Intense Pulsed Light Explained
The Candela® Ellipse IPL hair removal uses short, safe bursts of light emitted from a flash-lamp to treat specific skin conditions. The Candela® Ellipse IPL system uses a method called Selective Photothermolysis for the treatment of a wide range of skin conditions including the removal of unwanted hair, the treatment of sun-damaged skin, acne and vascular skin disorders.
The Difference Between Laser and Intense Pulsed Light?
Laser hair removal treatments and treatments with Intense Pulsed Light both work in the same way, choosing wavelengths that are absorbed by the target. But while a Laser uses one given wavelength which is one colour, one phase and one direction. This makes it more difficult to control and more difficult to guarantee optimal results. Intense Pulsed Light uses a broad spectrum of wavelengths which is made up of different colours, different phases and different directions. This focuses on the problem at hand and guarantees results for more hair types/colours. Intense Pulsed Light is like using a group of different lasers in one single treatment.
How Does IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Ellipse Hair Removal Work?
Shaving, waxing, tweezing and hair removal creams have been replaced by hair removal in a flash! The IPL/ Laser hair removal treatment has become a necessity rather than a luxury due to its safety and effectiveness resulting in healthy, smooth skin and outstanding hair reduction. With one session every 4-6 weeks, no more ingrown hairs, reduced shaving and nourished skin – other painful means of hair removal can totally be avoided.
Light is guided from the flash-lamp to the treatment area in the correct wavelength. The pigment (melanin) in your hair absorbs the light and converts it to heat. This heat then destroys the follicle and renders it unable to produce new hair. The most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair and lighter skin, but with the Ellipse system, a variety of skin and hair types can be treated successfully.
How Can I Be Sure Ellipse IPL Hair Removal Is Safe and Effective?
The Candela® Ellipse IPL hair removal has been clinically proven to be safe and effective through years of clinical trials and studies. The settings used for your treatment will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials. Ellipse carefully controls the amount of energy and pulses and delivers the desired energy in the optimal waveband for the treatment. These factors explain why millions of treatments have been so successful and to such a high standard.
What Are The Treatment Possibilities?
Intense Pulsed Light can be used to treat sun spots, age spots and thread veins. Permanent hair removal, irregular pigmentation, freckling and acne. It can also be used to rejuvenate the skin, delivering light therapy and boosting the body’s natural collagen production. This makes it the most effective anti-aging treatment on the market.
Unique Candela® Ellipse IPL with narrowband technology defined by dual filters and sub-millisecond pulses for exceptional skin rejuvenation and vascular treatments, as well as hair removal. The Candela® Ellipse IPL system treats many of the most common and most annoying skin problems:
- Hair Removal (Removal of excess hair on any part of the body).
- Thread Veins (Removal of broken, blood-filled capillaries).
- Pigmented lesions-brown pigment marks, such as freckles, superficial age spots and sun-damaged skin.
Treating Acne With Nordlys™
Acne occurs when your sebaceous glands overproduce an oily substance called sebum. When extra sebum gets trapped in your hair follicles, your skin can become irritated—leading to the appearance of pimples on your face. Left untreated, some types of acne can cause permanent scarring. The Nordlys™ system treats acne by reducing the blood supply to the sebaceous gland to slow down the production of sebum. The system delivers short, safe bursts of Candela® Ellipse IPL directed at the skin. Using patented Dual Mode Filtering technology, the system filters the light to ensure that only the wavelengths necessary for the treatment are used. Because of this, only the blood vessels that supply the sebaceous gland are impacted, while the surrounding vessels are not affected.
Can All Hairs Be Treated?
Because the treatment relies on the 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. Candela® Ellipse IPL 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 1 minute, whereas a back or both legs takes 10-20 minutes.
Do I Need To Take Special Precautions Before and After Treatments?
It is important not to remove hair by plucking, tweezing and waxing during the entire four weeks before and during treatments. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain hair and thus can be destroyed by the light. It is important to avoid tanning before and during the treatment to avoid the tanned skin from absorbing more light, which makes the treatment less effective. Generally, no post-treatment care is necessary, but people with very sensitive skin may benefit from using a soothing aloe vera gel together with a sunscreen (min SPF 30).
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 1-3 months.
How Does The Treatment Feel?
The treatment sensation varies from area to area and from client to client. Most clients describe the sensation as quite moderate almost like the snapping of a rubber band accompanied by a heat sensation, which only lasts for a short moment. While tolerance of pain is very individual, no anesthetics are required.
A Smoother, More Youthful-Looking Skin Awaits
Are you ready to improve the appearance of dark spots, uneven tone, and texture while removing hair? Then schedule a complimentary consultation with us where we’ll take some pre-treatment photos and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you meet your specific skin needs. Just call our office or book online to schedule a quick and comfortable Candela® Ellipse IPL treatment -- the skin-rejuvenation answer you’ve been looking for.