CO2 Laser Skin Treatment

Photo of an older woman with white hairOver the years, wind, sun, toxins, and the natural aging process can take a toll on skin texture, resulting in a loss of elasticity and the development of wrinkles and fine lines. Fortunately, Dr. James E. Murphy offers an advanced way to rejuvenate skin and turn back the clock. A Smartskin+™ CO2 laser skin treatment at his Reno, NV, plastic surgery office and med spa can give your skin renewed elasticity and a dramatic reduction in the signs of aging. Contact us today to find out how this non-surgical therapy can give you the youthful-looking skin you desire.

* Note: Results are not guaranteed and can vary per individual. Some images are of models, not actual patients. *

The Smartskin+™ Difference

We use the Smartskin+™ Co2 laser for in-office treatment. This device is fully customizable to provide the precise amount of treatment you require to meet your goals. Instead of sending out a single, steady beam of light, this fractional laser emits light in several columns covering a small square area of skin. The skin between the areas in which the columns make contact remains untouched, resulting in faster recovery times than other laser treatments. The laser light improves the skin by stimulating the production of collagen, the protein that gives skin a supple, youthful texture. 

How a CO2 Laser Treatment Can Help You

Depending on your cosmetic goals, a Smartskin+™ CO2 laser treatment can treat your entire face, or specific areas, such as those around the mouth or eyes. A Smartskin+™ CO2 laser treatment can enhance your appearance by:

  • Minimizing deep facial wrinkles and lines
  • Reducing or eliminating sun damage and age spots
  • Treating skin that is reddened or has pigmentation issues
  • Reducing wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, while tightening the upper and lower lids (also called a "Madonna Lift")
  • Minimizing the appearance of scars
  • Improving the overall skin texture and color


Good candidates for CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment can include anyone with:

  • Deep facial lines and wrinkles
  • Splotchy pigmentation
  • Acne or other types of scars
  • Drooping eye lids, or dark marks around the eyes
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Poor skin texture

Your Treatment Session

Before your skin resurfacing session, James E. Murphy, M.D. will administer an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Next, he will apply the laser to the treatment areas. As he guides the handheld tool over your skin, it penetrates the outer layers, stimulating collagen production. As the anesthetic wears off, patients typically report that any discomfort wears off within a couple of hours.

What to Expect after the Procedure

The vast majority of the healing occurs in the first two weeks. During this time, it is a good idea to keep the treatment areas moist. The initial redness should fade within a few weeks to a light pink, which can be easily concealed with cosmetics. As the healing progresses, the results of your procedure will become more noticeable.

Pro-Nox™: Innovative Pain Relief

Woman undergoing nitrous oxide sedation

The Pro-Nox system from CAREstream is an innovative device that puts you in control of your comfort. This system allows you to self-administer pain medication throughout your procedure as you need it. The fast-acting nitrous oxide mixture only lasts five minutes, meaning you can drive yourself home once you are finished with treatment. The system is incredibly safe and has been used for decades around the world.

We offer Pro-Nox for a range of treatments, including dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser treatments, Potenza™, tattoo removal, and any surgical procedures in the office.

Contact Us to Learn More

Ready to achieve the beautiful, rejuvenated skin you desire? Reach out to our practice today to find out if the CO2 laser is the right Medical Spa therapy for you.

* Note: Results are not guaranteed and can vary per individual. Some images are of models, not actual patients. *

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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