Ellipse treatment of facial redness makes your skin look smoother by removing diffuse redness. Your skin texture is also improved and many women report that it becomes easier to apply makeup. Facial treatments are most popular, but other parts of the body can be treated. To do this, short, safe bursts of light (called Ellipse IPL, 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 fine blood vessels. When vessels containing haemoglobin are treated, the target heats up and is destroyed within a few thousandths of one second.