Will Skull Reduction Improve The Shape of My Plagiocephalic Head?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 21 years old. I have recently discovered that I had plagiocephaly when I was a baby and unfortunately, it did not get fully treated. This has made my head pointy and a little asymmetrical at the top. I was wondering if it is possible to shave the bone at the top of the skull down enough to achieve a more rounded and less high look of the skull. If this is possible, how much would it cost and would it leave me with any complications. I play soccer and intend on playing it in the future, so would this surgery allow me to continue playing sports after wards? Anyways, thanks for reading this and I hope to hear back from you on this, thanks again. 

A:Without knowing exactly what your head looks like and evaluating it with a 3D CT scan, I can not tell where enough skull reduction at the top could achieve a more better head shape or even whether that would be the correct approach to treat it. Until the exact treatment is known the cost of such surgery can not be accurately given. But for the sake of basic information I will have my assistant Camille pass along the cost of skull reduction surgery even though we do not know whether that is the best approach in your case. But regardless of what skull reshaping procedure is done, it will not affect your ability to participate in any sporting activity.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana