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How Much Does A Crown Transplant Cost?
Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)
Medically reviewed by
Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)
Updated on August 21, 2023

Considering a crown hair transplant to cover the bald spot on your crown? Crown hair transplant cost is a big factor, especially if you have substantial hair loss around the top of your head.

In this article, we’ll explain:

  • how the cost of a crown hair transplant is calculated
  • show you some previous crown transplant patients and the average price of their hair transplant procedure
  • whether you can get a crown hair transplant on finance
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What is a crown hair transplant?

The crown is located on the highest point of the scalp (usually at the back of the head) and is also known as the ‘vertex’. Individuals who suffer from male pattern baldness often find that this is one of the areas where they first start noticing hair loss in the form of a bald spot on the back of the head.

Hair grown on this area often falls into a circular pattern called a hair whorl. Most individuals usually have only one hair whorl but there are some people who have two hair whorls or ‘a double crown’.

To repair balding or hair thinning in this area, hair transplant surgeons extract healthy hair follicles from areas where there is healthy hair growth (usually on the back or side of the head) and transplant them via graft to areas of hair loss.  

Left: example of double crown. Right: crown hair loss characteristic of male pattern baldness.

What is a hair graft?

In a hair transplant, healthy hair follicles are extracted from areas of healthy hair growth (also known as the donor area) and permanently transplanted to areas of balding or hair thinning. A hair graft is the term used for the human tissue or strip of skin that contains hair follicles for transplantation.

All donor hair must come from the hair transplant patient. In a FUE hair transplant, hair grafts are harvested as individual follicular units where as in a FUT hair transplant, hair grafts are harvested in strips of skin then divided into follicular units for implantation.

Informational graphic explaining the differences between the FUT vs FUE hair transplant procedure

How much does a crown hair transplant cost?

Our UK hair transplant cost research shows that the average price per hair graft is £3.25. This is based on a study of more than 100 clinics across the UK. Hair transplant pricing usually depends on several factors, including:

  • How many hair grafts you need
  • The reputation of the hair transplant clinic
  • Clinic location — Harley Street clinics tend to be slightly more expensive
  • The skill and experience of the hair transplant surgeon

As a result, there’s no one-size-fits-all cost quote for crown hair transplants. It should be noted that crown hair transplantation tends to be more expensive than hairline hair transplants, as a greater surface area needs to be covered.

Most men seeking crown hair transplant surgery are at least stage 3 on the Norwood Scale. At Norwood stage 3, crown hair loss requires around 500 hair grafts, so you can expect prices to start at around £1,625.

Some men use additional treatments like Finasteride and Minoxidil to reduce further hair loss on the crown.

How many hair grafts it takes to cover the crown?

The number of hair grafts needed for a crown hair transplant procedure usually ranges from 500 grafts to over 2,000 grafts for individuals who suffer from extensive crown hair loss. The specific amount of hair grafts needed to cover the crown will depend on a variety of factors including:

  • The hair restoration goals of the hair transplant patient
  • The amount of hair loss incurred
  • Characteristics of the donor hair (including texture, colour, and density)

Example crown hair transplants and costs

These Wimpole Clinic patients have all received fantastic natural-looking crown hair transplants. While we don’t reveal the exact amount each of our patients paid, here’s the price of each crown hair transplant procedure based on the UK average cost-per-graft.

before and hair growth results of permanently transplanted hair on the crown after 15 months

Grafts: 2,500
Average UK cost: £8,125
Results after 15 months

How Much Does A Crown Transplant Cost?, Wimpole Clinic

Grafts: 2,300
Average UK cost: £7,475
Results after 5 months

crown hair transplant before and after 22 months

Grafts: 2,500
Average UK cost: £8,125
Results after 22 months

How Much Does A Crown Transplant Cost?, Wimpole Clinic

Grafts: 1,800
Average UK cost: £5,850
Results after 14 months

before and hair growth results 12 months after crown hair transplant

Grafts: 800
Average UK cost: £2,600
Results after 12 months

Other factors to include in hair transplant cost

In addition to the cost of hair grafts and how many hair grafts the patient needs to restore their hair specific to their goals set in mind, there are other cost factors to consider when calculating hair transplant cost. For example, hair transplant patients will also need to take into account the following:

  • Cost of travel and accommodation (if traveling to a hair transplant clinic that is not nearby or abroad)
  • Treatments for hair growth post-transplant (Platelet-rich plasma therapy, laser light therapy, etc)
  • Hair loss medications and treatments to prevent future hair loss (ex. Minoxidil, Finasteride, Dutasteride, etc)

It should be noted that the best way to avoid extra costs in a hair transplant surgery is to find a quality surgeon at a reputable hair transplant clinic. Some clinics may quote you cheaper prices only to provide you with a sub-par hair transplant that either doesn’t take or needs additional surgery to repair poor design.

We recommend that you thoroughly research your hair transplant clinic before committing to surgery. Make sure you know who your surgeon will be, look at reviews, ask to see patient testimonials, and check out their before and after photo gallery.

UK vs Turkey crown hair transplant costs

Medical tourism to Turkey has become more popular in recent years. At just 55p per hair graft on average, it’s easy to see why patients are tempted by these cut-rate strip surgery (FUT hair transplant) and follicular unit extraction surgery (FUE hair transplant) procedures.

However, there is evidence that hair transplants in Turkey are less successful and more dangerous than those in the UK. A 2021 survey by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that 100% of cosmetic surgery complications occurred after procedures in Turkish clinics [1].

In addition, both the British and International Associations of Hair Restoration Surgery have issued warnings about the risks of travelling abroad for a hair transplant [2-3]. So if you’re tempted to get a cheap hair transplant abroad, make sure you thoroughly research the clinic in advance and make sure they’re reputable and legitimate.

Travelling to the UK for a hair transplant, on the other hand, may be a good idea, especially if you live in a country where it’s easier to evade local health and safety laws.

Can you get a hair transplant on just the crown?

Yes! If you have hair thinning across the crown of your head, but your hairline is intact, a crown hair transplant can tackle the specific area you want to cover. You can even get a hair transplant to reduce the appearance of balding on a double crown. Speaking to a hair transplant consultant will give you an idea of the results you can expect, and how much this will cost.

Be wary of clinics that artificially inflate your graft quote to make it appear that you need more grafts than you do. This bumps up the price of your crown transplant, but won’t give you better results.

To avoid this, we recommend that you get quotes from more than one clinic, so you can compare quotes and avoid clinics with unusually low or high prices.

Can you get a crown hair transplant on finance?

Yes, some clinics will allow you to pay for your hair transplant on finance. That means you can spread the cost out over several months. Getting a finance deal at 0% interest means you won’t pay anything extra to spread out the cost of your crown transplant.

At the Wimpole Clinic, our hair transplant finance options are available with 0% interest. If you’re interested in paying for your crown surgery on finance, speak to your patient advisor when you book a free consultation at one of our six nationwide clinics.

How Much Does A Crown Transplant Cost?, Wimpole Clinic

Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)
Medically reviewed by Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)Updated on August 21, 2023
The Wimpole Clinic offers FUE Hair, Beard & Eyebrow Transplants & Trichology.
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