How Long Do Skull Implants Last?

Q: Dr. Eppley, How long do skull implants last and are there any long-term side effects? And how much big cut is needed for a complete head augmentation?

A:Skull implants last a lifetime and never need to be replaced due to device failure as they are solid and do not degrade over time. Their effects are aesthetic in nature and they are not associated with any other side effects other than those that are associated implants placed anywhere in the body. The concept of ‘complete head augmentation’ can have different meanings but I will assume it is an implant that covers the majority of the skull in which case a near complete coronal scalp incision would be needed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana