La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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San Diego, California 92121 US
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"On the second day, my back was killing me and when I called him to ask if I could lay flat, he told me "yea, you can do whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt" and hung up......" "I love the size too!"

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5 out of 5 stars NeoGraft

Amazing experience and Superior Results!!

I have been looking into hair transplant for several years and found comfort in Dr. Kearney's office. When meeting with Dr. Kearney and his nurse practitioner, Shannon, it was obvious that they were very knowledgeable about hair transplant and the Neograft technology. They made me feel very comfortable and were extremely personable and he took a lot of time with me explaining the process of...

5 out of 5 stars Sientra Breast Implants

300cc's Teardrop Oval Shaped Sientra Silicone. La Jolla, CA

My amazing doctor is knowledgeable and doesn't beat around the bush; which I really appreciated. Some might not care for his bedside manner but I knew I was in good hands so his gruffness was actually endearing to me. I searched for so very long to find someone I was 100% comfortable with and I found him thankfully!!! I would highly recommend Dr. Kearney.

32, 3 Kids, Breastfed for a Year Each, Lost my Fullness

I like him a lot and choose to go with him after 3 other consults. He made me feel comfortable with the way I look now. He put implant sizes in a way I understood, numbers and measurements.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

375cc - 28 Years Old, 120 lbs. Breast Augmentation - La Jolla, CA

My experience with Dr. Kearny has been one in a million. Nine years ago I had a BA consultation with another surgeon when I lived in Los Angeles... and let me tell you that he did not provide me with half the information that Dr. Kearney did. When I left my initial consultation with Dr. K, I felt that any and all of my questions were answered (without me having to ask them!) He fully covered...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Weight Loss of 150 Lbs - La Jolla, CA

I can't say enough great things about Dr. Kearney! He always made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions. I never felt rushed during any of my appointments and appreciated the time he spent educating me on my procedure and all of the options that were available to me. I had 2 separate surgeries with Dr. K. Having any surgery is always scary and emotional. The day of surgery I was super nervous and the moment I saw Dr. K , I felt at ease. I can't thank him enough for changing my life and helping me complete my journey of weight loss! Thank you so much Dr. K!

31 YRS - 3 KIDS - Wanting Bigger Boobs :) Surgery in San Diego

So far he has been an amazing Doctor he was helpful in so many ways. He answered all questions. I felt extremely comfortable with him. I'm looking forward for my pre-op and my breast augmentation surgery.

4 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

23yo,375cc Under Muscle. San Diego, CA

Honestly, this is someone who is good at their job, but knows they're good at their job and acts on this belief. I made the appointment with him and paid my deposit based on the results that I have seen and the phone consultation that I had, meeting him at my pre-op appointment. I had a previous consultation with another plastic surgeon, so I have some sort of idea of what this is supposed to be like. He goes through a MONTAGE Of information that he obviously has memorized for every patient. When you try to ask him a question, he'll be like, "I'm getting to that" as you wait for him to finish his spiel. He has an idea of what size he wants you to be and vehemently pushes for you to do so. I asked him about the gummy bear implants and he heavily huffs and starts complaining for about ten minutes about this new implant style. I tell him that's fine and all, but I would like to have them. He tells me that 45/50 of the people he has done that to it has rotated....... 45/50? You have a 90% fail rate??? I mean, I guess I'm glad that you're telling me, but it clearly hurt his ego to say so. After I paid almost 7 thousand dollars upfront, he seemed to care less and less. The post-op was not even five minutes and he barely was there. On the second day, my back was killing me and when I called him to ask if I could lay flat, he told me "yea, you can do whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt" and hung up... I can do whatever I want? That's your answer??? The appropriate answer should have been.. Oh on the first and second day you should be slightly elevated and on the third you can lay on your back. You should lay on your back for approx. six weeks or so with a minimum of blah-blah-blah. I called to ask when should I take my stitches out, they said they'll call back and of course didn't. What he said and the nurses said conflicted. i.e. the nurse tells me not to take a shower until the post-op (next morning) but he got upset and literally patronized me like a child for not listening to what HE said. With the amount of drugs they put you on and the amount of money that I paid I shouldn't HAVE to figure it out. I literally had to google everything i should and should not do afterwards. The nurses were awesome though. They made up for what his obvious lack of social skills and arrogance. the only good thing i can say is he knows what he's doing job-wise.

425 cc Sub Muscular Allergan High Profile, 5 Foot 2 Inches, 100 Lbs, 29 Year Old, No Kids. La Jolla, CA

So I mucked up my reviews and my first review is for my original augmentation and this one is for my revision. I can't make another revision review and since I'm getting ready for surgery in a few weeks here I really wanted to post. My original BA was 10 months ago and I picked 250 cc implants. I wanted to go from a 32 A to a 32 D my surgeon told me he wouldn't garuntee a cup size since...

5 out of 5 stars Natrelle Breast Implants

28 Years Old No Kids 100 Lbs 5 Foot 2 Inches 250cc Moderate Profile Mentor Submuscular Silicone. La Jolla, CA

He is a confident skilled surgeon and a kind gentle man. I wouldn't see another plastic surgeon until he retires which hopefully isn't for a very long time.

Breastfeed 2 Babies, Time For An Overhaul! TT, BL, BA, BBL - San Diego, CA

He is very kind and thorough. He really takes his time and makes sure all of your questions are answered.

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Personal Statement

Dr. Kearney is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He maintains active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Consultation Fee

Free. Please mention RealSelf

Awards & Recognition

San Diego's Best, U-T Reader's Poll, 2011 - 2013
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Kearney has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial, Sharp Memorial, Scripps Encinitas.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Providence College
    Medical: MD, Thomas Jefferson School
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General surgery, University of South Florida
    Plastic surgery, Vanderbilt University

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Breast Lift/Augmentation- Too Large? (photo)

I would say you could have your revision anytime. You will probably need a standard lift if you down size the implant but I would think that is a... READ MORE

Replacing 16 yr old saline over the muscle. Replace with saline or silicone?

I would replace it with silicone because it will feel better and a small pin hole in the implant would be inconsequential as opposed to a saline... READ MORE

Would you recommend a gastric band defill before Tummy Tuck surgery?

The most important part before a tummy tuck is reaching your target weight and staying there.  I do not believe you need to defill before surgery but ... READ MORE

What incision is best between the areola and under the breast? (photos)

I am not a big fan of the areolar  incision.  In the majority of patients it heals well but if it does not you have a very visible, unattractive s... READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Artefill and Sculptra?

Sculptra is absorbable suture material injected under the skin and in a significant number of patients it is permanent. It is a better volumizer, like... READ MORE

What Type of Breast Lift Do I Need? (photo)

You are well endowed with sagging. You are perhaps the hardest breast patient we operate on. You would need a standard lift and probably a little... READ MORE

Sizing with 13.5 and 14 BWD - help please! (photo)

Your photos shows that you have a lot of breast tissue so your BWD is less important than someone with very little breast tissue. I think the HP... READ MORE

Are blood tests needed before neck and or chin lipo?

Typically you don't need to have any blood tests prior to surgery if you are healthy and don't take any medications.  If  you are unhealthy, take m... READ MORE

What type of filler should I get for the wrinkles around my mouth? (photos)

You will do well with any of the hyaluronic acid fillers.  They are temporary so you can get a good idea of the result before you proceed to a more ... READ MORE

Lipo and butt lift, can I get my stomach done?

Lipo is unlikely to yield any significant benefits a third time.  Your fat is probably not subcutaneous at this point and if it is scar tissue will ... READ MORE

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