Ellipse IPL Treatment

Probably the greatest revolution in skin treatment in the last decade has been the arrival of Intense Pulsed Light or IPL. Laser Skin Care was the first clinic in Western Australia to trial and use Intense Pulsed Light, and our doctors have over 10 years experience in this method using the Danish Ellipse IPL systems.

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light - a method of treatment where a short but very powerful flash of coloured light is directed at the skin. The light appears coloured because it is filtered to remove certain wavelengths. The wavelengths removed are those which are very likely to cause complications. The wavelengths which are allowed through are carefully chosen to meet the needs of the treatment and may be changed through the use of filters depending on the condition to be treated. The Danish Ellipse+ IPL is dual filtered, which means that unwanted wavelengths at both ends of the light spectrum are filtered out to improve safety whilst maintaining efficacy.

The Ellipse+ is a doctor’s only IPL system which experienced IPL users find to be the most powerful and flexible IPL unit on the market today.

How does IPL treatment work?

The human body contains two natural pigments that are targeted for Ellipse IPL treatment. When these pigments receive a flash of filtered light, they absorb the light and convert light energy to heat energy. This is a process called "Selective Photothermolysis". By carefully filtering the light, selecting the correct amount of energy and how long the flash lasts it is possible to treat specific sites (such as hair or age spots) without damaging the surrounding tissue. The pigment melanin is targeted when removing hair or treating brown marks. Dark hair, age spots, freckles and similar pigment disorders contain higher levels of the pigment than elsewhere in the skin. With pigmented skin Ellipse IPL treatment targets melanin (for example in age-spots), but also targets another substance, haemoglobin, which is found in blood (and therefore, in blood vessels). This is targeted during treatments for Port Wine Stain, rosacea as well as the diffuse redness caused by sun-damage. The IPL treatment heats up the vessels, causing them to collapse and shrink.

Find out the potential Risks and Effects of IPL Rejuvenation treatment.