As we age, skin laxity will be something that we all encounter. Collagen production naturally slows down over time and the elastin in our skin decreases. When our body begins to decrease in collagen and elastin production, we begin to notice skin laxity. You may begin to notice fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin and cellulite as a result of this.

The onset of these changes depend on a variety of factors. Diet, significant weight loss or gain, genetics, how often you are in the sun and water consumption can all play a part in when these changes happen and how significant they may appear.

Radiofrequency is one modality that has been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, cellulite and loose skin on the body. Radiofrequency energy is used to heat up the dermis (lower layer of the skin) to stimulate neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen). When the thermal energy penetrates the underlying tissue, more collagen is produced and the skin tissue tightens. More collagen and more elastin = tighter skin.

Hemingway Medical Spa has recently introduced two radiofrequency energy treatments that help with skin laxity. Pelleve and PelleFirm are both skin tightening treatments that use radiofrequency energy to heat and stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. Pelleve can be used on the face and neck while PelleFirm targets skin laxity on the body.

Pelleve and PelleFirm benefits include:

  • Wrinkle reduction around the upper and lower eye
  • Temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite
  • Tightens loose skin
  • Non-invasive treatment
  • No pain. Feels like a warm message
  • No down time. Can return to regular activity right after treatment
  • FDA approved


PelleFirm is a body skin tightening and cellulite reduction treatment.

It’s ideal for treating skin laxity around the abdomen, that is commonly seen with aging and after childbirth. It can also be used on the upper arms, buttocks and thighs to address common concerns like “flabby arms” and “sagging skin.”

A series of four to six treatments is recommended (dependent on each patient) to attain firmer, toned looking skin. Follow-up treatments are required to maintain these results. For more permanent results, we recommended pairing PelleFirm with Sculpsure, a fat destruction treatment.


Pelleve helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, without needles or surgery.

 Pelleve stimulates the body’s natural production of new collagen, which then tightens skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

 Because Pelleve triggers your body to rebuild collagen, a series of treatments will give you optimal results. The more your body produces collagen, the tighter the skin will get. Three to five treatments are recommended (dependant on each patient) and should be done about four weeks apart. The results last for about one year.

You may notice some redness after the procedure, but this tends to subside after a few hours.

Learn more about skin tightening options by visiting Dr. Jamie at Hemingway Medical Spa. Consultations can be booked online or by phone at 587-521-0667.