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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Deformed Shape Of Skull (Overview)

A deformed or altered shape of the skull is common in newborns. Newborn head molding is an abnormal head shape that results from pressure on the baby's head during childbirth.


Dr. Ira Friedlander
4 Doctors shared insights

Deformed Shape Of Skull (Overview)

A deformed or altered shape of the skull is common in newborns. Newborn head molding is an abnormal head shape that results from pressure on the baby's head during childbirth.


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I have a deformed shape of skull, my back skull is flat and it seems the base of my skull is small and my face is big, can, any alternative therapy?

I have a deformed shape of skull, my back skull is flat and it seems the base of my skull is small and my face is big, can, any alternative therapy?

Surgery: You should have a consultation with a surgeon who performs craniofacial surgery to determine the cause of your facial anomalies and provide you with some options for treatment. ...Read more

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How can a parent prevent infant skull "deformity"?

How can a parent prevent infant skull "deformity"?

Change head position: The best prevention, and treatment for infants under 3 months of age, is not allowing the baby to sleep with the same head position. One the baby is fully asleep, change the head position to the opposite side of the previous sleep period. If there already is head "deformity", have the infant sleep on the normal or less deformed side consistently until the head becomes normal appearing. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I always wondered why I flattened head shape on top, whether it's genetic or the result of a childhood injury? I have a very unusual for

Hello doctor, I always wondered why I flattened head shape on top, whether it's genetic or the result of a childhood injury? I have a very unusual for

Many reasons: Dr. Mandell described congenital causes of skull abnormalities. Other causes can be positional forces in infancy flattening the head. This positional plagiocephaly occurs when a baby doesn't move his head enough. Mostly it is a flat occiput. Invariably these conditions are benign with some notable exceptions. If you're well, then there is no need to worry. Cosmetics are something else entirely. ...Read more

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I have a deformed shape of skull, my back skull is flat and it seems the base of my skull is small and my face is big, can, any alternative therapy?

Surgery: You should have a consultation with a surgeon who performs craniofacial surgery to determine the cause of your facial anomalies and provide you with some options for treatment. ...Read more

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Can I change the shape of my skull by maintance massaging it??

Can I change the shape of my skull by maintance massaging it??

No: The shape of your skull is generally finalized by one year of age when your fontanelles (baby's "soft spots" on the head) have closed/fused. ...Read more

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The shape of my skull is not completely round, what might be wrong?

The shape of my skull is not completely round, what might be wrong?

I have never seen: A person with a completely round skull. Your skull might be perfectly normal. Seek medical eval if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Is it possible for shape of skull in adults over 50 to change with age?

Is it possible for shape of skull in adults over 50 to change with age?

Not age alone: Bone disease like Paget's disease can alter the shape of the skull. Acromegaly can increase the size of the skull. Metabolic bone disease may alter the shape by softening the bones. ...Read more

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Can headphones deform the skull formation of an adult (18) with time? If not where is the deformation coming from?

Not headphones: Headphones will not deform the skull of an 18-year old. If there is new deformity in your skull it would be prudent to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to change skull shape with surgery?

Is it possible to change skull shape with surgery?

Skull shape: I suppose it is, but why would you want to? Any such surgery would be a major undertaking fraught with significant risks. What are your specific concerns? What about the shape of your skull bothers you? Perhaps there can be a more complete answer if you can provide more specific information. ...Read more

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What could be a reason for human skull shape changes after age 50?

What could be a reason for human skull shape changes after age 50?

Maybe growth hormone: I'm not sure of exactly the skull changes you're referring to. I can tell you that increased human growth hormone (possibly related to a small tumor in the pituitary gland called an adenoma), or else taking HGH directly, can result in changes to skull such as enlargement of forehead, jaw and nose. There are other entities which may cause excessive bone growth such as paget's disease or others. ...Read more

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When a 2 years old child when he was born his skull was deformed will it fix it self?

When a 2 years old child when he was born his skull was deformed will it fix it self?

Hard to say: If 2 years have gone by with no therapy and the skull is misshapen, it is unlikely to self correct. There are a variety of skull defects triggered by abnormal fetal position or premature fusion of the growth lines, each requires a different treatment and response varies. Self correction is most likely with positioning or helmets in the first year. Growth line fusion usually requires surgery. ...Read more

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I have strange pain on the top of skull and skull is changing the shape im 18 y old what could it be?!

See Dr.: If your skull is indeed changing its shape, there could be some growth such as an abscess or cystic structure, or lipoma or other conditions causing your issues. You need to see a dr. For an evaluation and assessment of the area. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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We discovered a beige-y, painless, irregularly-shaped bump on my husband's skull. He's had this for a few months and hasn't necessarily gotten bigger?

We discovered a beige-y, painless, irregularly-shaped bump on my husband's skull. He's had this for a few months and hasn't necessarily gotten bigger?

Many possibilities.: It could be a benign epidermal cyst, or any number of other benign skin tumors. A dermatologist will probably be able to tell you what it is, just by looking at it. ...Read more

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Why is my newborn skull an abnormal shape?

Why is my newborn skull an abnormal shape?

Several things: There are many growth lines in the baby skull that push apart from each other in normal growth. If a major line fuses early, a progressive skull deformity may result ; surgery may be needed. Most unusual skull shapes today are due to sleeping position ; improve with age. If your feel hard ridges where the suture lines join you need to see your doctor. If referral is needed tests will confirm it. ...Read more

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I have a deformed skull it looks like I have a cone head. Is is possible to get it fixed through surgery if not what can be done?

I have a deformed skull it looks like I have a cone head. Is is possible to get it fixed through surgery if not what can be done?

Look at your baby: Pictures. Likely, a suture line of your skull closed prematurely in infancy. You're a bit old for the type of surgery done on infants for premature craniostenosis. If you can't disguise it by a haircut & it really bothers you, ask your doctor for referral to a craniofacial clinic with a neurosurgeon & plastic surgeon who can tell you risks vs. Benefits of surgery on an adult. ...Read more

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I'm 18, I have pain in back area of head, feels like my seam on head are weaker, I thing that skull shape is changing, is it possible or am I just crazy?

I'm 18, I have pain in back area of head, feels like my seam on head are weaker, I thing that skull shape is changing, is it possible or am I just crazy?

Not crazy: Be seen. It is clearly bothering you. If your medical doctor finds nothing then see a craniosacral therapist. And or acupuncturist. You are sensing something and it may be nothing serious. .....But have it checked out. ...Read more

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Is the shape of a babys skull fully developed in shape when born? I had a csection.

Is the shape of a babys skull fully developed in shape when born? I had a csection.

No: No the shape will change significantly. A newborn skull has sutures which stay open and allow the brain to grow within the skull. These will close over time and the skull will round out to a more adult look. ...Read more

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I have 2 lumps that my barber noticed on the back of my head. They are painless. Can the skull change shape as we age?

I have 2 lumps that my barber noticed on the back of my head. They are painless. Can the skull change shape as we age?

Not really: But we may NOTICE "bumps" we have never felt before! If these bumps are BONY not to worry! If softer they may be lymph glands and these drain the scalp so your barber usually will notice any sores or inflammation on your scalp!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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As a baby I had surgery because I had craniosynostosis. I am now 17 years old and my skull is now deformed. I'm just curious if there is anyway to fix?

As a baby I had surgery because I had craniosynostosis. I am now 17 years old and my skull is now deformed. I'm just curious if there is anyway to fix?

Plastic and. ..: Reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgeons have at their disposal an entire palate of ways to change the shape of the skull. It is clearly on your mind and there fore worth investigating. Check with the local Craniofacial Panel which is established in nearly every state. At 17 you may still fall under pediatric guidelines and as a revision to a prior surgery and may be considered "NOT" cosmetic. ...Read more

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I'm 18, I have pain in back of head, feels like my head seam is weaker, I think that my skull shape is changing, is it possible or im crazy? Is it scaphocep

Occipital neuralgia: Involves the greater and lesser occipital nerves located in the back of the scalp and can produce neck pain as well as headache. You are not crazy. Patients have a right to the best possible pain management.
Rec.: see a headache or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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Would a X-ray or a cat-scan be used to determine an abnormal skull shape?

Would a X-ray or a cat-scan be used to determine an abnormal skull shape?

Either: The plain x-ray can give some notion. The ct scan will provide the 3-d anatomy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your skull to change shape, get dents, or half of face and skull to get skinnier bone wise?

Is it possible for your skull to change shape, get dents, or half of face and skull to get skinnier bone wise?

Unexpected: At your age, it would be very unusual to experience spontaneous changes in skull shape in absence of a pituitary or hormonal disorder. If you are convinced this needs attention, have your doctor get some images, and go from there. ...Read more

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Would pressure applied to someone's skull by hand, be capable of changing the skull shape, if applied hard or long enough?

Would pressure applied to someone's skull by hand, be capable of changing the skull shape, if applied hard or long enough?

Yes/child, no/adult: Artificial cranial deformation is a form of body alteration that some american and african tribes used to practice. It was achieved by applying constant force to children's skull. Check it out on wikipedia. Unlikely to change an adult's skull shape though. Skull bones very tough by then. ...Read more

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Noticed a small lima bean shaped lump on the base of my skull on the back of my neck on the left side. No pain or any symptoms.

Ok: Could be a cyst. If it is painless I would follow up with the doctor to see what the best imaging test is indicated. If it's just a cyst you may not need any testing this observation. ...Read more

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I use headsets for a long period of time. Since I have no hair to protect it from my skull, can it change my skull shape with time?

I use headsets for a long period of time. Since I have no hair to protect it from my skull, can it change my skull shape with time?

No. ...: Prolonged use of headsets can make an impression/dent in the scalp/skin over your bony skull, but will not impact the bone of the skull itself. And, of course, they can give you a pretty serious hair dent:) Stay well. ...Read more

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Would pressure, applied by hand, be able to change skull shape, if applied hard? Apologies, I've asked before but am seeking more answers.

Would pressure, applied by hand, be able to change skull shape, if applied hard? Apologies, I've asked before but am seeking more answers.

Forget it: To change the shape of a 22 year old's skull would require breaking it which would take quite a bit of pressure and likely result in your death or serious disability. Why do you want to change your skull's shape. Chances are the shape of your head does not affect your appearance the way you think it does. Almost any 22 year old looks good if they believe they do and concentrate on staying healthy. ...Read more