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Breast Implants

If you want to enhance your bust line with implants, call us at (775) 322-3446 or request a consultation online

Small, undefined, or unbalanced breasts affect the proportions of your body and can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance.

At Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, Dr. James Murphy offers both saline and silicone breast implants to help you achieve precisely the enhancement you desire. 

Why do breast implants remain such a trusted and popular treatment option?

Look & Feel Your Best

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Personalized Treatment

Breast implant surgery is fully customized at our practice serving Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV. You can choose the size and shape of your implants to achieve your goals.

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Enhance Your Entire Figure

Enhancing your breasts can create a more feminine figure. During planning and placement, James E. Murphy, M.D. will work with you to create results that flatter your body type.

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Achieve Increased Confidence

After surgery, many patients feel more confident. This boost in self-esteem can also empower you to enjoy the freedom to wear the clothes you want.

There are various options for breast implant placement and incision patterns...

Your breast implant surgery will be fully customized.

Are you nervous about making such an important decision?

Most Patients Are Happy with Their Results

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...and 85 percent of women studied said they felt their new breast size was "just right."

*According to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

When are breast implants recommended at our Reno practice?

Breast Implants Can Address:

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Small breasts can cause your body to appear disproportionate.

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Breasts grow in many different shapes, some more flattering than others.

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In many cases, one breast may be larger than the other, creating asymmetry

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Lost Breast Tissue

After mastectomy or injury, implants can restore lost breast tissue.

Are You a Candidate for Breast Implants?

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In Good Health

Certain conditions can increase your risk of complications. James E. Murphy, M.D. will need to review your complete medical history.

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Not Pregnant

Since pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter your breast size and shape, you should wait to receive breast implants.

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Dislike Your Breasts

If you are genuinely unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, breast implants can help you overcome this insecurity.

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Realistic Expectations

Before undergoing breast implant surgery, you should understand the capabilities and limitations of the procedure.

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Free of Severe Sagging

A breast lift is necessary to address stretched or sagging breasts. Breast augmentation and lift can be combined to achieve your goals.

Are breast implants safe?

A Trusted Treatment

Whether you decide between saline or silicone breast implants, you can rest assured that both types of implants have been FDA-approved. Like any procedure, there are risks but there are safety recommendations in place to protect your health. If you choose saline implants, it will be easy to notice if one has ruptured. However, you should undergo an MRI every year for the first three years after surgery if you have received silicone implants. After that, you can undergo screenings every two years. 

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Before breast implants
After breast implants
*results may vary by individual*

Saline and Silicone Implants

During breast augmentation surgery, James E. Murphy, M.D. will make carefully concealed incisions, through which he will insert your implants. He usually places implants below the breast muscles, since this will provide a more natural appearance to the breasts and decreases the chances of capsular contracture. The procedure is virtually the same, no matter which type of implants you choose. Saline implants are comprised of a silicone shell, filled with a sterile salt water solution. James E. Murphy, M.D. will fill the implants after they are in place. Silicone implants are made up of a silicone shell, pre-filled with a cohesive silicone gel.

Both saline and silicone implants come in different shapes, textures, and sizes. Your options at our practice, serving Lake Tahoe, Reno, and surrounding areas, will include a round or tear-drop shape, smooth or textured style, and low, moderate, or high profiles. The type that is best for you will depend on your natural body shape, cosmetic goals, and James E. Murphy, M.D.’s recommendation.

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James E. Murphy, M.D. can explain the unique benefits of both saline and silicone breast implants to help you make an informed decision.

Surgical Differences

When discussing the differences in the surgical procedures, the saline implant offers a clear advantage. James E. Murphy, M.D. fills saline implants after he places them. Since they are deflated when being placed, only a small incision is necessary. The doctor also has the option of using a less conspicuous incision in the underarm, rather than under the breast or around the areola.  Once he has the implant placed, he fills it with saline to the desired measurement.

Many patients prefer the look and feel of silicone implants over saline.

Silicone gel implants come pre-filled, which requires a larger incision for placement. While silicone implants are only available to patients over the age of 22, the doctor can provide saline implants to patients over 18 years of age.

Aesthetic Differences

Many patients prefer the look and feel of silicone implants over saline. The softer feel provides an excellent choice for women with a smaller amount of breast tissue or fat. Silicone implants also offer a lower chance of wrinkles or ripples developing, which makes them ideal for placing over the muscle. While silicone implants can be round or designed to mimic the shape of natural breasts, saline implants are only available in a round shape.

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James E. Murphy, M.D. can help you decide the best placement for your breast implants, based on your body type and goals

What Happens if an Implant Ruptures?

When a saline implant ruptures, it typically deflates quickly. The solution from the implant is harmlessly absorbed into the body. You will need to visit your doctor to have the deflated implant removed, and it may be possible to replace it with a new one at that time.

Rupture of a silicone implant may prove difficult to detect. The thick silicone gel in the implant may leak out very slowly, and even then it usually stays contained in the breast capsule. You may not notice the rupture right away, and in some cases leaks have gone undetected for years. For this reason, the doctor typically suggests that women with silicone implants have regular check-ups, so he can monitor the integrity of the implants.

Other Considerations

Silicone implants have the advantage of weighing less than filled saline implants. This means they come with a lower risk of sagging caused by gravity. This is especially important for women who may already experience some drooping of their breasts, because augmentation alone will not correct this issue. You may, however, combine your augmentation with a breast lift at our Reno practice to correct sagging.

One of the biggest deciding factors for many patients is the cost of the implants. Silicone implants tend to have a slightly higher price tag than saline implants.

Why Choose Our Practice?

One of the most important benefits in speaking with a professional such as those working at Murphy Plastic Surgery is that they know that your emotional needs are equally as important as your physical needs. That’s why the specialists at Murphy Plastic Surgery consider it their professional and personal obligation to see that their patients are in the right frame of mind for the surgery from their very first consultation until the last pre-operation examination.

Compassionate Professionals

When meeting directly with James E Murphy, he will help you to decide which type of implant is of the requisite style and fit for your body. You won’t be making any decisions by yourself when you choose Murphy Plastic Surgery for your breast enhancement. You’ll be guided along the way by the most professional, caring and hard-working specialists within the industry.

Advanced Techniques

Oftentimes, a patient’s largest concern in having any surgery on their body is the potential for scarring. The team at Murphy Plastic Surgery can help minimize any scars that you might have after undergoing your surgery. That’s why the specialists at this leading class institution can offer the innovative Cutera laser procedure for post-operative care. This laser treatment has been proven to significantly reduce scarring and ensure that patients achieve the look they desire on a far faster timescale after their breast enhancement has been completed.

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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