Although I don't have any experience with Pelleve, I understand that it is a radiofrequency treatment like Thermage. Botox and Dysport are injections that relax hyperactive muscles, like the ones that cause the worry lines between the eyebrows, or crow's feet. RF treatments generally improve skin tone by stimulating new collagen to form, but they aren't effective for wrinkles caused by hyperactive muscles. So it's comparing apples to oranges, and what works best for you depends on your specific condition.
Is Pelleve Worth the Money, or Should I Stick to Botox?
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I have been impressed with the early results of Pelleve treatments. As it is a relatively new treatment, I cannot give you long term result data. I have given a few web references below.
Good luck and be well.
Pelleve v. Botox
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Pelleve and Botox are not interchangable
Botox and Pelleve are 2 totally different procedures and treat different problems
Do both Pelleve and Botox!
While Botox will freeze the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles (think folding a piece of paper repeatedly and the resulting crease it causes), Pelleve will build new collagen to plump the skin and repair the wrinkle. The combination of the two is the best way to fix the lines you have and prevent new ones.
Botox is the gold standard
Botox is still the gold standard treatment, and can be very effective (both in terms of cost and results) in the hands of a reputable and experienced injector.
Botox vs Radiofrequency
Radiofrequency treatments, such as Pelleve, are a relatively new method of improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It may take more than one session to achieve a similar result to Botox and may end up costing more. While there are no needles associated with Pelleve, Botox is a more reliable method of relaxing facial lines. The effects last about the same amount of time, anywhere from 3-6 months.
Botox for forehead wrinkles
The first line treatment for forehead wrinkles is Botox (or Dysport). Botox is reliable and time tested. It works well and the satisfaction rate is extremely high.
I cannot make the same statement for Pelleve or other similar treatments.
Pelleve is no replacement for BOTOX!
Pelleve is a radiofrequency device from a company called Ellman intended to provide facial tightening. The product safety is cleared by the FDA. This is not quite the same thing as being truly effective. If you look at the website for the device Pelleve.com, the before and after pictures are unimpressive. This does not mean you can't have benefit from the treatment. Just recognized that as an early adopter, you may not feel you got your monies worth from the treatment. I would suggest that if the BOTOX is working for you, stay with it.