San Francisco Pelleve Radio Frequency skin tightening treatment. Non-surgical face lift treatment. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of Pelleve treatment from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at Azalasf.com.
Pellevé falls into a category of non-invasive skin-tightening devices that promises to firm up loose skin with minimal pain and downtime. It sends radio frequency energy through the epidermis to heat up the tissue deep beneath the skin with the goal of boosting the body’s natural collagen. Patients hoping to see any improvement in skin laxity, folds, lines and wrinkles are recommended to undergo 3-6 sessions spaced 4 weeks apart with quarterly maintenance treatments.
The Pellevé radio frequency skin tightening procedure begins with a protective gel being applied to the treatment area while a wand emitting radio frequency waves is passed over the skin’s surface several times to raise dermal temperature. This causes the tissues underneath to heat up with the intention of stimulating a healing response. Immediately after some swelling and redness is expected and can last several hours to days.
The problem with Pellevé as a wrinkle and skin-tightening treatment is that to deliver clinically effective results the tissue needs to be heated to a minimum of 43 Celsius. This can get extremely uncomfortable and even downright frightening for the patient and the practitioner. For this reason, results can be highly unpredictable, underwhelming and often a waste of time and money. Experienced plastic surgeons and aesthetic clinicians know that no one “non-surgical facelift” device provides any significant improvement in skin laxity, and in most cases, it’s necessary to combine several technologies to achieve real lifting and firming effects.
Dr. Mosser and his team of trusted clinicians have used devices such as Pellevé for skin tightening in the past and have come to the conclusion that they simply don’t live up to their claims. Patients who are looking to tighten skin around the neck and face would benefit much more from a combination of non-surgical procedure such as PDO NovaThreads for lifting sagging skin and Halo Fractional laser to address additional skin aging such as lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
NovaThreads treatment has been used with great success at Azala Medical Aesthetics to lift areas of the lower face such as jawline, jowls and neck and also to address mild to moderate mid-face laxity. NovaThreads is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses surgical sutures made out of Polydioxanone to anchor and elevate skin tissues to a more youthful position. Once inserted, the body slowly dissolves the sutures over time; however, the firming effects continue for 12-18 months because the threads serve as a catalyst for the dermis to produce new collagen.
Halo Fractional Laser treatment by Sciton offered at Azala is the first hybrid device that offers both ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths at the same time. It can offer patients a highly customizable anti-aging solution for addressing multiple skin concerns with just one technology. Halo can be combined with NovaThreads for a synergistic effect similar to surgical quality lifting and firming much better than anything that can ever be achieved with the lackluster capabilities of Pellevé.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.