Ellipse IPL(Intense Pulsed Light) is a light-based and non-invasive treatment sometimes referred to as‘IPL photo-facial’ or‘IPL photo-rejuvenation’.
This technology uses filters to produce intense pulses of specific wavelengths of light energy to penetrate skin tissue and create heat, targeting age spots, sun damage and skin damage in a highly controlled way.
The body’s natural processes remove the tissue targeted for noticeable improvements in skin tone and overall skin appearance. Because IPL photo-rejuvenation also stimulates collagen in your skin, results continue to improve over time.
How does the Ellipse light work for skin rejuvenation?
Age spots and hyper pigmentation contains menlanin and diffuse redness contains haemoglobin. The light is absorbed by the melanin in the pigmented area and the heat reaction effect, breaks down the melanin in the keratinocytes. A photo toxic reaction occurs in the melanin vesicles and the excess melanin turns darker before it comes away from the skin. The light is also absorbed by the superficial blood vessels in the skin. The heat reaction caused coagulates blood vessels, destroys protein in the wall of the vessel and stimulates collagen production.
What skin conditions can be treated?
Skin rejuvenation is the treatment of sun damaged skins. The IPL laser treatment can be used for diffuse redness (high colour) and pigmented lesions such as hyper pigmentation, solar lentigines (sun spots) and freckles.
Which type of client can be treated?
The best results are seen with clients of skin types 1-3 and skin type 4 can be treated with care. It is important that the client avoids sun exposure 30-60 days prior to treatment. Sun exposure can increase the risk of pains or burns from excessive light absorption in the epidermis. If the client has a sun tan it may be better to wait until the colour reduces to achieve the best results. The Ellipse has pre programmed treatment suggestions for different skin types.
Does it hurt?
The sensation will vary from client to client but it is the second strongest of all treatments. The sensation that is felt depends upon the amount of melanin found in the skin. The sensation is described as a heat sensation and a few clients compare it to mild sunburn after the treatment.
How many treatments are needed for the best results?
On average 1-3 treatments at 4 week intervals are needed for the best results. Top up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain these results. For the optimum collagen stimulation effect with skin rejuvenation, 6 treatments at 4 week intervals would be recommended.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
It is important to avoid tanning (sun, sunbed and fake tan) before and during the treatment period. If not, your skin will absorb more light, which makes the treatment less effective. Generally no-post treatment care is necessary, but patients with sensitive skin may benefit from applying soothing aloe vera gel. Futhermore, it is recommended to use a SPF 30+ daily.
What can I expect as far as results?
The pigmentation will become darker in colour immediately after the treatment. A few days after the treatment, the pigmented areas will develop a light crust (this is a good sign that the treatment has worked). After that, the skin will look smoother and fresher. A few more treatment sessions may be required to keep a smooth and youthful appearance.
How can I be sure Ellipse is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse's safety and effectiveness are carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests are then published in respected, refereed medical journals.