How visible will the scars be after an otoplasty?
The otoplasty surgery would be pointless if I'd have to cover the scars with my hair again. I've done this for too long now, and I'm thrilled that I'll be able to wear my hair up soon, without feeling super self-conscious about it. Will people be able to tell I had a surgery?
The healing process can still take up to a year as the scars fade from red back to your natural skin color. The scarring from otoplasty surgery is typically minimal and hidden from view behind the ears.
If you’re considering otoplasty to correct overly prominent ears, the resultant scarring would depend on your specific presentation and the chosen approach.
If you’re considering ear pinning to correct overly prominent ears (i.e. surgery to position the ears closer to the head), the Merck stitch method is minimally invasive and results in almost no scar tissue at all, save for the immediate location of the permanent sutures.
From your question, it sounds like you might be considering an otoplasty revision and have some previous visible scarring. I can't speak to your prior surgery without consulting you personally, however, we typically make the incisions in the "sulcus," which is the depression behind the ear. In this location, the scars are hard to see.
With cosmetic surgery aimed at reducing prominent or protruding ears, we now employ the minimally-invasive stitch method. Compared with traditional more invasive otoplasty techniques, it leaves no visible scars other than the tiny stitch marks.
Whatever your case, just be sure you always consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to guarantee you get the best results.