Breast Augmentation Decisions

Breast Augmentation San Diego, CAThe decision to have breast augmentation is a big one involving lots of research and deliberation. The decision isn’t one to be made casually, and it needs to be made for the woman alone, not for a partner or spouse. But for women who have felt their breast size or shape was disproportionate or unsatisfying, the decision to have augmentation can change their lives.

The first step down this path is to have a consultation with Dr. Kearney. You’ll discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Your goals need to be realistic because, while breast augmentation is life changing, it is not a panacea.

Once you decide to go ahead with the surgery, there will be four additional decisions you’ll need to make. It can seem overwhelming, but Dr. Kearney will help you with all of these decisions.

  • Implant type. You’ll choose between silicone implants and saline implants — both types have pluses and minuses. Most people feel that silicone implants have a more natural feel than saline. However, if a saline implant ruptures, your body simply absorbs the salt water. If a silicone implant ruptures, you’ll need to have any silicone that has leaked removed. This is a little bit of a misconception, however, because if a saline implant ruptures, you will still require surgery to remove the collapsed shell and replace it.
  • Implant position. You’ll decide on the position of the implant, whether it will be placed atop or underneath the chest muscle. Many believe that implants placed under the muscle have a more natural look, but this is all personal preference.
  • Incision location. Where you want the incision will affect your scarring. Implants can be placed through incisions either at the bottom of the breast, at the base of the areola, or in the armpit. Obviously, incisions in the armpit leave the least visible scarring.
  • Implant style. The last of your decisions will be the size and shape of your implants. Some implant styles feature more projection than others. Others, such as gummy bear implants, are teardrop shaped. You will also decide if you want your implants to have texture, which can help keep them from shifting.

While these decisions may seem daunting, they’re not. Dr. Kearney has the Crisalix 3D imaging system to help. This system, when used in combination with virtual reality goggles, lets our patients see exactly what potential breast implants will look like long before any actual surgery occurs. These technological advancements take much of the anxiety out of breast augmentation decisions with Dr. Kearney.

If you’re considering having breast augmentation surgery, please call us and schedule a consultation. Our number is (858) 677-9352.

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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!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kearney and staff

858.677.9352

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