What is Pelleve Skin Tightening?

Pelleve® skin tightening is the new non-ablative radiofrequency skin treatment for loose skin. Given approval by the FDA in 2009, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, neck and décolletage. Positive results may be seen after one treatment, but it may take months to see full results and a second treatment may be recommended at that time to maximize the benefits.

The process involves heating the skin to a set temperature. The radiofrequency waves travel from an electrode through a handheld device that is passed over the areas of skin that need treatment. A neutral receiving plate is attached to another part of the body to receive the waves. The process gradually and gently disrupts the collagen fibers between the skin cells. The collagen contracts and snaps back together, making the skin tighter.

Pelleve® is safe and virtually harmless. No anesthesia is required during the treatment and there is no downtime. With just one treatment, you could have firmer, tighter skin that may last for multiple months. Several other skin tightening systems require anesthesia and skin cooling. Pelleve® skin tightening heats the skin much more gradually than other treatments, which contributes to improved safety.

When you talk to our expert, you will learn more about the process. You can ask questions and learn about realistic expectations so that you will be happy with the results. Our specialist will help you decide if Pelleve® skin tightening is your best option for younger-looking skin.

For most people, a series of treatment sessions is used for the initial course of treatment. After that, maintenance treatments can be performed at our office whenever the person thinks it is necessary for ongoing benefits.

The heat stimulates collagen production, which ultimately tightens the skin. The tightening is permanent, but the natural processes of aging and gravity will take their toll over time. Maintenance treatments will keep the results at optimal levels.

Pelleve® is not a laser. It is a device that focuses radio wavelengths deep into the skin, making it look fresher and younger. It is innovative because it heats the skin very slowly, and it is non-invasive. It is often recommended for people who would like to look younger but are not ready for plastic surgery.

Talk to our specialist at Adams Dermatology to learn more information about Pelleve® skin tightening. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Columbia!

Melanie Adams, MD, PA Melanie L. Adams, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist who has been in private, solo practice since September 2005. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Her areas of expertise include skin cancer, dermatology of ethnic skin, general dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology.

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