Are Custom Skull Implants Permanent?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is the silicon implant for narrow head permanent? What are the most common complications for this procedure and how do these implants stay in place?

A:In answer to your skull augmentation questions:

1) All silicone skull implants are material wise and structurally permanent.

2) There are few complications with onlay skull implants but would include infection (not yet seen) and aesthetic issues of implant edging (most relevant risk in the shaved head male) and he scalp incision/scar needed to place it.

3) There has never been a case of skull implant migration because the sixe of the implant, the tightness of the scalp and the natural encapsulation process all work to secure it into the position it is surgically placed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon