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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? 

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Dr. James E. Murphy strives to make plastic surgery comfortable and attainable for every patient, no matter their native language. That's why we have bilingual staff members who are fluent in English and Spanish. Call or text our Reno plastic surgery office to request a consultation: (775) 322-3446.

Inspiring Patient Loyalty For Decades

"I have been seeing Dr. Murphy for about 20 years. A rare find in the plastic surgery field, he will set proper expectations and not embellish what the ultimate outcome may be of any particular procedure. His staff is friendly and pricing is reasonable. Highly recommend!" Cheryl Muzinich

Most Patients Are Happy With Their Decision

98% of patients say results meet or exceed expectations

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

*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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 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. We even offer multiple convenient options to contact us, so that your experience is smooth from start to finish.

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"He made me feel so safe and secure." A Detail-Oriented Surgeon Serving Reno, NV


Sara Cardoza


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I love this place! They have wonderful products that have made my skin look youthful again. I also get my eye lashes done here. My lashes are beautiful and last a lot longer then lashes that I have gotten at a previous place. Dr Murphy has done a wonderful job on a surgery I got. I have gotten tons of compliments on how great I look. I highly recommend this place!!!!

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Lily V


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I love this doctor so much! His personality stands out from the crowd. He made me feel so safe and secure, listened to what my desired results were and he definitely paid attention to detail! I could not have picked a better doctor for my breast augmentation and I will definitely be back here for any future services

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Life-Changing Breast Surgery Results For Over 20 Years

Breast augmentation surgery is a versatile procedure, whether used alone or paired with a breast lift. From restoring volume to creating a more symmetrical appearance, our Reno plastic surgeon can create a treatment plan focused on your unique desires. Curious about options? Here are just a few of the real transformations he has brought to life.

Breast Implants Create

Fuller, More Symmetrical Results

We use realistic breast implants to create subtle and beautiful results. With two breast implant options to choose from, you can find custom care for your exact goals at our advanced Reno, NV, practice.

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Breast Lifts Offer

A Perkier, More Youthful Appearance

Do you wish you had perkier breasts? It's natural for breasts to droop after aging or breastfeeding, but if you are unhappy with these changes, our plastic surgeon can elevate and firm your breasts using a breast lift.

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Combining Lifts and Implants

Provide the Benefits of Both

Patients with concerns about shape, size, and position may benefit from a combined approach. Our plastic surgeon will fully assess your candidacy, making sure that it's safe to combine a breast lift and breast implants for your unique case.

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Always Love Your Results

With Implant Removal and Exchange

Over the years, you may decide that you want to change the shape, size, or type of your implant. Even the best breast implants will need replacement over time, so it's crucial to find a plastic surgeon experienced in removing and replacing yours. Luckily, James E. Murphy, M.D. can help with the process.

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Choose a Board-Certified Surgeon

For Your Breast Augmentation

As a board-certified surgeon, James E. Murphy is trained to perform safe and effective breast augmentation procedures that yield stunning results. His skill has even earned him the title of Best Plastic Surgeon in Reno from 2012 to 2018. To see what Dr. James E. Murphy can offer you, request a consultation:

(775) 322-3446

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Dr. James E. Murphy is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Reno, Lake Tahoe, and beyond.

Testimonial about Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa From one of our favorite clients

This testimony is about what we do here at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa. We are proud to offer several options from surgical procedures,   laser options for improving skin care, laser hair removal, hydrafacials, medical grade peels and facials, neuromodulators, facial fillers, and even cosmetic tattooing and eyelash extensions. Our staff is very proud of the customer service we give, customizing each clients beauty plan. We continually provide and seek out education to improve skills and techniques.

"He really cares about his patients." The Difference Made by a Dedicated Plastic Surgeon


Karli Kwas

Reno, NV


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Excellent bedside manor! He really cares about his patients. He did a great job on my surgery!

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Toni Slater

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The whole staff is awesome and I couldn't be happier with my results! I definitely recommend Dr. Murphy's and will go back for anything else in the future!

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Exploring Implant Options

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.

Saline Breast Implants

Many patients at our Reno, NV, practice opt for saline implants. Typically, implants filled with sterile saline are more affordable than gel implants, giving you beautiful results at a price that fits into your budget.

They're also often preferred by patients seeking to increase the size of their breasts, since they can potentially provide even more substantial volume.

Cohesive Gel Implants

If you want subtle results from safe materials, cohesive gel implants offer the best of both worlds. This type of implant is best known for its resemblance to the teardrop shape of unaltered breast tissue, as well as its natural feel.

It's also able to remain intact and prevent leakages, thanks to the type of material used. So, even if the integrity of the implant is affected, choosing cohesive gel implants can minimize potential risks.

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 over 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.

Explaining Breast Implant Placement Approaches Offered by Our Plastic Surgeon

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

With subglandular placement, the breast implant is placed between your chest muscle and your breast tissue. This placement may help reduce your surgery and recovery time.

It can also be less painful than submuscular placement and make your breast implants easier to access if re-operation is necessary. Subglandular breast implants may be easier to see and feel through your skin, however. If you prefer more subtle cosmetic results, we can discuss submuscular breast augmentation.

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.

Don't Know Where to Start? We Give You All the Information You Need

James E. Murphy, M.D., is known for his personalized approach to cosmetic care and his in-depth consultations. He will mention topics like:

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

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. Contact our Reno and Lake Tahoe-area team to begin or call

(775) 322-3446

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Because every patient's goals are different, the cost of breast augmentation varies from person to person. At our practice, though, treatment typically starts at about $8,000. 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 consultation at our Reno, NV, office, you can learn more about the cost of surgery and explore your financing options.

Reno Patients Return to Us Again and Again

"I have always gone with Murphy Plastic Surgery for all my surgeries and have always been pleased. Dr. Murphy did a great job on my last breast augmentation and I highly recommend him. I can not express enough how thankful I am with his services. Dr. Murphy's bedside manners are excellent and his staff is also very friendly and helpful. So I highly recommend Murphy's Plastic Surgery Medical Spa." J Devine

Breast Augmentation Treatment Step-by-Step

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

Augmentation Consultation

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.

Arriving at the Hospital

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.

Relaxing With Anesthesia

The breast augmentation procedure is comfortable, thanks to anesthesia. General anesthesia is most commonly used during this procedure, and Dr. James E. Murphy always uses a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the best results.

Making the Incision

Our doctor most commonly uses inframammary incisions, a technique that places incisions 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.

Inserting the Breast Implant

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 similar to fluid found naturally in the human body. Gel implants are filled with a cohesive substance that is more like a solid than a liquid.

The implants you've chosen will be placed either over or under your pectoral muscles.

Closing the Incision

Dr. James E. Murphy will close the incisions made in the breast tissue with sutures. Cases may differ, but on average, breast implant surgery lasts one to two hours.

Wearing a Support Garment

You will be provided with a support garment that will be worn for approximately 48 hours, over your surgical bandages. After 48 hours you will wear a breast band to help alleviate swelling and help your implants settle into your chest, ensuring the best results. We also provide you with lymphatic drainage treatment post surgery to help healing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

Will my results change over time?

After your surgery, you will notice an immediate increase in breast size, but keep in mind that you will have some swelling at this point. We recommend performing 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. After about three months, the swelling will subside and your implants will settle, giving you a better idea of the final results.

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, during your consultation. Some women choose to postpone their surgery until after they are done having children.

How long does recovery take?

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. 

When will I see breast implant results?

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. You will not only enjoy a more curvaceous figure, but you will also enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence.

"I'm very satisfied." Reno Patients Love Our Team


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The staff is very friendly and answered every question I had as I went through my procedure process!

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Dr. Murphy is very kind and professional. I'm very satisfied

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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 25 years. 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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