Softwave Device Review | I tried Sofwave, the latest device for fine lines and collagen


I’ll admit it: I find in-office skin treatments intimidating. I know they’re perfectly safe and effective (hell, I’ve made a living writing about how safe and effective they are, and yet I’ve never worked up the courage to try anything beyond- beyond Botox.

But as I move through my thirties, I plan to be more proactive about preventative skin treatments, especially around my dark, puffy under-eye area (a strong, inherited Clark family trait). I recently interviewed New York board-certified dermatologist Blair Murphy-Rose, MD, about the latest treatments and devices for fine lines, and she particularly praised the effectiveness and advanced technology of a new device called Softwave. The treatment offered by the tool is marketed as a quick, 30-minute, no-downtime procedure that boosts collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as tighten light jowls and loose skin.

Honestly, it sounded too good to be true. Painless? No downtime? Preventive and fix? Low or no risk? What is this unicorn of a care? I figured if this device ticked all of those boxes, there couldn’t be an easier entry point for skin treatments, so I made an appointment.

What is Softwave?

“Sofwave is a non-invasive ultrasound tissue-tightening and lifting device that targets the dermis, which is an important layer of the skin for tissue-tightening,” says Jason Bloom, MD, dual-board board-certified facial plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia. tighten skin as an immediate benefit, and it prompts cellular activity to stimulate collagen production that continues long after your date is over.

“Ultrasound causes small wounds in the dermis, and as the body repairs and heals those wounds, it produces new collagen and tightens the tissues,” says Dr. Bloom. “It’s literally the exact same idea as radiofrequency and microneedling, but you go through the skin non-invasively,” says Dr. Bloom.

Since fine lines and wrinkles are the result of the loss of collagen and elastin, this steady increase in new collagen continues to plump and firm the skin for up to a year. Sofwave is primarily designed for the face and neck – which I chose – but it can treat anywhere on the body, with the most common areas being above the hands and above the knees.

The test

During a visit with Dr. Murphy-Rose in her New York office, she applied an extra strength numbing cream – a formulation she designed herself – to my face and neck while giving me a overview of the treatment to come. I had heard various opinions from friends about the level of pain inflicted by Sofwave, so being the wimp that I am, I asked to sit with the numbing cream a bit longer so she could really get on with it. to impregnate, to permeate.


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