How Would I Stretch The Scalp Skin To Correct A Wide Depressed Skull Area?

Q: Dr. Eppley, The top back of my skull is depressed due to surgery as an infant. The depression is deep, wide and long so if plastic surgery was performed it would need to stretch skin or need a skin graft. I’m not sure of your capabilities but has your practice dealt with the issue described. Thanks.

A:What you are suggesting is the possibility of needing a first stage scalp expander procedure. (not a skin graft) That is a procedure I do regularly when more stretch of the scalp is needed for the amount of skull augmentation required.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana