Skin Tightening / Pelleve

Once upon a time, having tighter skin meant plastic surgery for mature patients. Your only alternatives were facelift-type procedures to draw up and remove loose skin. While that is still a viable option in some cases, modern dermatology now offers skin firming solutions that are non-surgical and non-invasive; with minimal discomfort and little or no social downtime.

After a patient consultation to understand your areas of concern, and a thorough analysis of your skin type, we’ll recommend an individualized program to give your face youthful lift without the need for general anesthesia, cutting, stitches, or several weeks of hibernation while you heal.

We’ll start with skin care products that are well suited to your complexion to avoid the possibility of aggravating oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin. Possibly, all you need for a more youthful look is the right regimen to firm and tone. If a bit more attention is in order to get you looking your best, we have several options such as Pellevé and Ultherapy.

Ultherapy™ uses focused ultrasound technology to visualize and to treat the deep structures that support the skin. It is this ability to visualize and then target specific areas to be treated that sets Ultherapy apart. The visible tightening and lifting that develop over the 3 to 6 months after treatment are due to the effects of the ultrasound energy on the superficial muscular layer along with an increase in collagen production in the deep layers of skin.

Pellevé is another great face refresher. This comfortable process (which feels something like a warm facial massage) sends gradual radiofrequency to deep skin layers. This allows heat to build at the point where the skin meets the underlying layer of fat, to stimulate collagen production. Keep in mind that collagen provides natural structure for your skin to maintain thickness and resist sagging. Treatments are typically done once a month for a total of three to four sessions, and maintenance usually involves one session every six months.

Does having firmer facial contour, without surgery, sound like a fairytale? Both Ultherapy and Pellevé provide enhancement that is gradual and natural looking. They can be used alone or in combination with resurfacing procedures to remove age spots, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve exterior skin tone and texture. They are an excellent complement to Sculptra Aesthetic, which restores facial volume lost due to aging. Dr. Vivian Bucay’s training, technology, and artistic skill make it a dream come true. Call today to learn more about our skin tightening techniques.


pevelleImagine having a refreshed, more youthful appearance with firm skin and fewer wrinkles. Envision that happening in a brief procedure that feels like a pleasant warming facial message. Picture noticeable results you see right away, with no healing time. It might sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. Pellevé delivers on that vision. In clinical studies, nine out of ten patients reported a significant benefit from Pellevé treatment.

The technology behind this amazing advancement in cosmetic dermatology is energy created by radiofrequency. As the device is passed over treatment areas, the energy builds up heat beneath the surface of the skin, where it meets a layer of fat. This causes a reaction in the bundles of collagen within the skin. These deep layers contract causing immediate firming and tightening. The process triggers additional production of collagen for continued, gradual improvement.

Pellevé is performed at our office, with a treatment session that usually takes less than an hour (depending on the size and number of areas treated). Most patients require about three treatments performed a month apart. However, Dr. Bucay will be frank with you regarding the number of treatments needed for optimal results. Because Pellevé doesn’t impact the surface of your skin, the process is discreet – you may return to work or your regular activities immediately without others knowing you’ve had it done.

Because Pellevé is non-surgical and non-chemical, its benefits may easily be combined with other treatments for further facial rejuvenation. For example, depending on your skin type and individual goals, Dr. Bucay will customize a makeover plan that may include high-quality skin care products, healthy cosmetics, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, neuomodulators (Botox/Dysport/Xeomin), and dermal fillers, with Pellevé to firm and tone supporting layers and aid in wrinkle reduction.

The secret to safe and effective Pellevé results is a qualified physician – a dermatologist trained and experienced in this technique. Trust your face to Dr. Vivian Bucay.

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