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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Parsons

Lift Summer Sun Damage with IPL

It is fall again, and the perfect time to address some summer sun damage we may have acquired this past beautiful summer season. It is understandable, we live and play at the beach, and there is no way we are missing out on that. Thankfully, we at Renove Med Spa, can take care of you and your skin and help address some of the skin issues that can occur from sun exposure. The month of October, 2019, we will be featuring the Photofacial treatment, also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

What Does An IPL Treatment Do?

A photofacial treatment addresses unwanted skin pigment, known as sun spots, age spots, or liver spots, pigment that can occur on the face, neck, chest, hands, and really anywhere there is excessive sun exposure. And now NEW at Renove, we can also address the unwanted hormonal pigmentary changes known as melasma. Melasma is a deeper much more stubborn kind of pigment that is caused by fluctuations in hormone levels that can occur during or after pregnancy, menopause and with birth control pills. Men can also have these pigmentary changes.

What Is A Photofacial Treatment?

A photofocial or IPL treatment is not a laser, it uses light in the visible spectrum, with numerous simultaneous wavelengths from red light to blue light and the wavelengths in between. This light is applied to the area to be treated with brief pulses of light, similar to a camera flash. With our NEW IPL addition, we have the ability to treat much deeper and more stubborn pigment, with less discomfort during and after the treatment. If you've had an IPL treatment with us before, you will be very pleased with the level of comfort with our new IPL wavelength.

Post 1 IPL Treatment - Michelle Parsons, MD

What Can I Expect During a Photofacial Treatment?

When you come in for your photofacial treatment, your skin will be gently cleaned to remove any makeup and we will apply a cooling gel to the area to be treated. This gel helps the light from the IPL to penetrate into your skin and to help keep your skin cool during the treatment. Then the IPL handpiece will be directly applied to the skin, and you will see a bright flash of light, like a camera flash, and feel a very brief pulse of heat. This will be repeated about 20 flashes for a full facial treatment, which takes no more than fifteen minutes from start to finish. We will remove the cooling gel and apply a zinc based sunscreen.

What Can I Expect After My IPL Treatment?

Immediately following an IPL treatment, you will feel like you have a sunburn, for about an hour. This sensation will subside after about an hour. The evening after your IPL treatment, the treated areas will be more sensitive to heat, such as hot water, so I recommend cool facial washes and avoid a hot shower that evening to the treated skin only. By the next day, your skin will fee completely normal, and you may resume all prescriptions skin care treatments. What you will see after your IPL treatment is the unwanted pigment begin to darken and come to the surface of your skin. This pigment will be exfoliated naturally by your skin over the course of the next week. It is our goal that you be pigment free by the end of the week, though other body parts, such as the chest, may take longer for all the pigment to come to the surface and naturally exfoliate. You may makeup immediately following an IPL treatment.

Stubborn melasma post IPL
Stubborn melasma immediately post IPL

How Long Do The Results Last?

Following your IPL treatment, unwanted skin pigment will be completely eliminated. Stubborn melasma may take more than one treatment, especially if you have darker skin tones, as we must use gentler settings when there is more natural pigment in the skin. The change and improvement in overall complexion with removal of abnormal pigment is DRAMATIC! Results of the IPL are long lasting, and would be permanent without any further sun exposure, which of course is impossible, which is why we will recommend DAILY zinc or titanium based sunscreen.

Are There Products I Can Use To Maintain My Results?

Abnormal skin pigment is caused by sun exposure. But we don't want you to avoid sun exposure, just protect your skin with high quality zinc or titanium sunscreens to block the UV rays of the sun that cause this damage. Melasma is also triggered by sun exposure so it will be equally important to protect with sunscreen if you have melasma. Immediately following your IPL treatment, to help quickly eliminate the pigment and prevent a recurrence, I recommend a course of topical application of prescription strength hyroquinone and longer term treatment with prescription tretinoin, brand name Retin-A, a high potency form of vitamin A. There are several other non-hydroquinone products that are also very effective at eliminating and preventing the recurrence of unwanted skin pigment, such as Skin Medica Lytera and ZO Skin Brightening systems.

Melasma after 1 IPL
Stubborn melasma after 1 IPL - Michelle Parsons, MD

Photofacial Half Off Special Month of October, 2019

October we have found is a great time of year to benefit from this fantastic treatment to address and eliminate unwanted skin pigment from sun exposure, as summer is now behind us (sadly) and our tans have faded, and we can enjoy the long lasting results through the rest of the year. To help everyone enjoy the benefits of this great treatment, all IPL treatments will be HALF OFF in October. Facial IPL treatment is normally $500 and will only be $250, with a purchase of a medical grade skin care product (minimum $175 skin care purchase to receive special) that addresses pigment, in order to maintain your results long term. Receive a FREE Skin Care product with your IPL treatment.

Our Patient Testimonials

"In just 10 days my sun spots were almost gone. After two weeks there were only red shading of the area treated and that started fading too. I would definitely have this done again. Thanks!" Theresa.

Featured Products

ZO Rx Hyrdoquinone System (available in kit sizes ) - is an all-encompassing system formulated to help treat hyperpigmentation, severe texture damage, sun damage and general skin health restoration. It is comprised of Melamin™ Skin Bleaching & Correcting Crème, Exfoliation Accelerator, 10% Concentration, Melamix™ Skin Lightener & Blending Crème and Daily Power Defense.

ZO Non-Hydroquinone Skin Brightening Program (available in kit sizes) - is a skin therapy system designed for the visible treatment of hyperpigmentation without the use of hydroquinone. Includes: Retinol Skin Brightener 1%, Daily Power Defense, Wrinkle + Texture Repair, Brightalive Skin Brightener.

Skin Medica Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum - "Photofacial in a bottle" - Formulated to address even the most stubborn discoloration, regardless of skin type or genetic makeup.Helps optimize results of multiple treatment approaches, including chemical peels, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and prescription skin care products, such as hydroquinone. Lytera is a non-hydroquinone, retinol-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formulation.

Skin Medica Lumivive - This two-step system gives your skin more power to resist the environment's attack during the day and recover itself overnight. With full atmospheric protection against blue light, from cell phones and computer screens, and pollution, you may see truly RADIANT skin in as few as 14 days. Appropriate for all skin types and tones.

System Includes:

LUMIVIVE™ Day Damage Defense Serum

LUMIVIVE™ Night Revitalize Repair Complex


TNS Essential Serum - Human based growth factors, with peptides and antioxidants. A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture. .


TNS Recovery Complex - A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture. TNS Recovery Complex® incorporates the highest concentration of a patented growth factor blend- 93.6% Tissue Nutrient Solution (TNS®) with over 380 growth factors and cytokines identified. TNS® is the main ingredient in the potent TNS Recovery Complex® skin treatment which is formulated from naturally occurring growth factors, antioxidants, soluble collagen, cytokines and matrix proteins.


We hope you take advantage of this wonderful almost MAGICAL treatment and enjoy clearer brighter skin right away! Call us at 302-227-1079 for an appointment or a consultation to see if you are a candidate.

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416 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 | 302-227-1079 OUR HOURS:

Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri: 10:00am - 2:30pm (10:00am - 4:30pm bi-weekly) ​​

Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday: Closed

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