Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD

Both men and women can suffer from temple hair loss. Though the main known contributor is genetic pattern baldness (i.e. androgenic alopecia), there are other causes. According to Healthline, examples include:

  • vitamin B and D deficiencies
  • smoking
  • traction alopecia (resulting from tightly pulling hairstyles)
  • stress
  • hormonal shifts (i.e. pregnancy and otherwise)
  • prescription medication side effects

In other words, the hair in your temples are affected by both genetic as well as health and environmental factors

The Temple Points – A Critical, Overlooked Hair Restoration Detail

When you’re undergoing hair restoration surgery, the ultimate goal is to have an authentic, natural-looking appearance. But to achieve this, surgeons have to pay extremely close attention to the details of a patient’s hair growth patterns and make accurate conclusions about missing hair areas. Unfortunately, the temple area— the side of your head between your forehead and ears — is often overlooked in hair transplant surgery. Most clinics don’t prioritize hair restoration for the temples because they lack the intricate technical and aesthetic skills needed to recreate the temple transitions so that the outcome appears realistic and undetectable.

Secondly, there’s a limitation in terms of the type of donor hair that matches the delicate edges required for the temples in traditional FUE surgery. Additionally, hair transplant surgery for receding temples is an intricate craft that most hair clinics aren’t equipped to perform due to their heavy reliance on head hair. Fortunately, Dr. Umar has developed an advanced form of FUE surgery that utilizes donor hair from all over the body to expand the range of options needed to reconstruct the temple area.

Hair restoration for the temples is necessary for completing the look of a well crafted hairline

Hair restoration for the temples is necessary for completing the look of a well-crafted hairline *


Receding Temples: Why The Temples Are Necessary For Hair Restoration 

Advancing and restoring the hairline while ignoring the temples will produce a toupee-like effect. The temples are a necessary part of the overall framework for the patient’s face. And they play a vital role in producing an outcome that is most flattering for their overall features.

Temples are difficult to replicate because the hair in that region grows differently from other head parts. Also, hair growth patterns in this region are much more nuanced with varying directions and angle changes. Reproducing these characteristics requires careful study and a high level of visual skill to apply the right details for different patients.

In mature men, the temple area is thinner and more recessed. Hence, hair temple regrowth surgeries should make the temple appear subtly thinner than the rest of the hairline. Though hair restoration for the temples can be difficult, it’s necessary for improving your overall appearance.

This temple points hair transplant focused on the diffuse insertion of a small number of grafts to create a more youthful looking frame around this patient's  face

This temple points hair transplant focused on the diffuse insertion of a small number of grafts to create a more youthful-looking frame around this patient’s  face *

Temple Points Hair Transplant: Why Most Clinics Neglect Hair Transplant For Receding Temples 

So why is it that most clinics neglect hair transplants for receding temples?

First, temple hair transplants are quite risky if they aren’t performed by surgeons trained in this craft. The unique way that hair grows in the temple area requires surgeons to be exceptionally detailed when reconstructing this area so that the outcome looks completely natural and undetectable. There isn’t an exact formula or set of rules to follow. Nor can a surgeon copy what they see on another patient and apply it to someone else. Instead, the provider must carefully study the existing hair growth pattern to infer the appropriate hair angles, directions, proportions, and shape of the temple points and recesses.

A botched hair temple regrowth surgery can frame the face awkwardly. The sad reality is that most clinics don’t have skilled enough surgeons to perform hair restoration for the temples. They are aware that a lack of experience in this area would produce errors that would be noticeably apparent in the final results. Therefore, they will often mislead patients into believing that the temple areas are either unnecessary or cannot be done.

The second reason why most clinics don’t offer hair transplant surgery for receding temples is that they only use donor hair from the scalp. However, both the temples and the hairline require softer, thinner hair along the outer edge.

Hair Temple Regrowth: Why Dr. Umar Can Help You Restore Hair In The Temple Area 

Unlike other clinics, Dr. Umar performs advanced FUE surgery that utilizes donor hair from the nape [1] and other body regions. Hence, with Dr. Umar, you have the liberty to restore multiple parts of your scalp, not just one. Thinner hairs from the nape and legs offer a highly realistic graft choice that approximates the soft, featured edge of natural hairlines and temples.

In addition to using body hair, Dr. Umar takes a highly customized approach to his craft, treating every patient as a unique case. During the grafts’ insertion phase, he uses his skill to match the growth direction, angle, density, and shape that would naturally occur considering the patient’s facial shape, age, and stage of baldness.  Dr. Umar explains that he tries to understand why nature does what it does and mimics these observations to apply them to actual people.

Hair transplant repair who required hair restoration for the temples to complete a normal looking outcome

Hair transplant repair, which required hair restoration for the temples to complete a normal-looking outcome*



Video: Example of a Hairline Transplant that Prioritized Temple Restoration For Better Framing of the Face

In this video, this patient underwent an aggressive hairline restoration that must factor in temple restoration for proper framing of the face.


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If you are interested in a hair transplant for receding temples, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Umar today.

FAQ: Hair Restoration For The Temples 

What are the risks of temple points hair transplant surgery?

Though all surgeries come with risks, a hair temple regrowth surgery that’s botched can lead to an unnatural-looking hairline. Luckily, Dr. Umar provides personalized hair transplant surgeries that consider the nuances of hair restoration for the temples.

How much does a hair transplant for receding temples cost?

The price of hair restoration for the temples varies according to your baldness level and the number of grafts extracted. During your first consultation with Dr. Umar, he will assess your situation and determine a price accordingly.

Why does Dr. Umar offer hair restoration in the temple area while other clinics don’t?

Dr. Umar understands that hair transplant for receding temples requires a lot of careful attention to the details. With his advanced FUE surgery approach, he can provide the proper care to patients. Besides, Dr. Umar’s approach allows for finer donor hairs to be used to create more realistic-looking hairline edges.

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  1. Sanusi Umar, MD, Use of Nape and Peri-Auricular Hair by Follicular Unit Extraction to Create Soft Hairlines and Temples: My Experience With 128 Patients, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 35, Issue 8, November/December 2015, Pages 903–909


Further Reading

See the results of an amazing temple and hairline restoration performed on a 26-year-old patient.

Learn how a youthful new hairline and temples gave this patient’s appearance a youthful transformation