the crown area can sometimes result in a ring of bald skin surrounding the permanently transplanted hair.
This is why choosing a hair transplant treatment tailored to your unique hair growth pattern is important if you’re wanting a crown hair transplant that delivers natural looking results you will like now and 20 years down the line. A good FUE hair transplant surgeon will know how to implant the hair grafts in a way that suits your hair loss & growth patterns in order to achieve the best results.
Dr Bonaros is a highly skilled FUE expert specialising in FUE hair transplants with implanter pens. With complete control over direction, angle, depth, and density, Dr Bonaros is able to strategically place the grafts precisely within the hair-bearing zone so they blend seamlessly with the existing hair.
Long Term Perspective
A successful hair transplant on the crown relies on having an adequate donor zone with sufficient hair density. Ideally, it is advisable to address hair thinning in the frontal and mid-scalp regions first before considering a crown area hair transplant.
Typically, patients over 40 years old are preferred candidates for this procedure. While family history (among other factors) can help us to predict the extent of future projected hair loss on the crown, accurately predicting a patient’s full extent of balding before the age of 40 is challenging.
The younger the patient, the more conservative the transplant will be. A more cautious approach preserves your donor hair supply so future hair transplants are possible if needed.
There are different approaches to a crown hair transplant based on the needs of the individual patient.
The conservative approach to crown hair transplants focuses on achieving a density of 20–30 grafts per square centimetre. This method is preferred when the donor area is limited or when it’s essential to preserve the donor zone for potential future needs.
Another approach is to strategically place grafts on the posterior mid-scalp and top of the vertex so the hair naturally covers the untreated part of the crown.
In cases where the patients are over 40 years old with baldness limited to the vertex, the primary goal will be to achieve the best possible density.
To explore treatment options for your hair loss concerns with a leading FUE expert in Scotland, schedule a consultation with Dr Epameinondas Bonaros today.
What is the best age for a crown hair transplant?
Crown hair transplants are not suitable for every patient.
Individuals in their twenties or early thirties are typically not ideal candidates because younger individuals are more likely to continue to lose hair and may need a good density of healthy hair follicles for a future hair transplant on the crown area or other areas of the scalp to address further hair loss.
Responsible hair transplant surgeons will wait until a patient’s hair loss pattern is well-established before considering crown hair transplants as a treatment option. This ensures a more informed and forward thinking approach that can help achieve the best results for the patient in the long term.
Several factors, including age, general health, type of hair loss, and hair characteristics, will determine your suitability for a crown FUE transplant.
Is the FUE procedure painful?
The FUE crown hair replacement procedure is conducted under local anaesthesia, so you will be fully awake during the hair transplant procedure but you won’t experience any pain.
To ensure an entirely pain-free crown transplant, we use the state of the art Kinetic Anaesthesia Device to reduce the mild discomfort typically associated with local anaesthetic injections.
What are the side effects of a crown hair transplant?
When performed by skilled and experienced medical professionals, crown hair transplants typically result in only minor side effects that resolve within a few weeks.
Some patients experience a tight and swollen scalp for a few days following the crown transplant, while others might develop temporary scabs on the crown area.
Dr Bonaros will provide guidance on how to minimise these side effects and promote faster healing.
How long is the downtime for crown hair transplant surgery?
Some of the most common questions we get are about the crown hair transplant timeline for recovery and results. You can anticipate returning to your regular activities within a few days and engaging in more intense physical activities within two weeks after your treatment.
Our goal is to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery process to maximise the results of your hair transplantation, so Dr Bonaros will prescribe the necessary medication to aid in your post-operative recovery and will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your newly transplanted grafts.
For more information on what to expect post-surgery, refer to our comprehensive post-operation hair growth and recovery guide for FUE transplants.
You can also read through our in-depth post-operative aftercare instructions.
How long does it take to see the results?
It’s important to understand that hair regrowth after an FUE transplant on the crown can vary from person to person. Patients typically notice the emergence of new hair growth approximately three months after the hair transplant procedure. The new hairs may appear very fine, transparent, short and wispy, but will typically normalise and become more prominent over time.
That being said, hair growth at the crown area may begin later compared to other regions of the scalp. It generally takes around 15-18 months for the transplanted hair in the crown to fully mature.
See some of the FUE hair transplant results we’ve achieved in our gallery.
Are there alternative hair loss treatment options?
A hair transplant for alopecia (androgenetic) affecting the crown is a permanent solution and one of the most common hair transplants at our clinic, but the vertex region has also been known to respond well to medications such as Minoxidil and Finasteride. These hair loss medications can effectively prevent future hair loss and promote hair growth. They often yield better results for those with androgenetic alopecia experiencing crown hair loss compared to individuals with a receding hairline.
Many hair loss sufferers combine surgical and medical treatments. This is particularly effective for younger patients with long-term hair loss patterns that are difficult to determine. An alternative treatment plan we might recommend is that you try a medication-based treatment first and delay the crown hair transplant surgery for a couple of years while we closely monitor your hair loss progression.
Ready to restore your confidence with a personalised hair transplant for the thinning of the crown? Book an appointment at our patient-focused clinic for a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Dr Bonaros: Cutting Edge Crown Hair Transplant in Glasgow
Dr Epameinondas Bonaros is a trusted FUE hair transplant specialist in Glasgow who is committed to providing honest, responsible, and ethical advice tailored to each patient’s unique needs. This patient-centric approach is guided by trust and integrity to ensure your well-being is our top priority.
Our hair transplant clinic is in Glasgow, but through our online consultations, we can help guide patients across the United Kingdom. Dr Bonaros provides a cost estimate and initial advice for crown hair transplants through a non-binding online assessment form. Within 48 hours, you can receive the necessary information and guidance to help you make an informed decision.
Full Member of the BAHRS & ISHRS
Dr Epameinondas Bonaros acts as the lead surgeon throughout the entire hair transplantation procedure. He is a full member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS) and Scotland’s only full member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).
The BAHRS is dedicated to maintaining exemplary professional standards among hair transplant surgeons while the ISHRS is a widely acclaimed medical association known for its commitment to the highest standards of medical practice, ethical behaviour, and pioneering research in the realm of medical hair restoration procedures.
Ready to regain your self-confidence? Call our clinic in Glasgow to book a consultation for your crown hair transplant surgery with a leading hair transplant surgeon in Scotland.