What is Sofwave?

 

Dr David Loh

Non-invasive Facelift Based On The Next-Generation Of Ultrasound Technology.

Sofwave is a NEW treatment in Aesthetic Medicine launched in 2021 and making waves worldwide.

It is a skin tightening and collagen simulating treatment that incorporate many advantages and improvements over previous devices that have come and gone.

It is a true “lunchtime facelift”, in that you could expect no recovery time at all after the treatment and get on with your day. Each treatment takes about 30-40 minutes.

Sofwave™ at a glance

 

You might have heard of popular anti-aging treatments like Ultherapy, HIFU and Lasers. How does Sofwave and its advanced technology compare?

✔︎ Improved Ultrasound Delivery ✔︎ Causes Almost No Discomfort ✔︎ No Downtime
✔︎No Risk of Skin Discoloration ✔︎ Much Faster Treatment Time ✔︎ Clients See Faster results*

*Patient results are individualized. It usually takes 3-6 months for collagen to fully form, but some Sofwave patients start seeing results as quickly as 7-10 days

How Does Sofwave Work?

 
 

Pulses of high frequency focused ultrasound are delivered onto the skin over the intended treatment area.

The ultrasound waves then triggers a response to produce more collagen and elastin in the skin. More collagen translates to better skin quality, less wrinkles and skin that is more taut.

The treatments are comfortable enough to be performed without any topical anesthesia. Sedation will definitely not be required.

Over the few weeks after just one treatment, improvements to skin quality and tightness will become progressively more visible as new collagen is formed. Studies have shown improvements to continue up to 12 weeks.

The Sofwave treatment can be repeated yearly. Or more frequently, if desired.

Why Sofwave?

 

Clinically proven technology

 

A multi-center clinical study evaluated the clinical effects of Sofwave’s technology on facial wrinkles, most patients were marked as improved or significantly improved 12 weeks after a single treatment

Safe and effective

 

Proprietary Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam SUPERB™ technology with integrated cooling Sofcool™, while ensuring no damage to the epidermis or to the underlying structures beneath the dermis

Non-invasive

 

Ultrasound energy precisely passes through the skin’s surface, heating the mid-dermal tissue at just the right depth and temperature to rejuvenate collagen fibers. Patients can get right back to normal life quickly following treatment

Fast, 30 – 40 min Treatment

 

This quick full face treatment, easy to perform and, patients love the fact that this procedure can fit into an active lifestyle at any time of the day

Treats all skin types

 

Darker skin types are more susceptible to burns with the different light-based therapies. With Ultrasound, the treatment is safe and effective regardless of the patient’s skin type

How is Sofwave Better?

 
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Over the last twenty or so years, doctors have tried many methods to tighten sagging skin and remove wrinkles and lines on the faces of their patients. Sofwave has taken the best of each generation of these devices and made it safer and more comfortable for the patients.

 

Non-ablative, non-invasive, no-downtime.

Compared to earlier ablative methods to smooth out lines and wrinkles, Sofwave is definitely a step up because of the absence of any recovery time after the treatments. It also does not have any risk for PIH or scarring that may be associated with ablative lasers.

 

Less operator and patient dependent

Compared with RF devices that work on the principle of tissue coagulation to induce the healing response, focused ultrasound technologies have the advantage that they are less dependent on the conductivity of the skin. Conductivity can vary a lot with hydration status and fat content. And different parts of the body will also differ in conductivity. In the older RF devices, the amount of RF energy delivered is also operator dependent.

 

Improved ultrasound energy delivery

The SUPERB technology delivers a uniform layer of focused ultrasound energy at an accurate depth of 1.5mm to stimulate neocollagensis where it matters. Hardly any of the energy reaches the skin where the nerves that sense pain are located. Hence is it also much more comfortable than older HIFU devices. Clinical studies have shown that 87% of patients experienced a satisfactory improvement in terms of skin quality and tightness.

 

 

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The Evolution of Skin Tightening Treatments Over The Years

 

Our skin has an incredible ability to heal and repair. From as far back as in the 1990s, doctors have been trying to harness this ability to repair to improve skin quality.

 

Ablative Lasers like CO2 and fractional CO2

 
It started with ablative lasers like the fractional CO2, which caused a controlled area of injury to the skin to bring about new collagen production (neocollagenesis). Because it was ablative (destroyed skin), involved a lot of patient discomfort and recovery time. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8629842/

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

 
At about 2005, the industry focus changed to coagulative devices like Thermage and various other RF devices. Instead of causing an outright injury, these coagulative devices created spots of invisible “injury” to trigger the healing response. But the technology depended on the conductivity in the skin which can differ even in the same person on different days, not to mention different individuals.

 

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Micro-focused Ultrasound Skin Tightening (HIFU)

 
Around 2009, micro-focused ultrasound was invented to trigger the healing response. The trigger points left no visible marks on the skin after the treatment. And the energy could be focused into the SMAS or more superficially in the skin. The treatment was called Ultherapy and there were a few copycats like Ultraformer and Dublo that came after. Despite the treatments being quite painful and a small number of patients requiring sedation, Ultherapy is still the rage now in more than 10 years on.

Sofwave: New and Updated HIFU

 
The Sofwave technology further refined the ultrasound energy to a level under skin which produced maximum collagen regeneration but with much greater comfort. And the energy levels are also more uniform. Less shots of Sofwave are needed to deliver the same results which reduces treatment time. It also has built-in feedback for skin cooling during the treatment.

Can it be mixed with Other Procedures?

 

Sofwave can be safely performed on patients who have received botulinum toxin and filler injections. Or even in the same session as these products are placed in a different plane of the skin or deeper structures of the face. Additionally, because Sofwave does not impact the pigment (chromophores) in the skin, it can be performed in a same session with may lasers.

 

Sofwave in the Press

 

Aug. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ 

Sofwave Medical LTD, today announced it has received approval from the Korean Ministry of Foods and Drug Safety (MFDS) to market Sofwave its proprietary next-generation Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam technology SUPERB for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also revitalizing the skin.

Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/

Sofwave Medical Ltd., an emerging aesthetic device company, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Sofwave system. The Sofwave device is indicated for use as a non-invasive aesthetic treatment to improve facial lines and wrinkles.

Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/

Sofwave Medical, the emerging leader of energy-based non-invasive aesthetic medical devices, announced today that it has secured CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) for its next-generation Sofwave system which was approved for use for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles in the EU.

DR DAVID LOH

One of the Pioneers of Aesthetic Medicines in Singapore

Dr David Loh

Dr David Loh

 

Founder

 

Dr David Loh founded David Loh Surgery back in 2002 when Aesthetic Medicine as a field was still in its infancy. He obtained his basic medical and surgical degree from the National University of Singapore. He has 30 years of working experience, 18 years of which were in aesthetics. He is MOH-accredited to perform office -based Liposuction. He is perhaps best known for being a trainer for B*tox and Fillers in the region. He is the President of The Society of Aesthetic Medicine in Singapore.

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