Pellevé – Skin Tightening & Wrinkles Reduction Treatment
What is Pellevé?
Pellevé was FDA cleared in May 2009 and is a non-invasive, non-ablative skin tightening, wrinkle reducing procedure that is the safest, most effective, customizable skin rejuvenation treatment available today, that fits perfectly into anyone’s goal to remain ageless.
How does Pellevé work?
Pellevé precisely delivers energy to the dermal tissue using advanced radio wave technology that induces collagen contraction without damaging the epidermis. This procedure allows the skin to contract predictably and painlessly which result in a noticeable improvement in both skin quality and appearance.
Does it hurt?
Absolutely not, and as a result, there is no need for topical anesthetic. The treatment of wrinkles with this state-of-the-art technology is dependent upon ‘ongoing patient feedback’. Patients report that it actually feels like a warm massage. Patients may experience minor swelling or redness that might last from 2 – 24 hours, but we’ve never seen anyone leave our office with either of those two (2) effects but we like to keep our patients informed.
Where can it be used?
Pellevé is cleared for addressing mild to moderate facial wrinkles while off-label, it produces patient desired results on the neck, chest and décolletage areas and backs of the hands – all key areas that need attention for many people. It can be used virtually on any area of the body including those jelly arms, wrinkly knees and tummy.
Is there anyone who should not receive this type of treatment?
Patients with nerve insensitivity to heat anywhere in the treatment area should not be treated for wrinkles, as they are not able to provide us with important patient feed-back during the procedure. Local, oral and systemic anesthetic agents must not be used prior to or during the Pellevé treatment since feedback from the patient is imperative.
How soon does one see results?
Besides looking rejuvenated and refreshed, everyone treated with Pellevé leaves with an initial result that through time, just keeps getting better and better, as the collagen remodeling process continues to work its magic. Accordingly, 87% of treated patients that were submitted for the initial FDA clearance continued to resolve and improve 6 months or more after one single procedure. In our own office, we have found that stacking the procedures every 30 days or so out, supercharges the results achieved and that patients look better at 4 days out than the first day treated, and at 4 weeks out, look better than they did at 4 days out and at 4 months out, look better than they did at 4 weeks out…….
How many Pellevé procedures does one need to receive?
Pellevé greatly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and only requires a few minutes to a single-hour for treatment (depending on the area treated). Physicians and patients are seeing improvement in just one procedure but typically a regime of 6 procedures are required to bring about a very nice, patient desired result and then, patient is placed on a biannual to yearly maintenance program, whereby you come in so that we can help ‘sustain’ the clinical endpoint that we’ve been able to achieve for you. When you first come-in, doctor will be able to better evaluate your needs and tell you what would be the proper regime of Pellevé treatments.
Can Pellevé be used with injectables, fillers, BOTOX, etc?
Rather than masking or covering over the ‘cause’, as is the case when someone just receives injectables, fillers, BOTOX…..when a regime of Pellevé procedures are introduced to areas just prior to receiving those same injectables, fillers and/or BOTOX, we are now ‘treating and addressing the cause’. The benefit to our patients, is that we are actually able to bring about an even better, more improved result than if they were to have only received the injectable fillers like Juvederm or Radiesse and BOTOX. We even have a saying in our office that totally describes the benefit of employing Pellevé first…..’you’ve got to address the Hills BEFORE trying to raise the Valley’s!’
How expensive are the procedures?
Fees charged vary and are based on the area being treated, age of patient, skin laxity, sun, environmental and hereditary factors, whether you drink, smoke, etc…..all of which will determine how many Pellevé procedures (spread out at least 30 days apart) will inevitably be needed for creating the best clinical result (which is typically 6 procedures). Stacking the procedure every 30 day’s exponentially improves the collagen rebuild that patients enjoy. Because everyone is different, coming in for a free consult is the best way to accurately gauge what your specific treatment fees would be… which by the way, are designed to fit nicely into anyone’s budget.
How long is the recovery time?
Our patients are able to resume all normal activities right after the procedure and nobody will know that you had anything done, other than you look really good.
What is the difference between Pellevé and other similar RF devices that I’ve seen others advertising?
We chose to support the Pellevé procedure because it is the safest, most effective, customizable skin tightening treatment available today! Additionally, the System provides the smallest hand pieces for delivering the energy that stimulates the collagen remodeling process. This means, that nothing else available today can create the great results that Pellevé can in and around the eyes and in small access areas on the face, like the upper lip area. We knew our patients would expect and demand this type of flexibility of treatment zones, if we were to offer a technology such as Pellevé in the office. No anesthetic is needed and there is no down time.
How much time should I allow for my Pellevé appointment?
Of course, your actual procedure time will vary and be based upon the area that we will be treating, but it’s safe to say, that you should allow 30 to 60 minutes. As there is no skin-test or extensive pre-preparation needed prior to your treatment, the fact is, that the Pellevé procedure is so simple and convenient, that we have many people come in during their lunch-hours and we take care of the rest. These same people return to work looking better than when they left for lunch and will continue to resolve and improve as the weeks and months go by.
Do I have to do anything prior to coming in for my first Pellevé procedure?
Nothing out of the ordinary…..for men, we just need them to be clean shaven (no stubble in the treatment area) and for woman, we require you to come in with no jewelry and makeup, including lotions, eyeliner and eye shadow, which need to be removed from the area being treated. If easier for you, you can wash off and remove make-up when you get to our office. After completing our Patient In-Take Form, Consent Form, etc, we will then take ‘before’ pictures prior to your first Pellevé treatment, which are great to look back at in the future, as they provide undeniable proof, that Pellevé is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing. We then clean your skin with alcohol prior to treatment and after identifying and agreeing on the area to be treated, we then start the procedure so that we can help you bring about the improvement you desire. All of these ‘prior-procedure tasks” take about 15 minutes depending on if you come in with makeup on or not. By the way, for our woman patients, following your Pellevé procedure, for many, it’s an excellent time (since your make-up is already off) to try some of the various great products that we carry and highly recommend for our patients. Normal make-up and moisturizers maybe resumed immediately after the procedure.
Where else can I go online to learn more about this Pellevé procedure?
More great information can be found by going to www.Pelleve.com and while you’re there, you’ll definitely want to click on and visit their Facebook Page as well, where you’ll hear very positive comments from both patients treated and doctors that are providing the procedure all over the US.
In more detail…
Pellevé is the newest innovation in skin tightening and it is right here at Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center in Boise & Eagle, Idaho. FDA cleared to treat facial wrinkles without surgery, this treatment uses advanced radio wave technology. The Pellevé system precisely heats the deep layers of the skin without damaging the epidermis. The heat causes the collagen in the skin to contract and tighten. After the treatment, the skin begins to produce new collagen, which improves the firmness. No anesthesia is required and patients can return to work immediately after the procedure. Many clients see results after just one treatment, with improvements up to six months later. Facial treatments take only an hour. Pellevé fits easily into busy schedules. This is the perfect treatment to tighten arms, buttocks, face . We will pair this treatment with the Co2 fractional skin treatment and this treatment is particularly effective when trying to tighten the neck area to get an even better result when we use Smart lipo or laser liposuction. This is the only laser that can give you a neck lift without surgery.
“My experience my with Dr. Kerr and the Staff at Silk Touch Med Spa was incredible! My treatments were just want I needed. I had two procedures called the Pellevé and the IPL. The Pellevétightened my wrinkles and softened the lines on my face tremendously. Tightening is still occurring two months after the treatments were stopped. The IPL treatments removed years of sun damage! When I grew up everybody worshiped the sun, me included! There was no mention of UV rays, let alone sun screen in those days.
The last thing I did was to have a shot of Juvederm in the left laugh line. The Juvederm filler evened out my laugh lines since my face is uneven due to paralysis. I am so please with my results! All three procedures were a great success! Thanks to Tiffany, Valerie and Donna, I just sat back and enjoyed the whole experience!” — Sandy, Nampa 1.18.2011