What is sofwave?
Sofwave is a new treatment in aesthetic medicine launched just in 2021. It is skin tightening and collagen stimulating treatment that incorporates many advantages and improvements over previous devices that have come and gone.
It is a true “lunchtime facelift”, in that you would not expect any recovery time at all after the treatment.
Each treatment takes about 30-40 minutes. Pulses of high frequency focused ultrasound are “fired” 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.
How does Sofwave Work?
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.
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.
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 whom 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.