“We’ve carefully selected the most advanced and reliable technology currently available internationally to provide our clients with cutting edge skin rejuvenation and permanent hair reduction.”
Laser Hair Removal
Ellipse uses short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called Selective Waveband Technology by Ellipse, but often referred to as a laser) to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes. The results last for years.
How does Ellipse treatment work?
A thin layer of gel (similar to ultrasound gel) is applied to your skin before treatment, to ensure the maximum amount of light enters the skin. The Ellipse applicator is pressed against the skin and a carefully controlled pulse of visible light is released. Potentially harmful wavelengths and wavelengths that only heat up water in the skin are removed using patented Ellipse Dual Mode Filtering. The remaining light is absorbed by pigment (melanin) in your hair. Melanin converts the light into heat, which travels down the hair and heats the hair matrix, preventing future hair growth.
Can all hairs be treated?
Because the treatment relies on absorption of light by melanin, there needs to be melanin in the hair. This means that light blonde, red, grey or white hairs do not respond, and the most effective treatment is seen with dark hair. Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different hair thicknesses and skin colours to match your exact needs.
How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
A large number of hairs can be targeted in one flash of light. Treatment of the upper lip takes approximately 1 minute, whereas a back or both legs take approximately 30 minutes.
How many Ellipse treatments do I need?
Every hair has a life cycle; it grows for a period of time, falls out, rests and then starts to grow again. Only hairs that are growing can be treated – so you need to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been treated while growing. The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body size, hormone levels, and age. Clinical studies have shown that typically 6 – 8 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 1-3 months.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
It is important not to pluck, tweeze, wax or use hair removal creams during the four weeks before treatment. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair which can be destroyed. It is also important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise, your tanned skin will absorb the light instead of your hair. It is also recommended to use sunscreen (min. SPF 30) for four weeks following treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
While tolerance of pain is very individual, no anaesthetics are required, and most people experience very little discomfort, similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
WHAT IS I2PL?
I2PL stands for Intense Pulsed Light – a method of treatment where a short but very powerful flash of coloured light is directed at the skin. The light appears coloured because it is carefully filtered to remove certain wavelengths. We all know the dangers of Ultra Violet light, which is why we use sun cream, so obviously, these are removed. Ellipse I2PL treatment also removes wavelengths which cause heating of water in the skin. The wavelengths which are allowed through are carefully chosen to meet the needs of the treatment.
HOW DOES I2PL WORK?
The human body contains two natural pigments that are targeted for Ellipse treatment. When these pigments receive a flash of filtered light, they absorb the light and convert light energy to heat energy. This is a process called “Selective Photothermolysis”. By carefully filtering the light, selecting the correct amount of energy and how long the flash lasts it is possible to treat specific sites (such as hair or age spots) without damaging the surrounding tissue.
The pigment melanin is targeted when removing hair or dealing with brown marks. Melanin is found naturally in the body. Dark hair, age spots, freckles and similar pigment disorders contain higher levels of the pigment than elsewhere in the skin.
When treating sun-damaged skin Ellipse targets melanin in the skin (for example in age-spots) but also targets another pigment, haemoglobin, which is found in blood. The diffuse redness caused by sun-damage is because an unusually large number of microscopic blood vessels are formed below the surface of the skin. Ellipse treatment safely heats up these vessels, causing them to collapse, and stopping future blood supply in a safe and effective manner.