The Ellipse IPL is used to treat pigment (brown patchy areas) or broken capillaries and general redness. It is also used to treat the symptoms of Rosacea that cause redness. The treatment works by directing well-controlled pulses of light into the upper skin layer. The light is absorbed by two of the body’s own natural chemicals – melanin in the pigmented areas and hemoglobin in the red blood cells.
Both these pigments convert the light energy into heat. This heat is used to destroy the parts of the cells in which the melanin is stored, and to damage the walls of the vessels supplying blood to the areas where vascular damage is seen. This technique is called “Selective Photothermolysis”.
The visible light produced by the Ellipse IPL system is carefully controlled to produce the correct pulse length and right amount of energy to destroy the targets without damaging surrounding tissue.
What is Ellipse IPL Laser Therapy?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of vascular lesions including spider veins, port wine stains, broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, thread veins of the legs, mild acne spots, freckles and age marks, and facial lines and wrinkles. The procedure of rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photorejuvenation and may consist of a series of IPL treatments..
How does Ellipse IPL work?
IPL systems work on the same principles as other lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with color (chromophores) in the skin. IPL systems are different lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colors) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas.
IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.
Are there any side effects with Ellipse IPL?
Redness and swelling of the skin are normal. They are harmless effects which usually disappear within half an hour, but can occasionally be visible for two to thirty hours. Tightening of the skin can sometimes be felt for one or two days. In extreme cases blistering may occur, which heals in a few days. Cooling, healing gel or ice-packs should be applied frequently to alleviate discomfort. Treat this situation as you would for sun burn.
How many treatments of Ellipse IPL do I need until I see results?
In most cases you will need more than one treatment to see drastic improvements. Most practitioners recommend between 3 and 5 treatments, though it really depends on the area and type of condition being treated.
What can be treated with Ellipse IPL?
IPL is a unique treatment option that can be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic concerns including:
- Uneven skin pigmentation
- Vascular birthmarks
- Facial redness
- Age spots
- Broken capillaries
- Sun damage
Is Ellipse IPL treatment painful?
Tolerance of pain varies greatly from person to person. No anesthetics are required, and many patients describe it as a rubber band snap