ELLIPSE IPL uses completely safe, short bursts of visible light emitted from a flash lamp. The light is then filtered by a dual mode filtering system that ensures that only the light of the correct wavelength reaches the skin. Any harmful wavelengths are eliminated, preventing burns from occurring during treatment.

The appropriate wavelength is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair, and converted to heat. The heat is transmitted to the hair follicle, which is then destroyed and unable to produce a new hair.

The number of treatments required will vary from person to person, as hair growth in the body is cyclical consisting of growth and resting phases. Only follicles that contain a hair in the growth phase will respond, those in the resting phase will not.

It is therefore necessary to repeat the treatment until all follicles have been through their growth phase.

On average 8-10 treatments are needed, with intervals of about 6-12 weeks.

It is important that no hair be removed by plucking, tweezing, waxing or depilatory cream during the 4 weeks before having a treatment. This ensures that as many follicles as possible contain a hair. Tanning outdoors or on sunbeds, and the use of selftan must also be avoided, as the extra melanin in the skin will make the treatment less effective.

It is also very important to limit sun exposure for a few weeks after treatment, and apply a good sunblock on a daily basis to prevent pigmentation.

There is no need for use of anesthetics beforehand, and pain tolerance will vary from person to person. The sensation is much like a hot rubber band snapping on the skin.

ELLIPSE has also developed a revolutionary system ideally suited to safe hair removal on dark skins. This is the first of its kind in the world, previously darker skin tones could not be treated without causing burning and pigmentation.