New Jersey Cranial Reshaping
Cranioplasty, or cranial reshaping, is offered by craniofacial surgeon Dr. Brad Gandolfi at the Zubowski Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in New Jersey. Physicians in New Jersey and New York have referred cases to the Zubowski center when both technical and artistic expertise is required. If you have been referred to the Zubowski Center for your cranioplasty, Dr. Gandolfi will work closely with your physician to plan your treatment, reduce the impact of treatment on your day-to-day life and maximize your results.
How is Cranioplasty performed?
Cranioplasty refers to a reconstruction of the skull where the scalp. This can be in conjunction with a neurosurgical procedure, as a result of trauma, or as a result of a congenital defect. The goal of a cranioplasty is to provide protection for the brain and stable coverage above the bone. These complex procedures are generally done at the hospital in conjunction with a neurosurgeon.
In simple terms, there are two types of cranioplasty: reduction and augmentation.
If you have a bony knot, ridges, or bumps, these may be shaved down to create a smooth appearance. In most cases, shaving is not required and an incision is made within the scalp. A rotary tool is used to reduce the protuberance. The scar will be hidden within the hair. Depending on the size of the reduction treatment may be different.
If you have a depression or a section damaged from trauma, an augmentation will most likely be used to create an uniform appearance. An augmentation may be achieved by bone graft or a medical device, like an implant. Depending on the unique needs of the patient, a moldeable putty may be used. The age of the patient may dictate the type of device used as children’s skulls will continue to grow. In a typical case, shaving the scalp is not required and the incisions and scars will be well hidden within the hair. The skin of the scalp can only can only be expanded so far, if the augmentation is significant, multiple surgeries may be recommended to allow the skin to stretch between augmentations. The best way to learn about your cranioplasty options is to request a consultation with Dr. Gandolfi. Simply fill out our online form or call the office at 201-261-7550.