Can Kryptonite Cement Be Used To Correct Plagiocephaly?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 30 year old male and I have a flattened skull at back, which I understand to be plagiocephaly. This has until now been fairly well-covered with hair, but I am beginning to recede at the temples, and so I am becoming increasingly concerned about it, should I go bald. I am therefore interested in exploring possible treatments- I hear you offer a cranioplasty procedure involving injectable kryptonite? I would be very interested in hearing more about this- in terms of how successful/established the procedure is, likely cost and potential risks. Any information you could provide would be really useful. I appreciate it may be difficult to provide a concrete answer without a full consultation, but any general information would be really useful.
A: I would seek out any postings that I have written using Kryptonite cement for skull reshaping which would appear on a Google search. I have written extensively about it and all of your questions would probably be answered there. In summary, it is a developing technique that is far from perfected with the biggest complication being irregularities and the potential need for a smoothing revision. But it is a simple one hour procedure that involves minimal recovery using only a one inch incision. The cost of this cranioplasty procedure is largely driven by the volume of the material that is used. The cost of the material will easily make up more than half of the cost of the surgery.
Dr. Barry Eppley