Will Cheekbone Reduction Or Occipital Skull Reduction Prevent Me From Playing Contact Sports?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi, I am interested in getting a reduction of the zygomatic arch and an occipital reduction. But after getting these procedures will I still be able to play contact sports like rugby? Will I be more at risk of a skull fracture or brain injury in the future after these procedures?

A: Neither cheekbone reduction osteotomies or occipital skull reduction will prohibit you from playing contact sports or increase risk of skull fracture/brain injury afterwards.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana