The risks of the operation are bleeding and infection. Both are exceedingly rare. With proper post-operative care this is a very safe and satisfying operation that carries very little risk, beautiful results, and almost no discomfort from the operation itself.
The patient should note that the ears can often feel numb for 2 to 3 months after the operation. The sensation returns slowly over that time. This is the reason that there is generally no pain in the post-operative period. This fact makes the operation exceptionally well tolerated in children.