How Much Of My Plagiocephaly Is Fixable?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I have just recently noticed that I have Plagiocephaly. From the research I have done it seems that I have a mild or type 2 form. I also have right-sided plagiocephalic head with slight difference in my forehead protrusion and cheekbone protrusion. The left side of my head is also a bit more slanted than the right. Firstly I was wondering If all these problems are fixable and how risky the procedure would be to fix this. Secondly I was hoping you could provide a cost range for this procedure.
A: All of the manifestations of plagiocephaly that you are describing which are common, mild as they may be, are improvable. When determining what should be corrected it comes to what are the most bothersome features of it. By your own description you have identified ipsilateral facial protrusion (with a flatter right back off the head) and a left forehead slant. The key question is not whether any of these features can be treated or that it is risky to do but which ones are most important. Patients rarely treat every aspect of their plagiocephaly but only the most significant features of them that bother them the most. Until I know what those features are in your case I could not say how it would be done or what the cost of such surgery would be.
Dr. Barry Eppley
World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon