How Much Bone Can Be Removed From The Top Of My Skull?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m heavily considering bone burring for the entire top of my skull due to it being too high/long/narrow, and would like to know before I’d fly in for a preoperative CT scan just how unusual it is for your patients skull to allow for less than the approximately 5mm to 7mm bone reduction off the top? I’m not sure anything less than 3mm or 4mm would be worth it for me personally, unfortunately.

Your reply would be really appreciated. Thank you in advance

A:How much bone can be removed from the skull requires a CT scan which can get where you live. We can order that for you so you can get it done locally. In almost any skull 3 to 4mms can be assuredly reduced. The real question is will the thickness of the skull allow for more than that amount of bone removal.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon