Skull reshaping (skull contouring) is a surgical procedure that is typically used to reshape the skull to give it a more uniform, oblong shape. Another cause of skull reshaping is the condition called craniosynostosis. This is where the growth pattern of the infant’s skull changes due to one or more joints of the skull, fusing permanently. The procedure is ideal for individuals who are unhappy with the shape of their skull, or who have congenital skull abnormalities.
Skull reshaping addresses a number of skull shape irregularities, such as flattened skulls, bumps and ridges, and skulls that appear too wide or narrow. Prior to the procedure, you will have a consultation with our surgeons to determine your specific needs and clarify expectations. For information on skull reshaping for infants or children, please refer to our craniofacial page.
Skull reshaping is performed under general anesthesia. The patient will not need to shave their hair and no hair needs to be removed during the procedure. Placement and length of the incision will vary depending on the exact head shape and concerns. If the skull needs to be “filled” or rounded out, a synthetic biomaterial such as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and hydroxyapatite (HA) will be used. On rare occasions, a custom-made implant may be necessary depending on your desired head shape.
As with all procedures, the patient must consider the healing process. The initial healing period, depending on the specific procedure is generally 7 to 10 days.