November 2023

The Latest In Skin Tightening

Meet Sofwave

Sofwave is a non-invasive, medical aesthetic device used for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. It is the newest technology available at EpiCentre Skin Care and Laser Center.

Sofwave uses ultrasound technology to target and tighten the dermis layer of the skin. This not only provides an immediate benefit of skin tightening but also encourages cellular activity to produce more collagen long after the appointment is over. The collagen regeneration process minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles most often associated with aging skin. The most popular areas where Sofwave can be used are on the face, neck, hands, knees, and almost anywhere else on your body—all with minimal downtime and discomfort.

Sofwave technology works by creating micro-injuries to the dermis. As the body naturally heals the skin, it produces new collagen resulting in greater skin elasticity for up to one year after treatment.

When compared to other procedures like micro-needling or radiofrequency treatments that involve breaking through the skin’s surface layers, Sofwave provides all these same benefits without any invasive measures. Combined with minimal side effects such as minor redness or swelling for no more than two days following treatment, Sofwave may be the perfect solution for those looking for a fast yet effective way to reduce signs of aging with no downtime.

How Does Sofwave Work?

Sofwave uses s an innovative synchronous ultrasound parallel beam array technology to precisely convey heat 1.5mm into the mid-dermis—the ideal depth for treating wrinkles. Sofcool™ technology acts as a protective barrier, ensuring the outer skin layer remains unaffected.

The ultrasound waves transform into heat within the dermis, prompting the synthesis of collagen. This process replenishes collagen in the skin, diminishing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles while fostering a smoother and firmer complexion.

  • Ultrasound Energy: Sofwave emits high-intensity, focused ultrasound energy into the deeper layers of the skin without damaging the outer layer.
  • Thermal Coagulation Zones: This energy creates tiny, controlled thermal coagulation zones in the target areas beneath the skin’s surface.
  • Collagen Stimulation: The controlled heating from Sofwave’s ultrasound energy triggers the body’s natural healing response, leading to the production of new collagen. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin.
  • Skin Tightening: As new collagen forms over time, it tightens and lifts the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Why Our Patients Love It:

Our patients appreciate this non-invasive procedure for its seamless integration into their busy lives. Following the treatment, they can promptly resume their daily routines. Sofwave™ ensures a secure experience with its integrated Sofcool™ cooling system, safeguarding the skin's outer layer while facilitating the ultrasound treatment's precise depth in the dermis, ultimately achieving optimal results.

What Areas Does Sofwave Treat?

Sofwave is primarily used to treat facial areas where skin tightening and wrinkle reduction are desired. Some common areas that Sofwave can effectively treat include:

  • Forehead: to reduce forehead wrinkles and facial lines
  • Brow: to lift and tighten the brow and forehead region
  • Eyes: to improve the appearance of crow's feet and sagging eyelid skin
  • Cheeks: to address sagging skin and fine lines and facial wrinkles
  • Nasolabial folds: to reduce the appearance of smile lines
  • Jawline and Jowls: to tighten and contour the jawline and reduce mild jowling
  • Neck: for firming neck tissue, skin tightening, and wrinkle reduction

Is Sofwave Painful?

Sofwave is non-invasive and relatively painless. Some pain creams may help alleviate some of the discomfort. Sofwave is less painful than some other alternative treatments such as Ulthera or Thermage.

Sofwave Before and After Brows and EyesSofwave Before and After Neck

What's Involved In A Treatment?

First, a numbing cream is applied to the face and neck. Then, the handheld device attached to the Sofwave machine which is placed at specific points on the skin in a grid-like pattern. This process is painless, or can feel like just a sharp sting before it passes away - this is signaled by an audible beep when the device should be moved to another section of skin. The process allows for heat to penetrate deeply into our tissue, ultimately leading to increased collagen and elastin production, as well as firmer and smoother-looking skin.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Sofwave?

Patients in their 30’s and 40’s with mild to moderate skin laxity and aging would benefit from Sofwave. Sofwave is an excellent way to reverse these early aging changes and it also helps maintain one’s appearance. Older patients with more advanced aging would be better served with a facelift, neck lift or brow lift

When Will I See Results?

The results from Sofwave appear gradually over several weeks to months following treatment.

Immediately following Sofwave, some minor effects can be noticed in as little as one week such as brighter skin tone and reduced pigmentation. However, the structure of the collagen matrix continues to reform over the next 12 weeks. Most patients only need one session to achieve their desired outcome but more severe wrinkles or sagging may require two treatments for optimal results. 

How Much Downtime Can I Expect?

With the possible exception of some skin redness immediately after the procedure, there is minimal swelling, no bruising, and no downtime. The results are gradual and appear over weeks to months after treatment.

Sofwave Before and After Neck
Sofwave before and after full face

What Can I Expect Longterm?

When it comes to long-term results, Sofwave offers impressive results that can last for many months. Many people start to see differences in their skin as early as one week to one month, with the peak of collagen and elastin stimulation being experienced between three and six months. For best results, most patients report seeing a difference around six to eight months after the treatment.

Other FAQs

How many Sofwave treatments will I need?

Most patients typically require only one session, though some may find additional treatments beneficial. The number of sessions depends on individual factors such as the extent of skin laxity and the specific response of your body to the Sofwave™ treatment.

How long does a treatment take?

Typically, a single Sofwave™ session lasts 45-90 minutes, including a 45-60 minute application of a topical anesthetic.

How  is Sofwave different from Ultherapy 

Typically, a single Sofwave™ session lasts 45-90 minutes, including a 45-60 minute application of a topical anesthetic.

Schedule Your Sofwave Consultation

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Contact our experts at EpiCentre to get started with a complimentary consultation for Sofwave. 

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