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Laser Hair Removal

Tired of spending time shaving? Does the thought of waxing make you wince in pain?

Laser hair removal is a faster, less painful, and longer-lasting alternative to waxing and shaving.

James E. Murphy, M.D. can effectively remove your unwanted hair out of his Reno, NV, practice.

What Is Laser Hair Removal? A Non-invasive Alternative 


Laser hair removal works by heating your hair follicle down to the root, preventing or delaying the growth of new hair.

The Elite iQ Hair Removal Laser The Latest Technology on the Market

Our Reno, NV, practice uses the Elite iQ™ laser from Cynosure, one of the best hair removal lasers on the market. The Elite iQ is the hair removal laser preferred by franchised hair removal clinics. In addition to hair removal, this advanced laser allows our technicians to provide patients with some of the most requested aesthetic treatments, correcting cosmetic concerns like:

  • Rosacea
  • Benign pigmented lesions
  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Facial and leg veins
  • Razor bumps
  • Skin revitalization

When using this laser, our technicians apply a phytonutrient serum that helps soothe the skin and even out skin tone following treatment. The Elite iQ makes for an all-around luxurious experience.

Elite iQ™ laser from Cynosure


The Elite iQ system features the Skintel® Melanin Reader™, the world's first and only FDA-cleared melanin reader. This device tests skin to precisely determine melanin density, allowing our technicians to customize treatment based on a patient's skin type, lifestyle, and ethnicity.

Stunning Results Achieved With Cynosure’s Elite Family Devices

Hair Removal before and after photos
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This patient enjoyed outstanding results after just three treatments. Visit our Reno office to learn what our state-of-the-art technology can do for you. 


No matter your skin type or tone, the Elite iQ laser can quickly and safely remove unwanted hair and target a variety of other skin concerns.

Ready to reap the cosmetic benefits the Elite iQ hair removal system can give you? Request a consultation by filling out our contact form or calling our Reno, NV, office:

(775) 322-3446

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Michelle Beck


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Dr Murphy and his staff were such a pleasure to meet!!! They are so sweet, welcoming, thorough, and just exactly what I was hoping for!!! I would recommend them to anyone looking to enhance themselves in anyway!!!!

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Abby Pierson


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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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How Much Does Treatment Cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated. Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa is proud to offer patients financing options to make the cost more manageable.

Area Cost per Session Package of 6 (50% Discount)

Small Area: 

Lip/chin, Lower face, Sideburns, Axilla (underarms), Feet/toes



(Regular price, $1,200)

Medium Area:

1/2 Arms, Abdomen, Chest, Bikini



(Regular price, $1,800)

Large Area:

Brazilian, Full arms, 1/2 Legs



(Regular price, $3,000)

X-Large Area:

Full legs, Full back



(Regular price, $4,000)


Only after entire series has been completed

1/2 off cost per session

How Long Until I See Results?

It will take several rounds of the laser treatment before most patients see the results they are hoping for. Each laser session will target your hair follicles at different stages of their growth. After a series of laser sessions, you will notice the follicles can no longer produce hair, or they will only produce very fine, thin hair.

What Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Cover?

Laser hair removal can get rid of unwanted hair all over your body, including:

  • Upper Lip

  • Space Between Your Eyebrows

  • Chin

  • Neck

  • Back

  • Arms

  • Under Arms

  • Legs

  • Bikini Area

Is English Not Your First Language? No Problem!


​Our Reno office has bilingual staff members fluent in both Spanish and English.

Am I a Good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

Most people who are tired of unwanted hair are good candidates for laser hair removal. This laser procedure is safe for men and women of all colors. However, since the laser targets darker pigments, the procedure typically works best on people with lighter skin and dark hair. The best way to know if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal is to set up a consultation at our Reno, NV, office.

The Laser Hair Removal Process What to Expect

​The hair removal procedure will take place in our Reno, NV, office. It is quick and virtually painless.

​"Patients will see results immediately following their laser hair removal treatment."
​"Patients will see results immediately following their laser hair removal treatment."


The first step to getting your hair removed is to schedule a consultation with Dr. James E. Murphy. He will go over your goals and desired treatment areas and decide if laser hair removal is right for you. You should also leave this consultation with a good idea of how many sessions it will take to get your desired effect.

Before the Procedure

You will need to limit tweezing, plucking, and waxing at least six weeks before your laser appointment. You will also need to avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning oils or products. It is best to shave the area the day before your appointment so the laser can properly target the follicles.

Numbing the Skin

Before the laser is used, we will apply a numbing gel to the treatment area. You will also be given protective eyewear for when the laser is in use. 

Applying the Laser

Your skin will be pulled taut as the laser technician applies it to the treatment area. The laser is adjusted for pigmentation, location, and thickness of the hair. 

Hair Removal

The light of the laser penetrates the skin, heating the hair follicle enough to prevent future growth. You should feel little to no discomfort. Most patients report it feeling warm or similar to a rubber band being snapped against their skin.

Preventing Discomfort

After the hair removal, a cold compress or anti-inflammatory cream can be used to minimize or prevent any discomfort. You can return to your regular activities immediately following your treatment.


Patients will see results immediately following their laser hair removal treatment. Most patients need 4-6 sessions to see the long-lasting effects. Individual results vary based on hair type, skin type, and treatment area.

Are There Any Side Effects? What Happens After Laser Hair Removal?

​It is normal to have some redness and swelling immediately following your treatment, but it should subside within a few hours. More adverse side effects like skin pigmentation changes, burns, blisters, and infections are very rare. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. James E. Murphy will know how to reduce the risk of these side effects by customizing your treatment. 

Protecting Your Skin From the Sun

Before Treatment

Exposure to the sun tans the skin and lightens hair, both of which can have a negative impact on the results of your laser hair removal treatment. Before your treatment, Dr. James E. Murphy recommends avoiding sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

After Treatment

After receiving your treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for about two weeks to allow your skin time to heal and to reduce the risk of developing skin concerns like hyperpigmentation.

Smooth Skin That Lasts From a Professional You Can Trust

​Dr. James E. Murphy is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years. With his experience, he knows what methods are proven to work to give his patients the best outcomes. He takes pride in creating customized treatment plans suited to meet each patient's goals, schedule, and budget.

Voted best in Reno 2012-2018, you can be sure to get outstanding and personalized care from Dr. James E. Murphy and his staff.

If you're tired of shaving and waxing, reach out to our Reno office to request your laser hair removal consultation.

(775) 322-3446

The team at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa
​Dr. James E. Murphy and our team of estheticians in Reno are among the best in the industry in the state of Nevada.

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Gay Wallway


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Exceptional! Always a pleasant experience and a courteous staff. Dr. Murphy is a perfectionist in his field of expertise and very personable. Dr. Murphy is very well respected amongst the hospital’s medical staff and they too, will tell you of his wonderful and devoted work. His reputation precedes him. He never rushes you and will spend time to discuss options, answer questions and is a pleasure! I am 100% satisfied with his treatments and their outcome. Meghan in scheduling is great, she gets the job done! She is very efficient and will do her best to meet your schedule’s needs as well as that of Dr. Murphy’s. I have known Dr. Murphy and Meghan since 2004. A great office and excellent team!

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Marissa Tolotti


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I have been going to Jeri at Murphy Plastic Surgery for a few years now. Jeri is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to all of the treatments offered, in particular, laser procedures. I started coming here to have a tattoo removed. Soon after, I continued on with other laser treatments. The picosure facial is one of my favorites. I find Jeri to be very cautious yet aggressive enough to always leave with great results. If you are considering a treatment such as tattoo removal or facial laser treatments, I highly recommend Jeri. Although I have not seen anyone else at this practice, I feel comfortable enough here that I have scheduled a corrective surgery for my son with Dr. Murphy. Highly recommend!

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Receiving Touch-Up Treatments

Following your initial treatments, you may experience hair regrowth in a few months to a few years, though hairs are typically finer, thinner, slower-growing, and significantly more sparse. We recommend one to two touch-up sessions each year or as needed to maintain your results.


In the past, only people with dark hair and light skin tones were eligible candidates for safe laser hair removal. Fortunately, developments in this field have allowed people with darker skin tones to receive safe and effective laser hair removal without significant risk of complications. During your consultation, Dr. James E. Murphy will determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment or if another hair removal treatment would be more effective.

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Leah Verdeck


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I have had several procedures with Dr. Murphy, and could not be happier! He is an artist, with a spectacular eye, specializing in the most natural results. He and his staff are delightful, I will be a lifelong customer!!

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Karla Anderson


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Dr. Murphy is one of a kind. He made me feel comfortable and was very professional. The entire staff is heartwarming and welcoming. After surgery they continuously followed up with me and made sure I had no concerns or questions. I appreciate their care.

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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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