Skull Implants and Hair Growth

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a flat head from the back and it has restricted me from being able to be confident with my hair. I have to tease my hair to reduce the flat look and was wondering what exactly it was that could he done to fix this. 

If implants are required, how dangerous is it to have them next to my skull and will my hair grow less because of it? 

Thank you! 

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

1) Skull implants are as safe as any other cosmetic implant used in the face or body.

2) Skull Implants do not inhibit hair growth. Skull implants aren placed deep on top of the bone while the hair follicles are right under the skin several tissue layers away.

3) The only relevance to hair growth is the incision used to place the skull implant, not the skull implant itself. Great care is taken in both making the incision as well as in closing it to lessen the risk of injury to any hair follicles in the incision’s path. The avoidance of electrocautery and placing dermal sutures are the most important maneuvers in limiting hair follicle damage from the incision.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana