Can Skull Reshaping Surgery Get Rid Of My Prominent Ridge?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a skull reshaping. I am a 32 year-old man with an odd-shaped head with a prominent ridge running own the middle. While I could always feel it, it never bothered me until I started to lose my hair. Now I feel like an alien with this visible ridge on my skull. Can it be reduced?

A: Skull reshaping can involve reduction of prominent bony areas or bony buildup of deficiencies. One particular bony skull excess is the sagittal ridge or crest that occurs in the midline of the head. It usually occurs due to a mild anomaly of how the sagittal suture closes after birth. As a result it can develop excessively thickening creating a ridge or crest in the midline of the head that is especially noticeable in men that have short hair or shaved heads.

Because it is a bone protrusion or thickening it can be reduced to a more normal skull contour without risk of exposing the dura or penetrating into the brain. This procedure is done under general anesthesia through an incision placed at the back end of the crest. A scalp flap is elevated exposing the crest that is reduced with the use of a burr creating a smoother upper skull contour. The scalp tissue is closed without use of any drains and only a head dressing is used for the night after surgery after which it can be removed. These small scalp incisions can heal remarkably well.

In summary the sagittal ridge is a midline bone protrusion that can be reduced through a minor skull reshaping procedure using small scalp incision.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana