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 »

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 »


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Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff