We took delivery of our brand new Nordlys Ellipse Intense Pulsed Light System (IPL) in December 2019. It is manufactured by Candela in the USA and is approved by the FDA in America for skin rejuvenation of sun-damaged skins and treatment of vascular and pigmented skin disorders. It offers the same benefits plus for as our previous IPL, the Ellipse I2PL.

Intense Pulsed Light in its simplest form is a way of saying short flashes of very bright light. The Nordlys Ellipse IPL uses short, safe bursts of carefully controlled filtered light which is emitted from a flash-lamp to treat specific skin conditions. For brown marks on the skin it targets melanin and for treatment of vascular problems it targets haemoglobin which causes the redness. In treating sun-damaged skin, both melanin and haemoglobin are treated.

The amount of light and the speed of its delivery to your specific skin condition are exact and precisely controlled by Nordlys’ built-in computer.  Unlike some other products on the market, this system carefully controls the pulse and the amount of energy delivered in the optimal waveband for the treatment. These factors explain why the best possible result is obtained. The Nordlys IPL has been clinically proven to be safe and effective.


Pigmented Lesions

Uneven superficial pigmentation

Brown marks

Freckles and age spots

Vascular Lesions

Red spider veins,

Dilated Red Veins

Diffuse Redness


Sun Damaged Skin

Skin Rejuvenation

Improves Texture and Skin Tone

Improves Radiance

Skin laxity

Port Wine Stain (assessment by a doctor only)


How does the treatment work?

An intense pulsed light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the haemoglobin of the abnormally dilated capillaries or the melanin of the pigmented lesion. The heat causes the lesion to fragment and the dilated capillaries to close, the body then begins its natural healing process. The Nordlys Ellipse IPL stimulates fibroblast activity encouraging the formation of new collagen and elastin thereby improving the appearance of the fine lines and an overall skin texture.

How long is each treatment?

Treatment varies from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated.

 How many treatments are needed?

The number of sessions recommended depends on the specific condition and the size of the area being treated. Your doctor or laser therapist will discuss this with you before treatments commence.  For optimal results multiple treatments are sometimes recommended depending on your individual skin condition.  Follow-up treatments may be recommended to maintain results.

Is it painful?

Pain is minimal and most patients describe the sensation as being similar to the snap of an elastic band with some sensation of heat. Your doctor or laser therapist will always make sure of your comfort levels as the treatment is being administered.

Are there possible side effects or risks involved?

The side-effects and risks are minimal if the treatment is performed by trained professionals who are experienced in this type of treatment.  Immediately after the treatment the skin may appear flushed rather like a sunburn, brown pigmented spots may appear darker and capillaries may be visible. Swelling is usually minimal but it depends on the individual being treated.

What results can I expect?

It helps to even out skin tone, improves the texture and gives the skin radiance

It helps to reverse the results of UV damage e.g. solar lentigines  (brown marks) and telangiectasia (red veins)

It provides skin rejuvenation on the treated areas and helps to soften wrinkles

It enhances elasticity, it helps to firm the skin and reduce enlarged pores

Is there anything I should avoid prior to treatment?

You cannot have this treatment if you have a tan so make sure your skin is as pale as possible for the best results.

If you are on Roaccutane or any other Isotretinoin’s you will need permission from your Dermatologist before treatment commences. You should always have an assessment with your doctor or laser therapist prior to treatment to see if you are a suitable candidate.

Which areas can be treated?

This treatment can be used for effectively treating and improving the appearance of the face, neck, décolleté and hands – however the neck and décolleté would require more treatments than the face.

Your Dermatologist or Therapist can provide you with more information on whether the Nordlys Ellipse IPL is the right treatment for you. If you suffer from chronic pigmentation or chronic redness you will need to consult your Dermatologist before commencing with this

Rosacea clients tend to have reduction in redness, less flare-ups and overall improvement of the skin.

For more information or a free skin assessment with one of our experienced therapists, please phone: 021 852 8709.

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