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Vessels

How does Ellipse treatment work?

Short, safe bursts of intense pulsed 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.

Which veins can be treated?

Superficial veins in the face are the most common treatment. Treatments are most efficient on light skin that is not suntanned at the time of the treatment. If skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background colour of the skin is greater, making treatment easier. Ellipse has settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion

How long does an Ellipse treatment take?

Several vessels can be targeted in one flash of light. The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.

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

Safe, visible light is used, however, it is 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. No special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold damp cloth to the face immediately after treatment, or from using an ointment prescribed by the doctor. After treatment, avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even if there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area. 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?

No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.

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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