Many of us lead very stressful and busy lives, leaving little time for keeping ourselves healthy and happy. Stress, lack of sleep, and other bad habits related to a busy lifestyle can easily start to show in your face over time. If you are noticing mild to moderate signs of aging, then you may be interested in pursuing treatment for these problems. But with a busy schedule, making the time to recover from cosmetic treatments can be next to impossible. Fortunately, new, less invasive treatments have been gaining ground in the last few years, offering patients an effective alternative to more traditional and intensive procedures. One of these treatments, Pelleve, is ideal for packed schedules.
What Is Pelleve?
Pelleve is a gentle radiowave-based treatment that is performed in an office setting. Sessions last about an hour and involve the use of a handpiece to stimulate the deep layers of skin and encourage collagen formation. Patients experience a deep warming sensation, which is usually described as fairly comfortable, much like an intense massage. Many providers recommend three treatments, performed about a month apart for best results, but it is up to each patient to decide what works for them.
How Does It Work?
Collagen makes up the foundation of the skin’s structure and elasticity, lending a youthful, smooth, and firm appearance to the skin. As we age, collagen becomes depleted and production slows down, resulting in wrinkling, sagging skin, and other negative changes. The energy used in Pelleve makes existing collagen contract and firm, and also rekindles new collagen production for up to six months, improving the beauty of the skin by harnessing the body’s own power to trigger facial rejuvenation.
Pelleve is a no-downtime treatment that does not involve bleeding, skin peeling, discharge, or most of the other side effects that go along with more invasive skin treatments such as laser resurfacing. The only negative effects of the treatment may be some mild swelling and redness that occurs for a few days following treatment. The only aftercare patients need to undertake is sun protection, and a strong sunscreen may be prescribed to help with this aspect of Pelleve recovery. Patients can resume normal activities nearly immediately after treatment.
Improvement from the treatment is gradual, and one of the major benefits of Pelleve is the lasting results that improve over time. The collagen stimulation from treatment can help improve signs of aging for up to six month or more following treatment.
Of course, Pelleve is not always the best option for every patient. Everyone is different, and what works for one person will not always work for another. With that in mind, skilled plastic surgeons will always assess a patient’s needs and make a recommendation about which procedure is most appropriate, whether it is a chemical peel, injectable filler, Pelleve, or other treatment, keeping in mind the patient’s lifestyle, budget, and goals. If it turns out Pelleve is not the best option for you, do not worry. There is sure to be a solution available that works for you.
Finding a Provider
Even for minimally invasive procedures like Pelleve, your provider’s skill can mean the difference between adequate results and great results. This is why it is important to choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has experience with the procedure.
If you are looking for an expert in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, to meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is a highly experienced provider with over 25 years of experience in facial rejuvenation. Dr. Bentkover boasts a large base of happy patients, as well as expertise in Pelleve, winning first place in the Ellman International Before & After Photography Contest for his work with the procedure. If you would like to speak with Dr. Bentkover about your facial rejuvenation goals, call either location today to schedule your consultation.