Custom Skull Implant for Female Crown Augmentation

Q: Dr. Eppley, The crown area of my head is quite flat and I have been doing the hair camouflage technique since I was in my mid teens. This has impacted my life significantly. I am working interested in the bone cement technique to reshape this flat portion. I live in Nevada and cannot find a surgeon who performs this procedure. I would like to do this procedure within the next 12 months and am curious what the cost is so I can prepare.

A: Thank you for your inquiry. Bone cement skull augmentations have largely been replaced with the use of custom skull implants which offer better results with the need for a far less scalp scar. I will assume for now that you would receive an immediate custom skull implant (does not require a first stage scalp expansion) for which I will have my assistant Camille pass along the cost of such surgery to you on Monday.

In he interim please send me some side view pictures of your head for my assessment for this procedure from which I can do imaging to determine whether you need a one stage or two stage skull augmentation procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana