Would Skull Reshaping Surgery Make My Hard Hat Fit Better?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’d like to enquire about skull reshaping, due to having a flat back of head as it makes the top of my head have a harsh diagonal slant upwards and It makes it hard for my work as it doesn’t really fit a hard hat properly and the left side of my head sticks out more than the right which is quite noticeable is there anything you can do to make these areas smaller, thank you.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and detailing your head shape concerns. While the areas to which you describe can be reduced to some degree, the relevant question is whether the degree to which they can be reduced would be enough to improve your symptoms related to them.

The only way to help make that determination is would be to look at and measure bone thicknesses on a 3D CT scan.

For the flat back of the head a custom skull implant can treat that nicely. Between whatever skull reduction can be done and the custom skull implant for the flat back of the head it is very likely that a hard hat would fit much better.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana