A. Ellipse Flex uses short safe bursts of light emitted from a flash lamp to remove unwanted hair from all areas of the body in minutes. The ellipse operator guides the light to the treatment area and the unique Ellipse Flex system carefully filters this light in two ways. This is to ensure that only the light with the correct characteristics is allowed to reach the skin. Hair contains pigment that absorbs the light and converts it into heat. This heat is transmitted into the hair follicle which is then destroyed and is rendered unable to produce a new hair.
A. As the treatment relies on the absorbtion of light in the hair pigment the most effective treatment is seen on dark hair with fair skin, however the flex has a preprogrammed setting for different hair and skin colour.
A. Treatment time varies from 5 mins for an upper lip to approximately 1 hour for a full leg.
A. No anaesthetic is required and most people describe the sensation as a small pinch that lasts for a fraction of a second.
A. Before treatment it is important not to remove the hair by any method other than cutting. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair. Also since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment it is also important to avoid deep tanning before and during the treatment.
A. Hair grows in cycles and therefore goes through resting and growing phases. Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and therefore can be destroyed by heat. That is why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been through the growth phase. At least four to six treatments are required and the intervals are typically four to eight weeks.
Clinical trials documenting the safety and effectiveness are carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests are then published in respected, refereed medical journals. You are welcome to view these scientific papers on the Ellipse website www.ellipse.org The settings used for your treatment will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials.