How Can I Fix My Skull And Forehead Dents?

Q: I have a few dents on the right side of my head. I have a nice sized depression on the top right side of my head. I have a noticeable depression that runs all the way along the top right side of my forehead down to my eyebrow. I also have a small depression underneath my temporalis muscle on the right side of my head. I have done a significant amount of research and I have seen that Kryptonite bone paste can either be injected externally or you can open the flaps of skin and insert the kryptonite internally. Basically, I wish to have this type of operation done some day. What I really want to know is what is the price range of this type of operation for the three areas I described above?

A: The cost of this type of skull reshaping/dent restoration can be highly influenced by the type of cranioplasty material that is used. Also knowing why these dents are there, from prior surgery, injury, or just natural development, is important to know. If these are there from just natural development, then only an injectable Kryptonite technique would be used because new scars from incisions may be unacceptable. Assuming that about 10 grams of material would be needed the total cost is in the range of about $9500. If there are existing scars or incisions, then some form of an open technique can be used. In this case, a less expensive material like hydroxyapatite cements or acrylic (PMMA) could be used. This would lower the cost about $1,000 to $1,500.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana