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Ear shaping surgery, also known as otoplasty, corrects ears that stick out too far or are disproportionately large relative to facial features. Unusual ear shapes or sizes can lead to unwanted attention and negative comments, which often result in self-consciousness and lowered self-esteem. This issue is particularly common among children and teenagers, who may face teasing and bullying, causing them to feel embarrassed and avoid certain activities and styles.

The purpose of otoplasty is to adjust the ears’ shape and size for a more harmonious and appealing look. This procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preferences. Most individuals opt for ear reshaping surgery and earlobe repair to enhance their appearance and regain confidence.

Dr. Jude LaBarbera, a renowned otoplasty and earlobe repair surgeon in Scottsdale, addresses various ear deformities, including stretched, creased, wrinkled, or overly large earlobes. For patients who have lost their earlobes due to injury or congenital conditions, he can reconstruct new ones. His patients primarily consist of children over 7 and young adults.

Dr. LaBarbera tailors each treatment plan to the unique needs of his patients, ensuring personalized and effective care. He has helped many individuals in Scottsdale and the surrounding Arizona areas regain their confidence and self-esteem. Utilizing advanced surgical techniques, Dr. LaBarbera creates natural-looking ears that are well-proportioned to the patient’s facial features.


Otoplasty can also address torn earlobes, often due to trauma or wearing heavy earrings. This straightforward procedure involves the surgeon removing the damaged skin at the tear site and using a skin graft or donated cartilage to rebuild the earlobe. After surgery, sutures are applied to close the incision and typically remain for a couple of weeks. Follow-up appointments are usually scheduled to ensure proper healing and recovery.


  • Reshapes ears to achieve the desired look
  • Reduces the size of overly large ears
  • Creates a balanced and harmonious facial appearance
  • Adjusts protruding ears to sit closer to the head


The first step involves a visit to Dr. LaBarbera at his Scottsdale clinic. During this initial appointment, the surgeon will assess your ears to determine if you are a suitable candidate for otoplasty. Dr. LaBarbera will take the time to understand your goals and expectations and will explain the various treatment options available. Additionally, he will review your overall health to ensure you are fit for surgery. Be ready to discuss your complete medical history, including any medications you take and past treatments. This visit also provides an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about the procedure’s cost, preparation, and recovery process.


For patients with conditions like high blood pressure, it’s crucial to manage these issues before undergoing otoplasty. Around two weeks before the surgery, you will need to stop taking herbal supplements and any blood-thinning medications. Prior to your surgery date, Dr. LaBarbera will conduct a thorough physical exam and pre-admit you for necessary testing.

Typically, ear shaping surgery is scheduled within two weeks after reviewing your test results. The surgeon will provide detailed guidelines regarding eating, drinking, smoking, and the intake of vitamin supplements and medications. It’s also essential to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and assist you for a few days during the initial recovery period.


The surgical approach for otoplasty is tailored to each patient’s ear condition. For ears that stick out, the cartilage is reshaped and splints may be applied for support. If necessary, excess tissue is removed to reduce protrusion. Additionally, tissue grafting can be utilized to add volume as needed. Dr. Jude LaBarbera specializes in ear pinning and reduction surgeries, adapting techniques to suit each patient’s unique requirements and achieve the best possible outcome.

Ear Pinning

For young children with soft cartilage, ear pinning can be achieved using splints to mold and contour the ear. In adults, where the cartilage is fully developed, the cartilage will need to be removed or repositioned to pin the ear back. This is typically done through a small incision made along the edge on the back of the ear. Once the cartilage is adjusted, sutures are used to secure the ear in place, closer to the head.

Size Reduction

Ear size reduction involves decreasing the overall size of the ear. The surgeon will make an incision below the edge at the back of the ear and remove excess cartilage. The skin is then sutured together, reducing the surface area of the cartilage and creating a smaller ear.



Ear correction surgery typically takes about 1-2 hours and is an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to go home the same day for recovery. If incisions are made, they will be sutured and bandaged.

Post-Operative Care:

Soreness and Swelling: Many patients experience soreness and swelling, which gradually subsides.

Bandaging: Bandages are applied to protect the area and promote healing. For children, bandaging also prevents them from touching the surgical site.

Hearing Precautions: Patients are advised not to drive because the bandaging can muffle hearing.

Scar Concealment: Skilled surgeons typically hide scars within the natural creases of the ear.

Most patients can return to their normal activities within six weeks.


The price of ear surgery can vary based on the complexity and specifics of the procedure. In more severe cases, the costs can be significantly higher. Health insurance typically does not cover otoplasty unless it is deemed necessary due to trauma or a congenital defect, in which case coverage might be provided.

At his modern in-office operating room in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs ear correction surgery. He is supported by a team of highly skilled and licensed staff to ensure top-quality care and optimal results for his patients.




1 – 2 Hours


6 Weeks


Some Situations



The ears develop rapidly and, if ear surgery is conducted at the appropriate age, the outcomes are generally enduring. Although the entire body is subject to the effects of gravity and aging, the ears undergo minimal alterations, often eliminating the need for secondary otoplasty.

Otoplasty is commonly performed on children and adolescents. By the age of 5 or 6, the ears have reached full development, making this an optimal time for surgery. At this stage, the cartilage remains flexible, facilitating easier reshaping and repositioning. Moreover, younger patients generally recover more quickly, allowing them to resume their usual activities and enjoy their childhood without prolonged interruptions.

Often, patients need otoplasty on both ears to achieve a harmonious look. In certain instances, surgery might be performed on just one ear to ensure it matches the other for a symmetrical appearance.

Jude LaBarbera MD Plastic Surgery of Scottsdale offers this website for informational purposes only. It does not constitute formal medical advice. To discuss your specific medical needs, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Serving Scottsdale and surrounding cities in Arizona.