Hairline Hair Transplant

Very Common Area for Men in the UK
Cost: £3,000 – £6,000
Typical Method Used: FUE


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Harley St before and after front hairline and temples

The hairline hair transplant is one of the most popular surgical options patients choose to fix their receding hairline. From a simple filling of the temple area to more drastic hairline lowering surgeries, this hair restoration surgery will leave you feeling self-confident and years younger!

What is the hairline?

Before a discussion of hair transplants can take place, it is important to understand the characteristics of hairline, and how hairline design can affect the surgical method you opt for.

A person’s hairline is the name given to the hair follicles on the top of their head that are visible from a front-facing view. The hairline is defined as the closest hairs to the forehead, measuring from ear to ear.

As the hairline is one of the first areas to be affected by male pattern baldness, the hairline hair transplant is, by far and away, the most popular transplantation method we have on offer.

The hairline is particularly prone to hair loss, whilst the crown area is more susceptible to hair thinning. If a patient comes to us suffering with hair loss on the temples, they often will need between 1,800 and 2,500 grafts during a hair transplant.

From as early as a Stage 2 or 3 on the Hamilton-Norwood Scale, a man’s hairline will slowly become “m-shaped”. This is caused by a recession of the hair follicles up both temples. This is more commonly known as a “receding hairline”.

With a receding hairline, many patients come to us needing a hairline surgery. This will help to restore the hairline and promote new hair growth in the temple areas.

What is a Hairline Hair Transplant?

Any hair transplant will look to take hair follicles from an area of high density and implant them into an area of low density. The high density area is called to a “donor area” and refers to the sides and back of your head. The low density area is often the crown, mid-parting or hairline, and is called the “recipient site”.

With a hairline hair transplant, your hairline is the “recipient site”. Hair grafts from your donor area will be implanted into your temples (and sometimes forehead), levelling out your previously m-shaped hairline.

The aim of this hair transplant surgery is to provide patients with a natural hairline that is flat-looking and does not show signs of recession. In turn, this will make a patient look years younger, improving their appearance and self-confidence.

Temple vs Lowering: Hairline Hair Transplant Surgery

There are two main types of surgery when it comes to the hairline hair transplant: the hairline lowering method, and and the temple restoration surgery

Both of these surgeries are doable using follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). However, almost all hair transplants today are performed using FUE.

Temple Restoration Hair Transplant:

The first hairline surgery is usually given to younger patients (25-35) who are only suffering with the initial signs of male pattern hair loss. During this procedure, the hair transplant surgeon would look to fill in the temple area that has no hair.

This should provide the most natural result of the two hairline surgeries as no work is required to bring the hairline down any further.

Hairline Lowering Hair transplant:

As male pattern hair loss progresses, the hairline itself has been known to retreat backwards over time with the temples. In these cases, a more drastic hairline lowering method may be needed for patients.

The second hairline hair transplant method we offer is a hairline lowering surgery. This method is slightly more complex and , usually, more expensive than the simpler temple restoration treatment.

During this procedure, your donor hair will be used to lower the distance between the hairline and eyebrows and make the forehead look smaller. In many cases, the distance between hairline and eyebrows are reduced to 7.5cm in the middle and and 8cm in the temple.

Patient Before and After Pictures: How Will a Hairline Hair Transplant Work?



This gentleman came to us with one of the simpler hairline jobs. As you can see above, our hair transplant surgeon was able to hide his early signs of a receding hairline, filling in this small, hairless area. Between 1,000 and 1,500 grafts were needed for this hair transplant.

As you can see in the picture above, this gentleman chose to have between 1,800 grafts implanted into his temple area. After suffering with hair loss in his temples for years, a hairline surgery enabled him to gain a natural hairline that made him look younger.

In the case of this gentleman, a more complex hairline surgery was needed. As this patient’s hairline was receding in an unusual “u-shape”, over 2000 grafts were needed to lower the hairline, lessening the gap between his prior hairline and eyebrows.

What Happens During a Hairline Hair Transplant: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

During a hairline hair transplant, the method used in almost all cases is called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUE hair transplants look to extract donor hairs individually before they are re-implanted into the receding hairline.

This hair transplant surgery costs a graft survival rate of 90-95%, fending off future hair loss for almost a decade – in some cases maybe even longer. As with any hair transplant, it is always recommended to continue with another chemical treatment like finasteride post-surgery.

The Day of Procedure

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

After meeting your hair transplant surgeon and technicians on the day of your surgery, you will have your head shaved and then be given a local anaesthetic. Whilst you are given local anaesthetic, you will be fully conscious but unable to feel any pain on your scalp.

After anaesthetic, the first part of the procedure will be the extraction phase of your donor grafts. This will usually take between 2-3 hours and will be where your transplantable hair follicles are be extracted and prepped for re-implantation.

With most hairline surgeries, anywhere between 1800 to 2500 hair grafts are usually used during a hair transplant. Each hair follicle is assessed by one of our technicians to make sure they are suitable for re-implantation.

During the preimplantation phase, a series of small incisions are made by the surgeon to prep your recipient area for receiving grafts. On the hairline, incisions are usually made with a smaller implanting pen (usually between 0.7cm and 0.9mm).

From here, your donor hairs will be implanted into your hairline area. The aim is to implant them evenly across your new hairline so the result is full and thick looking. This will help ensure the best hairline possible.

How Long Will It Take For My Hairline to Look Normal?

Immediately after your surgery, the expected recovery time for a hairline surgery is between 10-14 days. During this recovery time, the tiny scabs caused by your surgery will be able to heal.

During this initial recovery period, you will not be able to go to the gym, wear a hat, or do anything to upset your transplanted hair follicles. Almost all of our patients work from home, or are prepared to take some time off work for this hair transplant procedure.

A few weeks after your hair transplant, your hair will begin to grow as normal. This is the initial growth phase of your new hair follicles. You shouldn’t experience hair loss during this time.

However, between 4 and 5 weeks after your hair transplant, don’t be alarmed if your hairline hair follicles begin to fall out, or shed. Hair loss is completely normal and is the first growth phase of your new hairline.

From 6 weeks onwards, you hairline hair should grow at a normal, consistent rate. Transplanted hair will usually take between 9-12 months to provide a final result. However, this is dependent upon each patient.

What Can Be Done to Maximise the Results of Hairline Surgery?

After a hairline surgery, your receding hairline issue should be solved for many years to come. A hair transplant is expected to last anywhere between 5 and 15 years if looked after properly.

There are some measure patients can take to ensure hair growth and prevent further hair loss. These are:

  • Taking Finasteride – this is a prescription medication designed to prevent further hair loss from taking place. It inhibits the production of DHT; a hormone known for causing hair loss. Taking finasteride is a cheap and easy way to make sure you do not suffer with more hair loss after your hairline surgery.
  • Having PRP – this treatment is designed to provide your new hair follicles the essential nutrients they need for healthy hair growth. These injections (often given in three courses) will usually last for 18 months and are a great way to bolster the growth of your hairline surgery.

How much does a Hairline Hair Transplant Surgery Cost?

All of our hair transplant quotes are worked out on a patient by patient basis. The cost of a hairline surgery is dependent upon how many grafts are needed for transplantation. Of course, the greater the hair loss, the more expensive the surgery.

If you would like a price quote and free consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via a consultation form, or send pictures of your hair loss to our email address or WhatsApp number:

For more information on the cost of hair transplants, have a look at our hair transplant pricing page.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Kieran Dancy
Kieran Dancy
"My experience with Harley Street Clinic was exceptional. I was very apprehensive about getting my FUE procedure done, as one would expect. However, Sara reassured me and was very supportive pre and post-procedure. I am so pleased with the result thus far. The new hairline suits my face, and I cannot wait to see the full results. I must thank everyone at the Harley Street Clinic for their support, guidance, and care."I had an outstanding experience with the Harley Street Clinic. Initially, I had some apprehensions about getting my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure done, as I was unsure about how it would turn out. However, Sara, who assisted me throughout the procedure, was very supportive and helped calm my nerves. She provided me with thorough pre and post-procedure guidance, which was extremely helpful. I am delighted with the results I have seen so far. The new hairline suits my face perfectly, and I cannot wait to see the full results in the coming months. The team at the Harley Street Clinic was very supportive, and I felt like I was in good hands throughout the entire process. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the clinic for their support, guidance, and care. The experience was very positive, and I would highly recommend the Harley Street Clinic to anyone looking to undergo a similar procedure.
David Price
David Price
Thank you to the doctor and team. I was well looked after on the day of surgery and I’m really looking forward to the results. Initial anaesthetic injection was the only bit that I didn’t like but other than that, all good. Would recommend. David
ashley sheppard
ashley sheppard
Lovely surgeon and assistants who made me feel at ease. No pain whatsoever. Would recommend.
Ross Thorndyke
Ross Thorndyke
Great surgeon, quick responses. Even drafted a Locum in to cover the original surgeon being on holiday. Very impressed with the set up and the results are very good so far.
To start, their care and procedures are absolutely incredible, if I was to base the review solely on the Dr and nurses I had for my procedure it would be an easy 5 stars. However I am rating only 4 stars, which I would consider slightly generous. I am trans, although very early transition when I had the procedure, and within the consultation I feel I was overlooked of what I wanted. After being asked what I was looking for from the procedure, I said I was trans, and wanted a natural looking feminine hairline (as well as obviously fixing my natural hairline), to which my consultant claimed that a masculine hairline would be easier to look natural. Going along with this, I thought any hairline transplant is better than nothing, and that he was the professional so I should take his advice and bite my tongue. In fairness, I was not wearing make up and was in jeans and a hoodie for the consultation, so maybe what I said just went over his head or maybe he didn’t take me seriously. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t closet myself at the first sign of push back from what I perceived as a medical professional, even talking to my doctor near the end of the procedure I felt comfortable enough to come out to him after what I had initially perceived to be a transphobic clinic (I promise you it’s not), and wish he was the one to do the consultation in the first place. He even said something along the lines of “I’ve done a masculine hairline on you, I wish you had have said something sooner”, and I didn’t want to cause any trouble for my consultant, so I didn’t say anything. All in all, the procedure went perfectly, and has healed really well. Cannot speak any higher of my doctors and nurses (although I have forgotten their names), and although not entirely happy with the hairline I received, it was done perfectly and is 100x better than my natural hairline. To all my trans girlies out there, please make it really clear what you want, look as fem as possible for the consultation, and if they push back at all - don’t let them walk all over you.
Ricardo David
Ricardo David
Loved the team!
Emma Walker
Emma Walker
I originally took a lot of time researching a hair transplant company within the UK and came across these guys. I have to say that the whole experience has been so smooth from start to finish. Kevin has been nothing but helpful and it was encouraging to know that he only wanted the best for the client. The reason for my hair transplant was traction alopecia and even though I am only 5 days post op I can already see the potential hairline I will have in a few months time. Everything including booking, payment, forms etc was all so easy and straightforward to do with the help of Kevin. The day of the surgery I had my mum come with me and she was able to come into the room to start with before the actual surgery to help choose my hairline and Dr Kalra explained everything not only to me but to my mum also. Then it was onto the actual surgery part of the day and I have to say that while the local anaesthetic injections were pretty painful, the rest of the day was completely relaxing. Dr Kalra and the other staff (sorry I can’t remember their names) totally put me at ease. Everything was explained and if I needed anything all I had to do was ask. Post op I had a lot of bleeding in the donor area which I was worried about but Dr Kalra put my mind at ease straight away. If I had any questions or worries then Dr Kalra and Kevin were always on hand to help. 5 days post op I still have a fair amount of swelling and bruising but it is improving every day and I can’t wait to see results. I’ve booked a PRP session with Dr Kalra for 5 weeks time so I will post another update once that has been done. Thank you to everyone but special thanks to Kevin and Dr Kalra!
Jack Booth
Jack Booth
The whole experience was very straight forward and professional and the staff were very friendly. I felt I was in safe hands with Dr Kalra and the others who did the surgery and the aftercare process was explained very clearly to me afterwards.


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