Custom Occipital Implant
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a custom occipital implant. My head is obviously flat. I have been insecure about it since my teenage years. I am know in my late 20’s. I am interested in a custom occipital implant to make the back of my flat flat head perkier and rounder. I was wondering what the estimation of this procedure would be? I was also wondering, since you cut the hair/skin part of the back head, is the scar obvious (aside from hair covering it)? For example, if I were to show that area would the scar be obvious? Thank you. I look forward to your reply.
A: For augmentation of a flat back of the head, a custom occipital implant is the best method. It does require a scalp incision somewhere and that would depend on its size and location on the occiput. The scalp scar usually turns out very well particularly in women. If you shave your head the scar would be somewhat obvious but that is the situation you probably are not going to find yourself in. Great care is taken in aesthetic skull reshaping surgery to preserve hair follicles along and around the scalp incision.
Dr. Barry Eppley