How Long Would I Need To Stay in The U.S. After A Custom Skull Implant?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am in need of a custom skull implant. How much time do I need for this process and recovering? Do you think 3 weeks are enough? Also, If I come to USA, how long it will take to prepare a skull implants for me..

I took some pictures. It is almost impossible to understand unless you touch it. I had fillers before. In my researches at that time, that doctor was the only onewho did skull filling in Turkey. He was terrible. He used kind of bone powder I guess.. I It was a dough and he inserted it under my head skin and the dough has hardened. But he couldn’t succeed. Failed to place the filling evenly on my head. In the pictures, everything looks normal but in reality it is not. There are a lot of depressions on my head and it hurts me when I sleep, brush and touch my head. I marked the that areas with red pen in the pictures. 

Thank you so much for your attention!

A: This appears to be a classic attempt at croewn of the skull augmentation using bone cement which, besides the limited result, often ends up very irregular and uneven in shape. The bone cement should be evident on thje 3D CT scan but teh images attached are of limited views so it is not seen.

What you are now seeking is a better skull augmentation method using a custom skull implant. To answer your logistical questions:

1) Custom skull implants are made off of the 3D CT scan so I will need the actual disc of that scan. Such implants are made well in advance of the surgery as that process takes about 3 months to complete. You come here only for the surgery, appearing one day before the surgery. Your implant design would be very similar to that which is attached….likely just a bit smaller in size of the implant footprint.

2)  Your stay here would be short, returning home no more than 4 to 5 days after the procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon