Can All Skull Areas Affected By Plagiocephaly be Treated At Once?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was affected by positional plagiocephaly after birth and now have a strange head shape. Can total correction of the skull be done in heads like mine which would include the forehead, temporal and back of head areas?

A: Optimal treatment of cranioscoliosis from positional plagiocephaly would involve the forehead/frontal (reduction vs augmentation), temporal reduction and back of head augmentation. The question is not whether that can be done but whether all mentioned skull regions need to be treated and whether the various incisions needed to do it (particularly the forehead/frontal region) are worthy tradeoffs for the benefits. That would have to be determined on an individual basis.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana