A new aesthetic device has emerged that targets skin laxity, the loss of elasticity of the skin due to decreased levels of collagen and elastin as one ages, and it doesn’t require undergoing surgery or downtime to do so.
Morpheus8 is a radiofrequency device that is similar to microneedling, but instead, it applies heat to the skin surface as the tiny needles penetrate into the skin to significantly induce the production of collagen, elastin, and new blood vessels. This results in tightened and smoother looking skin, and it can additionally be used for body contouring along with targeting other problematic areas on the skin. This treatment is minimally invasive and it is effective for all skin types.
How Does Morpheus8 Work?
The Morpheus8 device includes small needles that penetrate into the epidermal (top layer) of the skin at certain lengths and as it does this, it also applies heat to the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) to significantly stimulate the production of collagen, which is lost as one ages. The science behind this new technology is that when soft tissue reaches about 50°C and the outer skin reaches about 40-42°C, the production of collagen (neocollagenesis), new blood vessels (angiogenesis), and elastin (elastogenesis) is induced. It takes in total around 1-3 sessions based on the treatment area, 4-6 weeks apart, for optimal results and follow-up maintenance treatments are recommended to maintain results.
Good Candidates for Morpheus8
Morpheus8 combines microneedling and RF energy to treat skin laxity while removing excess fat and stimulating collagen to transform the complexion and restore a more youthful appearance. Morpheus8 offers skin rejuvenation for men and women who would like to treat the following concerns:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Cystic acne breakouts
- Active acne
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
- Mild facial sagging
- Mild jowls and neck sagging
- Rough skin texture
- Fatty deposits in the face or neck
- Enlarged pores
Morpheus8 may be used to strategically pinpoint and improve various areas, including:
- Areas on the body (abdomen, knees, elbows, chest)
- Forehead (frown lines)
- Lower face
- Mouth (smile lines)
What to expect during a Morpheus8 treatment?
Preparation for Morpheus8
You will come into the office 1 hour before your appointment time to be prepped for the treatment. A topical numbing cream will be applied to allow for comfort during the treatment. The face will then be cleansed after the numbing cream has had time to work.
A unique Morpheus8 handpiece will be selected based on the desired treatment areas. The handpieces vary based on number of microneedling needles as well as size. Treatment parameters will be selected by an experienced provider. Most treatments take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Post Morpheus8 Treatment
Your providers will apply a special ointment to the skin to allow for improved recovery and reduced discomfort. The treated area should be left alone and no further products applied the rest of the day. Your provider will recommend a skincare regiment for the days to follow. Desired outcomes are usually seen within a few weeks after treatment. A minimum of 3 treatment sessions is recommended for noticeable improvement in skin laxity.
Before & After photos of Morpheus8
Cost of Morpheus8
- Morpheus8 Face Treatment Master Aesthetician $1200. Physician $1500.
- Morpheus8 Body Treatment Area $1500
- Add on body part Master Aesthetician $300. Physician $500.
*Discounts of 10% are offered with packages of 3, cannot be combined with other specials or offers.
Preparing for Morpheus8
Acne. If you have active acne in area of treatment please call to reschedule.
History of cold sores. If you have a history cold sores please inform your provider. You may be prescribed an anti-viral medication to take as part of your microneedling treatment.
Arrive with clean skin. Please arrive with fully cleansed skin: no makeup, moisturizers, perfume, cologne or any other products on the skin.
No hash skincare products or treatments. Avoid Retin-A, retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to treatment. No chemical peels, waxing, and chemical depilatories should be performed within 2 weeks of treatment.
Topical Numbing. Topical numbing cream will be applied prior to your treatment to allow for a comfortable treatment. Notify us of any medication allergies, pregnancy or if nursing.
Avoid sun exposure. No sun exposure, tanning beds or self-tanning products for three days prior to the procedure. Procedure will be canceled if you are sunburned. Bring a hat and/or scarf on the day of your procedure to wear after your treatment.
Shaving. Do not shave the area to be treated the day of the procedure.
Recovery after the Morpheus 8 Procedure
After a Morpheus 8 treatment your skin will be red and flushed similar to if you had a moderate sunburn. Redness should be greatly reduced within 24-48 hours. You may experience swelling, burning, itching, bruising, soreness, skin tightness, flakiness, sensitivity, crusting and dryness. It may take up to 5-7 days for the skin to heal depending on the extensiveness of your treatment. Make sure to wash your face with only cool water and mild cleanser provided and pat dry skin. A mineral based sunscreen of SPF 30+ should be used when outdoors.
Cleaning Skin. Cleanse the treated areas gently with mild soap such as Cetaphil or Cerave and water after 48 hours. Avoid drying or irritating facial products including Retinol and acids (Salicylic, Glycolic, etc.) for 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Do not rub or irritate the area.
Treatment of Pain/Discomfort. Ice packs and Tylenol can be used if you are feeling discomfort or swelling. Do not use anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Ibuprofen as they cause bleeding or bruising.
Bruising and Swelling. Eat fresh pineapples or drink pineapple juice to minimize bruising and swelling. Arnica supplements can be taken to help with any bruising.
No sun exposure. Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 14 days. This also includes avoiding tanning beds or self-tanning products.
Do not pick at skin. No picking at any flaking skin, crusting or scabs and avoid using any exfoliating skincare products.
Shaving. Do not shave for 3 days after procedure and longer if the skin is still irritated.
Exercise and Heat. No sweating, exercising, jacuzzi, sauna or steam bath until skin irritation has resolved (3-7 days).
DAY 1 It is normal and expected for skin to feel red, stingy, sunburnt, tight, dry, swollen and sensitive to the touch. Drink plenty of water and avoid make-up. You may receive some sample skincare products that you can apply over the course of the next few days. Stay away from exfoliants or glycolic acids that are present in other cleaners as these can make your skin very dry after the procedure. Use Tylenol for pain. Avoid the sun exposure.
DAY 2 Sensations similar to day 1. Skin feels dry, tight and red. Use any post-procedure products you may have been given and use only gentle cleansers.
DAY 3 Pink. Less swelling. Mineral make-up is okay to start using. Do not pick or exfoliate the skin.
DAY 5 Starting to look great! Resume regular skin care products for skin. Continue to avoid sun exposure. There may be areas that are darker that flake off after a week.
DAY 8-28 Avoid direct sun exposure. When outdoors use sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 and reapply every 1- 1½ hours.
If you have any questions or experience fever, chills, discharge, or extreme discomfort, please contact our office.
Risks, Safety, and Potential Complications after a Morpheus8 Treatment
Morpheus8 is not suitable for:
- Elderly patients with thin skin
- Individuals with pacemakers or other implantable devices
- Individuals with autoimmune or collagen vascular diseases, smokers, and patients taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Individuals who are pregnant, recently or currently taking Accutane, have an active cold sore breakout, active skin infection, poor wound healing, or are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Erythema (reddening of the skin) and edema (swelling of the skin) can sometimes happen after treatment, but it should go away within 24 hours; however, sometimes swelling can take up to 1 week to go away.
Scaling, dryness, itching, mild acne flare-up, and cold sore breakout are possible risks but rare and it will only last for a few hours or days.
If you experience headache fatigue, bruising, prolonged bleeding, swelling, itching, or signs of infection, please contact our office as soon as possible.
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