Breast Reduction in La Jolla, San Diego

Get breasts that are proportionate to your body

Large breasts are not always a blessing, especially when they start to cause physical and emotional problems and affect the quality of life. Women with large breasts can experience back and neck pain and may be plagued by poor self-image and a lack of self-confidence. The size of their breasts may also prohibit them from engaging in certain physical activities. In these cases, Dr. Kearney performs breast reduction surgery to give these patients more comfortable breast size.

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breast. Patients undergo a breast reduction to ease discomfort caused by large breasts or to have a breast size that is proportionate to the body.

How can I prepare for breast reduction surgery?

Prior to your breast reduction surgery, you’ll need to stop taking medications that can increase your risk of bleeding, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit for a few weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking inhibits the healing process. Dr. Kearney will also give you special instructions on what to prepare at home for your recovery.

What can I expect during the Breast Reduction procedure?

Breast reduction is done while the patient is under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Kearney usually makes an “anchor” incision around the nipple-areolar complex. The incision extends vertically below the nipple and then horizontally along the bottom crease of the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired position. Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are then removed. During breast reduction surgery, the size of the areola may also be reduced. The entire surgery usually takes around three hours.

What can I expect after the Breast Reduction procedure?

Patients are usually sent home on the same day of surgery. Light dressings will cover the incisions and the patient with the need to wear a surgical bra to decrease swelling and support the breasts. Any discomfort can be controlled by taking pain medications prescribed by Dr. Kearney. It is also important to note that the procedure may reduce a mother’s breastfeeding ability.

What is the recovery time after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Most patients can return to work within five days and resume normal activities within a month.

What Our Patients Have to Say

"“Dr. Kearney is highly accredited, experienced, talented, practical and conservative, making sure that I get the results I want while helping me fully understand procedures and the parameters in which certain results can be attained. His bedside manner is impeccable; I feel comfortable, cared for, and respected in his office and in his presence. I absolutely LOVE my results from the procedures that he has done! He has an uncanny ability to create a natural result where other surgeons would not. I would trust my family under his skilled expertise.”"

- Bimala Q.

Video: Dr. Kearney Discusses Breast Reduction

San Diego body contouring surgeon, Dr. Kearney, discusses his breast reduction procedures at his La Jolla plastic surgery practice.

How much does breast reduction surgery cost?

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CareCredit offers our patients 6, 12 and 18 months no interest plans as well as plans with terms of up to 60 months at 14.9%. Patients can finance up to $25,000. A “credit card” will be issued to you, which you can swipe in our office or other participating offices. CareCredit is for everyone. Those with less than stellar credit can opt for the co-signer option. For more information on financing for your breast reduction surgery or to apply, call 1-800-365-8295 or visit

Am I A Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is someone in overall good health who struggles with back pain, skin irritation, or physical activity due to their breast size. Breast reduction surgery can help solve these concerns, as long as the candidate is a non-smoker and can maintain realistic expectations regarding the results of their surgery.

Patients who have diabetes, wound healing disorders, blood clotting disorders, or heart and circulatory disorders will not be eligible for breast reduction surgery. If you have had irregular mammograms, undiagnosed lumps in the breasts, or are obese, you may not be a suitable candidate for this procedure.

Are There Any Risks with Breast Reduction Surgery?

Common side effects from a breast reduction surgery can include swelling, tenderness, and pain after your procedure. However, it can also come with several risks. Just like any other surgical procedure, a breast reduction surgery does come with several risks. These risks can include:

  • Allergic reactions to materials used during the procedure
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Assymtery
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scarring

While these risks are rare, Dr. Kearney prioritizes patient comfort and safety during each procedure. With regular follow-ups and proper aftercare, patients can feel confident about easily managing their side effects and preventing these risks when it comes to their breast reduction surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?

A breast reduction surgery can be a hugely influential procedure for many, as it can help eliminate pain and improve their overall quality of life. A breast reduction surgery can provide a patient with many benefits, including the following:

  • Achieving a breast size more proportional to the body
  • Improving breast shape
  • Providing relief from back pain and neck pain
  • Eliminating skin irritation
  • Allowing for easier participation in physical activity
  • Improving self-esteem and body image

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Robert Kearney Today

If you are interested in learning more about our Breast Reduction procedures to see if you are a candidate, contact our office at (858) 677-9352 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kearney. Our practice is proud to serve San Diego, La Jolla, and the surrounding areas of California.

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