What Can Be Done To Improve My Scaphocephalic Head Shape? (Long and Narrow)

Q: Dr. Eppley, I hope this email finds you well. I would like to extend my gratitude for taking the time to read this message. I recently came across information about your clinic and its innovative craniofacial techniques in the field of aesthetic surgery. Through this email, I would like to inquire about the possibility of undergoing a surgical procedure to enhance the shape of my head. Your clinic’s expertise in extracranial skull surgery, coupled with the positive experiences shared by your patients on instagram, has piqued my interest. The prospect of safe and effective procedures to address concerns about the appearance of the head, from brow bones to sides and the back, is truly intriguing.

For a long time, I have felt self-conscious about the shape of my head and had no knowledge that solutions to such concerns might exist. The revelation that such procedures are available has given me hope that I can regain confidence and achieve the changes I desire.

I have enclosed documentation regarding the shape of my head for your review. Could you kindly assess whether surgery could potentially restore a more conventional shape to it? Additionally, I am eager to learn more about the estimated timeline for the procedure and recovery, as well as the associated risks and costs.

I understand that you have a busy schedule, but I would greatly appreciate your time and consideration in evaluating my inquiry. 

I am genuinely hopeful about the possibility of collaborating with your skilled team to achieve a more confident and improved appearance.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your 3D CT scan. You have a classic scaphocephalic head shape due to untreated congenital sagittal craniosynostosis. Thus it is long from front to back and narrow from side to side. This is treated in adults by frontal and occipital bone reductions to shorten the length and a custom skull implant to widen the sides and augment the upper back of the head. Your 2D scan slices show that there is enough bone thickness on the forehead and back of the head for some visible reduction in head length.Thank you for your inquiry and sending your 3D CT scan.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon