If you shave only to see stubble the very next day, Miami cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Mariano Busso’s Ellipse Laser Hair Removal achieves long-lasting results. Ellipse Laser Hair Removal provides a long-term solution for unwanted hair compared to regular shaving. Target unwanted hair on your face, underarms, legs and bikini line, and chest and back. Compared to the typical annual cost of waxes, creams, and razors to a series of Ellipse Laser Hair Removal treatments, laser hair removal saves time and money—and it’s virtually painless.
Here, Dr. Busso answers questions about his new Ellipse Laser and its application for hair removal.
How does Ellipse Laser Hair Removal work?
Dr. Busso: Ellipse safely and effectively targets unwanted hair using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The light source used in laser hair removal is attracted to the dark melanin found in hair. The darker the hair is, the more effective the treatment. The laser targets hair follicle cells without heating or damaging the surrounding tissues.
How Many Treatments are Required for Ellipse Laser Hair Removal?
Dr. Busso: A course of 3–6 treatments at 1–2 month intervals brings best results. Avoid exposing the treated area to the sun 30 days before and after each treatment session. As the treatment progresses, the amount of hair on the treated area is reduced and finer in texture*.
What Does Treatment Involve?
Dr. Busso: A clear Optical Coupling gel is applied to the skin to aid the treatment. It looks and feels a lot like ultrasound gel. The laser applicator is pressed onto the skin and a pulse of laser light is directed onto the area. Imagine pressing a camera flash against your skin.
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
Dr. Busso: Treatment time varies depending on the size of the treatment area and the density of hair follicles in the treatment area. An upper lip can be treated in minutes while removing hair from a back my take 1–2 hours. Before treatment, I meet with each patient to discuss how much time is required based on individual needs and expectations.
Is Ellipse Laser Hair Removal Painful?
Dr. Busso: Sensation varies depending on what area is being treated. As the laser energy is absorbed by the skin, the sensation depends on the amount of melanin found in the epidermis and hair. Dark skinned and dark-haired individuals experience more discomfort. Most patients describe the sensation as mild—like the snapping of a rubber band, which only lasts for a moment.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
Dr. Busso: Patients leave treatment without seeing a visible difference. The hairs remain in the hair follicles and often become attached to the skin. These hairs begin to fall out about 1-3 weeks after treatment. It may look as if the hairs are growing as the skin pushes them out. After treatment, the hairs are often loose in the follicles; they can easily be pulled out with tweezers.
Can Ellipse Laser Hair Removal Be Used Anywhere on the Body?
Dr. Busso: The Ellipse laser is safe for use anywhere on the body. Direct exposure to laser light can damage vision, so eye protection is worn by patients whenever facial hair is removed, and a safe distance is maintained between your eyes and the laser.
What are the Advantages of Ellipse Laser Hair Removal?
- The number of hairs is reduced*.
- Hair becomes finer*.
- Hair remaining in the treatment area becomes less pigmented (lighter)*.
- The heat associated with laser treatments stimulates the growth of natural collagen and elastin in the treatment area*. Collagen growth is associated with skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
- The Ellipse Laser offers a broader treatment “footprint.” Each laser pulse treats a wider area than competitive laser hair removal technologies, making treatment more efficient.
What Skin Types Should Consider Ellipse Laser Hair Removal?
Dr. Busso: The Ellipse Laser has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for all skin types and dark hair types. As with any treatment, I consult with patients to manage expectations, explain the procedure, and ensure that the desired outcome is realistic and achievable.
How Can I Prepare for Ellipse Laser Hair Removal?
Dr. Busso: Avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun 1 month before and after treatment to avoid increased pain or burns caused by excessive light absorption in the skin.
What Must I Do After Treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the treated skin will be particularly sensitive to UV light. Use a sunscreen of at least SPF30+ for 30 days after treatment to prevent pigmentation.
Avoid perfumes, perfumed skin products, and heat treatments for 24-48 hours after treatment. Clients with sensitive skin may find an application of 100% aloe vera gel to be soothing.
Is Ellipse Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Dr. Busso: The results of Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were published in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals. Your treatment settings will be based on those recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials. Moreover, as an experienced clinical researcher in the field of cosmetic dermatology, I independently evaluate new cosmetic technologies to ensure they will be safe and effective for my patients.
The light emitted by the Ellipse Laser is safe, visible light. Potentially harmful frequencies are removed by the unique Ellipse Dual Mode Filtering system.
Ask Dr. Busso about new and innovative non-surgical approaches to meeting your aesthetic goals. Call or schedule your consultation online today.