Skull Implants

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.

  1. 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.
  1. Skull implants will feel just like bone and will not move around or become displaced.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana