How Can My Young Son’s Plagiocephaly Be Treated?

Q: Dr. Eppley, My son is 3 years old, unfortunately he has uncured plagiocephaly… We live in Poland, the doctors we went to assured us that the head would take shape as the child grows, but that it is a long process, even 1.5 years, and they left us like that. Do you have any information or is there anyone in Europe who deals with this? We couldn’t find anything on the Internet… Apart from your website and we see that you are doing amazing things here! I understand that now, when my son is still small, we can’t do anything because the skull is constantly growing and so we will probably have to wait until the age of 18 until its growth stops… I am asking you for some information, best regards

A: What I can tell you about your son’s plagiocephaly is:

1) At 3 years of age it would be reasonable to assume he is not going to change the shape of his head by any ongoing growth.

2) For an onlay custom skull implant one needs to have gotten past puberty. Such procedures in teenagers are done around ages 15 or 16.

3) I am not aware of any surgeon performing this surgery in Europe.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon