Everything Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, San Diego, CAThe first recorded nose-enhancement surgery can be traced back to ancient times in Egypt and India. Fast forward to 2019, nose surgery, clinically known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries. Some patients want to aesthetically improve the appearance of their nose while others want to correct deformities brought about an earlier injury.

First, some statistics. Year-in and year-out, rhinoplasty is one of the top five most-performed cosmetic surgeries worldwide. Brazil typically leads the world. Mexico is second and the U.S. third. Women have this procedure much more frequently than men, roughly a 70/30 breakdown.

Dr. Kearney has extensive experience with this delicate surgery, and he loves helping his patients get a nose they finally really like to see in the mirror every morning!

Whatever your reasons for wanting rhinoplasty, below is a run-through of what’s involved with the procedure:

●Rhinoplasty with Dr. Kearneyis more than just about altering the size and shape of your nose. He will consider all of these factors—your overall facial balance, nasal support, skin elasticity, ethnicity, and medical history.

●A good cosmetic outcome from rhinoplasty is not solely dependent on the skills of your surgeon but also the patient’s healing response, which may be influenced by the state of his or her health and lifestyle habits such as smoking.

●Rhinoplasty can be performed via the open or closed approach. In an open rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilage and surrounding bone structure are exposed, while a closed approach keeps them untouched and unexposed because the incisions are made inside the nose.

●It’s not uncommon for patients to be initially disappointed with the appearance of their nose following rhinoplasty. This is due to the significant amount of swelling post-surgery. You need patience at this time, as swelling can endure, often returning at night even months after your surgery.

Nose surgery with Dr. Kearney can be an immensely satisfying procedure. If you’re thinking about it, call us and let’s talk, (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!


Dr. Kearney and staff