The Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction System – noninvasive, virtually pain-free, nonablative facial skin tightening.

The aging process and the cumulative effects of sun exposure, gravity, genetics, and other factors cause a loss of skin elasticity, which unfortunately leads to sagging of the skin and a loss of facial structural support. The key to tightening up loose skin without undergoing a facelift lies in a process known as “neocollagenesis” or stimulating new collagen. Whereas lasers use light to target the tissue, radiofrequency devices use energy to heat the skin below the surface to produce a tightening effect. The Pellevé™ Wrinkle Reduction System is one of the newest innovations in noninvasive, virtually pain-free, nonablative facial skin tightening. The technology utilizes advanced radiofrequency to induce collagen contraction without damaging the skin’s surface.

Dr. Prasad reports the most significant areas of improvement in terms of visible reduction of wrinkles are in areas of thinner skin, such as around the eyes, “Pellevé can eliminate “crow’s feet” in eye area, caused by aging. Pellevé can also get rid of wrinkling that causes frown lines above the brow, renewing the appearance. Pellevé has been proven to provide safe and effective skin tightening in medical studies. Because Pellevé is a non-invasive procedure, there are minimal side effects and discomfort. Unlike other skin tightening systems, no anesthesia or skin cooling is needed during the procedure.”Pellevé device is that it’s a skin tightening procedure that doesn’t have any downtime. The tightening occurs at the under surface of the skin as the radiofrequency gets applied to the deep tissues. The technology allows me to tailor the procedure to each individual, which means I work on the eye area or on the fine lines around the mouth as needed. This ability to customize the treatment is a significant benefit.” (Read full article below.)

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Pelleve Skin Tightening: A new procedure, with LI roots, in the war on wrinkles (Newsday)

There’s yet another weapon in the war on wrinkles.

Called Pelleve, the process uses radio-wave technology to induce heat into the skin, stimulating collagen growth to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The technology was developed by Ellman International, a medical company in Oceanside, N.Y., that got its start making equipment for dental surgery.

Pelleve was granted FDA approval as a facial wrinkle reducer in May 2009, said Tom Harper, vice president of global marketing at Ellman. The equipment was initially used to stop bleeding during surgery, said Harper, adding that the treatment is now being used in well over 200 facilities in the country. “Patients seem to feel there’s a lot of value in the product, especially around the eyes and jawline,” he said.

WHAT TO EXPECT The doctor or technician will apply a protective gel, then run the handpiece over the area being treated. Patients generally report feeling a sensation of warmth. “It goes to a point where it feels very hot,” said cosmetic surgeon Amiya Prasad, one of several Long Island doctors using the treatment. “Most people tolerate it very well,” he added. No numbing or anesthesia is required (or desired since they want you to speak up if it gets too hot).

DOES IT WORK? “Pelleve has worked out to be a good service for our patients, for the person who is not quite ready for a face-lift,” Prasad said. Likewise, Greenvale dermatologist Deborah S. Sarnoff says patients have been happy with the procedure, which she often combines with Botox and fillers. “A Pelleve treatment is administered to improve overall skin laxity,” she said, “then I inject filler to areas that may need more volume and Botox to relax the dynamic wrinkles.”

Sarnoff says that, unlike other treatments, “patients see an immediate improvement,” though many doctors suggest two or three sessions for the best results.

HOW’S IT DIFFERENT? Pelleve differs from Thermage, another procedure that uses radio frequency, in that the handpiece can be moved back and forth over the skin, which doctors say allows them to more easily target problem areas.

COST Harper says costs vary widely. In this area, treating the entire face runs $1,500 to $2,000 a session; treating a single area (like the eyes) can run $500 to $1,000.

WHO SHOULD HAVE IT? Both Prasad and Sarnoff say the ideal Pelleve patient is someone with mild to moderate wrinkling or skin laxity, or someone who had a face-lift and wants to maintain the results.

By Barbara Schuler; Newsday, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pelleve Skin Tightening Amiya Prasad MD