17 Mar Sofwave Gets FDA-Clearance for Cellulite Improvement
Sofwave quickly gained in popularity when it debuted in 2019 as a skin tightening treatment—and now it has been FDA-cleared to help with cellulite, too. Is there anything this non-invasive treatment can’t do? Available at RefinedMD, it’s a revolutionary method for toning and tightening skin (and now reducing cellulite) in a more comfortable manner than some other, comparable technologies. Although Sofwave is now being used to treat multiple concerns, it began as a breakthrough method for getting tauter skin, especially on the neck.
Sofwave works via ultrasound technology to boost collagen and elastin synthesis deep within the skin, all while leaving the surface of the skin unscathed. You can use Sofwave at any age. It’s an effective tool for reversing sagging and wrinkles, but can also be used as a preventative measure to delay the onset of aging. Sofwave uses Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB) technology to create heat that is delivered exactly 1.5mm below the skin’s surface in the dermal layer where collagen is made. When heat is delivered here, it creates a controlled injury to massively boost collagen production. Currently, Sofwave is FDA-cleared to treat the neck, under the chin, and lift the eyebrows (though it is routinely used in an off-label manner to address other areas). On average, 80 percent of participants in clinical trials reported improvement in 12 weeks after their treatment. Remember that it takes the body time to produce collagen.
Benefits of Sofwave
There are many Sofwave perks. It can lift the brows, reduce lines and wrinkles, minimize cellulite, improve laxity, and it is a quick, tolerable experience with no downtime. Many clients say that they start to see improvement after just one week, but it generally takes three months for full results to show. Some people use Sofwave as an alternative to a facelift, others use it to delay a facelift. There is no ideal age for Sofwave since everyone will benefit from a collagen boost. Collagen is the structural skin protein that keeps things toned and plump, but we all lose about one percent of natural collagen each year. Why not restore it with Sofwave?
Many clients in their 30s still have a little of that youthful “baby fat” in their faces, but lack definition. Sofwave can help you get a more chiseled jawline or defined cheekbones without the removal of that precious fat. For those who take a strictly surgical approach to turning back the clock, removal of fat is often necessary—but you don’t want to let go of “good fat” if you can help it. Sofwave and other non-invasive skin tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, can help you avoid that.
A Sof(t) Touch
Getting ready for Sofwave is easy. Arrive to your appointment with clean skin, though skin will also be cleansed before your treatment. Those prone to cold sores should treat the day before with valacyclovir to decrease chances of an outbreak. If you are also planning to get Botox and/or fillers near your Sofwave appointment, it is often best to get injectables 48 hours prior to Sofwave rather than all at the same appointment.
When you arrive at your appointment, skin will be prepped with a numbing agent. This topical will sit on your skin for 30 – 45 minutes. In addition, Sofwave has a built-in cooling plate for maximum comfort. This helps make sure the surface of the skin doesn’t heat up too much. Then, ultrasound gel is applied to the treatment area to create a bond between the skin and transducer in order to conduct energy. With Sofwave, seven transducers work at once so larger areas can be covered quickly.
Sofwave or Ultherapy?
There are many similarities to these two treatments, both of which were originally designed for the face and neck. With Ultherapy, three different depths are reached (including 1.5mm, where Sofwave targets). Ultherapy goes deeper to 3.0 and 4.5mm as well, going through fat, muscle tissue, and nerves. This means it is tightening muscles as well as skin, but also means it is typically more uncomfortable than Sofwave.
To find out which one is best for you, schedule a consultation today. Get in touch with RefinedMD by calling the office during business hours or completing the online contact form right now.