What technique is used for a crown hair transplant?
A crown hair transplant is a method used explicitly to restore hair in the crown area. The procedure can be done by itself or in combination with other areas of the head. It’s a treatment that requires a great deal of skill since the hair grafts need to be carefully inserted in the correct direction of growth.
At the crown, the hair naturally grows in various directions. In order to replicate this natural growth, the hairs need to be implanted by an expert. Thus, an experienced surgeon will know which technique to use in order to create natural-looking results.
- What causes balding at the crown?
- How much does a crown hair transplant cost?
- Does crown hair grow slower?
- How many grafts are used for a crown hair transplant?
What causes balding at the crown?
The crown typically has a spiral of hair, also known as “hair whorl”. Some researchers believe the direction of the hair whorl determines whether you’re left or right-handed! However, sometimes people have 2 spirals. This is called a double crown, which is also relatively common.
Nevertheless, when you experience balding, the spiral hair growth on this part of the scalp is hard to distinguish. When the hair thins and you’re left with a bald crown. In this situation, only experienced crown hair transplant surgeons can identify where the spiral should be.
To emphasize, male pattern baldness is the main cause of baldness at the crown. If you notice that hair has started to become thin in your crown it’s as a result of DHT.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) targets the hairs on the frontal area, top and crown of a man’s head. This pattern is depicted on various hair loss classification scales, such as the Norwood scale.
Pattern baldness tends to occur as either a receding hairline first or alternatively as thinning hair at the crown. Occasionally crown baldness can be rapid usually when thinning and hair loss has occurred by the age of 25-30. In fact, male pattern baldness can crop up at any age, and develop quickly or over a period of time.
Why does crown hair thin?
In general, follicular units are most sensitive to DHT at the hairline and the crown. Whereas at the back and sides, they are less sensitive. This hormone causes each hair follicle to shrink, weaken, and stop producing hair altogether. Nevertheless, the rate that this occurs is very individual.
This doesn’t mean that you will immediately have a squeaky bald patch, however. Your thinning on this region of the scalp may eventually develop and connect with your receding hairline.
Therefore, gradually the top of your head will be bald. Before this happens, you can stop your hair thinning in its tracks with a crown hair transplant.
How much does a crown hair transplant cost?
Treatment for thinning hair at the crown can be really beneficial because the visible restoration can be significant. This bald spot gets wider and wider as the MPH worsens. Topical treatments such as finasteride can help to increase hair density, however, they may cause significant side effects.
Treating your hair loss with a crown hair transplant is an effective, one-time treatment to reverse balding on the crown. Hair transplants can increase the density of your hair and thus prevent the scalp from being visible. Therefore, by treating your hair loss with this effective solution, you can restore all hair thinning.
All of our hair transplants are quoted on an individual basis as it depends on the number of grafts that are needed. In any case, the costs of a crown hair transplant also depend on whether any other areas need treatment.
Does crown hair grow slower?
In short, there’s no evidence to suggest that hair growth is slower on the crown area compared to the hairline. Or anywhere else on the head for that matter.
However, because the hair here grows in a spiral direction, the scalp is more visible. Even when there’s no hair loss. Therefore, after a crown hair transplant, the hair here won’t be as dense as it is at the hairline.
So after hair transplantation, it may seem like the hairs are growing slowly. This can be because they are implanted less densely at the crown. Alternatively, it can be because of the direction that the hairs are implanted.
How many grafts are used for a crown hair transplant?
The meticulous insertion of individual hairs in the correct direction of growth requires impeccable skill. The hairs are taken from a donor area at the back or side of your head and extracted using the FUE technique. Then the hairs are individually inserted using the DHI method to create a natural finish.
The number of hair grafts needed for a crown hair transplant depends on the extent of your hair loss. Furthermore, it depends on whether you’re having a hair transplant anywhere else at the same time as the crown area.
If you need donor hair transplanted at the hairline and top of the head as well as the crown then you may need two operations – depending on how much hair you’ve lost. But our team will talk to you about this in the consultation stage.
Everyone suffering from pattern baldness loses hair, although this may be at different ages or at different rates. Losing hair at the crown is a very common occurrence which forms a visible bald patch.
Even though you can’t usually see it when you look in the mirror you can feel it when you rub your hands across your head. The fact that you can’t see it can cause more anxiety about your hair loss at your crown.
A crown hair transplant is the most effective way to restore hair in this area. However, ensure that an experienced hair transplant surgeon performs the procedure as the donor hairs need to be implanted in the right direction.