Q: Dr. Eppley, I am considering skull reduction done through an open approach and have afew questions about the scar. In your opinion is the scar with very obvious to you. I always grow my hair out so with that, what level do you think it may affect me? I am not bald or shave my head so I assume the hair will help hide it. More in depth, could I see pictures of the scars from open cranioplasty? How long are they and such. I’m really leaning towards this, would like to know all about it.
A: It is important to recognize that there will be a scalp scar in any open cranioplasty procedure. That does not mean, however, that it is necessarily a bad scar that is wide and highly visible. It almost never is. But in men, whose hair pattern is less than stable over their lifetime in over 50% of the male population, it is important to consider this aesthetic trade-off. It is obviously a lot more relevant issue in men who are bald or shave their head. You do not so this is one favorable factor for you. I harp on this issue so every patient gives it careful consideration. The incision/scar usually runs from about one inch above the ear across the top of the head. It is hard to get good pictures of the scalp scars to show since most patient’s hair obscures it.
Dr. Barry Eppley
Q: For my bulgy forehead, is it possible to burr down the forehead and then do a forehead/eyebrow lift at the same time, just removing the extra skin? The reason I ask is because my head is misshappen and my hairline is too high. I want my hairline to be lower so burring down some of the forehead and then making and eyebrow lift would help alot. After that is done I was going to get a hair transplant on my hairline to cover up the scar. Does this sound like it will work? Will it work if I get a hair transplant over the scar and can I do the eyebrow/forehead lift thing?
A: Your approach to a forehead or frontal contouring is conceptually correct. While I don’t know exactly where your exact hairline is now or what its shape is, making a scalp or coronal incision there allows one to access the forehead area. Probably about 5mms across the forehead bulge can be taken down. A browlift can then be performed and the redundant skin removed at the scalp incision line. This will shorten the perceived length or height of the forehead skin. Thereafter, no more than 3 to 6 months later, a hair transplant can then be done to put a camouflage to the scar. Such a scar in the scalp can often heal remarkably well due to the uniqueness of hair-bearing (or past hair-bearing) scalp skin.
Dr. Barry Eppley