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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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.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

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