No matter how well you care for your skin, eventually, your face is going to show the signs of aging. Tiny lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin catch up with everyone at some point, and most of us would do just about anything to get rid of those signs of aging.
Having a facelift is certainly one way to look younger. But facelift surgery is just that — surgery. That means when you have a facelift, you have all the risks that go along with surgery and with the anesthesia used during the procedure. Plus, because facelift surgery is invasive, you’ll have scars afterward, and the healing process can be long and uncomfortable.
Today, you can enjoy many of the same results without surgery, thanks to an innovative treatment offered by Ethos Medical Group called Pellevé. That means you can reduce or even erase fine lines and wrinkles and tighten and tone loose, sagging skin without incisions, without anesthesia, and even without any downtime. Here’s how it works.
The science of Pellevé
As we get older, our skin loses some of the natural collagen that helps skin stay firm and resilient. As collagen production decreases, skin can begin to sag and tiny lines and wrinkles form. Pellevé helps gently tighten loose skin so that it looks smoother and feels firmer.
The Pellevé system uses radiofrequency energy, a kind of energy that creates heat. During treatment, the heat is emitted from a special handpiece that’s applied to the surface of your skin. The heat penetrates to the deeper layers of your skin where the signs of aging begin while leaving the more superficial layers of your skin free from any heat damage.
Once the heat energy reaches the optimal depth, it triggers your body’s natural healing responses, resulting in the formation of new collagen over time. Plus, the radiofrequency energy shrinks tissues so skin looks firmer and smoother right away.
What to expect during and after treatment
Dr. Wu performs Pellevé treatment right here in our office without any sedation, anesthesia, incisions, or needles. The special applicator and delivery system is designed to treat any type of skin, including the delicate skin around your eyes. As the applicator passes across your skin, you’ll feel a warm sensation similar to a hot stone massage. Treatments can be focused on specific areas, like the wrinkles at the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet) or around your mouth, or you may opt to have your entire face treated in one session. Individual areas take about 30 minutes to treat, while the entire face takes about an hour.
After your treatment, your skin will probably look a little red or pink as a result of the deep heat. Redness will resolve soon after your procedure, and there’s no downtime — you can get back to your regular routine right away. Because the radiofrequency used during your treatment helps shrink lax tissues, you may see initial results soon after your treatment. But since your long-term results are based on new collagen production, your skin will continue to improve over time.
Most people achieve optimal results with a series of three to five treatments spaced out over several weeks to stimulate long-term production of collagen, helping skin restore resiliency and firmness lost due to the aging process. The number of treatments you’ll need will depend on the results you want to achieve. Dr. Wu will develop a treatment plan that’s just right for you.
Is Pellevé right for you?
Don’t let aging skin make you look older than you feel — or older than you want to look. At Ethos Medical Group, we can help you find solutions that are ideal for the goals you want to achieve. To learn more about Pellevé and other treatments that can help you look and feel younger, book an appointment online today.