How Can I Improve My Skull and Forehead Shape from Plagiocephaly?

Q: Hello, I just have a few questions about a cosmetic issue that I have been dealing with for really all of my life, but just became totally aware of within the last few years. I have a condition called Plagiocephaly. I’m sure you know what that is, so I won’t go into that. I will say, however, that I have a flat spot on the left side of my head. It has caused my left ear to protrude, and my left brow ridge(the part that the eye brow covers), also protrudes. It is very noticeable, especially to me, but others do notice it too. My question is whether or not I can have a procedure done to either A.) Reconstruct the left side of my head and brow ridge so it looks more symmetrical with the other side of my head, or B.) Just correct one of the two areas. I really would like both done and I would like to know about scarring and what would they look like, and whether they would be covered by my hair or not.

A: The physical changes that you have described are classic for occipital plagiocephaly in children and adults in which the condition was not treated early or was felt not to be severe enough for traditional skull molding therapy. On the same side, one can have a flat spot on the back of the head, a brow protrusion and an ear that sticks out more than the other side.

All three cosmetic problems can be effectively treated through known plastic surgery procedures. These include an injectable occipital cranioplasty using Kryptonite material (limited scar technique), a simple ear setback (otoplasty) , and a burring down of the tail of the eyebrow (brow bone reduction)  using an endoscopic technique. All three can be treated during a single operation or only the most bothersome can be treated alone.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana