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Red birthmarks

How does Ellipse treatment work?

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 blood in your problem vessels. The light is converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the vein, causing the veins 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.

Which birthmarks can be treated?

Ellipse technology can treat most birthmarks ranging from pink to blue in colour.The most common treatments are in the face, but most body sites can 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.

How long does an Ellipse treatment take?

Quite a large area can be targeted in one flash of light. The treatment time depends on the area to be covered, but a single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?

The light used is completely safe, visible light. It is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. It is also a good idea to avoid smoking in the 4 hours prior to treatment. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress (a cold damp cloth) to the face immediately after treatment, or from using an ointment prescribed by the doctor. After treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for 30 days or use sun protection (minimum SPF 30) if sun exposure cannot be avoided.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments depends on location and number of your thread veins. Clinical studies have confirmed that 1-3 treatments usually are needed, and these are timed about one month apart.

Does the treatment hurt?

This depends on the location and nature of the birthmark, but most patients who have had treatments with alternative technology such as Pulsed Dye Laser, choose Ellipse as less painful and more effective.

How can I be sure Ellipse is safe and effective?

Clinical trials documenting Ellipse 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.

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