Sun-damaged skin and Rosacea
Excessive sun exposure is a major factor in skin ageing. It damages collagen, causes diffuse redness and leads to uneven skin tone with age spots. Ellipse treatment (also known as IPL Photorejuvenation or Photofacial) helps reverse the damage, resulting in a smoother, younger-looking complexion. Ellipse can also be used to treat rosacea and spider veins on the face and legs.
How does the IPL treatment work?
Short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (IPL) are directed at the skin.The device filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by hemoglobin in the fine blood vessels and melanin in the pigmentation.When cells containing alot of melanin or hemoglobin are treated, the target heats up and is destroyed.
Who can be treated?
Ellipse treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not tanned at the time of the procedure. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the age spots / blood vessels and background color of the skin is greater, making the treatment safer and more effective. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different skin types. Ellipse procedure can be performed on almost any part of the body. The face, chest, shoulders, arms and hands are commonly treated.
Which skin condition can be treated by IPL?
- Pigmented lesions: freckles, age spots, some types of melasma
- Vascular lesions: spider vein, hemangiomas, Port Wine Stains
- Unwanted hair
- Other specific skin conditions requiring Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
How long does the IPL treatment take?
A full-face treatment takes less than 20 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach. In most cases no numbing creams are required, but they can be used in very sensitive individuals.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
Ellipse uses completely safe, visible light (it is not a laser). It is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) one month before and after the treatment. During this time daily use of sunblock (SPF30 or higher)is mandatory. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes the procedure less effective and less comfortable.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after the session a mild redness may be observed. Then you may notice darkening of the pigmentation that will gradually fade away within a week or so. Make-up can be applied from the next day. Over subsequent weeks you will experience gradual improvement in the skin tone and texture with a smoother, fresher and more luminous complexion. The treatment can be repeated after four weeks. You should see an improvement after the first treatment, but up to four treatments may be required to achieve the full effect.
You may have one or two annual maintenance sessions in order to keep your youthful appearance.
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.
At CosmeSurge we use a device called Ellipse MultiFlex Plus. You are welcome to visit the manufacturer’s website at www.ellipse.com.
IPL Ellipse treatment is available at CosmeSurge Dubai Marina, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.