Pelleve is a radiofrequency device, and not a laser, that is used for skin tightening. It uses a wavelength that is similar to marine radio, and focuses it into the skin. This gradually heats the skin, causes collagen fibres to contract, and tightens the skin. It is primarily used on the face and neck to reverse the effects of ageing and gravity by reducing skin laxity and tightening skin. It is a non-invasive, painless treatment with no downtime, designed for those who want to delay or avoid surgery.
Through the use of radiofrequency, Pelleve gradually heats the skin to a temperature of 39 to 42 degrees celsius. Radiofrequency waves are passed from an electrode on a handpiece that is moved over the treatment area to a neutral (receiving) plate attached on another part of the body. Unlike other radiofrequency devices, this is done in a very gradual and gentle manner. At this temperature (from 39-42 degrees celsius), the bonds between the collagen fibres are disrupted. This causes collagen to contract and spring together, just like a spring does when released from a stretch position.
The treatment is very comfortable and no pain is experienced by the patient. This is one of the key advantages of this treatment. Most people actually find it relaxing and enjoyable.
The first part of the treatment involves sticking a neutral plate to your back. This is the 'receiving dish' for the radiowaves. A clear gel is placed on the treatment area, A wand like handpiece with a smooth rounded circular tip is passed over the face, Usually, one area is treated at a time. The handpiece is passed over the area several times, with attention given to patient feedback on how hot the area feels. The practitioner also carefully monitors the skin temperature with a laser-assisted infrared thermometer, to achieve a temperature between 39 and 42 degrees celsius. This is repeated on all of the treatment area, until a uniform result has been achieved.