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Breast Implant Removal Exchange

From daily discomfort to routine replacement, there are several motivations patients may have when considering breast implant removal.

As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. James E. Murphy offers trusted care to Nevadans.

If you're ready to receive compassionate care from a distinguished surgeon, visit our friendly team in Reno, NV.

What Does Breast Implant Removal and Replacement Look Like?

While you may have been happy with your previous results, it's possible for implants to shift over time due to factors like weight gain or loss, having a baby, or the natural aging process. This patient encountered something similar, causing drooping breasts.
Before breast implant removal and exchange
Before Breast Augmentation
After breast implant removal and exchange
After Breast Augmentation
​After visiting our Reno, NV, plastic surgery office for an implant removal and replacement, she decided to go with larger implants for beautifully rejuvenated results.

Is Breast Implant Removal Common?

Yes! While many people may not talk about it, breast implant removal is a frequently performed—and fairly routine—procedure for breast augmentation patients. 
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The ASPS reports that in 2020, 36,367 breast implant removals were performed by their members alone. If you want to explore your options with our Reno plastic surgery practice, you're in good company.

Do These Removal Reasons Sound Familiar? Visit Our Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

They Need New Implants

It's possible that you'll need to replace your breast implants every decade or two. Our plastic surgeon can guide you through your options, remove your old breast implants, and place new ones. He can also rejuvenate the area with a breast lift if you desire.

They Want to Change Their Implants

Even over the past 10 years, breast implants have changed a lot. There are newer, safer, and more lifelike options available to choose from. If you just want to change the size, shape, or style of your implants, Dr. James E. Murphy can help with that too.

They Weren't Satisfied With Their Plastic Surgeon

Sadly, not all plastic surgeons out there are fully reputable. After going to a less-experienced plastic surgeon with breast implant materials that aren't up to standard, patients may have poor results or even ruptures. We know how heartbreaking that can be. Our team absolutely does not judge—we're grateful to be a part of the solution.

They Don't Want Implants Anymore

Even if you used to love your implants, you're not stuck with them if that changes. Some patients find sleeping a bit more difficult, while others want a smoother silhouette. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. James E. Murphy, can help you find the figure you desire with breast implant removal.

Whether you want to replace your breast implants or remove them entirely, our bilingual Reno, NV, team offers multiple custom options. Contact our Lake Tahoe-area office to begin or call:

(775) 322-3446

"I couldn't be happier with my results!" Hear From Real Reno Patients


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

Reno, NV


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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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How Does Breast Implant Removal Go?

In addition to removing your implants, Dr. James E. Murphy can also address scar tissue inside the breasts during the procedure. At our Reno practice, the process works something like this.
Dr. James E. Murphy was named Best Plastic Surgeon in Reno for six years running. Breast augmentation procedures are the ones he conducts most often.
Dr. James E. Murphy was named Best Plastic Surgeon in Reno for six years running. Breast augmentation procedures are the ones he conducts most often.


Patients who aren't with their post-implant breasts, patients with ruptures, and patients in need of replacement can all benefit from a consultation. Dr. James E. Murphy will listen to your experiences and goals, as well as kindly assess your candidacy.


To fully prepare, our doctor may order X-rays and scans of your breasts to check for scar tissue or ruptures. They also help him best plan your surgery.


Before our doctor conducts your surgery, we'll make sure that you're comfortable with anesthesia.


Next, our plastic surgeon will create a precise incision around the nipple or the crease of the breast.


After that, he will safely take out your breast implants.

Scar Tissue

Our plastic surgeon may also eliminate scar tissue from your breast before he closes the incision.

Optional New Breast Implants

Our plastic surgeon can also place new breast implants at this stage. Let him know whether you're interested during your initial consultation.


After ensuring your breast area is fully sterile, our doctor will place stitches or sutures to seal your incision.

Laser Therapy

Every detail counts at our practice. For smoother results that boost your confidence, we use 1540 laser therapy once you've healed, which decreases your scarring.

Want an Extra Touch Up? We Offer Breast Lifts


Drooping breasts are common, regardless of whether or not you have implants. Our doctor can make them look perkier and more youthful with a breast lift after implant placement or removal. Of course, he'll only combine procedures if it's safe to do so.

"A rare find in the plastic surgery field." Why We're Reno's Trusted Team


J devine

Reno, NV


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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.Murphys bedside manners are excellent and his staff is also very friendly and helpful. So I highly recommend Murphys Plastic Surgery Medical Spa.

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Cheryl Muzinich MPM RMP

Reno, NV


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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!

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Understanding the Payment Process

For Breast Implant Removal

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Covered Costs

Your total price includes a wide range of services. Some are preparatory, like X-rays, while others have to do with the surgery itself, like the price of your anesthesia and surgical venue. For your convenience, it also includes the cost of the compression garments you'll wear while healing and the medicines to take after surgery.

Insurance Coverage

Though rare, it's possible that your insurance may help with the cost of removal. To be eligible, you will need medical testing and X-rays as evidence of health problems. Conditions that make you eligible for coverage range from nerve damage to infection.


To make your procedure a comfortable fit for your budget, our Reno, NV, team accepts financing from reputable lenders. You can choose from Alphaeon Credit and CareCredit®.

Layaway Plan

If you prefer to pay for your breast procedure over time, we also offer a layaway plan. Once you've fully covered the costs, paying on your own schedule, we'll happily set a date for your implant removal surgery.

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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