As we age our skin loosens and hangs. This is partly due to a general slackening of our tissues. It’s also due to sun and other environmental damage that also works to break down the skin and make it less tight and firm. Finally, our production of collagen decreases every year after the year we turn 20, so by the time we’re 50 our bodies are producing one third less collagen. And since collagen provides the skin’s underlying support structure, this makes our skin looser.
At Dr. Kronberg’s we offer the Pelleve system of radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin and encourage new collagen production.
What is Pelleve?
Pelleve is a radiofrequency-emitting device that delivers RF energy down below the epidermis into the dermis and the fat layer beneath. Dr. Kronberg can adjust the depth of penetration from a few millimeters to a couple of centimeters.
How does this tighten the skin?
By delivering energy deeply into the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, the RF energy (which converts to heat under the skin surface) stimulates fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) to generate new collagen. The heat also makes the existing collagen fibers contract, tightening and firming the skin. It also shrinks the sebaceous glands.
Is Pelleve painful?
Not at all. Dr. Kronberg equates the feeling of the procedure to that of a warm massage. There is no downtime. Your skin in the treatment areas can be a little red for a few hours, but that is all.
How many treatments?
Everyone’s skin is different, as is the amount of tightening needed. In most cases, Dr. Kronberg recommends three Pelleve treatments spaced one month apart. This will maximize the production of new collagen.
Need to tighten up the skin on your face or neck, without surgery? Call Dr. Kronberg at 713-771-8941 and ask about Pelleve.