Skull Reduction

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in skull reduction surgery. I would like to get the right side of my skull reduced. Its so bigger than the left side which is itself normal in size. This makes me look like big headed and I feel very uncomfortable with it.

So is there a possible way to do this surgery ?

What are the risks associated with it ?

How much can it cost ?

Will there be any scars after the surgery ?

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures.  In answer to your skull reduction questions:

1) The right posterior temporal region can be reduced through muscle resection. This is a far more effective procedure for head width reduction than trying to reduce the bone.

2) In my extensive experience with this type of head reshaping surgery, there are no medical risks that I have seen or can envision. The aesthetic risk is how effective it will be and how much more symmetrical it will be to the other side.

3) The incision is made behind the ear in the sulcus area so there is visible scar at all.

4) My assistant will pass along the cost of the surgery to you tomorrow.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana