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Pellevé treatments- tested and recommended

Pellevé Skin Tightening System
Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
February 28, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

A month has gone by since the second (and final) of my Pellevé treatments. This is the moment of truth, the day of reckoning, the hour of my final verdict. Carissa McCormack at Dr Z. Paul Lorenc, who performed my treatments, told me that about now I should start to give myself a good hard look in the mirror to see if I can see an improvement in my skin. Well, I can unequivocally say that I can.

My skin overall is looking pretty good, but most marked and impressive is that the Pellevé treatments have plumped the area around my mouth and the labial nasal lines are practically non-existent. For the past two weeks, people have been saying that I look “great” (not bad considering I’ve had a dreadful cold for one of them).

Pellevé treatments are almost painless (the device gets pretty hot so you do need a skilled practitioner to keep it moving over your skin) and utilize high frequency radiowaves to achieve “denaturation” of the collagen, which encourages it to produce more. You can read more about Pellevé and how it works in my post on my first treatment.

The effects of Pellevé could last up to 18 months. So the question is, am I pleased enough with the results to have the treatment again when the time comes? Well, at upwards of $750 per session, this is not to be taken lightly. As I mentioned in my previous posts, my treatments were compliments of Ms McCormack. But yes, assuming I can see the effects of making new collagen for a year, then I would do it again with my own cash.

I am truly pleased with the results: markedly firmer, plumper skin. But hear me well. I (in my own subjective assessment) believe I see a pleasing improvement – I do not see a transformation. I wasn’t expecting one, so that’s fine. But if any of you are reading this and considering Pellevé for yourself, you need to understand that the results are not dramatic, as they would be with, say, fillers or Botox. Since I don’t want an invasive treatment and actually prefer a subtle plumping rather than the chipmunk cheeks of a Restylane procedure, Pellevé has turned out better than I hoped.

So yes, in a year or so, I would stump up for a top up treatment and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to have realistic expectations.

  • February 13, 2012

    by Nisha

    Hi Marie,

    Marta asked me to reply to your query. This is a good question as there is often confusion as to the tipping policy at a Drs' office or medi-spa. It is especially confusing as MD offices offer COSMETIC treatments along with medical treatments for client convenience. Moreover, medi-spa's or an MD office may require non-medical staff to wear "scrubs" or a "lab coat" to give the medi-spa more of a "medical feel." Medical apparel does not make the person wearing it a medical professional.

    The "treatment" that is received determines whether a tip is required.

    Medical treatments should NOT be tipped for. Injectables (botox, juvederm, etc.) are 'medical procedures' & can ONLY be performed by an MD or nurse (often an RN). Moreover, it is illegal for an MD or nurse to accept a tip.They can, however, accept holiday gifts.

    Any non-medical treatment (e.g. chemical peels, laser hair removal, Pelleve, etc.,) should be tipped the customary 15%-20%. These are cosmetic treatments which are performed by an esthetician. The very same service could easily be performed at a day spa or laser center (as opposed to an MD office) where the esthetician would receive a tip without question.

    Medi-spa's are NOT a medical facility and are limited in the services they can offer. Medi-spas are required to have a "supervising MD" who is rarely on premises, unlike a dermatologist office. Largely, the ONLY medical treatment offered by a medi-spa are injectables, often administered by a nurse (who should not be tipped). Treatments other than injectables that are offered at medi-spas are cosmetic & administered by estheticians who should be tipped.

    So, if you did not see a dermatologist or did not receive an injectable treatment & see the little yellow envelopes at check out, that's a good sign that tipping is customary.

    Also, it's best to bring cash in order to tip. Tips are rarely accepted on credit cards (this also goes for hair salons) as most establishments don't like to commingle regular revenue funds with client tips.

  • February 12, 2012

    by Marie

    Hi Marta, do you tip the technician who does the Pelleve Treatment? If so, at what percentage?
    Thanks very much!

  • July 8, 2011

    by Jen

    Also, how does a practitioner avoid facial fat reduction when using radio frequency treatments? I thought i read that this was the same technology (and same temperature) used for fat/ cellulite reduction.

  • July 8, 2011

    by Jen

    Is this the same technology that I have read about in High Frequency radio home devices (like the Jellen)?

  • April 12, 2011

    by Beth

    Can you comment on "Skintyte"? A local aesthetics center in my town offers that in conjunction with "fraxel" for the neck area. The "skintyte" sounds a lot like Pelleve. I know someone who had the skintyte/fraxel procedure. I can't see any improvement in her skin and it's been about four months.

  • March 1, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Julie, yes by jowls I was including marionette lines. I particularly asked for a focus on this area when I was having the treatment. It has made a difference - one that gets subtly better each day.

  • February 28, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Would this procedure work on marionette lines, do y'think, Marta? Plump that area up? As well as help sagging jowls. These are my continuing nagging skin issues- staving these off is a constant. ~jk

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