Can PEEK Material Be Used For Head Augmentation?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi, I hope this email meets you well. I had an in-person appointment with you in 2016. I haven’t done any surgery concerning my head augmentation and would like to come in and move forward. i wanted to ask if you do the PEEK implant for head augmentation? 

A: The PEEK material can be used for skull augmentation with the understanding of the two major differences from solid silicone custom skull implants:

1) The manufacture of PEEK implants is 4X  as expensive that of solid silicone.

2) To place the ultra-rigid PEEK skull implant either a near complete or complete coronal scalp incision will be needed to implant it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana