Fat is Stubborn. Show it the Door Anyway.

liposuctionSome things are stubborn: a two-year-old flailing about on the floor of Ralph’s because you wouldn’t give him some candy, your boss who thinks his MBA bought him wisdom, and your mother-in-law.

And fat is stubborn, particularly in certain spots such as the outer thighs, the lower abdomen, under the chin, even under the upper arms.

Liposuction with Dr. Kearney is the way to show stubborn fat who’s the boss. Unfortunately, it can’t show your mother-in-law who’s the boss!

What is liposuction?

Year in and year out liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It is categorized as a body contouring procedure. A cannula is inserted through a tiny incision and is used to suction out pockets of fat in unwanted areas, providing a slimmer contour. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, however, so Dr. Kearney requires his patients to be within 10 percent of their ideal weight before performing the procedure.

How is liposuction done?

Liposuction has come a long way since its debut in the United States in the 1980s. Back then it was quite a violent procedure where the large cannula had to be moved around quite aggressively to break loose and suction out the unwanted fat. This caused some intensive tissue trauma and bruising that could last for months.

Today, liposuction with Dr. Kearney is much less traumatic for your tissues. Dr. Kearney uses tumescent liposuction, which means he injects the treatment area with a saline solution that also has lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (adrenaline). The epinephrine constricts the blood vessels to minimize blood loss and bruising. Dr. Kearney also uses a power-assisted cannula, which uses tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells so they can be easily suctioned away. Power-assisted liposuction allows for more fat to be removed more quickly, which also limits the tissue trauma.


Liposuction is an outpatient procedure. Patients return home wearing a compression garment over the treated areas. This acts to reduce swelling and helps the body conform to its new slimmer contours. Most bruising is gone in two to three weeks, with full results showing in two to three months. Patients can usually return to work after just a few days.

Interested in showing your stubborn fat the door? Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 and ask about liposuction.

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      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

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      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff