Skull Augmentation

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in skull augmentation. I haven’t managed to find any possibility here for my skull flat shape and also smaller size, which is always a problem due to hiding its flatness in a puffy hair and that takes a lot of time and doesn’t allow me to wear the desired hair style. I’m 34 years old and I am struggling with such issue for a lifetime, and now I’m seriously looking for a permanent fix. My forehead is also flat and what I’ve lately done was to get injected fillers in my forehead, its corners and all over it, for creating a nicer curvature which is not a permanent but only temporary one, then within 1 year or a year and a half, I need to re-do this process which is not the most desirable fix, also only temporary.  I’ve been reading about a latest discovery, Kryptonite, and also learning about you Dr Eppley from online and also searching your website, and I’ve noticed you’re extremely experienced and a specialist in such matters.  I’d like to kindly ask about your opinion, if some injections with suitable bone adhesive (Kryptonite or otherwise) would solve my problem permanently, without any side effects or other later surprises?  I’m aware the injections would be the quickest fix, especially when 1.5 cm to 2 cm height in my skull’s curvature would be perfect and also a bit at the top back, plus a bit on the laterals for creating more volume around, therefore in a nutshell needing some attached patches in the right spots of my skull. I’m also reading online that such injections would have some side effects and in the longer term may bring some problems, not sure if that’s correct or not?  If possible, I’d appreciate it receiving your kind reply regarding such procedures, or if it’s better going for a whole skull patch addition through a more complex operation?  Obviously, I’d prefer the simplest but most efficient procedure, but if such quick injectable permanent safe fixes don’t exist, please kindly elaborate about the best fit in my case, in order for my forehead to be considered as well and curved accordingly with no weird marks after a possible operation or implants. 

A: The simple answer to your question is that no method injectable skull enlargement works well and has lots of complications. Kryptonite is no longer available and has been removed from clinical availability. The only effective method of significant skull augmentation (and a 1.5 to 2 cm enlargement would be considered significant) is a two-stage surgical procedure. The first stage is the placement of scalp tissue expander (to gain the room for the bone expansion) and the second stage is the placement of a custom skull implant made from a 3D CT scan. Like all surgical procedures, they are not risk free but this approach has had few complications in my experience.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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