Clinically proven to rebuild collagen, tighten skin and improve fine-lines.
What is Sofwave?
Sofwave is a collagen treatment technology available since 2022, non-invasive Ultrasound technology that is clinically proven and aimed at non-invasive skin tightening and rebuilding collagen. It is FDA-approved for non-invasive skin tightening and for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.
How does Sofwave work?
Sofwave uses Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam SUPERB™ Technology. Using this technology, Sofwave generates heat at the precise depth of 1.5mm in the mid-dermis, to stimulate a healing response that generates collagen and leads to the reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. The heat energy also immediately causes contraction of the skin, tightening it and improving fine lines.
Sofwave’s high-frequency ultrasound beams travel through the skin layer and create an array of volumetric cylindrical shaped (3D) thermal zones, resulting in targeted tissue heating and generation of new collagen. This method of generating strong energy ensures that results are consistent and more significant in producing collagen.
The temperature under the skin, in the mid-dermis layer, reaches up to 60-70 degrees Celsius during a Sofwave treatment, but the integrated cooling mechanism in the handpiece protects the epidermis (top layer of the skin) and assists in focusing the effect in the mid-dermis. This enables Sofwave to generate strong energy while ensuring that the procedure is still comfortable.
Am I suitable for Sofwave Treatment in Singapore?
People with the following concerns can benefit from Sofwave treatment:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Mild to moderate skin laxity (“Sagging skin”)
- Loose skin at the brows, submental tissue and neck
- Looking to improve skin elasticity and firmness
- Looking for a non-invasive procedure for skin tightening
Benefits of getting Sofwave in Singapore
- Clinically proven technology
- FDA cleared
- Safe and Effective
- Fast treatment
- Can be used on all skin types
How is Sofwave different from other treatments?
Sofwave is often compared to other non-invasive skin tightening devices, most commonly, various brands of High-intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) machines or Ultherapy. Here is a quick summary of similarities and differences between the two!
Ultherapy / HIFU
Focuses energy on a depth of 1.5mm under the skin: The layer for skin tightening and collagen stimulation.
Superb effects on fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
Able to penetrate up to 4.5mm under the skin, with real-time visualization.
Able to target deep structures under the skin (such as the SMAS muscle - to stimulate a skin lifting effect)
Non-invasive; very tolerable, topical anaesthesia option offered
Non-invasive; tolerable, topical anaesthesia option offered
Little to no downtime
Little to no downtime
Show in 1-3 months
Show in 2-3 months
The terms “skin tightening” and “skin lifting” are used interchangeably often, and sound alike, but they are different.
For example, with Sofwave, which prizes itself on skin tightening, the skin will feel tighter and firmer after treatment, especially for those with skin laxity issues. This tightening of the skin results in less wrinkles and fine lines. This tightening effect may also give one a slight appearance of a “lifted” face, but one must note this “lifting” comes from the skin and not from the lifting that is obtained from lifting of the underlying facial muscles and tissues.
HIFUs and Ultherapy, on the other hand, pride themselves for being able to lift the face “from within”. Often, this refers to the face they can reach depths of up to 4.5mm under the skin, hence targeting the SMAS muscle - this muscle is one of the muscles targeted by Plastic Surgeons performing a surgical facelift! By being able to target the SMAS muscle without the use of any scalpels or incisions, HIFUs and Ultherapy are able to give the appearance of a “lifted” face, especially for the lower face, jowls and jawline areas.
However, since this lifting targets the deeper layers of the skin, the effects on fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin may not be as prominent as that achieved with a Sofwave treatment.
Over the years, many different machines and technology have proven their worth; it is probably difficult to say there is one “best” machine. The key is a proper assessment of an individual’s unique facial structure and needs, and thereafter formulating the best plan for each individual. Often, this involves the use of more than one device or technology. At Freia Medical, we have both Sofwave and Ultherapy in our line-up of essential non-invasive skin tightening and lifting devices.
Which areas can Sofwave target?
Sofwave can be used to treat the face, neck and body as well. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles, lifting the brow, submental (beneath the chin) and neck areas.
How long does a Sofwave treatment take?
The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 30-45 minutes; it’s a perfect lunch-time procedure!
Will I need to take time off?
With Sofwave, there is little to no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume most normal activities immediately without having to follow any special post-treatment measures.
Do I need to take any specific skin preparations before Sofwave treatment?
Usually, no significant preparations are required prior to the treatment. During your consultation, inform your doctor of any medications and supplements that you might be taking.
How many sessions of Sofwave do I need in Singapore?
A single session of Sofwave is able to deliver results that are visible and long-lasting. As our skin continues to age, future treatments are done to keep pace with the body's natural aging process.
Can I combine Sofwave with other aesthetic procedures?
Yes, Sofwave can be combined with other aesthetic procedures, including HIFU, Ultherapy, Radiofrequency devices and Lasers. This can be discussed more in detail based on an individual’s needs.
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