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IPL for a more Uniform Skin Tone on your Hands, Arms and Legs

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Everyone reading this blog is an expert at protecting their facial skin with mineral zinc-based sunscreens to block the harmful ultraviolet rays from sunlight to prevent wrinkles and sun damage. Right? But did you protect your arms and legs from the strong rays of the summer sun while out and about this summer relaxing by the pool, beach or boat? ....... We didn't think so! But that's ok, we've got you covered!

What we think we look like sunbathing, what we really look like sunbathing!

Introducing Intense Pulsed Light

An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is an effective way to even out body skin complexion that has suffered from the direct rays of the sun, and has left areas of uneven pigment with large, pigmented patches, that we call "sunspots", "age spots" or "liver spots."

You can love the beach AND have nice skin

Renove Medical Spa has the most effective IPL system on the market, the American made Sciton system, to deliver the most effective yet gentle IPL for our patients. Sciton has trademarked their intense pulsed system as "broad band light", or BBL. With the Sciton BBL system, treatments are fast, easy and pigment is lifted gently and gradually over the course of the next 1-2 weeks. The Sciton system can reach deeper pigment better than any other IPL system currently available. So there is no reason to have skin like a pinto, when you can have skin like a palomino! (We love both pintos and all horses).

How Does IPL Work

The Sciton BBL utilizes light in the visible spectrum and is not a laser. Depending on the skin condition, different colors of light may be used to better target each individual skin concern. For example, the Sciton BBL can harness blue light to treat acne, cyan light to lift pigment, green light to target blood vessels on the face such as rosacea, orange light for hair removal, and red light for skin tightening!

To target pigment, we will apply a cooling gel to the area to be treated, to ensure the Sciton BBL light penetrates the skin and for comfort. Then the Sciton BBL handpiece is applied directly to the skin to deliver quick flashes of light. The melanin in the abnormally pigmented skin will absorb the delivered light energy, which forces that pigment to expand and be released from the deeper skin layers. This then allows the unwanted pigment to be naturally exfoliated and removed from the skin, leaving normal colored skin behind. Typical exfoliation time is one to two weeks, as pigment comes to the surface and flakes off gradually.

Who Can Be Treated with Intense Pulsed Light?

Since IPL targets pigment, whether normal or abnormal, IPL works best when there is a difference in color between normal and abnormal skin. Therefore, IPL works better on lighter skin that has darker unwanted pigment. It is very difficult to utilize IPL for darker skin tones safely, though Dr. Parsons is the only physician in the area who has the experience, knowledge and equipment to target unwanted pigment for those with darker skin tones safely. Dr. Parsons often treats those with a Mediterranean, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Native American or on rare occasion African skin tones.

If you would like the safest treatment with the best results for you IPL treatment, then come in to see Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. Dr. Michelle has been treating patients in Delaware for over 17 years with IPL and has the most experience and gentle caring touch to make your experience the best that it can be. Trust your skin with Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. and start enjoying smoother, softer, more even toned skin right away. If not now, WHEN?

Before and After IPL, photos courtesy of Dr. Steve Vu, California Aesthetic Center

When Should I get an IPL Treatment to Remove Unwanted Pigment?

The month of October has traditionally been a popular time for our intense pulsed light treatments, as most sun damage occurs during the summer months, and most people have been more or less out of direct sun for the month of September. But IPL treatments can be done anytime year-round, as long as the skin is not too tanned or burned.

In honor of our patients who have opted to decrease their sun worshipping activities this fall, we at Renove Medical Spa have chosen to offer some of our best specials on IPL treatments during the month of October, to encourage continued self-care and promote healthy skin. Your skin will thank you! ALL IPL treatments, of ANY face or body area, will be discounted 30% during the month of October.

AND when you book a Body IPL treatment, we will ALSO give you one of our Renove private label body skin care treatment products, to speed up your results. You can choose between our glycolic 15% vitamin fortified Body Lotion, body exfoliating Cleanser, or retinol anti-cellulite tightening Body Lotion (while supplies last).

So get treated with IPL body or facial treatments this October and wear that dress, skirt or tank how you like, with no need for coverup, shawls or hose!

How Do I Make An Appointment?

If you would like to make an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. or Dr. Bianca Conti, M.D. or book a treatment, please give us a call for an appointment at 302-227-1079 or book on line here. The $25 booking fee is used to hold your appointment and is refundable if cancelled early or may be applied to your treatment. Consultations may be via telehealth appointments too.

We at Renove Medical Spa want you to look and feel your best. So come to the best and first Medical Spa in Sussex County, Delaware, the office of Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D. All treatments are performed or supervised by Dr. Michelle Parsons, M.D., who is a top 10% aesthetic physician in the U.S. with BellaDiamond and Platinum awards. If you want the best results, go to the best doctor in town, because you are worth it! Visit us at historic downtown Rehoboth Beach, where patient parking is always available just for you. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if a treatment with Dr. Parsons is right for you, 302-227-1079 or book a consultation or treatment online at Renove Med Spa | Service Menu ( Restore, Reclaim, Renove!

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