IPL Specialist

Starkey Medical Esthetics

Michele Meinhart, FNP

Aesthetics & Dermatology located in Salem, VA

You can take advantage of the benefits of IPL by visiting Starkey Medical Esthetics, where Michele Meinhart, FNP, and her team of specialist estheticians provide state-of-the-art IPL procedures for women in Salem, Virginia and the surrounding areas.


What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and it’s a form of light technology that can treat a range of esthetic conditions, including:

  • Age spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Sun damage

IPL is also effective as a permanent solution to unwanted hair.

How does IPL work?

Unlike other forms of laser treatment that use a single wavelength, IPL uses many different light wavelengths. This means the light is less focused, and it can target larger areas such as the whole face, chest, neck, or hands.

IPL also causes less damage to your skin than some forms of esthetic treatment methods, because the light penetrates the second layer of skin without damaging the top layer.

The pigment cells that give your skin its color absorb the energy from the IPL, which is then converted into heat. The pigment cells die when subjected to the heat, removing the cause of your discolored skin and ensuring new skin is free of blemishes.

IPL works slightly differently in the treatment of acne, by oxygenating the pores in your skin and killing the acne bacteria.

What happens during an IPL treatment session?

When you attend Starkey Medical Esthetics, your practitioner cleans your skin, then rubs a cooling gel onto the treatment area. You’re given dark glasses to wear before the treatment begins to protect your eyes from the light beams, then the treatment commences.

IPL treatment isn’t painful, and you won’t need anesthetic; you might feel a stinging or tingling sensation as the light hits your skin, which patients often describe as being similar to the feeling of a rubber band snapping on your skin.

Your treatment session should last for around 20-30 minutes; then you can carry on with your day as normal. You might notice some reddening of the skin in the treatment area and a feeling of warmth in your skin as if you’d been out in the sun. Some patients experience slight swelling as well, but all these effects should wear off within a couple of days.

To achieve optimum results, patients typically have three to six treatment sessions at monthly intervals. Patients with acne need two sessions per week for the first four weeks, and then one a month for the next three months.

To find out more about the benefits of IPL, call Starkey Medical Esthetics today.