In Plagiocephaly Can The Bigger Side Of The Skull Be Reduced?

Q: Dr. Eppley, For my plagiocephaly compared to the side of the skull I think reducing the bigger side is a better solution. The back of my head will have to be cohesive with the side reduction by increasing the flatness. I also have a few questions to ask you about the risk of this delicate operation since it touches the head. Are there any infectious risks or any other risks? The intervention keeps the desired outcome alive. I mean, aren’t implants changing over time? and Does this procedure present a risk on the nature of the hair or causes it in loss. Recovery after the operation is it essentially pain or difficult? And keep your big scar for life ?

A: The amount of the bigger side that can be reduced will be determined by the CT scan but almost assuredly it can not be done enough to match the other side. As a result reasonable symmetry is not going to be obtained by bone reduction alone.

I have never yet seen an infection from any form of skull reduction or skull implants.

Skull Implants are structurally stable and do not change over time.

Skull reshaping surgery does not adversely affect hair growth.

Recovery after skull reshaping surgery is neither painful or difficult.

Scalp scars from incisional access are permanent.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon