What Is The Most Economic Approach To Fixing A Small Skull Dent?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello,I’m inquiring about a service you offer. Since I was young I’ve had a dented skull which is pretty largely visible but I manage to hide it fairly well & it’s not really noticed ever. But I will foresee the need the surgery one day if I ever go bald lol, so I’m inquiring on cost for this services? I’d say it’s a good 3/8 inch dip with 2 inch circular diameter. 

I would love to get this handled one day but I just don’t have thousands & thousands to fix it. But hoping if price is right that I can go in a correct this.

A:Thank you for your skull dent inquiry and detailing your head shape concerns. But your description that is a fairly small skull indentation (roughly 5 x 5 x  1cms) which could be filled in with different types of materials and, if one is able, could even be done under local anesthesia or IV sedation. The most economical material would be PMMA bone cement. While many skull augmentations and defects are done today using custom made implants that adds considerably to the cost. PMMA bone cements is how I used to do all skull onlays so it may an older technique but still effective.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana