Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 23 year old male and i have a concern about my headshape. My head is looking very small on my body, although I have an average circumference of 57 cm at a height of ~180cm. I have a slim face, but the main problem is, that my head gets narrower too much at the top, so it’s a little bit shaped like an egg. I have a long neck and wide shoulders, in combinations of that, it looks just weird. I already read at your page what can be done , but I have still some concerns about getting an implant. Is there a guarantee that it is lasting a life long? Is it as hard as bone, so if someone touches my head will it feel like real skull? And is there a chance that it can move / slip around after some time? I just want to solve this problem and never be confronted with it again, so I am looking for a permanently and safe solution.. What other options do I have if don’t want to get an implant? Can the bone be restructured, or is it as risky as it sounds?
A: In answer to your skull implants questions:
1) The only safe and effective skull augmentation method is an implant. Moving/expanding the skull bone is not an option in an adult.
- Skull implants will last a lifetime, will never breakdown or degrade or need to be replaced. They are made of a polymerized silicone material that will only break down at temperatures of greater than 375 degrees F.
- Skull implants will feel just like bone and will not move around or become displaced.
Dr. Barry Eppley