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Ellipse Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

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Intense pulsed light or IPL is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the skin, treat specific skin concerns and remove hair. It targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis).

It is a perfect choice for treating all forms of sun damage, reddened faces, ageing skin concerns and, of course for your hair removal needs. Treatments can be given on almost any area of the body.

IPL works on the same principles as lasers. Light energy can target specific types of tissue in the skin using varying colour wavelengths. These are converted to heat energy which causes a very controlled response exactly where it is required. Penetration and effectiveness is further enhanced with our Ellipse system of filters enabling very specific targeting with minimum energy giving superior results with less pain and downtime.
The staff at Westend Beauty Clinic Sligo are specifically trained in the use of the Ellipse machine in combination with IPL/laser safety and technology. They have chosen this machine because of its proven results, research, reliability and safety.

Most skin concerns receive optimal results with fewer treatments when combined with appropriate at home skin care. Your skin advisor at Westend Beauty will discuss this with you at your IPL consultation.

Your IPL consultation consists of a general health, skin review and discussion of your concerns and goals. We consider it essential to ensure you are given the most efficient care, are suitable for treatment and understand what is involved with your treatment and what your responsibilities are. You will be given IPL test doses to ensure at your actual treatment the correct amount of energy is used for optimal results. Allow around 45 minutes.

Skin Concerns Treated by Ellipse IPL

• Hair Removal - read more on Ellipse Hair Removal Removal here
• Redness/Rosacea
• Vascular/Thread veins
• Rejuvenation/Sun Damage

Hair Removal

Hair removal on legs using Ellipse IPLEllipse uses short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2PL technology by Ellipse, but often referred to as a laser) to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes. The results last for years.

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 IPL 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 using a patented Dual Mode Filtering system by Ellipse. 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. If in doubt about your hair come in and chat with one of our consultants.

How much time is each Ellipse IPL treatment?
Many hairs can be targeted in one flash of light. Treatment of the upper lip takes approximately 5 minutes, whereas a back or both legs take 20- 30 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.

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 4-8 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 1-3 months.

Hair removed from back of legs by Ellipse IPL TreatmentSpecial Precautions before and after Ellipse 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.

Is there pain?
While tolerance of pain is very individual, no anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as practically pain-free, like that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.

Is it safe and does it work?
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the machine, and it has been in daily use for over 15 years, with – uniquely – a 10-year follow-up study showing long lasting results. You are view the scientific papers on the Ellipse website at www.ellipse.com.

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Do you have Redness/Rosacea?

Rosacea can be irritating. Other people do not notice the diffuse redness on your face, or the small blood vessels (called telangiectasias) as much as you do. Your skin consultant can assist you with lifestyle factors and skin care products to help avoid the flushing and strengthen your skin. Ellipse IPL treatment can also be an effective tool in reducing the symptoms.

Lady with Rosacea having had Ellipse hair removal on one sideHow does Ellipse IPL treatment work?
Short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2 PL technology by Ellipse, but often referred to as a laser) are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the blood in your problem vessels. The light is converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the blood vessels, causing the vessels to gradually disappear after treatment. To ensure the best light transmission, a thin layer of gel (like that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment.

What can be treated?
The most common treatment deals with the diffuse redness found in the early stages of rosacea, but the individual vessels which develop later can also be treated. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not suntanned at the time of the treatment. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background colour of the skin is greater, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.

How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.

Faces of people suffering with rosacea before and after Ellipse treatmentDo I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?

The light used is completely safe, visible light. It is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. It is also a good idea to avoid smoking in the 4 hours prior to treatment.

For optimal results, we suggest applying a cooling post treatment gel morning and night for 48 hours and having a at home skin care regime. This will be discussed at your treatment consultation and recommendations will be made. It is essential that you avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even if there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area with a good quality physical sunblock product.

How many Ellipse treatments do I need?
The number of treatments depends on the location, numbers of visible capillaries and the health of your skin. Clinical studies have confirmed that 1-4 treatments usually are needed, and these are timed about one month apart.

Does the treatment hurt?
No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation like the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.

How can I be sure Ellipse is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the launch of the treatment, and these were published in respected, referenced medical journals.

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Visible tiny red vessels annoy you?

Ladies face with vascular lesions before & after Ellipse IPL TreatmentVascular lesions are the result of numerous or large vessels that form directly underneath your skin. These lesions occur in many sizes, shapes and can be found all over the body. They occur in a variety of forms including port wine stains, broken capillaries, diffuse redness, hemangiomas and cherry angiomas. You no longer need to accept them as a price for growing older or as an accident of birth.

How does Ellipse treatment work?
Short, safe bursts of light are directed at the skin. These may be visible Intense Pulsed Light (called I2 PL technology by Ellipse) or from a laser, depending on the condition you want treated. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the blood in your problem vessels. The light is converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the vessels, causing the vessels to gradually disappear after treatment. To ensure the best light transmission, a thin layer of gel (like that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment.

Which vessels can be treated?
Many different problems can be treated. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not suntanned at the time of the treatment. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background colour of the skin is greater, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.

How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
Often, several vessels can be targeted in one flash of light. The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 15-20 minutes.

Faces showing red vessels before & after Ellipse treatmentDo I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
It is, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. It is also a good idea to avoid smoking in the 4 hours prior to treatment.

For optimal results, we suggest applying a cooling post treatment gel morning and night for 48 hours and having a at home skin care regime. This will be discussed at your treatment consultation and recommendations will be made. It is essential that you avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even if there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area with a good quality physical sunblock product.

How many Ellipse treatments do I need?
The number of treatments depends on location and number of the vessels to be treated.

Does the treatment hurt?
No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as being like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation like the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.

How can I be sure Ellipse is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the launch of the treatments, and these were published in respected, referenced medical journals.

 

Skin Rejuvenation Using Ellipse IPL

Face & Neck including Dermalux €150.00
Face, Neck & Decollate including Dermalux €200.00
Vascular Lesions from €75.00
Pigmentation Marks from €50.00
Hand Treatment €100.00

 

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