View Full Version : Do untreated Metopic ridge's exist ?
07-29-2011, 06:55 PM
I have looked thru these posts, cant seem to find anyone who is an adult with a metopic ridge,do they truely go away in time? (without signifigant trig) Anyone out there who can see a ridge down their forehead anymore that they had as a baby?
07-30-2011, 03:26 AM
There are plenty of stories on here of babies with ridges that are now much older or adults. There is one member on here whose partner has a ridge, sorry can't think of her username off the top of my head. Many times a metopic ridge is just a ridge. However, it's when trig is present that surgery may be needed.
07-30-2011, 05:43 PM
I'm not sure there are many adults with just a ridge. I think vrsomummy may be the one whose partner is suspected of having a ridge and if I remember right tux1982 has untreated trig.
Hope that helps.
07-31-2011, 12:37 AM
My daughter had a ridge for around a year. She is 16 months now. I am not even sure when it went away, but she had it since 2 months of age. She had a very prominent ridge and her head shape had taken on a bit of a mild metopic look. I learned not to stress over it because she was starting to look like me and as I was told by a CFS, I had a bit of a mild metopic head. One day I just noticed the ridge was gone and her head has not changed in shape. I actually went back through some photos just to see when it was and was not there for this post. Crazy. It was still there at Xmas which put her at 8 months old, but it was pretty much gone by easter which put her just under a year. I would say it seemed to completely disappear around 13 months.
As far as adults go, now that I am officially a bit of a head picker, I seem to notice a lot of stars on TV and in movies with a ridge. I think it can be just a facial trait in some people.
07-31-2011, 06:57 AM
my DH has untreated trig, actually, and So does our daughter and DH's biological mother, they are all in the mild category and have no problem fitting in. All three are great looking, not too far from normal that people notice. what all three don't really have is a ridge..
And if we are talking about a ridge and not trig, here is what I know about bone. I know that as our bones grow, our bodies destroy old bone and replace it with new. This happens particularly quickly in children, that is why if a child breaks a bone it heals quicker than in if and older person does. Things like forehead ridges smooth out over time because the body "eats" that boney ridge and replaces it with smoother bone at the same time as thickening bone arround which hides the ridge. on top of that as children and babies grow to be young adults the muscles in their faces thicken and tone and they lose fat on their faces which also camouflages the ridge. the reason we dont see too many adults with Metopic ridges is because those ridges go through the natural process of disappearing.
One more thing for me to add, when people break a bone the body will put a thick ball of bone around that break to ensure that the bone can properly heal, almost always that ball smooths out to look like it is supposed to with time. The metopic suture is the only suture that is supposed to truly fuse (become one solid piece of bone), some times the the body thinks it needs to lay on a little extra bone but like before almost always smooth out.
07-31-2011, 08:54 AM
I don't know how common it is, but since learning about cranio and ridges, I've seen some adults with a ridge (in tv and in person). I haven't seen a real prominent one tho...just very subtle. I don't think anyone else but me (or another CKer, lol ;)) would notice.
07-31-2011, 02:30 PM
There used to me a member on here who had a prominent ridge as a baby and her forehead is nice and flat now. There is also a thread talking about celebrities with susupected ridges. Some of them included Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman, and Paul Adelstein (on Private Practice). Here is the link to the thread:
I thought I noticed a small, small ridge on Jeff from Big Brother. Not quite sure, but it was when he was talking in the Diary Room. With certain facial gestures he made that I thought I saw one. H's ridge is here to stay, it seems. I can't imagine there will be a day when it blends in.
08-01-2011, 05:58 PM
VRZOmommy thanks! You sound very well enformed! My daughter is 15 months and her ridge looks the same it has since she has been 4 months old. i am going to update some pics on my profile so please feel free to check them out. i have some good birdseye views one also. please let me know what you all think. her ridge doesnt seem to look different to me but i am now worried about her developing trig.
08-01-2011, 06:52 PM
My sister in law had a ridge as a child but over time it smoothed out completely- her forehead is nice and broad and smooth now! Hope that helps...
08-02-2011, 03:18 PM
From what I was told, it's normal for the ridge not to smooth out until closer to 4 or 5 years old. At almost 3.5 Lukas' is much less noticeable than it was at 15 months. If anything I would say 15-18 months was the worst point so maybe hold out for another year or so (I know - a long time from your position!) and see how things look. Also anytime he hits a growth spurt, the ridge and pinched temples become more noticeable, because they get so skinny until filling out again :)
10-10-2011, 05:47 PM
I think i have it!
10-13-2011, 05:54 PM
My 11 month old son has what has been diagnosed as "just a ridge". The CFS felt my husband's head and said "oh, yeah, you have a prominent ridge". His ridge is not at all visible but is clearly present in baby pictures. That makes me hopeful that DS's ridge will disappear just as nicely.
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