Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio endured years of painful surgery after a childhood operation to pin her ears back went wrong.
The Brazilian beauty had a number of excruciating follow-ups in a bid to correct the botched procedure, which she had at the age of 11, but insists her ears still don't look right.
However, Ambrosio is now too scared to go back under the knife to correct them properly.
She tells fashion website Net-a-porter.com, "I always knew I wanted to be a model so I decided to have my ears pinned back, because they stuck out a bit. I found this doctor in my hometown in Brazil who had only done it once before, so I was a guinea pig.
"The first few nights, it felt like someone had cut off my ears. For a year, I had to go back for mini-surgeries. Doctors say they can fix them, but cosmetic surgery freaks me out now."