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?

A: Ear surgery or Otoplasty scars

The scars from an otoplasty (ear pinning) surgery are located behind the ear and are barely noticeable. The surgery involves reshaping the ear cartilage and sometimes removing some excess cartilage to bring the ear closer to the head/scalp. The incision is typically concealed right in the crease behind the ear where the ear meets the back of the scalp area. It is very difficult to see this scar, even upon close inspection.

Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon prior to scheduling your otoplasty procedure.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno