Is There A Solution To My Skull Problem?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I suffer from a congenital malformation of the face and skull. The shape of my face and my head is too skinny and started with me this problem since I was 15 years old. I am now age 29 years old and I want a solution to my problem. But before that I want to know the answers to the following questions:
1. Is it possible to find a surgical solution to my problem?
2. In the case of the possibility of surgery, you could be a final solution?
3. Can surgery be done through the addition of natural bones?
4. How serious is the surgery and what is the success rate?
5. How long will I need to heal, and to engage in normal life?
6. What will be the cost of surgery?
A: I would be happy to answer all of your questions but I will first need to see some pictures of your head for any assessment. It would be impossible to give an opinion without first seeing what the exact problem is. But what I can tell you without even seeing your skull problem is any correction can not be done by using bone grafts or natural bone. They will simple melt away and be absorbed. Skull surgery requires an incision across the top of the head so this is a trade-off you must be willing to accept. Most patients have full recovery after skull reshaping in just a few weeks.
Dr. Barry Eppley