Can Temporal Reduction Just Be Done On One Side?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m 21 years old and I have been losing my hair rather dramatically in the last year or so. This wouldn’t bother me that much as I always knew I would, but my head is asymmetrical. The right side of my head above my ear extends further out than the left side, and the right side of my forehead extends forward more than the left. I was wondering what the cost of a temporal reduction surgery would be for just one side, and what surgery you would recommend for the front. 


A: By your description the temporal reduction procedures sounds appropriate for the right protrusion above your ears. While the forehead can be reduced by bone reduction, the problem is the need for a more visible scalp[ incision to do so. Whether that is a worthy tradeoff would depend on the magnitude of the right frontal protrusion.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana