Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a flat head from behind. It has been that way since my childhood since I always slept on my back and never changed positions. I came across your procedure while looking for ‘flat head treatment’ on the Internet. I have a few questions.
- I wish to know how much improvement I can expect with the treatment. Can I get a completely round head?
- I also wish to know how exactly it feels after the implant is placed under the scalp. When I touch the back of my head would I feel like there’s something there or would it feel like bone?
- About the material, can it be carcinogenic or can it possibly cause any allergic reactions?
- Would the material completely adhere to my skull and not float around between the scalp and the skull?
- Can the procedure be done under local anesthesia?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
A: In answer to your questions about flat head correction using a custom implant:
- Only with a two-stage (first stage scalp expansion) can you get a fairly round head. one-stage occipital implant on the back of the head will produce about of that ideal result.
- The implant will feel like bone.
- A silicone implant os not carcinogenic nor will it cause any allergic reactions.
- The implant will not float around and will adhere to the underlying bone and the overlying scalp.
- The procedure can NOT be done be done under local anesthesia, it requires a general anesthetic.
Dr. Barry Eppley