Ellipse treatments of sun-damaged skin make your skin look smoother by removing age spots, other uneven pigmentation and 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 all 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 and melanin in the age spots. When cells containing a lot of melanin or haemoglobin are treated, the target heats up and is destroyed within a few thousandths of one second.