PelleFirm Specialist

Ballantyne Medical Associates

Family Medicine & Laser Aesthetics located in Charlotte, NC

Loose skin and cellulite are known for being impossible to eliminate without surgery, but now you have a non-invasive option -- safe, painless treatment with PelleFirm®. The doctors at Ballantyne Medical Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina, offer PelleFirm because its dual action can be used any place on the body where you need to tighten skin and/or reduce cellulite. Contact the office today to learn how you can rejuvenate trouble spots without surgery or downtime with PelleFirm.

PelleFirm Q & A

What problem areas are treated with PelleFirm®?

PelleFirm is a non-invasive device that’s FDA-cleared for tissue heating and temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite. It works by using two different actions at the same time -- radiofrequency energy and massage. PelleFirm is often used to treat arms, the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, but it’s suitable for almost any area of the body.

How does PelleFirm tighten skin?

PelleFirm emits radiofrequency (RF) energy that penetrates deep into the skin, where it gently heats tissues. The heat makes proteins in the skin contract, which often produces a temporary, but noticeable, tightness.

Heat from RF energy also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Although these two proteins are normally found in your skin, where they impart strength and elasticity, production goes down as you age, resulting in looser skin. Your skin becomes tighter and better toned as the fresh growth of collagen and elastin gradually migrate toward the skin’s surface.  

How does PelleFirm diminish cellulite?

Cellulite develops when small amounts of fat push through strands of collagen that have stretched or weakened over time. Optimal treatment of cellulite is achieved from PelleFirm’s combination of heat, massage, and skin tightening.

Heat stimulates stronger collagen and boosts blood circulation. Massaging spheres on the PelleFirm coax excess fluids to move into spaces where they’re naturally eliminated by the body. Changes occurring underneath the surface, plus tighter skin, all work together to diminish the appearance of cellulite.

What can you expect during and after treatment with PelleFirm?

You’ll feel a deep warming sensation, but no pain, as the hand-held applicator is rubbed over the area being treated. The length of each session depends on the size and number of areas being treated. A full abdomen can take 25-40 minutes, so if you’re treating another area, your session may take about an hour.

When treatment is finished, your skin may be slightly red with mild swelling, but that only lasts a few hours. You can get right back to your usual activities, so there’s no need to plan for downtime.

How soon will you see results?

You may see visible tightening, and skin may feel firmer immediately after one session. It takes time for new collagen and elastin to develop, so it will be about a month before optimal changes appear. Then new collagen continues to develop for up to 90 days, for longer-lasting results.