Pellevé is a non-invasive rejuvenating facial skin method which utilizes radio frequency in order to achieve skin tightening and facial wrinkles treating. Thanks to its non-obtrusive characteristics, it is regarded as a reliable facial refreshing alternative to the traditional surgical procedures, having also received an FDA approval.
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How Does Pellevé Work?
Pellevé is actually a radio frequency device which delivers gentle but continuous energy to the skin in order to heat it, bring about contraction of the collagen fibers and eventually trigger the generation of new collagen. Utilizing a wavelength that resembles that of a marine radio, it enables the doctor performing the operation to accurately target the skin that needs treatment and tighten it. The sensation experienced by the patient can be originally described as warming and soothing, getting progressively hotter, thusly indicating that its application has to stop and be transferred to another spot. Before the treatment begins, a protective gel is rubbed onto the treated area.
Generally, the procedure is painless, requires no anesthesia and lasts for about 45-60 minutes. No downtime is expected, and the patient can soon get back to his / her daily activities. Noticeable results are typically achieved after a series of 2-3 treatments, however, that obviously depends on each case (while, sometimes, there may be no evident results at all – see below).
Pellevé’s greatest advantage is that it can deliver some of the rejuvenating effects of other facelift procedures without their unaffordable cost, and without being obtrusive or painful like, e.g., the botox injections. In addition, it is regarded as more effective compared with the usually unproductive facial creams and lotions, especially around the chin area, where practically no other method can render satisfactory results. In general, skin laxity is expected to be reduced and the epidermis could end up firmer and tighter.
Areas To Be Treated
Pellevé is mostly used on the face and the neck, and more specifically on jowls, cheeks, forehead and neck; still, it can also be performed, theoretically at least, around the eyes, the upper eyelids, or even at the back of the hands.
As mentioned, there is no recuperation time, yet other reactions such as mild swelling or irritation could be encountered after the operation. Luckily, these side effects do not last for very long, making Pellevé a secure and uncomplicated procedure.
Pellevé can cost somewhere between $500 to $2,000, depending on the area that would be treated and the extent of the initial problem.
Oddly, the largest amount of the info regarding this method comes from online pages which advertise facial rejuvenating methods as well as its official website, while it is hard to trace a large number of actual reviews. That does not mean that Pellevé is a dysfunctional procedure, let alone a dangerous one, however the amount of evidence which would prove its effectiveness is relatively limited. Still, people who have tried it report that Pelleve produced satisfactory results without causing any inconvenience, thus having been a smart choice. On the other hand, other reviewers state that barely any difference was noticed after undergoing the procedure, while others claim that the –mediocre– results lasted significantly less (2-3 months) than they had been told (6-18 months).
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Judging by the above presented, there cannot be a concrete conclusion about the effectiveness of Pellevé, since there is no sound evidence that it can really make a big invigorating difference on the skin. What is almost certain is that this method can be a decent alternative to surgeries, botox injections and fillers while also being much more affordable than those. Yet, a direct comparison cannot be made as Pellevé affects mostly the top layer of the skin whereas fillers and botox work in the middle layer; that, plus the fact that the lower most level is more easily restored by the Ultherapy operation, may indicate that a total treatment including all these methods should be chosen for a more complete rejuvenating effect. Therefore, thorough research as well as constant consultation with your medical care professional is needed so as to pike your strategy and get the most out of this method, or just resort to a fully different alternative.