Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation in La Jolla & San Diego

Many women are unhappy with the size of their breasts, feeling they would be happier with their bodies, and look more attractive, if their breasts were bigger and fuller. These women opt to have breast augmentation performed by Dr. Kearney.

Dr. Kearney is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation. He performs the procedure on patients who feel their breasts are too small, have asymmetrical breasts, have breasts that have lost volume due to significant weight loss or breast-feeding, or simply feel that their breasts are out of proportion with the rest of the body.

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What is breast augmentation?

In breast augmentation surgery, silicone or saline implants are inserted into the breasts to make them bigger and fuller. Fats taken from other parts of the body may also be used during the procedure.

What are the available types of breast implants?

Silicone Implants. These implants are pre-filled with silicone gel, a thick fluid that feels like human fat. These implants feel softer and more natural than saline implants.

Saline Implants. These implants are inserted empty. Once inserted into the breast pocket, they are then filled with sterile salt water.

You will discuss your implant options during your consultation with Dr. Kearney. He will go over the pros and cons of both silicone and saline implants to determine the type of implant that is best for you and your aesthetic goals.

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What can I expect during the breast augmentation procedure?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia, as an outpatient procedure. During surgery, Dr. Kearney may create an incision around the nipple (periareolar), under the breast (inframammary), through the armpit (transaxillary), or through the belly button (transumbilical). The implant is placed either below or above the chest muscle. As with implant type, the incision location is a decision you will discuss with Dr. Kearney.

Since silicone implants are pre-filled; they require a slightly longer incision than saline implants. A small bandage will be placed once the incision is sutured. The patient is then provided with a surgical bra to support the new breast shape.

What can I expect post-procedure? What is the recovery time?

Our breast augmentation patients find that they can return to work in five days. However, you may still feel tired and sore by this time. All regular activities, including exercise, can be resumed within three weeks.

How much is a breast augmentation?

The cost of breast augmentation surgery varies from patient to patient, but is reasonable. As an estimate, the cost is $5,900 for saline implants, $6,900 for silicone.

Financing is also available through CareCredit. There are several payment plans with a fixed interest rate of 14.9%. Terms available are 6, 12, 18 and 24 months and you can finance up to $25,000. CareCredit also has no interest plans with terms of 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. A “credit card” will be issued to you, which you can swipe in our office or other participating offices. If your credit isn’t stellar, you can choose a co-signer option. For more information on financing for your breast augmentation surgery or to apply, call 1-800-365-8295 or visit www.carecredit.com.