I hear a lot about the latest and greatest noninvasive treatments, but witnessing them work their magic in person is a special treat. Last week, I was able to see a demonstration of Pellevé performed by Boca Raton, FL, plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Pozner, MD, at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center.
Cleared by the FDA to treat mild and moderate facial wrinkles, Pellevé uses radio frequency to heat deeper skin levels to build collagen, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. Sounds great, right? However, the catch is that most patients require multiple treatments to get the best cumulative effect of collagen building (about four to six treatments) and not everyone is a candidate. “The ideal patient still has some collagen to work with and doesn’t smoke or have sun-damaged skin,” Dr. Pozner says. On the plus side, there is no downtime associated with this treatment since it treats deeper dermal layers and keeps the top layer of skin intact.
So what is the treatment like? Basically the doctor or medical aesthetician applies an ultrasound gel to help the Pellevé device glide easily over the skin. Then, once the device is heated up, its small head (about the thickness of a Sharpie marker) is massaged in small circles over the desired area. It feels warm to the touch, but the skin is intermittently checked for temperature to ensure no overheating takes place and since no anesthetics are used, the patient can also advise the doctor when it’s getting hot. It treats everything ranging from crow’s-feet and lip lines to neck wrinkles and cleavage creases, but it’s not an instant gratification tool since final results show up over time. “The good news is that less heat used over multiple treatments has been shown to be equally as effective as hotter devices like Thermage but with less injury to the skin,” Dr. Pozner says. So patience, in this case, really is a virtue.
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