Sofwave Is Now Approved for Loose Skin on the Arms

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As we look at our calendars for 2024, those who are planning for any summer-prep treatments should begin soon. Many of them require more than one treatment, and results may improve over time, rather than showing up overnight. Sofwave falls in that category, and it’s quickly become a favorite for everything from lifting saggy jowls to minimizing the appearance of cellulite. And today, the brand announced an exciting new indication: It is now FDA-cleared to tighten loose skin on the arms.

“When I tell patients who’ve been using and loving Sofwave that we can now treat their upper arms—a part of the body that so many women are self-conscious about—the joy on their faces says it all,” says dermatologist Dr. Quenby Erickson.

How Sofwave Works

Sofwave relies on an innovative type of ultrasound technology to heat the skin’s collagen and elastin reserves. To get technical, the technology is called Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Technology, and it has been FDA-cleared for a variety of treatments. The process of heating the tissue to a temperature between 140 and 160 degrees prompts a healing response in the skin. Just like other types of collagen-boosting treatments (microneedling, etc.), this healing response increases collagen and elastin production.

Results to Expect

According to the brand, patients can expect to see results three to four weeks after their first treatment. Results will continue to improve over time as well, and both men and women can benefit. Sofwave can be used on all skin types, too, because it isn’t melanin-dependent like some lasers. There is no downtime either. You can go out the same day of treatment without any discomfort or physical sign that you’ve had Sofwave.

Early testing revealed an impressive 93 percent improvement rate. This was confirmed by blinded reviewers who were treated on both of their upper arms at four different sites in the United States. 

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