Can My Wide Sides Of My Head Be Reduced?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi, I am 40 yrs old and since birth I have aproblem with having a bigger head. My problem is that the skull is too wide and I had a lot of problems from other kids and even now it is problem to have some relationship with girl. I am looking for procedure like this for years, but previously these operations were not possible.

Would it be please possible to reduce the size of my skull, mainly in the area above ears, where the head is too wide and I have long time depression due to it. I am also quite small (only 170cm and 50kg), so the size of my head is much more noticable. Is it possible to help me somewhat please??

A:I believe you are referring to the Temporal Reduction procedure in which muscle is removed from the side of the head not bone. The temporal bone is too thin for its reduction to have any visible effect. (less than 5mms) While the posterior temporal muscle is quire thick above the ears (up to 10mms) and can be removed in its entirety without adverse functional effects.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon