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Breast Augmentation

Small or asymmetrical breasts can affect the way your entire body looks, making you feel self-conscious about your figure.

Breast augmentation enhances the size, shape, and symmetry of your breasts, resulting in a fuller, more shapely bust line.

Why should you consider breast augmentation at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa serving Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV? 

What Patients Are Saying

"...I just had the privilege to meet Dr. Murphy. He is great guy and very professional. We met Wednesday and Thursday I woke up new breasts. He is absolutely the best cosmetic Doctor around..." Jenny L.

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

If you are unhappy with the look or feel of your breasts, request a free consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for breast surgery at our practice serving Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV.

Board-certified plastic surgeon James E. Murphy specializes in breast augmentation and he does more of them than any other procedure. He will carefully listen to your concerns and design a treatment plan that complements your body type and meets your goals.

With his gentle bedside manner, surgical expertise, and personalized care, James E. Murphy, M.D., will make your treatment effective and stress-free. Contact Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa today to schedule your consultation.

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Life-Changing Results for over 20 Years

One of the benefits of this procedure is that it offers rapid results. Immediately after your surgery, you will notice a change in your figure. As swelling subsides and you continue to recover, the results will become even more apparent and stunning. As you adjust to the new size of your breasts, you will not only enjoy a more curvaceous figure, but you will also enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence.

Do you still have doubts?

Most Patients Are Happy with Their Decision

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Breast augmentation surgery has extremely high satisfaction rates. During the same study, 85 percent of the women who were surveyed described their new breast size as "just right." 

*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Because every patient's goals are different, the cost of breast augmentation varies from person to person. If you are undergoing breast augmentation on its own, your procedure will be more affordable than if you are combining your treatment with other procedures such as a breast lift or a mommy makeover. 

Although it can be tempting to shop around for an affordable surgeon, you should beware of "bargain prices" when it comes to breast augmentation. An experienced surgeon may charge more than a less experienced colleague, but he or she is more likely to deliver results that you love. You should only consider reputable plastic surgeons like James E. Murphy, M.D., when searching for a breast augmentation provider. 

During your free consultation at our Reno, NV, office, you can learn more about the cost of surgery and explore your financing options

Flexible Financing Options

Because breast augmentation is considered elective surgery, it is not covered by insurance providers. At Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, serving Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV, we offer financing through CareCredit®, ALPHAEON®, and Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union to help make your goals affordable. 

We can also arrange a "lay-away" plan to help you save up for your procedure.

What to Expect during Your Free Consultation

James E. Murphy, M.D., is known for his personalized approach to cosmetic care and his in-depth consultations. During your free consultation, he will cover various topics with you, including:

  • The risks and potential complications associated with breast implants
  • How choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with 20 years of experience can help you reduce the risk of complications
  • Before and after photos of each procedure
  • Which results and size are reasonable for you

Each body is very different, and our plastic surgeon can help you choose what is best for you to achieve the desired result. After addressing your individual concerns and carefully explaining all of your options, he will create a completely personalized treatment plan that reflects your goals, schedule, and budget.

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Barbara Gonzalez

2020

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Dr Murphy, his wife Tracy, and all the staff are hands down the best anywhere. I have been so pleased with everything they have done for me, from minor to major. You will not find a set of more capable hands anywhere.

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Abby Pierson

2019

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Love love Dr. MURPHY and his staff.. Came to him 11 yrs ago and will continue to return! I have recommended friends that have used him and they love his work as well

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Breast Implant Placement Options Submuscular vs. Subglandular 

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There are two choices for breast implant placement: subglandular (under the breast tissue and the your chest muscle) or submuscular (under or partially under the chest muscle). Each placement type has benefits that may be right for you. Discuss your desired outcome with our plastic surgeon to select the best option for your figure.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

With subglandular placement, the breast implant is placed between your chest muscle and your breast tissue (under the glands). This placement may help reduce your surgery and recovery time. It may be less painful than submuscular placement and may make your breast implants easier to access if re-operation is necessary. Implants that are subglandular may be easier to see and feel through your skin.

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

Submuscular placement means that your breast implants are placed partially or wholly under the pectoralis major chest muscle. Submuscular implants may result in a longer, more painful recovery than subglandular implants. Submuscular placement may result in less palpable implants and may reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture (a tightening of the scar tissue which may require additional surgery to correct). This technique also offers easier mammographic imaging of the breast.

Treatment Timeline for Breast Augmentation Patients

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Planning

Before beginning treatment, James E. Murphy, M.D., will carefully plan out your surgery. Together, you will determine the right type of breast implants, the right placement, and the best incision pattern for your needs. Our plastic surgeon uses both cohesive gel and saline implants. Both types are safe and provide natural-looking results. Whether you choose saline or cohesive gel implants will depend on your cosmetic goals, budget, and other personal preferences.

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Surgery

On the day of your surgery, you will be given general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Once you are sedated, James E. Murphy, M.D., will create incisions under the breast fold where they will be discreetly hidden. He will then place the breast implants through these incisions. When the implants are in place, he will close up the incisions with dissolvable sutures and surgical tape. He will place a comfortable, supportive bra for you to wear home. You may shower 48 hours after surgery.

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Recovery

Our plastic surgeon will call you the first night or the following day after surgery to make sure you are doing well. We are on-call for you 24 hours a day, if necessary. Recovery from breast augmentation typically takes about a week, and you can return to work after this time. You should avoid strenuous physical activities for several more weeks, or until our doctor gives his approval. You will need to attend several follow-up appointments with our Reno, NV, plastic surgeon so he can monitor your progress. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation

Where is the breast augmentation surgery performed?

Breast augmentation is most frequently performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital operating room or outpatient surgery center. James E. Murphy, M.D., will most often treat patients at the Renown South Meadows outpatient surgery center in Reno, NV.

How long does the breast implant procedure take?

Cases may differ, but on average the surgery lasts one to two hours.

What type of anesthesia will be used?

General anesthesia is most commonly used. James E. Murphy, M.D., will always use a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Where will my incisions be located?

Our doctor most commonly uses inframammary incisions. Inframammary incisions are made below the breast fold where the breast meets the chest. This incision is generally easier to conceal and may cause fewer breastfeeding difficulties than the periareolar incision option.

What type of implant is used?

There are two main types of implants used in breast augmentation surgery: those filled with saline and those filled with a cohesive gel. Saline implants are filled with a solution that is similar to the fluid in the human body. Gel implants are filled with a cohesive substance that is more like a solid than a liquid. Implants can be round or tear-drop shaped, smooth or textured. During your personal consultation with James E. Murphy, M.D., he will determine which implant is best for you.

Are breast implants safe?

Both cohesive gel implants and saline implants are approved for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration

How will I feel after surgery?

Immediately after surgery, you will have some swelling, soreness, and bruising. We will prescribe pain medications for the discomfort. You will be up and about the next day, but very conservatively. You are not allowed to lift your arms above your head or lift any heavy objects. Stitches are generally removed a week later.

Will there be scarring?

You will experience some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, but these side effects will improve over time. Incisions will be red to pink, but fade to light pink or white over time. We do have an Icon laser that can minimize the discoloration of the scars more quickly if the patient chooses. 

Will my results change over time?

You will notice an immediate increase in breast size, but keep in mind that you will have some swelling at this point. You will need to do some massage exercises to relax the surgical pocket where your implants were placed. New implants tend to “ride high” at first, then relax into a natural placement over time. You will probably have more realistic-looking results after about three months.

When can I get back to exercising?

After four to six weeks, you may resume more vigorous exercise and a full range of motion with your arms. Follow-up care will occur within a week after surgery and approximately every three months for the first year.

Will my ability to breastfeed be affected?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most mothers who have had breast surgery can breastfeed. If you are planning to have children or breastfeed, discuss this with James E. Murphy, M.D. Some women choose to postpone their surgery until after they are done having children so that their results will not be affected. 

Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice for nearly two decades. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or call (775) 322-3446. Se habla español. If you would like to text us during business hours, we can respond via text to you. You can also send pictures to us with questions.

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