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.

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