How Noticeable Are the Scars After an Otoplasty?
- Asked 5 years ago
I want a permanent fix for my "dumbo ears" (big and sticking out) because I'm sick of wearing hats to cover them up and it seems like otoplasty is my only option...but I am afraid I'll end up more self-conscious about my ears if there are scars there plus everyone will know I had ear surgery.
What I want to know is - Where do they cut into you during ear surgery and are the scars really noticeable?
Scars from Otoplasty
Otoplasty (ear shaping) is performed primarily for "prominent ears" that are typically sticking out from head and usually less defined. This appearance can sometimes make someone more self conscious or the object of teasing (ie "Dumbo Ears"). The goal of Otoplasty is to reshape the ear to a more natural appearance and position.
The results are quite significant and make patients feel both more confident with themselves and less self conscious.
Hope that helps!
Prominent Ears: Otoplasty and Minimizing Scars
Minimizing Scars with Otoplasty
Scars and incision placement are an important part of otoplasty surgery. There are four basic approaches to otoplasty or correction of 'dumbo ears.' Experience of the surgeon influences results. The four types of surgery are as follows:
- Conchomastoid sutures: Furnas technique
- Conchoscaphoid sutures: restoring antihelical fold
- Anterior scoring of the cartilage: Stenstrom's to bend the ear back.
- Excision of posterior skin
All of these procedures are performed with hidden scars to minimize the risk of scar.
Scars and otoplasty
Typically scars are placed in the fold between your scalp and ears. Scars are permanent but it is unusual to be able to see this scar unless you fold the ear forward.
In the immediate post-op period you may have swelling and bruising that may give away that you've had a correction but after that resolves it should be very difficult to tell that you've had an otoplasty.
I hope this helps.
Steven Williams, MD
Recent Ear Surgery Reviews
Ear Surgery Photos
No one will see the scars
You are not alone. Otoplasty is a very common procedure. Fortunately, the entire surgery can be done through small incisions in the crease behind your ear. After severel weeks, no one will be able to tell you had surgery (except, of course, by seeing the improvement in the projection of your ears).
Scars from Otoplasty are very difficult to notice
The scar from otoplasty are inconspicuous since the incisions rest in the crease between your ears and and your head. Even in people with very short hair it is hard to see the scars. It is the same place where we place scars behind the ears for facelifting surgery.
The only exception is in those with a history of keloids or heavy hypertrophic scarring. If you have that history, let your physician know and it might be possible to still do the surgery, but place steroids in the incision line during and after surgery to reduce scar formation.
Michael M. Kim, MD
Scars After Otoplasty
After your otoplasty procedure, the scars are not visible and will be hidden in the natural crease behind your ear. During consultations, I always make sure to address any concerns with my patients ensuring the most minimally invasive techniques with the best recovery period.
Scars after Otoplasty
Incisions are made in the crease behind the ear, which minimizes the appearance of the scar. In approximately one year, the line of the scar should heal and be barely visible. It is important to stay out of the sun and use a quality sunscreen during this time. Anytime a scar is exposed to the sun, it can darken, resulting in a more prominent and visible mark. Overall, Otoplasty surgery is not highly invasive and should not be easily detectable if healing goes well. Good luck with your surgery!
The scars for otoplasty surgery are hidden behind the ears and are not visible.
The results for this surgery are extremely natural and the goal is for no person to be able to "pick out" that you have had the procedure done. You should not feel at all self conscious after this procedure.
Web reference: http://www.myplasticsurgeon.ca/gallery-face.asp
Scars after otoplasty are well hidden (Australia)
Otoplasty is a common procedure performed in Australia for prominent or 'Dumbo' ears and provides excellent and reliable results for this problem, which can affect self-esteem. The scar is well hidden in the fold behind the ear and is essentially invisible to people passing in the street (if someone looks very closely at your ear from close range they may still see the scar). It would be extremely rare for this to ever be a concern for people post surgery - I have certainly never had a patient complain about the appearance of the scar afterwards.
Otoplasty or Ear pinning scars
Typically the incisions are not very visible but scarring is possible. With careful closure it is infrequent. You are typically well recovered in 1 to 2 weeks but some cases take some time to mature. You will need to be seen two to three times in the first week to check for any fluid collection which is can lead to a lumpy appearance to the ear. Best of luck. Chase Lay, MD
Web reference: http://chaselaymd.com/Otoplasty__Ear_Pinning_.php
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