Ellipse - Acne
At some point in our lives, we all get outbreaks of acne.
Acne is caused by the body's increased production of the hormone androgen (produced by men and women), which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. The increased production of oil causes the pores to become blocked, so that the oil cannot come up to the skin surface. The acne itself is an infection caused by skin bacteria that feed on and break down this oil.
As the bacteria multiply, waste products and sebacic acid are created, and the sebaceous gland becomes inflamed - causing what is known as a blackhead, a whitehead or a pimple.
But now - with the clinically tested and safe Ellipse treatment - help is at hand.
How does Ellipse treatment work?
The Ellipse operator guides the light from the flash-lamp to the treatment area. The unique Ellipse I2PL system carefully filters this light in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin.
The light that is allowed through is absorbed by haemoglobin, which is the red pigment in blood. the light from the flash-lamp heats up the haemoglobin in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands. This causes a minor injury to the sebaceous glands and slows down the overproduction of oil that leads to acne.
Can I treated?
If you have permanent acne you will benefit from treatment. The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne - best known as those red, aching raised pimples. It is important your skin is relatively pale at the time of the treatment, as too much light will be absorbed by a dark complexion.
How acne developes
A normal hair and sebaceous gland (1) can become partially blocked
(2). Bacteria called P. Acnes live on the sebum and produce fatty acids. The body responds by blocking the gland's exit to the skin (3). Sometimes the mixture of hair protein, oil and fatty acids damages the walls of the follicle and causes inflammation (4).
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
The light used is completely safe, visible light, so no special precautions are necessary. Ellipse acne treatment is a combination therapy, so you will need to use Adapalene cream or gel (in most countries branded Differin®) to apply once
every evening to the acne-affected area. Adapalene works by reducing the inflammation caused by acne, and by reducing (normalising) the thickness of the skin in the treated area. You will learn more from the doctor who will prescribe adapalene. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress
(a cold damp cloth) to the face immediately after treatment or from using an ointment prescribed by the doctor.
What can I expect?
You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sun-damaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear. The reason being is that the bacteria are difficult to eradicate completely, your doctor will probably recommend that you continue using Adapalene cream for some months after Ellipse treatment has ended. If you have a future acne outbreak, Ellipse treatment can be repeated. Although results vary from person to person, you should expect more acnelesions to clear compared to Adapalene alone, and a faster clearance rate. Please talk to your physician about what results you can expect.
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Price and further details available on request.
Consultation and patch test required prior to treatment.