What is Softwave? About Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

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  • Sofwave is an in-office skin treatment that targets fine lines and wrinkles.
  • The device promises to boost collagen for a smoother appearance.
  • The treatment is non-invasive and requires no downtime.

We all know that fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, and therefore a normal part of life, but if you’re looking for a smoothing solution, there’s a skin treatment called Sofwave that we’ve heard a lot about. . lately. For substance, Sofwave is an FDA-approved device that uses a combination of ultrasound technology and heat to stimulate collagen production. Although it is an in-office treatment, unlike semi-invasive treatments like Botox and fillers or invasive procedures like plastic surgery, Sofwave is considered non-invasive and has no downtime. .

If you’re curious to learn more about the innovative treatment, we enlisted Michelle Aszterbaum, MD, board-certified dermatologist at the Newport Center for Dermatology, based in Newport Beach, Calif., to explain what what is Sofwave, how it works, and everything you want to know.

What is Softwave?

Sofwave is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, in-office treatment that uses high-frequency, low-divergence ultrasound and heat to stimulate collagen production and soften fine lines and wrinkles. “Sofwave safely and effectively heats collagen to the right temperature and depth of 1.5mm in the mid-dermis, triggering a healing response that increases both collagen and elastin in the skin”, Dr. Aszterbaum told POPSUGAR. (This trigger response is similar to the effect of microneedling, except there are no physical pricks on the skin.)

Sofwave is currently approved for face and neck areas and promises to lift eyebrows, tighten skin under the chin and neck, and smooth lines. A Sofwave session typically lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and involves no needles, cuts, or risks associated with invasive procedures. Although you may experience slight redness immediately after an appointment, its short downtime makes it a popular choice among patients who want a quick procedure.

Is the Softwave treatment painful?

Although pain tolerance depends on each person, experts say you can expect to feel different levels of heat on the skin when the ultrasound energy is delivered. Before undergoing the treatment, you can also apply a numbing cream, which can help ease the discomfort. Treatment cycles typically last around 30 seconds each, with the end of each treatment cycle being the most intense and uncomfortable.

Yet one of the benefits of Sofwave is that there is little downtime and patients can return to their usual activities immediately after the session. “There is no wasted time after the treatment and no one will know you just had the procedure,” says Dr. Aszterbaum. “You can immediately resume your daily activities and even get out and enjoy the sun as there is no sun sensitivity with Sofwave.”

How much does a Softwave treatment cost?

Although the cost of treatment varies depending on the provider and where you are in the country, you can expect to spend anywhere from $2,500 and up.

Does Softwave work?

Although Sofwave treatment is suitable for all skin types and tones, the age of the patient plays a role in whether or not it is effective. “A good candidate is usually one in their 30s and older who has mild to moderate skin aging,” says Dr. Aszterbaum. Patients in their thirties who have mildly saggy skin around the face, neck, or jawline are also good candidates for Sofwave treatment.

How long do the results of a Softwave treatment last?

Immediately after a Sofwave treatment, you may notice your skin appear firmer and tighter, but Dr. Aszterbaum says noticeable results tend to appear a week after the session and continue to improve month after month. The actual collagen regeneration process takes up to 12 weeks; you will likely see the most noticeable effects after this 12 week treatment period.

Although Sofwave is considered a “one and done” type of treatment, the results are not permanent, so it is recommended that you do a refresh about once a year.

Potential Risks of Softwave Treatment

Dr. Aszterbaum says there are no serious side effects to worry about, although some patients may experience mild redness, swelling, mild tenderness or a “tight” feeling after treatment. This varies according to each person’s skin sensitivity. Yet, after leaving the office, there are no follow-up instructions to worry about. “Sofwave doesn’t have post-treatment care — most don’t notice anything but a lifted look,” she says.

Softwave, before and after

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