What is dual-filter IPL (intense pulsed light)?

IPL is similar to laser in that it delivers specifically targeted light energy to the skin. Depending on the IPL settings used, the light energy is taken up by specific parts of the skin (for example only red vessels), heating them to remove them. Lasers have only one very specific wavelength of light whereas IPL has a range of wavelegths. This is often an advantage as it can treat multiple elements (eg red vessels and brown age spots) at the same time.   There are many less advanced IPL devices used by less qualified and non-medical practitioners, however our Ellipse Flex IPL is very different and the world-leading device of its kind.

Who is best suited to dual-filter IPL?

The dual-filter IPL is ideal for treating redness and vascular lesions such as broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular birth-marks, rosacea, flushing, and general facial redness. It is also excellent for treating flat brown lesions on the skin such as actinic lentigines (‘age spots’), freckles, and mottled pigmentation. This treatment also gives an improved surface texture of the skin. Typically the entire face is treated and we term this procedure ‘photo-rejuvenation’. The Ellipse Flex IPL can also effectively remove unwanted hair.  It is more suited to fairer skin types and the skin should not be tanned at the time of treatment.

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