Confession: Tia’s Had Plastic Surgery
I want you to watch the video above, really watch this. I found this video really by accident and I wasn’t going to make a post about this until I started reading some of the comments like:
“Fuck that parent for buying her kid new ears.”
“her mom is crazy for putting her daughter into dat dreadful process.”
I have a confession to make. I had the exact same surgery as this little girl and I was 8 years old. Yup, that’s right. Let me show you the results of the plastic surgery before I tell you why.
22 years later, I’m still exceptionally thrilled with the way my ears look. I really wish I had some pictures of my original ears, but there aren’t many pictures of my childhood. What I do remember is getting bullied, verbally and physically. My ears were tugged on (very painfully) and I was repeatedly called names. I didn’t mind the verbal bullying much as getting my ears flicked, pulled, tugged, and drawn on in class. Trust me, the teachers did NOTHING. Not a single thing. I remember having my ear flicked so hard it started bleeding.
I didn’t want to go to school, and I begged my mom to do something about it. After it became obvious that dealing with the school wouldn’t work and hiding my ears with my hair didn’t work… we did the next thing we could think of. Otoplasty. It was a quick and easy surgery where they cut open my ears, took out some cartilage and stitched my ears to my head.
The worst of it was really getting the stitches taken out after a couple of weeks… That and my older brother telling me they shaved my head and I’d be as bald as ET after the head wrapping came off. I was convinced I’d be bald. I got my brother back for that by revealing the “under the dryer” hiding spot to my mom. We’ll just leave it at that. (PS: <3 Big Brother)
Anyhow, I’m glad my parents did this for me. I know they didn’t have a lot of money and this was “just plastic surgery for a child” – but it made a difference. So did the braces. I still got bullied over other things as I grew older, but people stopped screwing with my ears. At that school, a few kids even started sticking up for me once they found out I was willing to have surgery to get people to stop picking on me about my ears. Some kids didn’t realise how seriously I was picked on and others didn’t realise how badly it made me feel.
Anyhow, thought I’d share. More than willing to answer any questions about this (as I remember, it was 22 years ago).