Sofwave is a skin-tightening device that uses breakthrough ultrasound technology to revitalize the skin.
- Downtime: Very MInimal
- Pain Level: Minimal
- Results Duration: 6 months – 1 year
Mild skin laxity
Primarily used on the face and neck
Depends on amount of skin laxity and your body’s response
Device is placed on desired treatment area
Tight, lifted, and firm skin
Results visible immediately and continue to improve over 3 months
Sofwave is a skin-tightening device that utilizes breakthrough ultrasound technology to revitalize the skin by addressing mild to modest skin laxity through the stimulation of new collagen production.
Roy Geronemus, M.D., the director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, was an investigator for the trial of Sofwave and actively participated in its clinical research, helping drive the innovative technology’s FDA clearance and best practices. At our Manhattan and Southampton offices, we provide excellent medical and cosmetic solutions to a wide variety of skin conditions and aesthetic concerns. Our board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeon approach skin laxity and other signs of aging with expertise and a modern approach, using only the most advanced methods in research and treatments.
What is Sofwave?
As you age, collagen and elastin production begin to decline, causing the skin to develop laxity, or become loose. Sofwave is a new, non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation that can stimulate the production of collagen. We offer this treatment in our Manhattan office.
What Can Sofwave Treat?
Sofwave can treat mild laxity of the face, neck, and other parts of the body.
The treatment may be safe and effective for all skin types, as opposed to laser and light-based therapies that may cause burns on those with darker skin.
How Does Sofwave Work?
Sofwave uses a unique, Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Array technology that generates heat 1.5 mm in the mid-dermis, which is the optimal depth for wrinkle treatment, while the outer layer of skin is bypassed and protected. The emitted sound waves are converted to heat, causing the treatment zones to stimulate a healing response. As a result, collagen in the skin will be replenished, which may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as create a smoother and tighter skin complexion. Sofwave also comes with an integrated cooling mechanism that protects the outer layer of the skin during treatment, preventing it from burning.
When Will I See Results?
Results may be seen as soon as one week following treatment. The collagen regeneration process, however, can take up to 12 weeks to produce visible results. This means patients may consistently see improvements during the 3-month period after the treatment.
What Kind of Results Could I Acheive?
Because of Sofwave’s ability to stimulate your body’s production of collagen, which is the natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness, patients could achieve the following results:
- Tighter, lifted appearance, especially in areas that have started to droop or sag (e.g., brows, cheeks, jawline, neck)
- Toned and firmer skin with a youthful bounce (more elastic)
According to its clinical studies, 88% of patients were marked as improved or significantly improved in the appearance of facial wrinkles and necklines 12 weeks after a single Sofwave treatment. You can learn more about the latest Sofwave technology by visiting their website.
What is Recovery Like?
Because of the Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Array technology that precisely passes through the skin’s surface without damaging the epidermis or the underlying structures beneath the dermis, along with the device’s integrated cooling system, there is no required downtime after a Sofwave treatment. Patients will not likely feel pain following the treatment and may be able to immediately return to their normal activities. They may also resume their daily facial care regimen immediately after a treatment.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Sofwave Treatment Safe?
A: According to Sofwave’s clinical studies, its safety profile was excellent and there were no adverse events reported. Sofwave has the ability to measure and control skin temperature and comes with a cooling mechanism that protects the uppermost skin layer from burning. In other words, Sofwave accurately targets the thermal effect while providing optimal epidermal protection.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: The majority of patients will only need one treatment, while others will benefit from an additional treatment. The number of treatments will depend on how much skin laxity you have and how you respond to the Sofwave treatment.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects Or Risks?
A: Sofwave treatments are considered very safe.
Q: Am I A Good Candidate For Sofwave Treatments?
A: Sofwave is well suited for patients who are in their 30s to 80s, have mild to moderate skin laxity of the face, and have loose skin under their neck and chin. Sofwave can also be an option for older patients who do not want a face lift but want some of these skin issues addressed. Someone who is in poor health, smokes, or has excessive sun damage on their face is not a good candidate.
Q: How Do I know If Sofwave Or Ultherapy Is Best For Me?
A: It will depend on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals. Both Sofwave and Ultherapy use ultrasound energy to stimulate the process of collagen production. Their main differences are the depth and width of the energy delivery, treatment discomfort, and time of the procedure. Sofwave delivers a broad band of energy while Ultherapy uses focused energy at different depths. Sofwave is somewhat less painful and the treatment time is shorter. There is more worldwide experience with Ultherapy as Sofwave is newer. Our board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons in Manhattan and Southampton, New York will help determine the best procedure for you and can customize a treatment plan specific to your needs and goals.
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