Put an end to slow, messy and painful methods of hair removal; shaving, waxing, tweezing and hair removal creams have been replaced by hair removal in a flash. Ellipse uses short, safe bursts of light emitted from a flash lamp to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes.
The ellipse operator guides the light from the flash lamp to the treatment area. The unique Ellipse I²PL system carefully filters this light in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelength) is allowed to reach your skin.
Hair contains pigment (melanin) that absorbs the light and converts it to heat. The hair transmits this heat into the hair follicle which is then destroyed and rendered unable to produce a new hair.
To ensure optimal light transmission to the hair, a thin layer of gel is applied to your skin before treatment. The operator then moves the hand held applicator over the entire treatment area, exactly one applicator width after each flash of light.
As the treatment relies on absorption of light in the hair pigment (melanin), the most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the distinction between skin and hair colour, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different hair and skin colours to adjust the energy output to your needs, so as long as the hair has colour, it can be treated!
Treatment can take anywhere from 5 minutes (lip) to two hours (full leg) depending on the size of the area.
Tolerance to pain varies from person to person, however most people describe it as “an elastic band flicking against the skin”.
Hair growth is cyclical, as hair follicles go through resting and growing phases. Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and are destroyed by the heat. Resting hair follicles need to enter the growth phase before they can effectively be destroyed by the ellipse treatment. That is why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at 4 -6 week intervals until all hair follicles have been treated (usually 4-8 treatments)
To ensure that as many hair follicles are targeted as possible, it is important not to pluck, tweeze, wax or use any kind of depilatory cream on the area for at least four weeks prior to treatment, or during the course of treatment.
It is also important to avoid tanning the treatment area prior to and during treatment as tanned skin will absorb the light, making treatment less effective.