While any surgical incision leaves a scar, there are techniques surgeons can use to reduce the appearance of scars after ear surgery. Dr. Charles Thorne in New York, NY, is an expert in the field of otoplasty. He has extensive experience, training, and education in performing ear surgery. During your otoplasty, he can use advanced surgical techniques to hide incisions and minimize the possibility of visible scarring. While ear surgery scars are inevitable, Dr. Thorne works to ensure they are hidden and, therefore for all intents and purposes, invisible.
The placement and type of incision used in your surgery will depend on the corrections needed to achieve the desired result. In the vast majority of cases, Dr. Thorne makes the incision within the depths of the sulcus, the area behind the ear. Both the incision and the sutures placed to alter the position of the ear stay hidden in the crease.
Other situations are slightly more complex. If Dr. Thorne is reducing the size of the ear or correcting other more rare problems, he must make another incision on the visible surface of the ear. However, in this case, he can hide the scar up under the helical rim. When reducing the size or changing the shape of the earlobes, a small incision may be required. Dr. Thorne can place it at the bottom of the earlobe to minimize visibility in this area as well.
The good news is that of all the parts of the body, the face yields the most inconspicuous scars. So the scars on the face are almost always barely visible. The most useful technique for speeding up the disappearance of scars is the application of consistent pressure. In most cases, the location of otoplasty scars prevents patients from using this method.
Skilled otoplasty surgeons like Dr. Thorne can precisely place incisions so that the resulting scar is not visible.
Over time, scars tend to fade on their own and, in general, otoplasty scars are invisible to casual observation. Following Dr. Thorne's recovery instructions may also help improve the appearance of scars as they heal.
Dr. Thorne's surgical techniques minimize the chance of visible scars in both the short- and long-term.
In rare cases, otoplasty patients develop keloid scars, which occur from an overgrowth of scar tissue. They are caused by an excess of collagen during healing and typically appear lumpy or ridged. While keloids can happen to anyone, they are more common in patients with more pigmented skin. Keloids typically form after the incision has healed and are not harmful. However, if you are worried about how your incision is healing, you can contact Dr. Thorne with any questions or concerns.
Almost any incision will result in a scar. However, the benefit of otoplasty is that most surgical work occurs behind the ears. By undergoing your procedure with an experienced surgeon, you are less likely to experience serious scarring. Dr. Thorne has spent years performing otoplasty. His surgical techniques minimize the chance of visible scars in both the short- and long-term. To find out more about otoplasty, contact our office online or call us at (212) 794-0044 today. You can also consult our otoplasty FAQ page for more information.