Skull Augmentation

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi there! I have a few questions as I start thinking about the procedures:

1. I want to do back of the head augmentation, top of the head augmentation, and also forehead augmentation – will this make my head too heavy?
2. What are common side effects of the materials used (I will not be opting for implants) – are there natural biomaterials available?
3. How many of these procedures do you do annually? Over the past 2,3 years?
4. I will also be getting other procedures done with other specialists for the eyes and nose – do you recommend coming to you before or after rhinoplasty and how long should I wait in between?

Thank you very much!

A: Thank you for your skull augmentation inquiry. In answer to your questions:

1) Any material added to the head, implant or otherwise, is not going to make your head feel heavier.

2) If you eliminate all synthetic materials then the only natural biomaterial would be your own fat. Its well known side effects is resorption and lack of permanence.

3) I perform 50 to 75 aesthetic skull reshaping surgeries per year…and each year the number is increasing.

4) I would wait either three months before or three months after this type of surgery before doing other aesthetic procedures.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana