Pelleve: Smoother Skin Without Surgery + Before & After Photos

Some days, I love being a blogger. I get the chance to try out new potions and treatments that others don't always have. Sure, some of those days they don't go so well and other days, I'm elated at the results. Here is my latest adventure.

My latest experiment on my face is a curious treatment called Pelleve. When I was researching this procedure, a British paper summed it up by likening it to "face ironing". While that isn't exactly what happens, it kind of is. Let me explain from the beginning. This procedure takes place in a doctor's office and uses radio frequencies to heat up the deep layers of your skin. When the skin is heated, to about 41 degrees Celsius, minor "wounds" happen within the tissue. These do not hurt in any way and are never visible. As the skin heals, new collagen is formed and that plumps the skin. This means that fine lines are plumped and disappear. I was given the chance to see the results for myself, courtesy of Dr. Lorenc, M.D., F.A.C.S. in New York City.

Here is exactly what happens during a Pelleve treatment.

The doctor slides a cold, rectangular metal neutral plate between your shoulder blades. In my own terminology, they do this so that when they apply the radio waves to your face via the device, the waves go into your skin instead of spreading throughout the room.

(These are the tools that are used to treat the face.)

Next, the doctor will use a small, slightly rounded tool to heat up small areas on your face. The warmer you tolerate, the more effective. I'm told 41or 42 degrees Celsius is optimal. I can also say that 42 degrees is a bit too warm for my liking. Either way, it doesn't hurt at all and it's actually very relaxing.

Since this treatment is so safe and controlled, it can be used around the eyes and on the lips. This means it can be used without risk to lift the brows slightly and to fill the lips. It can also be used on the neck, which often shows signs of aging faster than the face (along with the hands).

The whole process takes about forty-five minutes from start to finish. After the procedure, my skin was slightly tighter due to inflammation, as the treatment won't actually take effect that quickly. Optimum results will be visible after one to two months, and should last for six months or more. While some providers claim that only one treatment is needed, most will suggest that more than one treatment may be required for the best results.

Is this for you? It is worth considering if you have:

Sagging skin
Prominent nasolabial folds
Wrinkles around the mouth
Lines between the brows
Lines on forehead
Excess skin on the upper eyelid
Crow's feet
A tired or unhappy expression

If you are just starting to see wrinkles and want to proactively slow down the aging process, this may be worth considering. If you have more prominent lines already, they are likely to be lessened after a few treatments.

I'm hoping to have more than one treatment to get the best result. Here are my before and after photos.

(Before and After. Skin lightening to due to a separate treatment. Photos taken in same light, under same circumstances.)

On a recent trip to NYC, I got the chance to chat with a skincare insider who shall remain nameless. While talking about all of the things I had tried and what worked and what didn't, the Pelleve treatment came up as something that works surprisingly well. The procedure has given me noticeable results, with no pain or down time. Other derms have warned me that you can't always see results in before and afters, especially after one treatment. Here is what I've noticed:

Fuller Lips
Tighter jaw line
Crows feet diminished
Smile line on (photo right) diminished
Eyes lifted slightly
I don't know why my nose looks larger. Sinus issues? Dark melasma made the sides of my nose recede?

My results are not knock-your-socks-off-wow, but they are noticeable and probably considered average for one treatment.

This procedure retails anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand, depending on how many treatments and where you live. It's important that you have a doctor or trained assistant perform this procedure as you are essentially creating a controlled wound within the skin. Please ask your doctor if this treatment may be right for you. Personally, I was pleased with the results and would not hesitate to continue having these treatments.

I'll update this post as my Pelleve treatment continues and the results continue to change! Would you do this? Have you done this? Tell me all about it in the comments.

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  1. You look great :) look forward to the updates. On a side note, I'm near DC and I'm wondering where you went and what you had done for your melasma? That was a HUGE difference. I'm covered with it on my face and even on my forearms and have been for over 10 years. I'll try about anything that won't make it worse !

    Thanks.. Heidi

    1. Thanks Heidi! What made the melasma difference is a product called Brightenex by ZO Skin Health. It works wonders, but comes at a price. I'll be posting about that on Wednesday, so check back. The bottom line is that it really works very well, but it's incredibly strong and can be painful to use. But it works....

  2. I can't wait, thanks Kelly :) How long have you had melasma ?

  3. I've had freckles my whole life. Thanks to several sunburns as a teen, when I hit 30, I started getting brown and yellow blotches over 70% of my face. While it's not a huge deal, my face and neck don't match at all. I've tried a lot of things and very few gave me really noticeable results.

  4. Pelleve smoother skin without surgery. Useful post

  5. I love pellevue. I've had 3 treatments and it is one of the only treatments that helps with frowning issues and sagging jawline other than laser.

  6. You do realise doing two treatments simultaneously makes it impossible to know for sure which one is the effective one... Pretty basic fail really.

    1. Not sure I understand your comment. I only had one treatment done...Pelleve does not affect skin tone and Brightenex does not affect tautness or reduce wrinkles.

  7. does laser produce the same results as Pellevue? Is it a more invasive or expensive procedure than Pellevue?

    1. A laser is much more invasive and has some downtime, where your son isn't great looking.

  8. Some ladies are asserting a facial exercise/muscle invigorating attempts to reduce the Nasolabial Folds Treatment Delhi. Likewise, a couple of report that a golden light mechanism has made a difference.

  9. I started treatmemts today 1 of 4 to 6. My next is in 4 weeks. The unit is only too warm if they do not keep it circular moving continually...I haf no issues and went to almost 40 except around the eyes.there in the 20 s. I have hopes and will update mine are 4 for 680. Port orange fl

  10. My pelleve was painful. She kept the wand moving and at the correct temp for results, checking it frequently, but I was in pain several times. I assume I have a very low heat/pain tolerance because most people refer to it as warm or even very warm but not painfull.
    I don't know what to do now as I was told a series of 2 to 4 are needed for any noticible results and I honestly am too much a wimp to do move.
    I had fillers done once and felt it was a bit uncomfortable so I can take some "pain". But not pelleve... are too young and pretty to need pelleve! At my's a need!


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