Pellevé® is a radio-frequency based, non-invasive skin tightening treatment that delivers energy deep into the skin. Heat builds up at the junction of the dermis and the fat, modifying the collagen bundles. The skin contracts and the growth of new collagen is stimulated, resulting in firmer, tighter skin. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of mild to moderate wrinkles on both the face and the body.
The Pellevé® treatment is almost painless, and in fact, many patients say that it feels like a hot stone massage. You can go back to your normal activities immediately following this skin tightening treatment. Some patients have temporary redness of the skin for 10-20 minutes following the treatment. Depending upon the number of areas you are having treated, the duration of treatment can range from 30-45 minutes. Three initial skin tightening treatments spaced four weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.
The day of the skin tightening procedure, patients typically note plumping and lifting of the skin, with a tighter and smoother skin surface. Days 2-4 following the treatment, the immediate results will begin to fade. From days 14-30, collagen begins to build in the dermis, which is the deeper layer of the skin. This foundation needs to be strong and firm to allow the superficial layers to plump. You may begin to notice changes in your fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. Others may notice that you appear less tired.
Four to five weeks following your initial skin tightening treatment, you should undergo a second Pellevé® treatment. At this time, the same rebuilding process of your collagen will ensue. New collagen from your initial treatment will be more receptive to the second treatment, and additional new collagen will be created by your skin. At weeks 8-9 when you receive your third skin tightening treatment, your collagen should continue to build. By three months following your last skin tightening treatment, you may not that your horizontal forehead lines are softened and the vertical lines between the brows are lessened. You’ll also see an elevation of the brows, your eyes more opened and a decrease in crow’s-feet and other lines around the eyes. Other noticeable results following your Pellevé® skin tightening treatment are the subtle lifting of the cheeks, softening of the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth, diminished smokers’ lines above the lips, an upturning of the corners of the mouth, decreased lines between the mouth and chin, and an improvement in the definition of the jaw line. Also, the skin generally appears brighter with smaller pores and smoother texture.
Over time, Pellevé® continues to work to increase collagen, improving your skin texture and tone. In a clinical study, after one Pellevé® treatment, 9 out of 10 patients experienced a significant benefit, and at 6 months, almost 90% still had noticeable results. Most patients require a “touch-up” treatment once per year to maintain their results.