Pellevé Treatment: A First Look

First look

Our constant battle against ageing can be fought on many fronts: skincare regime, diet, avoiding the sun (and other enemies)… or by simply staying in soft lighting at all times!

There is of course also an entire industry devoted to both surgical and non-surgical anti-ageing procedures. On this particular battle front, the trend has certainly switched lately to a less invasive, more natural “you, but better” approach.

The many faces of the Botox Babe

Have we become too frozen in time with the likes of Botox?

I myself think this is a change for the good, and I most definitely have a preference for procedures that stimulate a physiological ‘boost’, such as increasing collagen production, as opposed to, say, Botox or fillers.

Although wrinkles and thinner, more fragile skin are an inevitable part of ageing, boosting collagen production helps to smooth and plump the skin, allowing for a more youthful appearance.

SmallLipsThe Theory

One of the key ways to stimulate the boosting of collagen production is by the use of radio frequency waves. The theory is that, through delivering gradual energy, radio frequency treatments cause heat to build up deep within the skin itself. This causes the collagen fibres already present in the skin to change shape (to ‘denature’), resulting in them shrinking slightly. The skin then responds to this ‘trauma’ by upping its collagen production in order to repair the damage. The result is smoother, firmer, tighter skin over a period of a few months. (This technique of causing minor trauma to protein fibres, to stimulate regrowth and repair, is based on the same principle behind body-building).

SmallLipsThe Treatment

One such radio frequency treatment is Pellevé, which is billed as a system that safely and effectively treats facial wrinkles – and here is the best part: with virtually no pain and no downtime!  It is said to offer a more pleasant and natural experience for the client, which can be completed in under an hour.  A follow-up treatment is recommended in 30 days time.

This animated video demonstrates how Pellevé works…

SmallLipsExpected Results

There is a gratifyingly instant result with Pellevé, in that your skin will look smoother, firmer, tighter and less wrinkled immediately after the treatment.  However, these initial results will fade within a matter of days, as they are simply due to the heat-induced tightening of the structural collagen already present in your skin, combined with a mild swelling (edema) that causes the skin to plump out.

Good things come to those who wait...No, as with all good things, the real benefits of Pellevé come with time, as the trauma-induced boost in collagen production starts to plump the skin and diminish wrinkles. These results are said to continue to improve for at least six months after the treatment, as the skin produces new collagen, improving texture and tone. In a clinical study, after one treatment, 9 out of 10 patients experienced a significant benefit. At 6 months, almost 90% of those patients still had a lasting effect. Impressively, I have heard results can last up to 18 months.

The advance that Pellevé has made over older radio frequency treatments such as Thermage is:

  1. There is virtually no down-time for the treatment, in terms of side-effects.
  2. The tightening results can be achieved without the searing temperatures traditionally associated with radio-frequency treatment: the collagen denaturation takes place at about 41°C; 10 years ago the accepted wisdom was that a painful 65 degrees were required – youch!

If this has piqued your interest, come back soon to find out how my first Pellevé treatment went…

Jill aka Nameless Grace

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I am a skincare and beauty aficionado, and the founder of Nameless Grace. I aim to be your friendly guide through the minefield of marketing claims and the latest beauty trends.

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Suffering from choice overload?

Suffering from choice overload?

OK, first things first… I am not for one minute suggesting that money does, in itself, buy happiness!  However, I do believe that, as we are faced with more and more choices as consumers, and everyone is feeling the pinch (with the possible exception of Russian oligarchs), there is something to be said in knowing where to shop.  Or, more precisely, what to shop for… that is, which products and brands actually live up to their hype.

And therein lies my central reason for starting this website.

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This is a project that I have been meaning to get started for quite some time, and it is one that I will be devoting a lot of my time to.  I do seem to have acquired a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of beauty products over the years, mainly through my never-ending quest for that ‘holy grail’ product.  I also have a background in scientific research, which means I understand the science behind how products work.  I am knowledgeable about ingredients and what they do (or don’t do); I understand their potential benefits and the levels they need to be used at to deliver those benefits.  And, just as importantly, I can see through the pseudo-scientific marketing claptrap we are fed all the time.

Hold the front page... not all products are as effective as they claim!

Hold the front page… not all products are as effective as they claim!

In short, because of my obsession with beauty products, combined with my scientific knowledge, I know a good product when I see one.  I also know when I’m being sold a beautiful-looking bottle of snake oil!

My focus is on discovering and reviewing products that stand out above the rest, and I like to seek out and give you the low-down on new and innovative brands and ranges before and as they emerge.  Many of the products I review are, by their very nature, at the more ‘premium’ end of the price spectrum.  However, I don’t believe you always have to pay premium prices for products that deliver results. The technologies behind the high-end products are increasingly filtering down into more affordable drugstore brands, and I am constantly trying to hunt down great drugstore dupes for cult premium price products, so you don’t have to!

3jarsdOh, and if I come across a product that has been hyped as the saviour of womankind, but I don’t think it’s really all that, I’ll tell you so.  I’m fiercely independent in my reviews, and am not (and never will be) in the pocket of any brand or retailer.

I also dabble in formulating my own products.  Some of my posts will include tips, tricks and observations from this pastime.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I have way too much to say for myself.  So over the years, my friends and family (who have been at the receiving end of my recommendations for beauty products every Christmas and birthday) have been telling me I should put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and start writing some of my ramblings down.

They do say you should write about what you know, so I thought I would give it a go!

I do hope you find some of these ramblings useful, and that they help you to navigate the minefield of the thousands of products that we are bombarded with with every time we open a magazine, walk into a store, or switch on the TV.  So please do leave a comment on my posts, or get in touch through the Contact page, and let me know what you think.

If you don’t find this site useful, blame my family and friends!