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.
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.
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).
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…
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.
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:
- There is virtually no down-time for the treatment, in terms of side-effects.
- 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…
Posted by Jill
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.