Vascular Leisons

Vascular lesions are the result of numerous or large vessels that form directly underneath your skin. These lesions occur in many sizes, shapes and can be found all over the body. They occur in a variety of forms including port wine stains, broken capillaries, diffuse redness, haemangiomas and cherry angiomas. You no longer have to accept them as a price for growing older or as an accident of birth.

How does the Nordlys treatment work?

Short, safe burst of light are directed at the skin. This may be visible Intense Pulsed Light or from a laser, depending on the condition you want treated. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin the blood or melanin from the overactive melanocytes (dark pigment). The light is converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the vessels and melanin causing it to gradually disappear after treatment. To ensure the best light transmission, a thin layer of gel is applied to your skin before treatment.

Which vessels can be treated?

Many different problems can be treated. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not suntanned at the time of treatment. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background colour of the skin is greater, making treatments easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.

How long does an Ellipse treatment take?

Often several vessels can be targeted in one flash of light. The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 15-20 minutes.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?

- It is important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable.

-It is also a good idea to avoid smoking in the 4 hours prior to treatment. 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 area immediately after treatment or from using an ointment prescribed by the doctor.

- After treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even if there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area. Use sun protection (minimum SPF 30), if sun exposure cannot be avoided.

What conditions can Ellipse Nordlys treat?

  • Rosacea – redness and swelling of the face. Usually accompanied by acne or pustules
  • Poikiloderma of Civatte – ‘brown perfume stains’. A combination of telangiectasia, irregular pigmentation and changes to the skin. Mainly on the neck and chest area.
  • Sun spots/age sports/liver spots caused by unprotected sun exposure
  • Red or purple stretch marks
  • Epidermal Melasma – hyper-pigmentation of the face
  • Café au lair macules – light tan to brown flat lesions, containing a lot of melanin
  • Cherry angiomas/Campbell de Morgan spots/ senile haemangioma – bright red to blueish spots mainly appearing on the trunk of patients above the age of 30
  • Dark circles under the eye – blue/black discolouration under the eyes
  • Diffuse redness – a red blush especially on the cheek area
  • Facial Telangiectasia (thread veins)
  • Hemosiderin - rust like marks loosely following the pattern of a vessel previously treated
  • Venous Lakes – blue or purple, soft, raised skin

Does the treatment hurt?

No anaesthetics are required, many patients describe the treatment as being like a snap from a rubber band, followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle sunburn.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments depends on location and number of vessels to be treated.

How can I be sure that Ellipse is safe and effective?

Clinical trials documenting Ellipse safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the launch of the treatments, and these were published in respected, referenced medical journals. You are welcome to view these scientific papers on the Ellipse website at

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