Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in forehead augmentation. I have very large brow ridges, and a sloping forehead with a prominent central bump in front of the coronal suture. I suffered a blow to the saggital region as a younger boy, and I have always believed that I suffer from premature suture closure. The saggital region is pointed, and my skull height is reduced. I read your procedure articles about plastic inserts in the forehead region to round the forehead and perhaps make it appear higher and more vertical, as well as similar inserts to widen and heighten the overall head shape. I am 68 years old, and have combed my hair over my forehead since I was a young man because I am embarrassed about my appearance. At my current age, and with thinner, receding hairline, this is becoming impossible. Can you help me?
A: Thank you for sending your pictures. I can clearly see your forehead concerns with a large flat area above your brow bones which slopes backward up into the skull. There is a relatively straightforward solution to our forehead deformity by building up the bone over the area of the depressed forehead region which is fairly well delineated. (forehead augmentation) This could be done using either a custom made silicone forehead implant from a 3D CT scan or using bone cement (PMMA) to do the forehead augmentation.
Dr. Barry Eppley