A study by the Department of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) at the University of Michigan has examined carbon dioxide as a non-surgical, non-invasive cosmetic option.
In vogue about twenty years ago, carbon dioxide was overlooked when BOTOX® and other methods came to light, as it was said to produce side effects such as scarring or discolouration of the skin.
These side effects, however, become non-existent over time, according to Doctors P. D. Ward and S. R. Baker, leaving skin looking smoother, younger and with 50% less wrinkles.
In spite of the seemingly miraculous results, the study’s findings are difficult to verify as only 48 people were tested over a period of two years, a very small sample. Furthermore, in some cases, the patients’ skin was negatively affected by the treatment, with acne and scarring occurring.
Pelleve – Radiofrequency Skin Rejuvenation
The medical community has instead chosen to champion Pelleve, a non-surgical method of skin rejuvenation which uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and involves no downtime.
Using a handheld device, Pelleve practitioners use radiofrequency to heat the deep layers of the skin, leaving the top layer intact. The warming effect of the radiofrequency wand stimulates the producers of collagen in the skin, leaving skin tighter and plumper. There can be up to 24 hours of slight swelling after the procedure however.
Cosmetic surgeons agree that Pelleve is a subtle and gradual means of reducing the signs of ageing by eliminating crow’s feet. It is particularly useful for patients who have an aversion to needles, as the procedure is syringe-free. Unlike the carbon dioxide treatments, there is no risk of scarring, and no pain. Patients have compared the sensation to a hot stone massage.
More information on this new method of skin rejuvenation can be found at www.pelleve.com.
Pelleve radiofrequency treatment is available at Quinn Clinics in Clifton, Bristol; where Dr John Quinn offers the treatment. Prices start from £600. Get in touch for more information.