Do you have 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 doctor has probably asked you to keep a diary to help identify what triggers make your rosacea worse, and Ellipse treatment can help to reduce the symptoms.
How does Ellipse treatment work?
Short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2PL 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.