Facial Procedures

Facial 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 »

Mini Facelift

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 »

Eyelid Lift

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 »

Brow Lift

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 »

Neck Lift

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 »

Chin Implants

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 »


Contact our San Diego office to find out which facial procedure would benefit you.

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