Does Skull Reduction By Burring Make The Skull Weaker?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Does the burring method, which, from what I gathered, removes the outer layer of the skull, result in a weaker, more vulnerable skull which can increase the risk of hurting one’s head and brain (cracking, piercing skull, etc)?

A: Removal of the outer layer of the skull as is done in skull reduction surgery does not make it more susceptible to injury due to the double layer cortical bone that comprises the full thickness of the skull.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon