Facial Procedures

Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures in San Diego & La Jolla

Dr. Kearney can perform facelifts under local anesthesia with light sedation or general anesthesia if the patient prefers. He makes the incisions within the hairline and following the natural contour of inside and around the ear. Excess skin and tissue are pulled up and back and then removed. Dr. Kearney’s facelift tightens not only the excess surface skin, but the underlying muscle as well. After surgery, incisions usually fade to nearly unnoticeable or can be hidden by the hairline. Facelifts are performed as an outpatient procedure and you may go home the same day. READ MORE INFO »

Dr. Kearney makes the incision inside and around the ear and into the hairline. The length of this incision is minimized and tailored to every patient and is a shorter incision than a standard facelift. Excess skin and tissue are pulled back and removed and once healed the incisions are hardly noticeable. Sometimes the underlying muscle is addressed but not always. READ MORE INFO »

The goal for this procedure is a more youthful and rested appearance of the eyes as well as widening of your visual field if excess skin has partially blocked your vision. When Dr. Kearney performs upper eyelid procedures, he makes an incision in the natural fold of the lid and removes excess skin and/or fatty tissues. READ MORE INFO »

Forehead lifts are often performed at the same time as facelifts but not always. The intended result is to improve the appearance of deep lines or wrinkles on the forehead and to achieve a more elevated brow giving the patient a more youthful and rested appearance. READ MORE INFO »

The goal of a neck lift is a more youthful neck with better contour. There are a couple of varieties of neck lifts. In a younger patient without a lot of excess skin, an incision is made under the chin only. The excess fat is removed and the neck is contoured by tightening the muscles. In an older patient, Dr. Kearney makes the incision behind the bottom part of your ear and extends it into your hair line to pull up and remove the excess skin and tissue. Neck lifts are performed under local anesthesia with light sedation or general anesthesia if you prefer. Neck lifts are often done in conjunction with a facelift in an older patient. READ MORE INFO »

Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. However, rhinoplasty can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia depending on your doctor’s preference. Incisions are sometimes made inside the nostrils and tiny incisions are also made on the columella, the bit of skin that separates the nostrils. The surgeon first separates soft tissues of the nose from the underlying structure, then reshapes the cartilage and bone which causes the deformity. READ MORE INFO »

Dr. Kearney performs chin implants as an out patient procedure and can be done under either local or general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the lower lip or directly under the chin and an implant is placed and then sutured in and the incision is closed. Though performed less often, there is an alternative method for chin enlargement called a sliding osteotomy where a portion of the chin bone is permanently moved forward. READ MORE INFO »

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