Shaving, waxing, tweezing and hair removal creams have been replaced by hair removal in a flash. Ellipse uses short, safe bursts of light emitted from a flash lamp to remove unwanted hair from all body sites in minutes.




   How does Ellipse IPL treatment work?


Our therapist guides the light from the flash lamp to the treatment area. The unique Ellipse IPL system carefully filters this light in 2 ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin. Hair contains pigment (melanin) that absorbs the light and converts it into heat. The hair transmits this heat into the hair follicle, which is then destroyed and rendered unable to produce new hair. To ensure optimal light transmission to the hair, a thin layer of gel (similar to that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment. Our therapist then moves the hand held applicator over the entire treatment area exactly 1 applicator width after each flash of light. For best results we recommend a course of 6. All skin types can be treated.


SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg   Can All Hairs Be Treated?

As the treatment relies on absorption of light in the hair pigment (melanin), the most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the distinction between hair and skin colour, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different hair and skin colours to adjust the energy output to your own specific needs.

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                                                   After 3 treatments                                                                                                                            After 5 treatments


SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg   What precautions are needed when being treated?

Eye protection glasses are provided for you to wear when receiving any treatment. It is important not to remove hair by plucking, tweezing, waxing or use of creams during the entire 4 weeks before treatment. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair and thus can be destroyed by the light. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is also 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. Generally, no post treatment care is necessary. But people with very sensitive skin may benefit from using a soothing cream for a few days after treatment. It is also recommended to limit sun exposure and to use sunscreen (min SPF 30) for a few weeks following treatment.


SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg   Is permanent hair removal possible?

Permanent hair reduction can be successfully achieved with the Ellipse Intense Pulsed Light system. After the first treatment you will see significant reduction in hair density. Also re-grown hairs tend to become much finer and slightly less dark.


SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg   Is the treatment safe?

Yes, it is completely safe. Ellipse uses a patented ‘dual mode filtering’ system, which removes all unnecessary and potentially harmful wavelengths. The Ellipse has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for different skin and hair types, thus allowing the energy levels to be adjusted for the client’s individual needs.



SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg   Does it hurt?

Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.


SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg   How does Ellipse work for Skin Rejuvenation?

Age spots and hyper pigmentation contain melanin, and diffuse redness contains haemoglobin. During the treatment, the light is absorbed by the melanin in the pigmented area & the heat reaction caused, breaks down the melanin in the keratinocytes. A photo toxic reaction occurs in the melanin vesicles and the excess melanin turns darker before it comes away from the skin. The light is also absorbed by the superficial blood vessels in the skin. The heat reaction caused coagulates blood vessels, destroys protein in the wall of the vessel and stimulates collagen production.


SAKS_BLACK_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg  What results can I expect?

Excess pigmentation and diffuse redness will dramatically reduce, and skin texture and pore size will improve. The pigmentation will become darker in colour immediately after the treatment. A few days after the treatment the pigmented areas will develop a light crust (this is a good sign that the treatment has worked). After that the skin will look smoother and fresher. Several treatment sessions are required to keep a smooth and youthful appearance.



We have recently restructured our pricing for Ellipse IPL treatments, which are now charged for by length of appointment. Our therapists will advise during your initial consultation what length of treatment is most suitable for your needs.

15 minute skin test       £15      
15 minute appointment  £30                        Course Of 6  £150 
30 minute appointment £45   Course Of 6 £225
45 minute appointment £60   Course Of 6 £300
60 minute appointment £75   Course Of 6 £375
90 minute appointment £90   Course Of 6 £450
Approx. 6 treatments are required.        

Call our Union Square salon on 01224 591300 to book a free consultation with one of our highly trained therapists. To read more visit our blog