How Long After Surgery Takes It Takes To See The Results from Skull Reduction and Temporalis Muscle Removal?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in doing a combined large skull reduction and removal of temporalis muscle. 

I was wondering though, as I have read that there is some swelling after, and that it would take time before the result is apparent. Could you give a “timeline” of how much of the result is achieved percentwise, say 2,4,6,8 and 12 weeks after surgery? I suppose the swelling from the temporalis reduction is milder than that of the skull reduction?

A: As you have mentioned there will be swelling afterward of which the worst will be in the first 10 days at which point one is more publicly presentable. Finer details of the result take 8 to 12 weeks after surgery to fully appreciate.

You are correct in that the swelling from temporal reduction would be somewhat less than that if it was combined with skull reduction.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana