Pellevé is an advanced non-invasive, monopolar radiofrequency solution to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without needles or surgery.

As we age, we experience many biochemical changes at the level of the epidermis and dermis (the skin). We see a decline in ‘good collagen[1]’ and increase in ‘bad collagen[2]’ resulting in an overall loss of skin elasticity[3]. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines form leaving you with smile lines, crow’s feet, and other bothersome creases.

Pelleve gradually heats the skin using radiofrequency. This energy disrupts the intra-molecular heat labile bonds within the collagen helix and ultimately causes a shortening of the collagen[4] resulting in immediate and noticeable effect. This also stimulates the production of new collagen (neocollagenesis) which has long-lasting effects[5].

Pellevé is a safe and effective option for a no downtime procedure that gives you a refreshed youthful appearance. A series of treatments is recommended to boost the collagen rebuilding process.

What to expect

Pellevé is a comfortable procedure with almost no downtime. Patients have reported that it feels similar to a relaxing hot stone massage. After the procedure you might have slight redness, which is caused by your skin’s elevated temperatures during treatment, but this subsides almost immediately afterwards. You will be able to return to your normal day-to-day activities right after the procedure.

Days 1 – 3: treated area will have a “post-treatment glow”
Days 4 – 15: your body’s natural reaction to heal comes into play as fibroblasts become present, and the collagen rebuilding process begins
Days 15+: post-treatment collagen synthesis and formal remodeling occurs.

The collagen regrowth process will continue for 6-12 months after the treatment series. It is recommended that patients receive at least 3 treatments at approximately 4 weeks apart. This helps to re-boost the collagen building process to obtain optimal results.

What areas can you treat?

The Pelleve is indicated to treat skin laxity around the eyes and face. PelleFirm is also a radiofrquencey
procedure that is used to tighten the skin on the body. (More information is available below).

How does Pellevé work?

The Pellevé system uses radiofrequency technology to gently warm the skin deep beneath the surface, which over time, stimulates the body’s natural production of new collagen and temporary contraction of existing collagen.

Is Pellevé right for me?

Pellevé is ideal for men and women with all skin types. Unlike most laser treatments, Pellevé is gentle on the skin and is safe to use all year round, regardless of sun exposure and tan. Please discuss with your provider to determine if Pellevé is right for you.

How long does the treatment take?

Treating the entire face takes anywhere from 45-60 min. If you would like a specific area treated (e.g., the delicate areas around your eyes, forehead, or smile lines) your procedure could be completed in as little as 30 minutes. Because the collagen rebuilding process continues to work days, weeks, even months after your treatment, a series of treatments are required for the best results.

How many treatments are recommended?

A total of 3 – 6 treatments are recommended about 4 weeks apart to boost the collagen rebuilding process.
A consultation with a physician is recommended to determine if this treatment is right for you.

Pellefirm – treating skin laxity, on the body

Similar to Pelleve, PelleFrim treatments also use radio frequency energy to tighten the skin on areas of the body, such as: legs, abdomen and arms. The heat and massage motion of PelleFrim temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite and helps provide a smooth and firm texture. Treatment plans based on a patient’s expectations can be discussed with Dr. Olesen during a consultation.


1 Soluble collagen

2 Insoluble collagen, as a result of multi-chain cross-linking

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