Sofwave Skin Tightening Treatment

Sofwave is a new type of non-surgical lifting and tightening procedure for face, neck, and chest(decolletage).

Sofwave is a revolutionary non-surgical facelift alternative that’s more affordable than almost anything else(including: threads, liquid facelift, Ulthera, and Thermage) and has no downtime, no needles, and no anesthesia. It makes use of new technology: high frequency, low-divergence ultrasound to target the mid-dermis, or the middle layers of the skin, where collagen support starts to breakdown during the natural aging process.

Sofwave Results

Sofwave turns on your body’s own natural collagen-building process (which is slowly turning itself off starting in our 30’s). It uses ultrasound energy in a high frequency, low-divergence pattern to trigger this response, and the effect is:

    • Smooths away fine lines and wrinkles
    • Lifts and tightens skin
    • Tones and firms skin, restoring youthful bounce(elasticity)
    • Lifting of Facial Features that have started to sag or droop (brows, cheeks, jowls, jawline, neck, etc.)

When Will I See Results from Sofwave?

The first thing patients always ask us is “When will I see my results?” With Sofwave, you’re building new collagen, and that process always takes about 3-6 months, whether you’re talking about a laser, radiofrequency, threads, or ultrasound, like Sofwave. Most patients will start to see some results around 4-6 weeks after treatment, though these will be small changes compared to the end result (see around 12-24 weeks out). Many patients prefer this kind of natural and discreet result to a quick-change, because it’s not noticeable to others that you’ve had something done.


Sofwave Skin Tightening & Wrinkle Reduction

Click Image to View Larger PhotosSofwave works to restore the collagen support that firms and tones skin – and it helps reduce wrinkles by improving that elasticity and restoring the bounce of youthful skin. Sofwave works best for wrinkles that are formed by repetitive movements, such as smiling, squinting, pursing your lips, etc. (crow’s feet and fine lines around the mouth, cheek, and undereye) versus those that are caused by volume loss, like deep folds around the mouth and jowls. This is because wrinkles caused by repetitive motion are really just repeated bending and breaking down of collagen directly below that part of the skin’s surface, and when we can restore and repair that collagen, the skin looks smoother and more youthful.
Sofwave is a not spot treatment, like so many of our wrinkle-reduction treatments, but it does help remove wrinkles in a very natural and subtle way – think of it as a filter for real life!

Sofwave NonSurgical Facelift

If you are looking for a single treatment, to the full face (or full face and neck), that will make a real impact, but with no risk of unnatural-looking results, and at an affordable price, then Sofwave is a treatment you need to know about.
Unlike so many non-surgical skin tightening treatments, Sofwave isn’t priced out by the area – it’s either full face or full face and neck. We’ll cover more about pricing below, but the important thing here is that you’re treating everything at once, so you don’t end up with just a cheek lift or just a brow lift – because that can be a bit unnatural-looking.

Softwave Brow Lift & Eyelid Lift

Sofwave Brow Lift without Surgery NJOne area we’re really happy to see that Sofwave produces great results for (because so few of the non-surgical treatments that claim to actually do create consistent changes for this area) is the brows and eyelids. This treatment is included in our full-face treatments, and patients really appreciate that it’s not just a brow lift or just a lower facelift – it’s a comprehensive approach to natural anti-aging.

Sofwave NonSurgical Neck Lift

Sofwave Neck Skin TighteningIf you’re in your 40’s or 50’s and just started to notice the skin at the center top of your neck is loose, Sofwave is one of the few treatments that can really improve this concern, without surgery (or any needles for that matter). This is a very common complaint among our patients, so we thought it was worthwhile calling out separately, but Sofwave doesn’t treat just this area – it’s actually a treatment that covers the full neck and submental (under the chin) area. And that’s important because it means we’re not just treating the problem areas – we’re reinforcing and repairing all of the skin, for longer-lasting and more natural-looking results.

Treatment with Sofwave: What is the Procedure Process?

Step 1: Free Consultation with a Cosmetic Physician to determine which treatment(s) are the right ones for you. We have over 70 different laser and technology-based treatments like Sofwave, and we know there’s no 1 technology that works best for everybody. A core reason we’re able to get great results for so many New Jersey men and women is that we hand-select the treatment(s) for each of them. We base that selection on your skin tone/type, your aging pattern, your medical history, your goals (big makeover or small tweaks?), deal-breakers (no surgery and no pain, please!), budget, and lifestyle needs (I can’t take more than 3 days off from work).

Step 2: Sofwave Treatment On the day of treatment, you should plan to be in the office with us for about 45 minutes to an hour. There’s no need to numb for Sofwave, though we do have ProNox nitrous oxide available for those who may feel particularly nervous or anxious. ProNox clears out of the system within a matter of minutes, so it won’t inhibit your ability to drive yourself home afterward. The actual duration of your treatment will be about 30-45 minutes, depending on which treatment areas you select.

Downtime & Recovery

There’s really not any downtime with Sofwave – if you’re looking for something that not even your husband (or nosy co-workers) will know you’ve had done, this is it!
We cover what to expect in more detail during the consultation, but this is pretty much it – it’s a very easy treatment to fit into even the busiest lives.

This is what we’re telling patients to expect afterward:
Day 1

    • redness is possible and may last up to an hour or so
    • makeup can be re-applied immediately after
    • some swelling is possible – though it’s very mild when it does happen – you’re more likely to feel slight soreness, but other’s won’t see it

Week 1

    • we’ve had a couple of patients mention firmness that lasted about a week – we believe this is mild swelling – and it’s pretty rare

Frequently Asked Questions About Sofwave

Ulthera vs. Sofwave: What’s the difference, and which is better?

Ulthera and Sofwave both make use of ultrasound technology, so it’s only normal that people will ask: “what’s the difference?”
Ulthera targets deeper into the tissues, including hitting the muscle (and if you’re not a skilled provider – sometimes bone, too). Now, this does create tightening and changes in the muscle, but it is so much more painful, and many patients just want to see skin improvement, not muscle changes. That’s where Sofwave excels, because it only targets the skin, and it’s a comfortable, quick treatment. If you want to get technical about it, Ulthera can target 1.5 mm, 3 mm and/or 4.5 mm depths, while Sofwave targets 1.5 mm.
Sofwave also targets multiple points with each pulse (8 to be exact), whereas Ulthera only targets 1 spot with each pulse – and that’s what makes Sofwave so much faster.
There’s also price to consider – Ulthera is more expensive – usually about 30-50% more expensive – so if you don’t need Ulthera, you’ll have a faster, more comfortable treatment at a lower price with Sofwave.

If you’d like more details, check out our blog post comparing and contrasting Ulthera and Sofwave in detail.

Not sure which one is right for you?
That’s why we offer free consultations with our cosmetic physicians.
Contact us to schedule yours today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Reflections in New Jersey for Your Sofwave Treatment?

There are a lot of other providers who will be offering Sofwave, as with most of the treatments we provide, so you might be wondering what makes our practice the right choice for you. Sofwave is just one of the dozens of non-surgical skin tightening and lifting treatments we offer, which means we won’t be trying to push you towards Sofwave if it’s not the exact right treatment to help you achieve your goals, within your budget, and without disrupting your life. There is no one best wrinkle treatment or facelift alternative – and Sofwave has its best uses (and its worst). Having an arsenal of over 70 different technologies and lasers at our practices, along with a team of cosmetic physicians, means you’ll never have to settle when it comes to your cosmetic treatments at Reflections.

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Cosmetic & Laser Physician at Reflections Center

Dr. Michelle Ellern’s skillful hands, artful techniques, and warm and caring personality as a cosmetic physician make her a wonderful addition to Reflections. She is certified in Aesthetic Medicine by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.