Breast Reduction in San Diego, CA

Come see us in San Diego, La Jolla to 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 a more comfortable breast size.

What is 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 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 procedure? What is the recovery time?

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. Most patients can return to work within five days and resume normal activities within a month. It is also important to note that the procedure may reduce a mother’s breastfeeding ability.

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?

Breast reduction surgery with Dr. Kearney costs around $10,300. Considering the benefits, it is truly worth the price. However, if it is too much for your budget right now, you may opt to finance your surgery. 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

For more information on breast reductions in La Jolla, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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