Pelleve is an advanced radiofrequency-based procedure that provides a painless and "no downtime" way to tighten and smooth the skin without needles or surgery. It also improves the contours of the face and neck. It's a wonderful invention and is best for people who do not have severe loss of elasticity of the skin. It is also a great insurance policy for the skin as it stimulates the formation of collagen, softening mild to moderate wrinkles by slowly heating the deep layers of the skin. Although the skin will often look better immediately, the procedures have a cumulative effect. You will usually see a difference after only one procedure, but a series of three to four about 3 to 6 weeks apart are recommended for an optimal result. Regarding maintenance, you can opt for periodic touch ups or come in when you feel you need a pick-me-up.
Microneedling is a simple but effective way to subtly rejuvenate the skin by making the texture silkier and finer, and it works beautifully for depressed acne scars. It works basically on the same principle as a fractionated laser, but without the heat. That said, the results are easily equal to or better than most of the fractionated laser treatments I’ve seen, most likely because the needles (with our technique, anyway) penetrate more deeply. Three to 4 treatments approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart are recommended. The treatments are generally comfortable with the use of an effective numbing cream, however if there is a particularly sensitive area, I can always give a little local anesthetic. Another bonus: They are significantly less expensive than fractionated laser treatments. There is no downtime if you don’t mind looking a little sunburned for a day or two and then a bit flakey for several days after that.
The HydraFacial feels like a spa treatment, but it’s serious therapy for your skin. It is given via a device with patented tips that deliver four therapies in four steps. The first step cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The second step is an acid peel with the strength tailored to your skin type. The third step performs extractions by vortex suction so that there is no trauma to the skin. The last step vortex-infuses antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to nourish and protect the skin. Red and/or blue LED light treatments may be added with this procedure. They will respectively stimulate collagen formation and decrease inflammation (red) and target the P. Acnes bacteria (blue) to help resolve acne.Often, people will have the microneedling procedure done, immediately followed by the HydraFacial. The microneedling allows the HydraFacial therapies to penetrate the skin even more effectively.
Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, Sarasota, Florida
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