Ellipse IPL Hair Reduction FAQs

Published: 12 September, 2016

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light is safe, effective and clinically proven for permanent hair reduction. It uses short bursts of selective waveband technology to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes. The results last for years.

How does Ellipse IPL treatment work?

A thin layer of gel is applied to your skin before the treatment to ensure the maximum amount of light enters the skin. The Ellipse applicator is then pressed against the skin and a controlled pulse of light is released. Potentially harmful wavelengths 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 pigment in the hair, therefore, light blonde, red, grey or white hairs do not respond. The most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair. Ellipse is able to treat most skin colours and has re-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 upper lip takes approximately 5 minutes, whereas a back or both legs can take 20-30 minutes.

How many Ellipse treatments do I need?

Every hair has a life cycle; it grows for a period of time, falls out and then starts to grow again. Only the 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 of timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body site, hormone levels and age. Clinical studies have shown that typically 3-6 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 1-3 months.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatments?

It is important not to pluck, 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 or self-tanning products before and during the treatment period otherwise your tanned skin with absorb the light instead of the hairs. 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 anesthetics are required. Most people describe the sensation as practically pain-free, similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.

How can I be sure Ellipse is safe and effective?

Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product, and it has been in daily use for over 15 years, with a 10 year follow up study showing long lasting results. 

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