Q: Dr. Eppley, I have visited your website and am aware you do skull reshaping surgery. I was wondering if you could review the attached picture and can you notify me on what could be done for a skull bulge on one side that is just above my right ear.
A: The bulge to which you have shown is the temporal area which is composed of more muscle than bone. That can be very effectively reduced through a small vertical temporal incision, shortening the thickness of the muscle and reducing the bone a bit. I have done that type of skull reduction successfully numerous times. It is a short one hour procedure done under anesthesia. There is very minimal pain afterwards, no real recovery other than a little bit of swelling after surgery, and no physical restrictions afterward. It does result in a very fine vertical scalp scar measuring about 3.5 cms in the hairline.
Dr. Barry Eppley