What is the Difference between Cranioplasty and Skull Reshaping?

Q: Dr. Eppley, What is the difference between the terms Cranioplasty and Skull Reshaping?

A: Those terms are somewhat interchangeable as both refer to changing the skull shape. However the term ‘cranioplasty’ is an older surgical name and refers to the historic reconstruction of lost skull bones. The term ‘skull reshaping’ is a contemporary term which refers to aesthetic changes of the skull shape whether that is augmentation and reduction.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon