About the Ellipse I²PL System
The Ellipse I²PL system is used for the treatment of a wide range of skin conditions, including the removal of unwanted hair and the treatment of sun-damaged skin, acne, and vascular and pigmented skin disorders. To best understand what Ellipse I²PL means, we need to break down the concept into its important parts.
What is light, in this context?
Light is a form of energy. It is part of what scientists call the “Electromagnetic Spectrum” – different forms of energy that all spread out as they travel. Other forms of energy in this spectrum include radio waves and microwaves. What we consider normal light (white light) is made up of lots of different colours, as can be seen in a rainbow. But since the colours are a little more complicated than the six or seven we can see, scientists use the term “wavelength” to describe a specific colour of light.
The difference between Laser and Intense Pulsed Light
Treatments with laser and with Intense Pulsed Light both work in the same way, choosing wavelengths that are absorbed by the target. But while a laser uses light with one specific wavelength, Intense Pulsed Light uses an entire waveband. The different wavelengths can penetrate the skin to different depths, so using Intense Pulsed Light is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.