Are There Risks of Death From Skull Reshaping Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to ask you a few things about skull reshaping.1) Can you reshape a skull that its parietal bone is not curved but straight down towards my forehead? 2) Can you implant a flat back head to be curvy? 3) Can you narrow the side head? My side head is over widened till its not a straight, smooth to the back. 4) Are there risks for death if this surgery is done (with jaw angle enhancement)? 5) How much will all of the surgery cost? I wish you could reply my questions to my email. Please reply, thanks.

A: In answer to your skull reshaping questions:

  1. You can reshape the parietal bone so that it is straighter and not so curved.
  2. An implant can be placed on the back of the head to add projection.
  3. The side of the head can be narrowed by a combination of temporal muscle reduction and bone thinning.
  4. There is no risk of death by combining skull reshaping with jaw angle augmentation. Skull reshaping is a perfectly safe aesthetic surgery that should not be confused with its very distant cousin in Neurosurgery of craniotomies.
  5. I will have my assistant pass along the costs of the surgery to you tomorrow.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana