Pelleve Radiofrequency Skin Tightening 2018-02-20T20:09:40+00:00

Radio-frequency skin tightening (Pelleve)

Radio-frequency works by heating the skin including the dermis or the layer of skin lying under the visible part of your skin. The available devices differ in how they deliver radio-frequency to the skin, but they all strive to deliver enough energy to the skin to heat it to a certain temperature. Heat is the key. The dermis is full of collagen. Collagen also exists deeper in the fat layer within strands that weave between fat providing support and structure. It turns out that if you heat collagen to a very specific temperature, two things happen. Firstly, the existing collagen fibers tighten. Secondly, the collagen producing cells within the area are triggered to produce more collagen. Upon heating collagen, skin tightens because of immediate collagen fiber contraction and, also, from delayed new collagen formation. Pelleve is pioneering technology that utilizes radio-frequency to tighten skin.

Pelleve is one of the most current of the radio-frequency skin tightening devices. It works by delivering radio-frequency from the outside of the skin inward resulting in the dermis being heated which results in tightening and collagen formation. During treatment, a treatment tip is applied to the skin. When the trigger is fired, a calculated dose of radio-frequency is delivered. By using a sophisticated protocol, Pelleve heats skin to a specific temperature and goes to a specific depth. This ultimately leads to collagen tightening and production.

There is no recovery after Pelleve because the skin is not broken or damaged. Further, Pelleve is capable of treating many different areas including the face, neck and abdomen. During treatment, both internal and external temperatures are monitored to ensure skin gets to the optimal temperature but is not over-heated.

Other skin tightening devices
There are many other devices that utilize radio-frequency to tighten skin and others that use other energy sources.

Unfortunately, very little data exists comparing one device to another.

Machines that do not use radio-frequency include Ulthera and various other devices that use light or infrared energy. Ulthera uses ultrasound energy. All of these devices use the same concept of generating heat to tighten collagen. What differs is the energy source they use to produce that heat.

Effectiveness
While the concept of tightening skin by heating it makes sense, how effective are these treatments? Most clinical reports, and my own personal experience, find that the average patient sees a mild to modest improvement. However, one treatment session will rarely show a noticeable benefit. As a result, a series of treatments are typically recommended.

Hidden benefit
Whether results are minimal or modest, a major benefit of radio-frequency skin tightening is that treatment induces collagen. Even if not enough collagen is produced to tighten skin, healthy collagen is beneficial. At the very least, it may slow the signs of aging. In other words, radio-frequency skin tightening treatments may be preventative.

Best candidates
Almost anyone who wants tighter skin, or who is interested in delaying further skin looseness, could benefit from radio-frequency skin tightening. Having said that, older patients who have very loose skin probably won’t see enough improvement to make a non-surgical treatment worthwhile. A face lift is usually the only option for them. For everyone else, though, radio-frequency skin tightening may be very good option. It is critical, though, to have appropriate expectations about your results. It is also wise to seek the counsel of a doctor who is well versed about this subject to determine whether or not you may be a candidate for Pelleve.

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