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.
A few weeks ago, I popped along to see the folks at Harley Street Skin Clinic to have my first Pellevé treatment.
If you read my previous piece on Pellevé, you will know that it is a radio frequency collagen-boosting treatment that causes heat to build up deep within the skin. This has two effects:
(1) Expected immediate term results
During the treatment, the heat denatures collagen fibres already present in the skin, causing them to shrink and therefore immediately tighten the skin. This combined with a mild swelling in response to the heat means you can expect noticeably plumped, tighter, smoother skin with fewer wrinkles in the period immediately following the treatment. Don’t get too excited by this, though – it really is only a side-effect and a temporary one at that, unfortunately lasting only days.
(2) Expected long term results
In the weeks and months that follow, the ‘trauma’ caused by the heat during the treatment stimulates the skin to up its collagen production in order to repair the damage. This results in smoother, firmer, tighter skin over a period of a few months.
According to the manufacturer, Pellevé, unlike similar treatments that preceded it, is virtually pain free and requires no downtime.
About the procedure
I had my treatment with Harley Street Skin Clinic. My practitioner was the charming and knowledgeable Bianca-Estelle Simpson, who started by clarifying what I should expect during the treatment, and carefully setting my expectations for the results.
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.
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.