Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?

Breast Augmentation Women who consider breast augmentation may be concerned about:

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Symmetry
  • Position

It may be that you think a larger bust would be more in proportion with the rest of your body. It may also be that recent life changes have caused changes in your breasts.

Weight loss can result in breast changes, because as you lose fat on your chest. This can leave you with sagging skin or breasts that look empty.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a similar effect, and once you are done nursing your child you may find your breasts to look and feel deflated.

Aging is another factor which can cause changes in breasts, such as sagging and loss of fullness.

What is Involved in Breast Augmentation?
Breasts can be implanted with silicone or saline. You should discuss with your doctor which will be the best option for you. Silicone implants are pre-filled and inserted into the breast, while saline pockets are inserted empty and filled with saline once the implant is in position. This means that the incision for saline implants are generally smaller. Silicone implants are said to feel more like natural breasts, but if the implant leaks the risk of infection is greater.

Breast augmentation usually takes one to two hours and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be given a general anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any pain. The implant can be inserted from under the breast, around your nipple, or under your arm. The implant will sit either on top of your chest muscle or underneath it, and your skin will then be drawn back together with surgical tape or sutures.

Prices for breast augmentation can vary, but on average you can expect to spend between $5000 and $10,000.

What Recovery is Involved?
You will need to rest for a few days after surgery and should plan to take several days away from work. The gauze and bandages will need to remain in place for a few days, along with drainage tubes. You will be given a surgical bra to wear during the recovery process.

While you may resume most normal activity after a few days, heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for around six weeks while your body heals.

You may benefit from over the counter pain medication while the swelling goes down.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
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We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff