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I had my AMF and upper eyelids done about 18 months ago. I had problems with hypertrophic scarring around my ears and had a scar revision in May. The scars around my ears are now much better, but all my scars are still visible if anyone's looking closely, though they are neat, white and flat. I wouldn't wear my hair up as I think my scars would still be obvious, but my hair is neck length and covers anything I don't want noticed beautifully.
Even given the fact I had to have scar revisions, the improvement in the way I look and feel is remarkable. You have to balance the equation for yourself - keep your hairline scars covered, or keep the saggy jowls?
Good luck with it all. Be assured you're in good, kind hands.
It is now 2 years since I had my AMF (see my forum post from Summer 2010) and a flat white scar in front of my hairline, running from above one ear to my temple, was the only negative sign that I had ever had any cosmetic surgery done. I have dark hair and a full fringe but a sharp gust of wind or going swimming made me a bit self conscious as I felt it screamed 'face lift' which was a shame as the result of the AMF itself is very subtle.
But I believe that I was unlucky to end up with such a livid white scar as the one on the other side was barely visible, being almost totally hidden under my hairline - whereas the obvious one was in front of the hairline, about 30mm long and 2mm wide. Therefore on one side I had been 'lucky' to have barely any scar - on the other side, not so lucky. So I am sure there are many people whose scars disappear totally, given time. And maybe there are an unlucky few who end up with scars on one or even both sides after their AMF has settled down.
But for those of you who are unlucky DO NOT DESPAIR! I have found the solution... semi-permanent make-up. It is applied like a tattoo, in fact to all intents and purposes it IS a tattoo. Many women have this done to fill in over-plucked eyebrows or to 'pencil' in eyeliner. It is a recognised and safe cosmetic procedure carried out at many specialist beauty salons: so you don't have to venture into a tattoo parlour to have this done ladies!! Post-op scars are disguised with a carefully mixed made-to-match skin tone 'ink' and I have just had this done, with fantastic results! My scar has disappeared totally and I am delighted. It is called 'semi-permanent' but I have been told that it could last for 10 years or longer. If and when I need a touch up I won't hesitate to get it done again.
I wish I had known about this possibility before having my AMF, as like zwillis77 I was a bit concerned that a permanent post-op scar would give the game away. So PLEASE don't worry if this possibility is putting you off having the AMF. And if you ARE unlucky enough to end up with a scar this simple and inexpensive solution really really does fix the problem. I would advise that you do leave at least 18 months after the op to let everything settle down before you decide whether it is necessary, as I'm sure some scars take longer than others to disappear of their own accord, but once you are sure it won't improve then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that you resolve the problem in this way.
I hope this is of help to some of you - and my best wishes to you all.
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