Skull Augmentation

Q: Dr. Eppley, So I don’t have a severe deformity, but the top of my head is basically flat. I have a big head but it’s very flat, it looks Cro-magnonish and it gives me a primitive look which I don’t like. Is there any option to add height to my skull? Just a few cms? Slightly reshaping it would really make a difference I think. My forehead is also very flat, so it looks really really bad. I would send pictures, but I don’t know how. Can this condition be treated somehow? Basically my goal is to add a little height to the top of my head so it won’t look flat. I await your answer.

A: What you need is a skull augmentation procedure using a custom skull implant. How much skull augmentation on the top of the head that can be achieved is limited by how much the scalp will stretch to accommodate the implant. But up to 1 cm to 1.5 cms of additional skull height can be safely achieved in most patients. The shape of the implant would provide a rounder shape as well as the skull height is increased. This is known as a skull cap implant.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana