Q: Dr. Eppley, I was wondering if you have performed this type of skull reduction surgery before. I have a very pronounced bump on the top of my head near the back as you can see. I would like to have the spot reduced down to make my head shape a little rounder. I am also wondering what kind of scarring I will have afterwards? I am bald so minimal scarring procedures would be the best option for me. If you could also give me a rough estimate of the cost that would be great.
A: Sagittal crest skull reduction is a procedure that I have done numerous times. Your situation is exactly the type of patient in which this type of skull reduction is done….male, shaved head, and a posterior raised end of the sagittal crest. This is done through a small curved 4.5 cm incision. From this limited incision as much bone is reduced as possible. I have always been impressed with how well this incision heals and how imperceptible it can be later. On average the total cost of the surgery is around $ 6,500. Most patients can achieve a near complete flattening of the raised area with sagittal crest skull reduction surgery.
Dr. Barry Eppley