Ellipse lase is a safe treatment to remove unwanted hair. The ellipse operator guides the light from the flash lamp to the treatment area. Hair contains pigment (melanin) that absorbs the Intense Pulsed Light and converts it into heat. This heat is then led through the hair into the hair follicle, which is then destroyed and rendered unable to produce a new hair.
To ensure optimal light transmission to the hair, a thin layer of gel is applied to your skin before treatment. The operator then moves the hand held applicator over entire treatment area.
Because the treatment relies on absorption of light by melanin, this means that the most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair.
Number of treatments needed:
Hair growth is cyclical, as hair follicles go through resting and growing phases. Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and are destroyed by the heat. Resting hair follicles need to enter the growth phase before they can effectively be destroyed by the ellipse treatment. That is why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at 4 to 6 week intervals (usually 4-8 treatments).
To ensure that as many hair follicles are targeted as possible, it is important not to pluck, tweeze, wax or use any kind of removal hair cream on the area for at least on month prior to treatment, or during the course of treatment. Hair can be shaved.
It is important to avoid tanning the treatment area prior to and during treatment as tanned skin will absorb the light, making treatment less effective.