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Pelleve

Pelleve uses radiofrequency technology to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 15, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Pelleve was cleared by the FDA in November 2009 for the treatment of facial wrinkles.

Manufacturer: Ellman International, Inc.

Like Thermage, Pelleve uses radiofrequency technology to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. It delivers heat to deep layers of the skin where fat resides. This controlled damage spurs the contraction of these deep tissues for an overall smoothing effect.

The heat energy also stimulates the production of new collagen over time, resulting in firmer, tighter, smoother skin. The practitioner adjusts the strength of the delivered energy based on feedback from the patient throughout the session.

What It's Good For

Pelleve treats mild to moderate age-related wrinkles on the face. Use on body parts other than the face are not FDA approved.

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Crow's feet Pelleve is a radiofrequency (RF) treatment similar to Thermage. It works by using RF energy to heat inner layers of skin and stimulate collagen production, which plumps and tightens the...more The treatment costs between $1,000 and $1,500 per session.
Neck wrinkles Pelleve delivers high frequency radio waves beneath the skin to tighten skin and reduce neck wrinkles. Pelleve heats deep layers of fat in gradual increments, forcing existing collagen to...more Pelleve costs about $500 per treatment.
Undereye wrinkles Pelleve is a radiofrequency (RF) treatment similar to Thermage. It works by using RF energy to heat inner layers of skin and stimulate collagen production, which plumps and tightens the...more The treatment costs between $1,000 and $1,500 per session.
Wrinkles Pelleve is a non-invasive skin tightening procedure. It uses radiofrequency energy to heat the inner layers of the skin and stimulate collagen production. Collagen plumps and tightens static...more Pelleve costs $500 around the eyes and $1,500 for the full face.

Who it works for: Pelleve is ideal for patients with fair to light brown skin. The best candidates are middle-aged women and men with fine lines, wrinkles, and drooping skin.

Recommended age range: There is no age limit or requirement for Pelleve.

When will I see results?: Pelleve claims to show improvements after one treatment. As collagen continues to grow, you'll see more improvement. Full results will be clear after six months.

While both Thermage and Pelleve use RF to tighten skin, Thermage is more expensive and requires fewer treatments to take effect.

How long it lasts: Pelleve can smooth facial skin for up to a year and a half, though you will most likely require a touchup after about six months.

Key benefits of Pelleve: Pelleve can reduce wrinkles by 25 - 50%. Pelleve is not performed under anesthesia, so you'll be able to return to work right away.

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