Wrinkles don’t define a person, but the way you respond to them can. At Verve Weight Loss and Laser Aesthetics in Upland, CA, we believe you can live with your wrinkles or choose to eradicate them with Pelleve treatment. Heralded as a way to “transform” your appearance, this therapy is quite unlike what you might be expecting.
All About Pelleve Treatment
With all the therapies available to help eliminate wrinkles, why would you pick Pelleve laser treatment? The answer is simple: it encompasses the most advanced technology to rejuvenate your face and neck without the risks or complications of surgery. Specifically, Pelleve uses radio-wave technology to penetrate below the skin’s surface and dramatically heat the tissues underneath.
The body, sensing the potential for damage in these tissues, responds by producing collagen. Between 75 and 80 percent of the skin’s composition is collagen. This protein weaves together to form a network of fibers not unlike those of a soft, supple, and breathable fabric. It’s no surprise, then, that skin possesses all of these qualities, in addition to being plump and firm, bright and flexible.
As you age, it’s not just the outside of your body that changes. It’s the inside as well, with many processes slowing or stopping altogether. Among these is the production of collagen. It starts declining around age 25. Each year that follows, you will lose about one percent of your collagen so that, by age 40, you’ve lost a whopping 15%.
This is on top of other factors that contribute to collagen loss, including sun exposure, genetics, and environmental toxins. With a loss of collagen comes thin, flatter skin that loses its firmness, elasticity, and voluminous appearance.
Pelleve to the Rescue
Pelleve is not a laser, surgical procedure, or serum. It is a handheld device that emits radio waves to heat the skin. Not to worry – it’s designed to specifically keep the surface layer of your skin safe. You won’t experience any burning, chaffing, or other external damage. In fact, all you’ll feel during the treatment is a warm, therapeutic sensation very similar to a hot stone massage.
Patients find this therapy nothing short of relaxing. While you lie back and rest, the heat goes to work treating fine lines and wrinkles. Areas it’s ideally suited for include:
- Around the eyes
- Around the mouth
What to Expect
Because this is a non-invasive therapy, we don’t use anesthesia. Instead, we’ll start with a neutral plate, which we place under your body near the treatment area. The plate is important because it serves as a receiver for the radiofrequency. We then cover the treatment area with a clear conductive gel that helps glide the handpiece comfortably over your skin.
Treatment officially begins when we take the handheld device and start passing it over the treatment area. This device features a smooth, rounded tip from which heat is emanated. The goal is to reach a uniform temperature of between 102 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit. We’ll continue making passes until this is achieved.
Pelleve doesn’t only jumpstart the body’s collagen production. It also improves existing collagen by forcing it to contract so surface skin tightens. Last but not least, Pelleve prompts the production of elastin. Found in connective fibers, this protein gives skin its bounce and even contributes to its sheen.
When you move – such as when you smile – elastin allows the skin to resume its normal shape, thereby helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from developing. You probably guessed that collagen and elastin work hand-in-hand. Together, they provide the skin with its shape and texture; healthy levels of both proteins give you an overall youthful appearance.
Treatment only lasts about an hour. Unlike many cosmetic therapies, you don’t need downtime to recover. After your Pelleve treatment, your skin might be a little pink. This quickly goes away, and you return to your day.
You can even wear makeup – again, because the healing processes occur beneath the skin’s surface. One cautionary measure you will want to take is the use of sunscreen, preferably SPF 30. This reduces your risk for photodamage, which is age-like damage caused by the sun.
Pelleve is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As your collagen production continues to amplify, the surface of your skin will grow smoother and firmer. This means results will continue developing for some time, between three and six months. But you don’t have to wait that long to see improvement.
Most patients see considerable tightening and smoothing after just one session. Results are, therefore, immediate. However, the full benefits of treatment won’t take effect until collagen production reaches maximum levels. To achieve this, you’ll likely need a total of three treatments delivered within about four weeks of each other. Additional treatments may then be recommended for maintenance.
The Science of Pelleve
Pelleve is known to successfully treat:
- Chin sagging
- Mouth wrinkles
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead lines
- Excess skin on the upper eyelid
- Crow’s feet
- Downward, unhappy, or tired expressions
The key to these results is heat. Rooted in science, Pelleve relies on exact precision. Other therapies intended to reduce wrinkles only stimulate soft tissue coagulation. But Pelleve uses radiowaves that work to tighten skin from below the surface.
Achieving Tighter Skin
During treatment, the radiofrequency produces a heated treatment area. The body, in turn, resists because of its natural defense system. This leads to more heat buildup, and weak collagen links are subsequently broken. Here is how existing – but disrupted – collagen fibers constrict, a little like starting an old motor that’s been sitting around. Similarly, new collagen fibers are created to replace those that were broken.
Into this science comes the body’s own composition. Collagen bundles exist deep within your skin. Stimulating their gradual growth improves the skin’s immediate appearance and also slows the aging process for the future. What we’re saying is that Pelleve can make you look younger for longer by indefinitely pausing collagen degeneration.
This Isn’t a Laser
It’s important that you know Pelleve is not laser therapy. This makes it kinder to the skin, yes, in the sense that you have no risk for scarring. You also aren’t at risk for skin discoloration, such as hyperpigmentation. Finally, unlike a laser, patients of all skin colors and types can be safely treated.
But this treatment is also much more comfortable. Because a laser can feel like a pin pricking your skin, patients usually receive numbing cream or a local anesthetic to ease the potential for pain. Pelleve treatment does not require either. Some laser therapies can also cause or aggravate acne. Again, this isn’t a consideration with Pelleve.
Pelleve is more effective – with longer-lasting results – than laser because each therapy works in very very distinct ways. The former penetrates beneath the skin, regenerating crucial proteins that are lost over time. This provides natural enhancements in which skin looks fresher and firmer with each subsequent treatment.
A laser works on the skin’s surface. It is effective, but the results don’t last as long. In addition, it doesn’t stimulate proteins in a way that contributes to slowing the aging process.
Compatible With Other Therapies
Pelleve can be combined with other modalities to increase the overall effects. For example, it can complement injectable fillers, such as those used to enhance cheek contours or to make lips fuller. It also works well with Botox and Dysport, both of which can be used to further reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the forehead, around the eyes, and between the eyebrows.
Although this is not a surgery, we still recommend you take a few steps to properly prepare your skin. You can start by avoiding sun exposure about a week before your therapy. This will ensure skin isn’t sunburned and is therefore healthy for treatment. You should stop applying products with ingredients that can cause irritation, including retinol, vitamin C, and salicylic acid.
The Day Of
It’s best to arrive at therapy with a clean face. This means no moisturizers, serums, or cosmetics. Similarly, if your neck is being treated, leave it bare as well.
After treatment, you won’t need pain medication, and you can resume normal activity with the exception of:
- Depilatory creams
- Hot tubs
Caring for Your Skin
We recommend using a light moisturizer and non-exfoliant cleanser before bedtime on the day of treatment. Products containing skin irritants – those we discussed earlier – can be resumed three days after therapy. In addition to sunblock, one of the best things you can do for your skin is stick to a healthy skincare regimen. We can help you with this by recommending specific products and/or the most beneficial routine.
If you’re interested in another treatment, such as Botox, we will discuss this as part of your original treatment plan. These secondary treatments can be administered one week after Pelleve.
Make Your Results Last
To make the most of Pelleve therapy, it’s important to undertake some simple lifestyle choices. Start by drinking lots of water. All of the body’s tissues need this fluid to stay hydrated, especially the skin. Hydrating from within can keep skin looking plump and lifted.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide hyaluronic acid, which can in turn help to naturally stimulate collagen production. Foods that may increase your levels include broccoli, strawberries, red peppers, and oranges. These foods are also rich in vitamin C, which assists your body’s absorption of hyaluronic acid.
Maintain a Consistent Regimen
Consistently using the same products can help you achieve beautiful skin. Remember: it takes time for skin to adapt to new products. Constantly switching won’t yield any benefit, and you’re also taking the risk that one product might cause more harm than good.
Adapt your regimen to meet the needs of your individual skin type. As mentioned earlier, we can help you with this, but it’s important you know what kind of skin you have. Sensitive? Dry? Oily? Normal? Or any combination therein? Once you’ve made this crucial identification, you can use products most suited to your needs.
Believe in Science
Pelleve treatment is not used with a hope and a prayer. It is backed by hard science, with results that support this fact. It can improve your skin’s texture and tone while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
To further enhance its appeal, this therapy is safe, effective, and pain-free. Call Verve Weight Loss and Laser Aesthetics in Upland, CA, today and schedule your consultation.