Sofwave in San Francisco, CA

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What Is Sofwave?

Sofwave uses Heated Ultrasound - a technology we’ve used for more than a decade with Ultherapy to trigger the body’s natural production of collagen. As we age, collagen, the essential protein responsible for skin's elasticity, starts to diminish, leading to sagging and wrinkles. ?Sofwave is different in that it doesn’t go as deep as Ulthera and is more ideally suited for those interested in a lighter lift, preventative services, or who may be pain adverse.

How does Sofwave work?

  1. Create ‘injury’ in the mid-dermis: Our expert team of registered nurses uses precise and controlled heated ultrasound to target specific areas in the mid-dermis, and safely away from the deeper layer of fat.
  2. Your body creates new collagen: This happens naturally and progressively over the 3-6 months following treatment.
  3. Skin is lifted: As collagen is produced, skin is lifted and fine lines are smoothed.


We successfully use Sofwave to smooth and lift the face, neck, brows, jawline, submental (under the chin), décolletage and the area around the lips. Interested in tightening treatments for the delicate eye area? Check out Thermage or Fotona Smooth Eye.


Sofwave is ideal for those looking for a lighter lift, no downtime or who may be pain adverse. It is safe for all skin types.


Explore our online Pre/Post Care Library to learn how to maximize your results as well as the best way to protect your skin after treatment. With all of our collagen building treatments, we recommend a topical regimen to complement to support the absolute best results.

I am so thankful to the BACD team and doctors. My 2024 update is that after miraculous treatment from Dr. Austin, with the latest medicine and technology my skin conditions are essentially 100% cured. (They will need a lifetime of maintenance on my end.) My keloid scars are completely healed and that is really unheard of at other medical practices. I also had rosacea which has also 100% improved. Part of the treatment is learning how to care for and maintain your skin, health, and body.Special thanks to Nurse Ari, who is gentle and kind and makes patients feel cared for and their needs seen. When I have worked with Nurse Ari, my treatments have been relatively painless and my healing time was extremely quick. Ari remembers her patients and always gives them the best care.Special special thanks to the BACD office team who always greets me by name when I arrive and always helps with the questions and needs.

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Dr. Shannon Watkins is excellent! This was my first visit to BACD, and I could not have been happier with her care. She addressed all my concerns efficiently, yet I never felt rushed. I trust her intelligence, experience and recommendations. Pinching myself that I found her. The office staff is really wonderful as well. Great follow through and very kind. Highly recommend!

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I have been going to BACD for almost 10 years. I have always seen Nurse Mary Krempa. Many moons ago performed Mira Dry on me, which helped reduce my underarm sweating and gave me my confidence back. She has been doing neuromodulators on me for years now and always does such a beautiful and natural job. Mary is literally an earth angel and one of my fav people. I love coming in to see her regularly. She is gorgeous and so is the work she does!

T.T. Google

My first time to the clinic and I was very impressed with the attention I received and the detailed information given to me on my regime going forward

V.O. Google

Had a great experience with Dr. Austin! She clarified where my product regimen was lacking, prescribed a medication to mitigate this dry patch that always shows up in the same spot on my chin. She did 2 different fillers for different parts of my face. It’s looks great! I have an appointment in 3 months for some laser & a chemical peel. Can’t wait! Thank you so much Dr. Austin.

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The Sofwave device has a built-in cooling mechanism (Sofcool) which makes for more comfortable treatments. We don’t subscribe to ‘No Pain, No Gain’ so we additionally include 30 minutes of numbing time to further decrease any potential for discomfort. As far as downtime, Sofwave does not require any so it is especially welcome to our patients with active lifestyles.

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