As photo rejuvenation is based on light absorption in melanin and hemoglobin, treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not sun-tanned at the time of the treatment. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the contrast between the age spots/blood vessels and the skin, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has preprogrammed settings for different skin colors that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.
The glass prism within the Ellipse applicator that guides the light to the skin is 10mm by 48mm, so a large area can be targeted in one flash of light. A full-face treatment takes less than 20 minutes. You should expect a total of 1 to 5 treatments before you obtain the desired results.
Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anesthetics are required, an many patients describe the discomfort as a warming sensation similar o the feeling one has after a day on the beach. The lighter the skin color, the less pain.
Generally, no post-treatment care is necessary. But people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying an ice pack to the face immediately after treatment or applying an prescribe ointment. It is recommended to use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 60) for a few weeks following treatment.
The light used is completely safe, visible light. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by the unique Ellipse Dual Mode Filtering system. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium, or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise, your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective.
You may notice that your skin looks a littler 'dirty' for a few days following treatment. After that, you will find that your skin looks smoother and fresher.
You might choose to have four to five annual maintenance treatments in order to maintain your youthful appearance.
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Improves over time with care
Lift & Firm
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For aging skin, skin folds, sagging skin, wrinkles and frown lines, please refer to our Lift and Firm treatments.
For other skin conditions, see our Skin section