The Ellipse IPL operator guides the light from the flash lamp to the treatment area. The unique I2PL system carefully filters this light into two ways to ensure that only the light with the correct wavelengths is allowed to reach your skin.
How does the Ellipse IPL treatment work?
For hair removal: Hair contains pigment (melanin) that absorbs the light and converts it into heat.
The hair transmits his heat into the hair follicle, which is then destroyed and rendered unable to
produce new hair. Read more
For sun damage: Age spots contain a substance called melanin, and diffuse redness contains a
substance called haemoglobin. When cells containing alot of melanin or haemoglobin are hit with
the Ellipse IPL light, they heat up and are destroyed within a few thousandths of one second.
For thread vein removal: A tread vein is a small blood vessel near the surface of the skin. The
Ellipse IPL operator guides the visible light from the flash-lamp to the blood vessels needing
treatment. Blood contains hemoglobin, which absorbs the light and converts it into heat. This heat
destroys the protein wall of the thread vein. As a result the veins will gradually, and safely, disappear after the treatment. Read more
How long does an Ellipse IPL treatment take?
The glass prism within the Ellipse IPL applicator is about the size of an average thumb.
For hair removal: A large number of hairs can be treated in one flash of light. Removal of hair on the upper lip takes 5 minutes, where as the back or both legs would take 60-90 minutes.
For sun damage: A sun-damage treatment of the full-face takes 20 minutes.
For thread vein removal: Treatment time for vein removal depends on the area to be covered and
the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Tolerance of pain varies from individual person to person. No anesthetics are required. Most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a hot elastic band snapping on the skin.
Do I need to take special precautions before or after the treatment?
The light used is completely safe, visible light. Potentially harmful rays are removed by the Ellipse IPL unique dual mode filtering system.
For any hair removal treatment, it is important not to remove any hair by plucking, tweezing, waxing or use of creams during the entire four weeks before treatment. This ensues that that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair and thus can be destroyed by the light.
Since tanning takes place by the accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is important to avoid tanning (sun, sunbed and sunless-tanning creams) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes the treatment on the hair less effective.
Generally no post treatment care is necessary. People with very sensitive skins may benefit by using a soothing cream for a few days after treatment. It is also recommended to limit sun exposure and to use sunscreen (professional SPF 15) for a few weeks following treatment.
How can I be sure Ellipse IPL is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse's safety and effectiveness are carries out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests and then published in respected, refereed medical journals. You are welcome to view these specific papers on the Ellipse website www.ellipse.org The settings for each skin type will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials.