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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.

At Murphy Plastic Surgery, James E. Murphy, M.D.'s laser technicians can effectively remove your unwanted hair at 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.

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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 and Under Arms

  • Legs

  • Bikini Area

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Achieve Smoother Skin With The Elite IQ Hair Removal Laser

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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Heather Cummins

Reno, NV


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I have been going to Dr Murphy’s office for years! They offer so many services that are valuable to myself and my family. The staff is excellent, friendly and professional. I look forward to my appointments!

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Allie Braun

Reno, NV


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Just wanted to say THANK YOU!! I absolutely LOVE MY LIPS!!!!!

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Before and after laser hair removal

Stunning Results Achieved With Cynosure’s Elite Family Devices

This patient enjoyed outstanding results after just three treatments (picture Courtesy of Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal).

Visit our Reno office to learn what our state-of-the-art technology can do for you. 

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

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

See Our Technology in Action Closer Look at the Elite IQ Laser

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. This feature gives the Elite IQ Laser an added benefit of safety precautions. 

Darker Skin Tones

And Laser Hair Removal

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's medical spa staff 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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Request a Consultation

Does never having to shave or wax your hair again sound amazing? If so, you may want to look into laser hair removal. Dr. Murphy and our medical spa team can assess if the treatment is safe and suitable for you. Say goodbye to wasted hours shaving and hello to smoother skin with laser hair removal treatments. Call our Reno practice for a consultation with our team to see if treatment is right for you:

(775) 322-3446

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Linda Holeman

Reno, NV


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The office is beautiful. Kim administered my Botox and lip filler. She did a great job!! I had no bruising which was a first for me. I really like this office and staff and will continue to get my Botox and filler needs here. I think the prices are reasonable as well. 10/20/23– I went back to see Kim again for a little more filler in my puppet lines. She does such a great job! I just love her. The whole office is great— very helpful. I confidently recommend this office to anyone looking for competent staff and reasonable prices. :)

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Erin Smith

Reno, NV


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My experience at this office was with Tatum. She is welcoming, professional and personable. I appreciate her and highly recommend you make an appointment if you have thought about any service that she is educated and certified in. Believe me when I say she can help you look your best ever and feel more confident with your physical appearance. Thank you, Tatum and I will see you again soon!

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The Laser Hair Removal Process What to Expect

​The hair removal procedure will take place in our Reno, NV, plastic surgery 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.


If you choose a multi-session appointment, we'll wait 10-30 minutes between each session. 

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 four to six sessions to see the long-lasting effects. Individual results vary based on hair type, skin type, and treatment area.

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 seven years in a row, 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.

See Why Nevada Chooses Us For Their Plastic Surgery Care


Denise Hernandez

Reno, NV


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Fantastic staff! I’ve had services with Tatum and Corin & they are both top notch!!! Very professional, yet kind. They offer pronox for some services with is a total game changer! Highly recommend this office!!!

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Torri Kokoszka

Reno, NV


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I loved my experience I had yesterday with Dr. Murphy. He is extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions.

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Laser Hair Removal FAQs

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.

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. The procedure typically works best on those with darker hair. Laser hair removal cannot be performed on skin with wounds, rashes, or other concerns; these will first need to heal. 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.

Are there any side effects to 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. 

Will my hair grow back? Do I need touch-up appointments?

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.

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Vallery LaBarre

Reno, NV


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Dr Murphy has wonderful bedside manor. He is able to present things honestly but in a way that doesn't feel judgmental. He actually declined to do a procedure on me because he felt it would not give good results. I appreciated his kindness and am very pleased with the results of my procedure.

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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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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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