Pellevé’: Advanced Radio Wave Technology for the Treatment Skin Laxity
Article by Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
Although we may be in the midst of an economic downturn, we find that our patients are still searching for ways to look their best. First impressions can have a significant impact on your success in both the workplace environment and in social interactions. The answer may be Pellevé. Pellevé is a non-surgical, state of the art skin tightening system for eliminating wrinkles that is available through skin care professionals. This non-invasive procedure is used to tighten sagging skin, a common problem that accompanies the natural aging process. Pellevé delivers safe and quick results and is one of few wrinkle treatment systems with proven efficacy approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
There are many changes that come with aging including the development of skin laxity and wrinkling. Aging dermis demonstrates elastotic degeneration with the presence of a perivenular, histiocytic-lymphocytic infiltrate in which numerous mast cells, often in close apposition to fibroblasts, are observed. This "chronic heliodermatitis" is felt to be associated with mast cell-derived mediators and infiltrating inflammatory cells that lead to the breakdown of elastic and collagen fibers. This most likely represents the microscopic basis of aging skin.
Pellevé uses new advanced radiowave technology to heat the deepest layers of skin without causing any of the skin damage associated with sunburns and skin cancer. There is no anesthesia needed, because there is no pain felt during this non invasive procedure. Once heated, the collagen in the deepest skin layers contract, stimulating new collagen to be formed after the treatment. This newer collagen quickly creates a smoother appearance in the uppermost layer of skin. The comprehensive Pellevé treatment takes about 45 minutes to perform. This short time is possible because a Pellevé treatment does not involve any incisions or anesthesia.
Most patients request the procedure be targeted at the wrinkles formed at the corners of the eyelids, otherwise known as "Crow's Feet." Pellevé also is very effective in treating the wrinkles that stretch between the nose and the corners of one's mouth, commonly referred to as "smile lines" or "laugh lines." Candidates for Pellevé are healthy women and men. Most Pellevé candidates have fine lines on the face, or wrinkled or drooping skin. Pellevé is most appropriate for those with mild to moderate wrinkling.
The results include smoother skin, elimination or reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and the tightening of sagging skin. These results typically last a minimum of six months, much longer than many competing skin treatments. The main advantage of Pellevé is the fact that its results last a full six months. Also, the treatment is quick and painless, and the results appear immediately. Finally, as an FDA approved procedure, Pellevé is a safe option for those desiring a more youthful appearance with no downtime.