Just what is IPL?

Just what is IPL?

What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a medically proven method of safely reducing unwanted hair growth. We offer Ellipse IPL treatments – Ellipse is one of the market leaders in IPL and offers the very latest technologies.

How does the 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 pulse of visible light is released. Potentially harmful wavelengths and wavelengths that only heat up water in the skin are removed used 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 melanin in the hair. This means that light blonde, red, grey or white hairs do not respond, and the most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair. Ellipse is able to treat all colours of skin, and has pre-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 the upper lip takes approximately five minutes, whereas a back or both legs can take 30 – 45 minutes.

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. Clinical studies have shown that typically six treatments are needed and the intervals between treatments are typically one to three months.

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 spf30) for a four weeks following treatment.

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, similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin. Our therapists are experts at providing Ellipse IPL treatments so you can relax knowing you’re in good hands!


If you want to find out more, just give us a call or pop in to the salon for a chat.


Elizabeth Smith-Calvert