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San Diego & La Jolla Breast Augmentation

You may be a candidate for breast augmentation in San Diego if any of the following apply:

  • You feel your breasts are too small
  • You have lost volume and shape in your breasts due to weight loss or breast feeding
  • You have one breast that is smaller than the other
  • You feel out of proportion – Your clothes fit well around your hips but are too small at your bust line

Incision options include periareolar (around the nipple), inframammary (under the breast), transaxillary (through the armpit) and transumbilical (through the belly button). The implant is placed under the breast tissue (sub-glandular) or behind the pectoral muscle (sub-pectoral). Dr. Kearney performs all of these breast augmentation options in San Diego and will discuss the one that’s right for you during your complimentary consultation. We offer sizing during your consultation which will give you the opportunity to “test drive” various implant sizes and take “before and after” photos of your new size. You will also be able to feel the difference between saline and silicone implants and be informed of all of your incision and implant options.

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The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Dr. Kearney performs breast augmentation under general anesthesia and you may go home the same day. An incision is made on the breast (or in the armpit or belly button, depending on what you and he have decided upon) and the implant is then placed either above or below the muscle. Silicone implants come pre-filled which means that a slightly longer incision is made to then place the implant through that opening. Saline implants don’t come filled, so they are rolled up and placed through a smaller incision and then fill them once they are in the pocket. Dr. Kearney will sit you up on the table once the implants are placed so he can make sure they are even and make any necessary adjustments to size in saline implants by adding or removing extra saline. Incisions are then sutured and a small bandage is placed. Patients are sent home in a surgical bra.


Many patients who undergo breast augmentation in San Diego and La Jolla are back to work within 5 days although you may still feel sore and tired. Most patients are able to return to exercise and all normal activity within 3 weeks.

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I never dreamed I could be this happy with my results. You are so talented and kind – it really makes for an unbeatable combination in a plastic surgeon. I’m glad I shopped around until I found you. Looking at your after photos, along with your detailed explanation of the procedure and specifics of my case convinced me that you were the right surgeon for me. You’ve changed my life for the better and I thank you everyday!
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