At What Age Can A Custom Skull Implant Be Placed For Occipital Plagiocephaly?

Q: Dr. Eppley, My son has Occipital Plagiocephaly and his head is flat on one side of the back of his head. He is only 8 years old but when he’s old enough to understand I want to talk to him about possibly correcting the shape of his head by having cosmetic surgery. How much does the procedure cost and would h still be able to play football for years after the procedure or should we wait and consider the procedure after high school/football?

A: As a general rule I wait until after puberty to place custom skull implants. One can have the procedure and then go on to play football.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana