Ellipse IPL and FRAX 1550 on the Nordlys SYSTEM

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Ellipse IPL and FRAX 1550 on the Nordlys SYSTEM

Pacific Plastic Surgery Group’s state-of-the-art Nordlys™ system is a foundational platform for the next generation of Ellipse IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Frax 1550 fractional laser treatments.

We’ve upped our skincare offerings and your radiant face will thank you for the beaming benefits our light-based treatments can provide. Laser light procedures have recently become popular in the aesthetic space as the technology has improved and recovery times have shortened. And who can argue with the glowing results? PPSG’s powerful, precise and versatile Nordlys machine broadens the spectrum of our dermatological procedures. If you are not already familiar with the cutting edge improvements offered by the Ellipse IPL and Frax 1550 devices, allow us to illuminate you

Pacific Plastic Surgery Group (PPSG) serves San Francisco with the latest advancements in aesthetic treatments. Led by Dr. Edward P. Miranda, we believe that that natural, subtle changes reveal the true beauty within. PPSG provides innovative cosmetic enhancement with a caring, compassionate hand.

Contact PPSG to get the conversation started. Call (415) 379-9015 to schedule your in-depth and personal consultation with one of our qualified, professional staff.      


The Norlys system is a foundational platform for an array of light-based treatments, most notably, Frax 1550 and Ellipse IPL. The Frax and Ellipse devices themselves have a range of utility with some interesting overlap and distinctive differences. 

How Do Light-Based Skincare Treatments Work?

Ellipse IPL and FRAX 1550 on the Nordlys SYSTEM

The science of optics lies at the heart of light-based therapies. What we perceive as color is simply different wavelengths of electromagnetic energy reacting to the world around us. Light-based skincare instruments (e.g. Ellipse IPL and Frax 1550) leverage the science of optics to achieve their results. Each instrument emits unique wavelengths at particular intensities that react differently to the various pigments in our skin. Thusly, each instrument can precisely target different dermatological features—rosy-red rosacea, for instance—all while leaving the surrounding tissue largely unharmed.

What is the Frax 1550?

The Frax 1550 is a fractional laser used to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. It is the Nordlys-powered alternative to the popular Fraxel device. The infrared laser energy emitted by Frax 1550 targets the water in your surface skin cells, vaporizing them. Fractional laser treatments are non-ablative. That’s because the laser beam is fractionated, or broken up into tiny fractions, which target only 25% to 40% of the skin, hastening your recovery time.  

What is the Ellipse IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a little different than a laser beam. Lasers volley photons at just a single electromagnetic frequency. However, just as warm sunlight contains all the colors of the rainbow (and beyond), Ellipse IPL’s sub-millisecond pulses shower narrowband light bursts at multiple wavelengths, making it a versatile instrument. It zaps away brown spots, broken capillaries and rosacea while encouraging collagen production to enhance your youthful appearance.[1] 

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When we balance the benefits of Ellipse IPL and Frax 1550, it is helpful to think of water flowing from a hose. Frax 1550 laser treatments are like a narrow stream of water: tight, targeted and powerful. Ellipse IPL, on the other hand, is like a spray of droplets, trading some strength and selectivity for more general coverage and a wider utility

Benefits of Frax 1550

  • Visibly reduces scars and wrinkles in as little as one treatment
  • Stimulates the skin’s natural healing process to produce new and vibrant cells 
  • Sweeps away old and damaged skin cells, including scar tissue 
  • Inspires collagen production to boost your supple skin 
  • Stronger settings can rejuvenate more resilient skin on the hands, neck and décolletage
  • Effective on darker skin tones
  • Fractional laser technology shortens downtime compared to ablative laser resurfacing 

Benefits of Ellipse IPL

  • Less intense than other light-based skin treatments
  • Minimal recovery time—get a photofacial on your lunch break and return to work!
  • Effectively treats redness in fair skin, e.g. bust capillaries and rosacea
  • Effectively treats brown spots and hyperpigmentation in fair skin

Your Personal Consultation at PPSG

At your in-depth and personal consultation at PPSG, one of our medical professionals will gather your relevant information while discussing your aesthetic goals. Based on these goals and your medical history, we will determine your candidacy for one or several of our cosmetic procedures. We like to keep this investigative phase goals-centric, as that provides a more useful frame for matching a potential patient with the most appropriate procedure.

At its heart, your personal consultation at Pacific Plastic Surgery Group is simply a conversation.

Contact PPSG to get the conversation started. Call (415) 379-9015 to schedule your appointment.


Full recovery from both procedures should take a week or less. If your skin feels especially sensitive, you may find some relief in the nightly application of cool aloe vera.      

Whether you get the full Fraxel 1550 treatment or just pop in to PPSG for a quick Ellipse IPL photofacial, your skin will have been bathed in powerful light energy. Hence, avoid prolonged or unnecessary exposure to the sun until your skin has completely recovered. Stock up on sunscreen before your procedure so it will be available throughout your recovery. We recommend broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Even in the winter, sunlight is more powerful than we think. It is also helpful to wear a wide-brimmed hat when you go outdoors. 

Your Skin’s Future Looks Bright at PPSG 

Pacific Plastic Surgery Group is excited to provide the latest in non-invasive laser and light-based skincare. Our Nordlys™ platform lights the way to an assortment of Ellipse IPL and Frax 1550 treatments. 

Brighten up your whole look at PPSG in San Francisco!


What types of aesthetic concerns can be treated with the Nordlys system?

The Nordlys system is a state-of-the-art aesthetic light and laser platform that allows for an array of treatments for a wide range of skin conditions. Both the Ellipse IPL and Frax 1550 treatments are available via the Nordlys system. Taken wholly, the Nordlys platform can facilitate treatment of acne scars, aging skin, irregular skin texture and vascular lesions. Furthermore, the system itself offers its own unique advantages to both doctors and patients. Most impressively, the Nordlys includes a patient database to keep track of which treatments and treatment settings were administered to whom. This promotes a systematic approach that minimizes opportunities for error and injury. 

What is the difference between Fraxel 1550 and Ellipse IPL?

Both devices emit different wavelengths of light energy to treat the skin. Ellipse IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a broadband pulsed light source radiating at multiple frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this way, IPL is similar to sunlight which is seen to contain all the colors of the rainbow when refracted through a prism or the falling rain. Ellipse IPL is ideal for skin rejuvenation and vascular treatments. Frax 1550, on the other hand, is a fractional laser device of the kind that has become recently popular in the aesthetic industry. A next-generation alternative to the Fraxel, Frax 1550 fires infrared photons at a single frequency for non-ablative skin resurfacing that stimulates collagen production.

What treatments are best combined with Ellipse IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light therapy is best combined with exfoliating procedures to more deeply and fully rejuvenate your skin. Exfoliating procedures are typically scheduled several days before your IPL treatment. By removing superficial skin and fine hair, it allows for better penetration of the pulsed light, enhancing its benefits. In Dermaplaning, we carefully shave away your top layer of skin with a surgical scalpel. This will remove dead cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) while smoothing out imperfections. Similarly, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels will leave your face smooth and receptive to Intense Pulsed Light therapy. Each of these procedures employs a unique exfoliating mechanism. A discussion with an aesthetic professional will determine which is right for you. Exfoliating procedures are perfect prep for your next IPL appointment, when the multi-band flashes of light will work more deeply to even your skin tone and arouse collagen growth. 

What treatments are best combined with Frax 1550?

IPL is a great “starter procedure” for those considering Frax 1550. Because the IPL is less intensive, it provides good preparation for the rigors of fractional laser resurfacing. The two light-based therapies are not mutually exclusive, with the unique benefits of each complementing the other. A combined Frax 1550 and Ellipse IPL procedure will address pigmentation issues while the fractional laser resurfaces your skin to a smooth and youthful texture. Frax 1550 may likewise be combined with any of our neuromodulators for a comprehensive anti-aging package that restores your face’s vitality on a number of fronts. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all excellent injectables for treating deep creases while preventing new wrinkles from forming. The Frax 1550, on the other hand, will address fine lines and speckled sun damage at the skin’s surface with fractionated laser technology.        


  1. Cao, Y., Huo, R., Feng, Y., Li, Q., & Wang, F. (2011). Effects of Intense Pulsed Light on the Biological Properties and Ultrastructure of Skin Dermal Fibroblasts: Potential Roles in Photoaging. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 29(5), 327–332. doi: 10.1089/pho.2010.2867
  2. Ong, M., & Bashir, S. (2012). Fractional laser resurfacing for acne scars: a review. British Journal of Dermatology, 166(6), 1160–1169. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.10870.x