Frequently Asked Questions
Ellipse uses short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (Selective Waveband Technology) referred to as a laser to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes.
Q. 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 waveband of laser light is released using the 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.
Q. How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
A large number of hairs can be targeted in one flash of light. Depending on the size of the area that needs treatment; Lips 10 min, up to one hour full legs.
Q. 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 site, hormone levels and age. Clinical studies have shown that typically 3-6 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 4-6 weeks. You will notice a significant difference even after the first treatment.
Q. 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.
Q. Does the treatment hurt?
While tolerance of pain is very individual, no anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as practically pain-free.
Q. How can I be sure Ellipse is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the treatment, and these were published in respected medical journals.