Have you noticed unwanted pigmentation, sunspots or age spots, also known as “liver spots” on the skin of your face, chest or hands? Wouldn’t you love it if these tell tale signs of aging and sun damage could be almost magically lifted and removed without the need for a deep chemical peel or painful dermabrasion procedure? Well your prayers have been answered, yes, it is now possible to remove this unwanted pigment through a process known as intense pulsed light or more commonly the “Photofacial”, offered now in Rehoboth Beach, by Dr. Michelle Parsons.

Typically ninety to ninetyfive percent of the pigment can be removed in a single treatment, which takes less than 30 minutes to accomplish. Dr. Parsons has been performing photofacials in Rehoboth Beach since 2006 and has the most experience in the area and performs each photofacial herself, never delegating this procedure to a non-physician.

The decollete or chest is another area that often shows signs of sun damage and can exaggerate your age. Intense pulsed light works very well for correcting damage in this area, though more than one treatment is often needed due to the more extensive pigmentation most women have here. Though once corrected, treating the chest is very rejuvenating!

Dr. Parsons’ photofacial treatment uses full spectrum natural light, not a laser or other harmful rays, that is applied to the skin being treated in a series of about 30 pulses. Immediately following the treatment you will feel a sensation similiar to a sunburn, which will last 45 minutes to as long as 2 hours. Afterwards, your skin will feel normal and you can even apply makefup. Over the next 12 to 24 hours the unwanted pigment, which has absorbed the natural light energy, will darken and begin to work its way to the surface of the skin where is can finally be naturally exfoliated over the next three to seven days. Unlike deep laser resrufacing techniques or chemical peels, there is no down time, no damage to the overlying skin, without the need to avoid going out in public or dealing with messy dressings.


Intense Pulsed Light treatments are also effective for treating facial redness, flushing and Rosacea as well has small facial veins typically found around the nose.

Melasma Management Program

For those women who suffer from recurrent and recalcitrant pigmentation due to hormonal influences, only the initial treatment is full price. All other treatments obtained within a six month time window is markedly reduced to $200 per full treatment. “I have this program because I suffer from melasma myself and I know how stubborn it can be and how it really does drain on the psyche and our self-confidence.”- Michelle Parsons.


It is also possible to treat vitiligo with Intense Pulsed Light Treatment. A shorter wavelength filter is utilized. The average program for the treatment of patients with vitiligo consists of 2 treatment sessions per week for 6 to 10 weeks. Areas that respon well to treatment, such as the face and neck, may require fewer treatments.

Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition that causes loss of pigment, resulting in irregular pale patches of skin. The precise cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of auto-immune,genetic, and environmental factors.Some researchers agree that an immune system imbalance may cause the immune system to identify pigment as a foreign substance and thus destroy it.

Depigmentation therapy is also an option for the treatment for vitiligo. Depigmentation is carried out with application of prescription monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone (MBEH) cream 20% (monobenzone).  The cream is applied to pigmented patches twice daily, beginning with the face and arms.  Depigmentation is permanent.

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