By Niki Herman, APE

Do you wish your neckline was tighter and smoother? Are drooping eyebrows making you appear tired or angry? Would you like a more lifted appearance to your face but don’t feel ready for surgery? Then, the Refinery Skin Clinic’s newest treatment, Sofwave™, may be the perfect solution!

What is Sofwave™?

Sofwave™ is a non-surgical tightening device that uses Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB™) technology to safely generate heat below the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production and tighten existing collagen fibers. This dual action results in tighter and more lifted skin than before treatment.

Sofwave™ is FDA-cleared to lift the eyebrows, lax skin of the submental tissue (under the chin), and lax skin of the neckline. It rebuilds collagen to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck, with 80% of clinical trial patients seeing improvements in 12 weeks. In addition, Sofwave™ was recently FDA-cleared to smooth the appearance of cellulite!

What are the benefits of Sofwave™?

  • Clinically proven technology
  • Safe and effective
  • Non-invasive
  • Can be used on all skin types and colors
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck
  • Lifts eyebrows to restore a more refreshed, youthful appearance
  • Improves laxity of skin under the chin and on the neck
  • Quick, tolerable procedure (35-45 minute actual treatment time)
  • No downtime
  • Only 1-2 treatments are needed depending on the degree of sagging in the skin
  • Results are seen within 12 weeks
  • High rate of patient satisfaction

How does Sofwave™ work?

Sofwave™ utilizes ultrasound energy to create channels of heat energy at 1.5 mm below the skin, which triggers the body’s natural wound-healing response. This process produces more collagen and elastin in the dermis, which reduces wrinkles. There is no damage to the skin’s outer layer or any underlying structures beneath the dermis (bones, facial nerves, facial fat, and blood vessels) with Sofwave™.

Who is a good candidate for Sofwave™?

If you are concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, or skin just beginning to sag in your lower face, neckline, or eyebrows – Sofwave™ is for you! Because Sofwave™ is not a laser, or light-based treatment, like IPL, it can safely treat all skin types and colors. It can even be used on younger patients in their late 20s, when collagen production slows, to “prejuvenate” the skin and boost collagen production. 

*Plastic surgery may be needed to achieve the desired outcome if significant skin sagging of tissue is present in the lower face and neckline. In this case, the Refinery Skin Clinic can refer you to Dr. Christopher Tolan of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery

What should you expect from a Sofwave™ treatment?

Before your Sofwave™ treatment at the Refinery Skin Clinic, your provider will apply topical numbing cream to your face and neck. Once you are numb, they will apply a cool gel to your skin and begin the treatment one section of the face at a time. As the handpiece moves across your face, it warms the tissue beneath the skin. Some areas may be slightly uncomfortable as the heat increases, but this is only temporary, as the cooling tip of the handpiece immediately takes the sensation away.

Depending on the size of the area being treated, your Sofwave™ procedure should take about 45 minutes (after consultation, pictures, and topical numbing have been completed) and requires no downtime. You can immediately return to normal activities after the treatment is over.

When will I see results after Sofwave™?

Sofwave™ works by stimulating collagen production and rebuilding the collagen matrix in your skin. This biological process takes time. Some immediate results can be seen as soon as 1-week following the treatment. However, the collagen regeneration process can take up to 12 weeks.

Most patients only need one treatment to improve their skin quality significantly. If more wrinkles or prominent sagging are present before Sofwave™, two treatments may be recommended.

Are you interested in tightening and lifting your skin without surgery? Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss Sofwave™ with a Refinery Skin Clinic provider by calling (952) 479-0603, texting (952) 295-4681, or clicking here.