How Can My Sunken Brow Bone Be Reshaped?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had an operation on my forehead almost 16 years ago that changed my life. My frontal sinus was backed up causing me to have had my forehead bone removed and replaced with my hip bone in fear that it was infected. I have a cut along my hair line but my forehead does not look the way I wish. How much does a reconstruction cost to have some material to over lay the bone for a more normal look? Thanks!

A: I am assuming based on your description that you originally had a frontal sinus obliteration procedure in which the sinus lining was removed and filled in with an iliac marrow graft. This undoubtably healed in a very irregular fashion, leaving the brow bone area with an uneven contour that may even be a bit sunken in. The brow bone/forehead contour can be significantly improved by an onlay frontal cranioplasty using hydroxyapatite cement. That can be done using your existing hairline scar. In order to properly estimate costs, please send me a picture of your forehead for my assessment so I can see how much cement may be needed which can highly influence costs.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana