With age, everyone loses their hair and experience thinning. Hair loss can occur anywhere on the head, and it is totally normal. There’s nothing to worry about if you haven’t experienced a significant hair loss in a brief period of time. However, androgenetic alopecia (AGA) sets in gradually. You might only notice the bald spot when it has almost completely set. In this guide, we’ll specifically focus on the crown area of the head. You’ll get to know whether a crown hair transplant is the only way to restore hair there. Moreover, we’ll take a look at the aftercare of this procedure.
Usually, among males, the hairline recedes slightly even if they’re not suffering from androgenetic alopecia. Women might notice a thinning ponytail as they lose hair. It is normal to lose hair on a day-to-day basis. If you see a bunch of drain hair, break a few strands while untangling your hair with a brush, it shouldn’t be of any concern. Crown hair loss is commonly seen in patients who have pattern baldness. There is a very popular myth that crown hair loss can occur as a result of wearing caps. That is absolutely not true. Those who have AGA don’t lose hair simply because they’ve started wearing caps.
There’s a slight possibility that traction alopecia can occur from wearing caps. This can, of course, cause temporary hair loss. But that happens when your hair follicles are under a lot of stress from constant pressure, which is not likely to happen if you’re a cap wearer. Those who wear tight hairstyles are more prone to experiencing traction alopecia. Lack of optimal blood and air supply to the follicles can speed up the progression of pattern baldness. But there’s no evidence to that either. So, we can safely dismiss such claims. You can enjoy all the caps you want.
What is the Crown Area of Head?
The crown is essentially the highest point on your scalp. It’s usually the curving tip at the back of your head. The circular patch of hair that grows at the back of the head, with a visible centre point, is called a hair whorl. This is the area where the shedding and the thinning becomes most visible in crown hair loss. The area is also called the vertex (the top point) of the head.
Beginning at the hair whorl, you’ll eventually notice that the thinning starts to happen all around except for the occipital region in many cases. This ends up acting as the donor area, which still has DHT-resistant hair in it. As the crown of the head continues to lose hair, the hairline also recedes in an M-shape. Both the areas continue to lose hair until eventually, the whole area goes bald. In females, the hair around the part line continues to thin. It goes back to the head, towards the crown region. However, not many women completely lose their hair as a result of androgenetic alopecia. Men can also have diffuse thinning that is most visible around the part line of the head. In this, hair loss occurs in the whole head rather than certain specific areas like the crown or hairline.
Moreover, although males can start losing their hair at an early age, in women, most hair loss happens after menopause. That’s because of the hormonal changes that occur in the body. The production of hormones progesterone and oestrogen decreases. But women too can experience crown hair loss. Rather than seeing bald spots, women generally experience an overall thinning of the hair on their head.
How Long Does It Take for Crown Hair Loss to Occur?
It is commonly associated with androgenetic alopecia. At any case, it isn’t something that happens in a short period of time. Many times, people come to realize that they’ve been losing hair after they see photos of themselves. Comparing photos that are taken in good lighting is actually quite a helpful way to find out whether you’re experiencing thinning. Most people don’t even know that it’s happening.
Another way to find that you’ve been losing is hair is that if your head gets a sunburn after sitting under the sun. Here, you should know that the crown area is thinning. With the amount of misinformation that’s available online, it’s easy to confuse a little hair loss with something more problematic. But, if you want to find out for sure whether you have pattern baldness, you need to consult a professional surgeon.
With women, it is harder to identify whether they have pattern baldness. Longer hair can easily hide some bald spots or thinning areas. In contrast, as males usually have shorter hair, their bald spots become easily visible. There is no exact timeline that we can give at which the crown hair loss starts to occur. There are a lot of different things that we have to take into consideration before even ruling something as crown hair loss.
What Should You Do If You’re Suffering From Crown Hair Loss?
If pattern baldness is not the reason behind crown hair loss, then you might be able to reverse the damage. You can try a few things which can help with this kind of hair loss. Many people simply try to hide their bald spots and expect them to fill up with hair after some time. Stress, seasonal hair loss, poor diet, illnesses and certain medications are a few reasons that can cause it. In most cases, your hair will grow back.
However, if things are getting worse, you shouldn’t delay a visit to the doctor. Try to get in touch with a doctor as soon as you can. Also, try avoiding doing certain things, such as hair straightening, perming, curling, or blow-drying. The heat can further weaken your hair. Be very gentle with your hair, and don’t tug on them unnecessarily. Try to use a moisturising conditioner which untangles the knots. Otherwise, you might end up breaking a lot of your hair while brushing.
As your hair is primarily composed of proteins, consume more of them in your diet. Vitamin supplements can help but too much of them can actually cause more hair loss. Therefore, be careful about their consumption.
Are Drugs Better than Crown Hair Transplant?
For androgenetic alopecia, two drugs have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval: minoxidil and finasteride. There are many side effects that accompany these drugs. It can take months before they start producing any results.
Moreover, you have to keep taking these treatments to prevent hair loss. Once you stop using them, hair fall will resume. These are not permanent treatments. Also, they are not cost-effective. You have to keep paying for them for temporary results only. That’s why we believe that crown hair transplant is a better option if nothing else is working out. If a temporary stressor has caused you to lose hair, it is likely that regrowth will occur. You have to find the underlying reason for your hair loss, though, so that you can effectively deal with this problem.
What is Different About a Crown Hair Transplant and Its Aftercare?
Many times, people don’t realize how different crown hair transplant can be. Let’s find out more about it.
The Difficulty of the Procedure
A crown hair transplant is not an easy procedure to perform. If the surgeon isn’t skilled enough, the top area of your head can get damaged. While performing the surgery, the surgeon is very careful about that.
Slow Healing Process
The crown area may take longer to heal than other areas of the head. In other hair transplant surgeries, growth starts taking place in 5-6 months, and the patient can see full results after 9-12 months. However, hair growth in the crown area can take longer, somewhere around 12-16 months.
The Crown Will Have Lower Hair Density
The front and the top of your head will have more hair density than the crown area. That’s actually normal. Our heads are naturally like that. The twisting whorl pattern of the crown makes it a naturally thinner and more transparent region of the scalp. Even those individuals who don’t have pattern baldness will have visible gaps and thinner areas in certain parts of the crown.
The Number of Grafts Needed
The number of grafts needed for crown hair transplant varies. However, typically, 1200 to 2000 grafts are needed more or less. The donor area hair needed for the crown area should be carefully taken into consideration depending on the overall baldness. The wonder of hair transplant surgery has largely been made possible by the disposition of certain hair in the donor area to not miniaturise. It has helped many people around the globe to regain their hair.
Remember, the crown area of the head has naturally lower hair density than the other areas. You might not necessarily be suffering from hair loss. If you are experiencing significant thinning of the crown area, you should book a consultation call with Longevita. We might ask for photos of the crown area to see if you need a crown hair transplant.
Otherwise, you can try some of the things that we’ve outlined in the guide, but before that, do get in touch with a doctor.