Myths about ultrasound facial treatments abound.

Some of these misconceptions about how ultrasound works may stand in the way of women and men taking advantage of this safe and highly effective cosmetic procedure. So, it’s time to set the record straight to dispel the misconceptions that are out there about ultrasound treatments for the face.

Myth No. 1: Ultrasound facial treatments are painful

Not necessarily true. Sofwave®, a next-generation ultrasound device that scored clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019 for improving facial lines and wrinkles, delivers impressive results in as little as one treatment session! As the ultrasound energy is delivered, patients may feel the warmness of the skin, which can be resolved by applying a topical anesthetic cream just before the treatment. Following treatment, there are no sensations and there is no need to apply special care to the skin. The patient may resume their daily activities quickly post treatment.

Myth No. 2: Ultrasound facial treatments don’t produce visible results

The old adage ‘no pain no gain’ is not always true. When it comes to ultrasound facial treatments with the novel Sofwave® ultrasound technology. Aesthetically pleasing results can be seen after just one 30-45 minute treatment. The technology stimulates the production of collagen and elastin under the skin’s surface, filling wrinkles and folds from the inside out while restoring a younger appearance.

Myth No. 3: Multiple treatment sessions are required to see results

With Sofwave®, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles can be seen after one treatment in most cases. Typically, two treatments will deliver maximum results, which is far fewer than what is required with many other energy-based technologies on the market.

Myth No. 4: You have to hide out after your Ultrasound treatment

The sound waves penetrate deep enough to target your skin’s dermal layer where collagen maker (the dermis) without damaging your skin’s upper layers or any structures beneath the dermis such as bones, facial nerves, facial fat, and blood vessels. You can go back to your daily routine quickly after the Sofwave® treatment is over.

Myth No. 5: Ultrasound facial treatments are not standalone procedures

Although Sofwave® can be paired with other treatments, this is not necessary as it produces impressive results all on its own. 

Myth No. 6: Ultrasound facial treatments will burn my skin

This is false. While there is a risk that some lasers used for skin resurfacing can cause burns, this not the case with ultrasound technology such as Sofwave®. Sofwave® targets layers within the skin to cause controlled thermal injury. The beams are targeted to hit the sweet spot in the dermis. This triggers the body’s natural wound-healing response, creating collagen and elastin, which leads to wrinkle reduction.

Myth No. 7: Ultrasound facial treatments aren’t safe for people with skin of color

Unlike lasers, Sofwave® can treat all skin colors. This is because the energy bypasses the melanin, the pigment that defines the color of your skin, and goes directly to the dermis.

Myth No. 8: There is only one kind of ultrasound

False! Not all ultrasound-based procedures are created equal. One of the reasons Sofwave® stands apart from the crowd is because it is considered high-intensity therapeutic ultrasound. This means it is smarter and more targeted than other types of ultrasound used in aesthetics.

Myth No. 9: Ultrasound facial treatments should only be used on one part of the face

This is not correct, according to dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Sofwave® can be used to improve fine lines and wrinkles around the full face.

Myth No. 10: Ultrasound facial treatments don’t really affect collagen and elastin stores

Sofwave’s Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Technology SUPERB™ generates heat in the mid-dermis to promote new collagen and elastin growth. Collagen and elastin are the structural proteins that give our skin the supple, elastic properties of youth, but our supply declines starting at age 20.

Myth No. 11: Ultrasound treatments are dangerous

Sofwave is considered to be a very safe treatment because the ultrasound energy targets only the tissue that is present deep below the surface of your skin. Therefore, Sofwave will not cause damage to the skin’s surface or upper layers because the Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam Technology SUPERB™ works deeply in the dermal layer of the skin and bypasses the upper layers.

Now that we have dispelled the misinformation about ultrasound facial treatments, learn more about how Sofwave works to improve fine lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin. 

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