Surgery for “Brainy” Scalp Changes a NYC Man’s Life

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | March 27, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

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“Dr. Kassir changed my life drastically. No more dreadlocks, no more ‘fros, no more flat tops,” says 30 year old Kassim Robinson, who suffered from a rare condition known as cutis verticis gyrata (CVG), since he was in high school.  CVG is an uncommon scalp disorder that thickens the scalp into folds, resembling cerebriform pattern- making it look like the surface of a brain. Robinson learned that there was no cure for his rare disease, and concealed his unsightly scalp by wearing flat-tops and dreadlocks.  Kassim approached different doctors only to be told that there was nothing anyone can do to help him. When he came across Dr. Kassir, his search for help came to an end.


“Dr. Kassir’s extensive credentials and experience in vast cosmetic surgery procedures led me to believe that he was going to change my life,” says Kassim. Dr. Kassir explains that Robinson’s scalp was four times thicker than normal, rising roughly an inch from his skull.  It was really debilitating, both cosmetically and functionally, leading to psychological repercussions and physical pain.

Dr. Kassir performed two two-hour surgeries and changed Robinson’s life. He removed giant swaths of unsightly thick wrinkled skin, giving Robinson a smooth new scalp. Robinson has not only been relieved from pain, he can finally wear his hair short- just the way he likes it.