Can My Small Skull Defect Be Fixed By An Injectable Material?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in kryptonite bone cement treatment as a craniomaxillofacial treatment for a small skull deformity. I have an area just below my hairline where there is a bonelike material that protrudes a few mm from the rest of my forehead and is unsightly but doesn’t hurt at all. It happened after an accident a few years ago. Can kryptonite be injected into the surrounding area to make the surrounding area more natural in appearance? If so how much? And what are the likely complications?

A: While I don’t know exactly what your skull area of concern looks like, the use of injectable Kryptonite can work very well for small skull contour problems. Done through a small incision close to the skull defect, it can be injected into and around the area of bone irregularity as an onlay contouring material. The biggest challenge with its use is to get an absolutely smooth contour and not to overcorrect the problem or build out too much of a contour. Other than that this is a very simple technique with very little to no real recovery, particularly in such small skull areas The cost of the procedure depends on the size of the defect and the amount of material needed. I would need to see a picture of the problem to determine the suitablity of an injectable skull contouring approach and an accurate estimate of the cost.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana