For those of you who have read my previous pieces on the Pellevé treatment I have been receiving at Harley Street Skin Clinic, this will be the instalment you have been waiting for: the results!
Right from the start, I wanted to avoid presenting opinion-based, anecdotal statements on the effectiveness of the treatment. So after a consultation with the wonderful and extremely well-informed Lesley Reynolds, clinic co-founder, journalist and all-round skincare guru, she suggested that I try their VISIA Skin Analysis system to photograph my face in set positions, under controlled conditions before and after the treatment, in order to get a measure of the results.
VISIA Skin Analysis
So, for those of you who are unfamiliar with VISIA, I will give you a brief overview. VISIA Complexion Analysis is a facial imaging system that uses a state-of-the-art camera to measure spots, pores, wrinkles, evenness, porphyrins, UV spots, and photodamage. Importantly, it enables skin practitioners to easily capture consistent, repeatable, perfectly registered facial images for side-by-side comparisons, which are then quantitatively analysed by the on-board computer, allowing clinics to track the progress of a patient’s skin over time.
The procedure involves placing your head into the machine on a fixed chin rest. The skin technician then ensures your head is positioned exactly as it was for any previous shots before allowing the camera to take images from three set positions: front, left side, and right side. The computer then analyses these images to quantify the characteristics of the skin. In the case of Pellevé as a treatment, of the options available through VISIA, I am most interested in the changes it measures over time in wrinkles.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the images and the stats calculated from them for my skin both before and after my Pellevé treatment.
Initial Impressions: Immediate Period
(1) From facial imaging
This first set of ‘before’ and ‘after’ images was taken before the Pellevé treatment course started, and after the very first treatment. It it very apparent that there is visible lift in the face around the corners of the mouth and at the eyebrows.
In addition, we can clearly see a reduction in lines in the areas identified by the black arrows.
(2) From VISIA stats
Aside from the visible improvement, VISIA performs its own analysis, and reports a whopping 26% reduction in wrinkles.
(3) My own impressions
Immediately following the treatment, my skin felt soft, but more importantly, it looked noticeably firmer and smoother. My cheeks look plumper, with more definition on my jawline and cheekbones, and a definite overall lift to the skin. My skin also feels tighter when I smile. My cheeks look plumped, and no crepiness underneath the eye. In fact, my skin feels remarkably hydrated and plumped even after cleansing and before moisturiser.
As explained in my previous articles, here and here, the results in terms of wrinkle-reduction and lift are due to two things in this early, initial period: (1) the tightening of collagen already present in the skin, causing it to firm therefore and lift, and (2) oedema, or swelling of the skin, that plumps it out, filling out lines and lifting in the process.
Unfortunately, it should be pointed out that much of these initial improvements tend to only last for around a week after the first treatment before fading, primarily as the slight swelling caused by the treatment subsides again (again, see my previous article for an explanation).
The primary aim of the Pellevé treatment is to boost collagen levels within the skin, which results in a firmer, plumper, less lined complexion. For these results to start to kick in, we need to wait for a month or so for them to begin to show. So please check back for my next update to see further VISIA analysis and results down the line…
…Check back soon for the next set of results!