My ears weren't HUGE, per se, they just stuck out...
A few weeks after these photos were taken, I came to find that my left ear has ended up healing so that it sticks out just a few millimeters further than the right one (which lays utterly flat), so Dr. Schlesinger has offered to perform a small follow-up procedure on said rebellious ear in a few months when both ears are finished healing and have stabilized, at no additional cost. This isn't any mistake on the part of the doctor however; my ears were a bit asymmetrical to begin with (as can be seen in the pictures) and the left one also has what is called a "Darwinian Tubercle" on it - the little pointy elf-ear-like bit towards the top that sticks outward. You can see it pretty good in the "4 days post-op - left side" picture, which makes the upper part of the ear appear to stick out further than it actually does.
The staff are very friendly. I opted to have my procedure done under local anesthesia (which was a little nerve-wracking at first until the anesthetic kicked in and I relaxed), and the doc bantered with me, and also with his assistants, throughout the two ours - often explaining and describing to me what he was doing as he was doing it, making the whole experience much more bearable and even interesting. The next-day followup care was thorough, as were the various appointments in the following days/weeks.
Overall the the whole experience was very good. I'd certainly recommend his institution to anyone seeking otoplasty (ear surgery).
I will post more pictures and updates as things progress.
Final Touch-Up Procedure
This was done nine days prior to this posting. At this point my ears are basically symmetrical, and the left one may eve lie slightly flatter against my head, although if the previous results are any indicator it will move outward just a tad as it heals and close the gap. The second surgery, as I recall, was an "anterior otoplasty," meaning a special fold was created in the upper rear portion of the ear. Aside from the always-annoying needle-sticks at the beginning, the second surgery was practically painless and only took a half-hour; I had it done Friday morning and could have returned to work later that day if I'd wanted to.
So again, looks like Dr. Schlesinger and his crack team have smacked it out of the park, and I couldn't be happier! Grateful to everyone there for being so great, and I will post one more update in a few weeks when it's all healed!
Dr. Schlesinger is certainly one of the greats of ear surgery, having apparently pioneered a technique of his own some years back and also having his own ear surgery performed by one of his students using said method. He knows his trade extremely well and is very enthusiastic about it. He's very concerned with his patients' results, and is liable to offer a touch-up procedure if something comes out less-than-perfect. Although his pricing may be slightly above the typical price for ear surgery - it tends to average between roughly $2,500 (for scary budget-surgery) to $4,500 I think (depending on geographical area - but to to put things in perspective, Hawaii just isn't generally a cheap place to live or buy anything to begin with, and his pricing is more or less in line with local pricing scales), going with Dr. Schlesinger carries the priceless guarantee of the utmost quality and certainty - something that honestly can't be emphasized enough in the all-too-often uncertain and sometimes even outright-shady world of cosmetic surgery; you never want to skimp or go for the budget option when it comes to the only body you get to live in for the rest of your life, even if it means a few extra months of saving money or financing. It's money well spent in my opinion.