Permanent Hair Removal

How does it work?

The visible light source used in this procedure is attracted to melanin, which is found in hair. Because there is more melanin found in darker hair the darker the hair is, the more effective the treatment.

During the treatment the light that comes through the hand piece will be attracted to the pigment (the colour) in your hair.  This will cause a heat reaction in the hair and the heat will travel down to the base of the hair.  By damaging the base this will inhibit the hairs ability to grow.

In order to understand how to get the maximum benefits from the Ellipse treatment you need to understand how hair grows.  There are 3 stages of hair growth: Anagen; the growing stage, Catagen; the transition stage and Telogen; the resting stage.  At any point in time your hair is one of these 3 stages.  We need to treat every hair follicle while it is in the anagen stage because that is when the hair is attached to its base and blood supply, and is most likely to be destroyed.  Not all the hair is in the anagen stage when you come in for your treatments so we would recommend anything from 3-6 treatments for the best results, with 4-8 week intervals between treatments.

When we treat the area first we will mark the area to be treated with a red pen to determine where we will be working.  Then we will shave the area prior to the treatment.  We need the hairs to be as short as possible so that light reaches the hair underneath the skin and is not wasted on the surface of the skin.  This will make the treatment more effective and comfortable.  A gel will then be applied to the skin to help aid the treatment and to help protect the skin during the treatment procedure.

Next we will enter your details into the system and the Ellipse will give us an energy setting that is suitable for you.  We then go on to treat over your skin with a hand piece and with each shot we will assess how you feel.  It is important that you feel some sensation during the treatment however you must not feel too uncomfortable.

After the treatment you will leave with hair in the follicles however the hair will fall out within a 1-3 week period after the treatment.  To encourage the hairs to shed you can either shave or exfoliate the skin.  You will return for your future treatments every 4-8 weeks or as and when the hair returns.

The results you will achieve from the Ellipse treatments are as follows:

  1. The hair will become reduced in number
  2. The hair will become finer in texture
  3. The hair will become less pigmented
  4. Overall the hair will grow back less visible in the treatment area

How many procedure is recommended?

As stated earlier 3-6 treatments every 4 weeks are recommended for the best results.

Pre – Treatment care

It is important that before receiving the Ellipse IPL treatment you follow the recommended guidelines on the area to be treated 30 days before treatment:

Do not use sun-beds & Do not sun bathe

Do not use self tanning creams

Do not wax, thread or tweeze hair from the treatment area

Do not have electrolysis on the area

Do not use depilatory creams & do not bleach hair on the treatment area

Do not shave immediately prior to treatment

Post – Treatment care

After the Ellipse IPL treatment it is common for the area to feel slightly warm.  It is also common to experience some redness, local swelling and mild tenderness.  These symptoms may appear immediately or a few days after treatment.  The use of 100 % Aloe Vera gel is recommended directly after treatment and for a few days if necessary.