Skin sagging is something that every individual deals with at some point in their life, especially as they age.

Skin sagging is something that every individual deals with at some point in their life, especially as they age. When the skin can no longer hold onto its structure, ultrasound technology has proven effective in restoring its health. Sofwave™ makes use of this technology, starting a “lifting” process and helping you look more youthful. Dr. Travis Shaw can provide Sofwave™ treatments to anyone seeking skin revitalization, bringing your inner youth forward.


Candidates: Who Can Sofwave™ Help?

Sofwave™ is a good treatment for individuals experiencing mild to moderate skin sagging who want a non-surgical way to address that matter. Patients in their 30s and 40s are often ideal candidates, but everyone can get this treatment if they have good general skin health. Also, you shouldn’t have any underlying conditions that can affect the healing process or lead to complications.

Sofwave™ can also help those looking to maintain their current skin health and wish to keep their collagen production strong. If you are in your late 20s or early 30s and are concerned that your skin will start sagging soon, the Sofwave™ treatment can put that process to a halt. 

Candidates should have realistic expectations and know that all results are gradual. Your skin quality could also affect the outcome, so multiple treatments may be needed to get the desired look. While Sofwave™ has not shown to be damaging to pregnant women, you should postpone the procedure until you are done carrying or breastfeeding. A consultation with Dr. Shaw can determine whether or not you are a good candidate.

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Sofwave™ Process

The Sofwave™ procedure uses superior ultrasound technology to rejuvenate your collagen fibers. The technology is called Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam (SUPERB™, for short) and reaches into the deeper layers of the skin. As the skin is gently warmed up, the body will perceive this as an injury (without being really injured), increasing your collagen production to heal it. 

Over time, this treatment reduces skin sagging and fills wrinkles and fine lines, offering a smoother and more youthful complexion. Aside from filling facial creases, the procedure can also help lift the brows non-invasively and reduce the jowls, giving you a more elegant aesthetic. 

Sofwave™ also has an integrated cooling system called Sofcool™, which sends cool air to the skin’s surface. This leads to a more comfortable treatment and protects the top layer as the ultrasound penetrates the skin. It reduces the recovery time and makes it a good option for every skin type. 

Sofwave™ Recovery and Downtime

As Sofwave™ is a non-invasive treatment, the potential for downtime is minimal. Most patients can return to their daily routine right after the treatment. However, you may notice a few side effects, a natural part of the regeneration process. The most common side effects are redness and mild swelling, which fade quickly. Bruising is relatively uncommon but can occur if you have very thin or delicate skin. 

To avoid prolonged side effects, we recommend that you respect the post-care instructions provided by Dr. Shaw. Vigorous exercising, hot baths, and saunas can potentially increase your inflammatory response, exacerbating your side effects. Bruising can also occur as a result of this. Certain skin products like exfoliants should also be avoided during the recovery, as the skin needs time to heal.

Most of the redness and swelling should be gone within the first 48 hours, after which you can resume physical activities. The skin is still sensitive, so you should avoid direct sunlight in the first few days. If it cannot be avoided, use broad-spectrum SPF rated at least 30. Most people feel that they have fully recovered within just a few days, as the skin shows a new glow.

Sofwave™ Results

Sofwave™ effects are gradual and determined by how much collagen the skin produces after the treatment. While the best results appear within a month or two, some patients notice an almost immediate improvement in skin texture, making them look much more radiant. The production of collagen should increase even more over the next three to six months, offering gradual yet extensive improvement. 

The skin should feel firmer and tighter, with fewer wrinkles on your face and neck. Skincare rich in peptides, retinoids, and antioxidants can help maintain the results longer, and sunblock should be applied daily. You can get yearly maintenance treatments to keep these results longer and support continuous collagen production.

Skin Tightening in Richmond, Virginia

Skin tightening doesn’t have to involve extensive preparation or surgery.  Visit Travis Shaw, MD today to experience the best in aesthetics, delivered with true care and compassion. Make an appointment to discuss the TempSure Envi skin tightening treatment option by texting/calling (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below.