Will My Skull Augmentation Need A Tissue Expander?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in skull augmentation I was wondering if you ever use an inflatable under the crown of skull to inflate skin so you can have more room to shape head? My niece needed an inflatable on her leg when she was young, which they used when they removed cancerous skin. I believe they can do this if area on skull needs extra skin to cover cement. If you do this, maybe you can tell he how much and my procedure can be a two step procedure. If I can pay for this and come back when time for procedure to correct and reshape flat areas. Please let me know. Not sure what the procedures are called but I may need more serious fix and may need more room for reshaping.

A: When it comes to skull reshaping or skull augmentation, you are referring to a two-stage approach initially using a tissue expander. For larger amounts of skull augmentation, particularly for a flat back of the head, more scalp is needed. A small scalp tissue expander, slowly inflated over six weeks, creates more than enough extra scalp tissue to cover any degree of augmentation desired.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana