Can The Incision Be Shorter for My Skull Reshaping Procedure?

Q: Dr. Eppley,  Thank you for your follow up on my questions about reshaping the top of my skull.. I realize that you are a surgeon in high demand and you taking the time to follow up is very impressive and kind. The cost is fair given the amount of work that needs to be done. The 10″ incision is my only concern. How large would the incision need to be if we simply build up the uneven side and leave the bump untouched.  What would the cost be if we went this alternative route?

A: Understandably a long incision in your scalp is a concern, even to me given your young age and for the correction of only an aesthetic skull shape concern. But the same length of the incision is needed whether one merely reduces the high midline sagittal ridge or does a concomitant build along the side of it. The reason it needs to be of that length is that the hardest part of the skull reshaping procedure is getting the implanted material to have feather edges and blend into the surrounding skull smoothly and without a visible or palpable edge to it.

Dr. Barry Eppley