Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor: If I'm an older patient with decreased amounts of collagen in my skin, will Pelleve still be effective?
Pre-procedure prep for Pelleve: Though many anti-wrinkle treatments allow for (and sometimes encourage) anesthetics and sedatives, Pelleve demands your full attention throughout the duration of the treatment session. Do not take any painkillers prior to the procedure.
On the day of treatment: Men will need to shave prior to the procedure. Remove all jewelry, makeup, and skin lotions before treatment.
What To Expect
A protective gel is first spread over the treatment site on your face. Corneal eye shields may be used to protect your eyes. A three button baton-like hand piece is then passed over the skin, delivering a tingly warmth as it moves along.
You'll hear a 'beep' each time the device is activated. If you experience pain or discomfort, tell the doctor. After the procedure, your skin may look slightly swollen or red for a day.
Who should do it: A licensed dermatologist with proper Pelleve training should administer the treatment.
Duration: Spot treatment with Pelleve may take about 15-20 minutes. A full facial treatment can take between 45 minutes to an hour.
How Painful Is It?
The treatment will feel hot. If it even becomes painful, immediately tell your doctor.
Pelleve is said to be less painful than Thermage. Although the Thermage device has a cooling mechanism to protect the surface of the skin from burning, patients nevertheless complain that Thermage can be painful - particularly on bony areas, like the jaws and cheekbone.
The scientific explanation: Thermage delivers RF energy in pulses, while Pelleve heats the skin continuously.
Patients have virtually no control over how much heat or how many pulses they receive with Thermage. Once the device is programmed, the treatment is set.
Pelleve, on the other hand, uses continuous RF energy to gradually heat the underlying tissues. In the absence of painkillers and skin numbing agents, the patient is instructed to provide feedback during treatment, helping to avoid overheating the skin. If the heated tip does begin to burn or become uncomfortable, the strength of the device can then be turned down a notch. This helps prevents pain during Pelleve treatment.
Options for anesthesia: No anesthesia is used during Pelleve treatment.