In the face, wrinkles are caused by aging of the skin, muscle movement and the affects of the sun. Unlike the skin in the rest of the body, facial skin is interwoven with the muscles beneath; and small muscles protrude into the dermis, or the deep, middle layer of skin. This allows the face to be expressive, but the cost is wrinkles. Also, as you age, the dermis loses its elasticity. Fortunately, treatments like the Pellevé System can help.
What is Pellevé?
Pellevé is a minimally invasive treatment that reduces facial wrinkles. The treatment is virtually painless and can be performed in a doctor’s office in an hour or less. There is some immediate improvement from the heat of the procedure that gives way to more lasting results, from stimulation of your own collagen.
What are the benefits of Pellevé?
While not a substitute for a face lift or more traditional laser resurfacing or plasma resurfacing, Pellevé can stimulate collagen enough to get noticeable changes in moderately loose skin and mild to moderate wrinkles. There is, however, none of the down time associated with surgery or resurfacing procedures. Also, there is no bleeding, no peeling and should be no significant pain. You may experience some redness and swelling in the treatment area and the doctor may prescribe a strong sunscreen to guard against sun or light damage. You can resume normal activities almost immediately.
The tightening of your skin can be noticed immediately and improvement continues for about six months. For most patients the best results come after three treatments spaced about a month apart. You may add more treatments for maintenance.
A few words from the company: Video provided by Ellman, Inc. Manufacturer of Pellevé.
Pellevé™ is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure to safely treat facial wrinkles with virtually no pain and little downtime. Using advanced radiowave technology, the Pellevé system precisely heats the deep layers of the skin without damaging the epidermis, or top layer. The heat causes the collagen in the skin to contract and tighten. After treatment, the skin begins to produce new collagen, which improves skin firmness. The result is a naturally refreshed appearance.Unlike other skin tightening systems, Pellevé doesn’t require anesthesia or skin cooling. Patients can expect to feel a deep warming sensation each time the handpiece touches the area being treated. Because the skin is not numb, the patient can describe the depth of the feeling to the doctor, which helps to ensure the best possible results. They can also return to home or work immediately. Side effects may include mild discomfort during the procedure within the treatment area. Mild swelling and redness may also occur and typically go away within 2 to 24 hours after treatment.
Pellevé can be used to treat the skin on the face, including the eye area. Many people start to see results after just one treatment, with lasting improvement in skin tightness and tone for up to six months. Because a full facial treatment takes only about an hour with little, if any, recovery time, Pellevé fits easily into busy schedules. For the best results, it’s important to choose a doctor who is experienced in administering Pellevé.
Who is a candidate for Pellevé?
A candidate for Pellevé is a person over the age of eighteen who has mild to moderate facial wrinkles, would like to have treated without surgery and wants no downtime at all.
What is the treatment procedure for Pellevé?
The Pellevé treatment works by delivering heat energy (generated as a radio frequency) to the junction of the dermis and fat in your skin. This is also where collagen can be found. The heat makes the collagen contract, which firms up the skin and allows the growth of new collagen. The treatment can be be performed by a physician or other professional acting under the physician’s supervision.
A gel that conducts heat is applied to the area that’s to be worked on, and the physician uses a radio frequency handpiece on the area. The patient feels a deep, penetrating warmth in the area. Some patients claim that the treatment feels no more uncomfortable than a heat massage.
The treatment lasts about one half hour to an hour depending, on the area of the face that’s being treated. The patient does not have to do anything out of the ordinary before the procedure but should drink enough water to be well hydrated by the time of the treatment. If you are using topical medications you should ask the doctor if these should be discontinued.
According to clinical studies, the Pellevé treatments are safe, nonsurgical treatments for removing facial wrinkles.
It can be used with wrinkle creams and other treatments, but the patient should discuss that with their doctor. It is often combined with facial filler and neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.
The FDA gave Ellman International clearance for use of Pellevé in the treatment of facial wrinkles in 2009. Ellman International Inc. holds the trademark for the Pellevé system.