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Laser Tattoo Removal

Many people love their tattoos, but many others may wish to remove a tattoo for various personal or professional reasons.

Dr. James E. Murphy of Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa offers laser tattoo removal to remove tattoos fast and virtually pain-free.

Let's look at how our board-certified plastic surgeon can use laser treatment to remove your unwanted tattoos at our Reno, NV, medical spa.


PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Our Practice is the First in Reno to Offer It

This unprecedented advancement in laser technology safely and effectively erases tattoos with fewer treatments and better results. PicoSure® patented PressureWave™ technology even removes tattoos that were treated previously but failed to clear. Our high-end med spa is proud to be the first to feature the PicoSure laser tattoo removal system in Reno, NV.

Have Unwanted Tattoos?

PicoSure® Laser Tattoo Removal Starts at $150

Our high-tech PicoSure laser's 755 nm wavelength effectively treats black, blue, and green ink. The new 532 nm laser wavelength allows for the effective removal of red, orange, and yellow tattoo ink colors, as well.

Whether a tattoo reminds you of an unpleasant or no longer relevant time in your life, or you're just over it, PicoSure laser treatment at our Reno, NV, plastic surgery office and med spa can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

To experience PicoSure, one of the fastest, most effective laser tattoo removal methods available, book your consultation with experienced plastic surgeon James E. Murphy at our luxurious medical spa. Feel free to use our handy online form or give us a call anytime. You have nothing to lose—except a tattoo that no longer fits your lifestyle.

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A Message From Dr. James E. Murphy

“This is an opportunity to erase tattoo pigment more efficiently with far less recovery time. After evaluating the treatment and clinicals, there’s no question that PicoSure® advanced technology provides us with the most advanced tattoo removal treatment on the market. We have been treating tattoos for several years now with the RevLite SI Laser, which has been the best Q-switch laser on the market, until now." Dr. James E. Murphy

PicoSure Rethinking Tattoo Removal Possibilities

PicoSure Pressure Wave is an unparalleled breakthrough in tattoo removal technology, gently delivering ultrashort pulses of energy to tattoo ink in trillionths of a second. This shatters the ink into tiny particles that are easily eliminated by the body with no injury to the surrounding skin. Based on physicians' studies, PicoSure has proven efficacy on difficult ink colors and previously treated tattoos. This means your tattooed skin can experience better clearance of pigments with fewer laser treatments and less recovery time.

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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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KC Johnson

Reno, NV


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Meeting Dr. Murphy for the first time was a delight. We discussed what I was concerned with and his answers were straight forward and honest.

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Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal With PicoSure

  • More effective than older laser treatments, meaning fewer appointments to remove tattooed pigments.
  • The laser encourages collagen and elastin to grow, which can result in smoother skin after healing.
  • The laser stimulates your lymphatic system to flush away ink molecules.
  • Older treatments had trouble with bright ink colors. PicoSure successfully breaks up fluorescent ink and black pigments.
  • The laser is lightning fast, so ink removal appointments can be over in about 10 minutes.
  • Less skin is affected by the laser, as it is precisely targeted. Patients say the removal process hurts less than getting the tattoo.

Give Your Skin a Second Chance Real Results Are Possible With PicoSure

PicoSure laser tattoo removal has made reclaiming the skin you're in easier, safer, and more effective than ever before. Patients throughout Nevada and beyond visit Dr. James E. Murphy to take advantage of this revolutionary treatment option. Not yet sure if PicoSure is the solution for you? Just see what it did for this patient:
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Before PicoSure This woman visited Dr. Murphy to remove a tattoo that featured prominently on the back of her neck.
The same woman's neck, now without a tattoo
After PicoSure After seven treatment sessions, it's hard to believe there was ever a tattoo there in the first place.
If you've become unhappy with a tattoo, PicoSure offers you a real chance to turn back the clock. We're happy to help you along that process, no matter what your reason may be. To begin, contact us online, fill out our consultation form, or call us in Reno:

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Lily V

Reno, NV


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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!

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J devine

Reno, NV


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 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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Is Laser Removal Pain Intense?

Not at all. The tattoo removal procedure is made virtually pain-free thanks to our Zimmer chiller tool, which blasts chilled air onto the tattoo during treatment. A cooling, numbing gel can also be applied to the area for your comfort. Some patients say the laser feels like the quick snap of a rubber band.

Top 7 Reasons People Remove Tattoos

There are several reasons why effective tattoo removal is important to both male and female patients of Dr. James E. Murphy. The patients may feel that a certain tattoo:

Affects their body image

Has caused them to be stigmatized

Does not fit in with a new job or career

Is embarrassing when revealed

Reminds them of an unpleasant time in their past

Is no longer relevant to their present life

Shoddy artwork or was not completed properly

If any of these reasons apply to you, contact our Reno, NV, plastic surgeon for a consultation. Dr. James E. Murphy will discuss all the details of PicoSure laser removal treatment when it comes to eliminating offensive, incomplete, or irrelevant tattoos.

Our PicoSure Laser on Channel 2 News Removing a Breast Cancer Survivor's Radiation Tattoos

Reno TV reporter Kristen Remmington tells the brave story of our patient, Lesley Nygaard. After Lesley was deemed free of breast cancer, she wished to have the blue tattoo markers used in her radiation treatments removed from her skin. Our PicoSure laser made her wish come true.

A Tattoo Removal Patient Praises Our Practice

"Best Tattoo Removal in Reno! State of the Art Equipment – with the PicoSure laser which clears tattoos in the fastest and most effective way. Also, their staff is so friendly and professional! Also, the treatment is highly affordable. I highly recommend Murphy Tattoo Removal." Libelle

Worried About Tattoo Removal Costs?

We Accept Financing

Tattoo removal is considered a cosmetic procedure, so most insurance companies won't cover it. Should out-of-pocket fees for tattoo removal concern you, we offer in-office payment plans and work with various trusted financing companies such as CareCredit®. We want to make the cosmetic services you need as affordable as possible.

Can I Get a Tattoo in the Same Spot Again?

Yes, it's okay to get a new tattoo in the same spot after laser tattoo removal. However, you should wait at least six weeks after your final laser session to ensure your skin has fully healed. Many of our tattoo removal patients go on to get new ink that they feel is a better reflection of who they are. If you're interested in the same, we can use laser tattoo removal to safely create a blank slate.

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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