Pellevé in San Antonio
Has your skin lost its youthful resilience? Do you feel like your own skin no longer fits properly? Would you like to look younger, and feel better about yourself without the risks and downtime associated with surgery? If you answered “yes,” to these questions, then you may be an ideal candidate for Pellevé skin tightening.
We all want firmer, smoother, younger looking skin. However, you may hesitate to risk your health for aesthetic improvement, and wisely so. Thankfully, modern medicine offers a plethora of safe, non-invasive, cosmetic options, such as Pellevé non-surgical skin tightening.
Imagine 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 massage. 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 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 and our trained aestheticians Melissa Valdez and Susan Lujan.
What is Pellevé?
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.
Before discovering Pellevé, Dr. Bucay had tried many systems, but none of them delivered the gentle, effective, predicable treatment that she strives to provide for her patients. Aggressive laser resurfacing is highly effective, but it involves too much downtime for most patients. Previous types of tissue tightening devices often failed to meet Dr. Bucay’s standards of excellence, due to patient discomfort, safety concerns, excessive downtime, unpredictable results, or some combination thereof.
Dr. Vivian Bucay, of Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, is a board certified dermatologist with extensive experience in all aspects of dermatology. She is dedicated to bringing the latest, safest, and most effective medical advances to the residents of San Antonio and surrounding areas. In keeping with this commitment, Dr. Bucay and her team were the first in the area to offer Pellevé. Dr. Bucay prefers Pellevé to older, alternative skin tightening systems due to its outstanding safety, effectiveness, versatility, and patient comfort.
The science of aging
Age, combined with factors such as sun damage, causes skin to hang in wrinkles and folds. A surgical facelift works by lifting and rearranging the skin, and removing the excess. Although this procedure has its place, surgery may be too extreme for the individual with only mild sagging and wrinkling. Additionally, many people simply are not comfortable with the idea of an invasive procedure. Pellevé is a unique alternative, developed through extensive research and scientific understanding of the aging process.
There is no single, identifiable factor responsible for aging. Over time, the body changes, producing less of certain compounds. One of the most important is collagen, which provides the structure for many other components in the skin. As collagen production slows, the deterioration of existing collagen accelerates. As a result, skin begins to lose firmness and elasticity, leading to sagging,
How Pellevé works
Pellevé utilizes radio-frequency energy, which passes through the surface of the skin safely and heats the deep layers.This advanced radio-frequency device works by deep heating the dermis with precision accuracy, essentially tricking the fibroblasts into reacting as if you had sustained a burn injury. You should feel no more than a mild warming sensation, but the energy triggers a chain of events at the targeted level.
Heat causes protein, including collagen, to shrink. This provides fast results, helping to tighten loose skin. It also stimulates the collagen production process, which achieves gradual improvement.
Although collagen contraction provides immediate visible improvement, it takes about 90 days for full results to develop, as new collagen develops and elastin uniformity improves. Over the coming weeks and months, you will notice your skin becoming firmer, smoother, and tighter – as if you were getting younger instead of older.
How long does the treatment take?
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.
Can Pellevé be combined with other treatments?
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.
Why do we (and our patients) love Pellevé?
- Customizable – The dosage can be tailored to each patient’s needs, optimizing both safety and efficacy.
- Comfortable – If you expect skin tightening to hurt, you will be surprised to learn that most patients describe the experience as a warm, soothing massage.
- Reliable – Pellevé has been proven in many clinical studies, with a very high rate of success.
- Versatile – Pellevé is an excellent treatment for reducing wrinkles or sagging, improving the elasticity of skin, and achieving a fresher, more youthful appearance. It can even be used in medical skin treatments such as dermatosis papulosa nigra, hyperplasia, warts, skin tags, and more.
- Non-invasive – There is no surgery, no downtime, and no painful healing period. Pellevé is a true lunchtime treatment.
- Natural – Skin improvement is achieved by collagen tightening and remodeling within your skin. Pellevé simply sets the process in motion, and your own body does the rest.
- Convenient – There is no pre-treatment protocol or interruption to your normal medications and cosmetic routines prior to your visit. Treatment typically takes 90 minutes or less, and you can return to normal activities immediately, making Pellevé easy to fit into your busy schedule. There is no lingering redness, skin peeling or other unattractive aftereffects.
- Results – Results keep improving for three months
Schedule a consultation
It is important to have realistic expectations. At the time of your initial consultation, Dr. Bucay will explain what can, and what cannot, be accomplished. Pellevé may be used in conjunction with other cosmetic and medical treatments to address all of your skin issues. Our practice was the first in the San Antonio area to offer Pellevé, and our aesthetician has extensive training and experience performing this procedure.
Do you want to benefit from the latest proven technology? Call 210-692-3000 to schedule an appointment with Melissa Valdez at our La Casita location or call 210-370-9995 to schedule an appointment with Susan Lujan at our Sonterra location.