Am I A Good Candidate For Head Widening Reduction Via Temporal Reduction?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello I am an Asian male and I have a large complex with my head shape. I have a very prominent side head, so the head width is very wide. When I was photographing a head ct, I was told that there was not enough temporal muscle and the skull was only 5mm thick. In this case, can the head width be reduced by more than 1 cm? And is it true that men have at least 5 mm of posterior temporal muscles? Since I out of the USA, if I went to the United States to have surgery, I am worried that I will have to come back because the operation is impossible. Should I send CTpictures to you to make sure? And what is the estimated cost when you’re contracting the temporal muscles and the skull?

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your picture. In my experience the average Asian male has a posterior temporal muscle thickness than ranges from 8 to 10mm per side. This is thickest just above the ear and then gradually thins as it heads up to the bony temporal line of the skull. I do acknowledge that the typical Asian skull is naturally wider at the posterior temporal area but the bone is thin and the focus is on the muscle removal. I have yet to see any male patient who had posterior temporal muscle reduction that did not have a visible improvement.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana