Breast Lift

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You may be a candidate for a breast lift in La Jolla if you have excess or sagging breast tissue due to gravity, weight loss or breast feeding. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but don’t like the appearance, this may be the procedure for you. Women who have nipples that point downward may also be candidates for this procedure. Some women have lost a lot of volume and choose to have a breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift. This procedure is termed an augmentation mastopexy.

There are several options for mastopexy or breast lift incisions, depending on your individual circumstances, which you will discuss with Dr. Kearney during your consultation. A concentric mastopexy is done by making an incision around your nipple. A standard mastopexy is done by making an incision around the areola and then typically runs vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease underneath the breast and then horizontally in the crease below this breast. This is often referred to as an “anchor” incision. There is a procedure in between these two which involves a “lollipop” type scar. Your nipples and areolas will remain attached to underlying skin and tissue during the procedure in order to help preserve sensation and breast feeding

Dr. Kearney performs breast lifts under general anesthesia and you may go home the same day. Most patients are back to work 1 week and resume normal activities within 3 weeks. Continue reading about breast lift surgery in La Jolla.

Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      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

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      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