Originally Posted by chorse123
Unless you die. Isn't it something like one every quarter million undergoing general anesthesia dies? That would be like 10 commercial airline passengers in the U.S. dying every single day. Needless to say, I'm a firm believer in avoiding unnecessary elective surgery.
I had the surgery in my early 20s. It was done under local anesthetic, not general, so I don't think there was much risk.
The procedure was as described above. Basically, it creates an open wound on the back of the ear, and a corresponding wound on the scalp; the two wounds are pressed together and as they heal, they fuse. I believe the cartilage in the ear was also cut or scored to facilitate the ear bending at the correct place..
IIRC, it took about 20 minutes in theater. It was rather painful for several days once the anesthesia wore off, but manageable with tylenol. The real downside was, I had to wear a bandage around my head for a week to hold the ears in place while they fused with the scalp. That meant (a) I looked ridiculous and could not really go out in public (b) could not wash my hair or really take a shower (c) it itched like crazy. I resorted to sticking a knitting needle or a ruler up inside the bandage to ease the itching. Once the bandages were removed, my ears were swollen for several weeks so it took a while until the results could be judged.
The results were satisfactory. One ear still protrudes slightly more than the other, but my partner says I'm the only one who can tell. I have less sensation (to touch, not sound) in one ear, which I assume is because a nerve got damaged.
I'm very glad I did it. I wish my parents had had it done when I was a child, as I was acutely embarrassed by my ears as a adolescent. But cosmetic surgery was just not something "one" thought of in those days. Fixing it did a lot to help my self-esteem. Plus it allows me to wear my hair short, which is my preference.