As we age, the process of natural collagen production slows down, and our skin loses its elasticity. This is what causes sagging skin, wrinkles, and lines to form in different areas of our bodies.
Today, there are many non-surgical treatments that can provide significant improvements or correction of many of the natural signs of aging. One of these treatments is a unique combination of microneedling and radiofrequency heat used together, called Morpheus8.
Recently, we have been getting some questions regarding both the safety and efficacy of Morpheus8 treatments. Some of the questions we have heard recently include:
- Can Morpheus8 damage my skin?
- Will I have dry skin after Morpheus8?
- Can Morpheus8 make your skin worse?
Today we will discuss the Morpheus8 procedure, how it is performed, what tools are used, safety, as well as the benefits and potential side effects.
What Is Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses radiofrequency heat energy and microneedling to regenerate and repair skin damage to restore a more youthful appearance.
For some individuals, Morpheus8 is the holy grail of non-surgical skin care since it can improve texture, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reconstruct some regions of undesirable fat, and restore a youthful, healthy glow.
Individuals who suffered from severe acne and were left with substantial scarring have achieved smoother skin with far fewer visible scars after undergoing Morpheus8 treatments.
How Is The Morpheus8 Procedure Done?
During a Morpheus8 treatment, the cosmetic surgeon utilizes a cutting-edge hand-held tool that contains several microneedles that administer radio-frequency energy to a desired area. The needle length and radio frequency intensity can be adjusted according to the area of the face and the extent of correction required.
When radiofrequency energy is transmitted into the layers of the epidermis, it addresses unwanted fat and begins the growth cycle of new collagen and elastin. During treatments, tiny needles are used to puncture the surface of the skin, which sets off the body’s natural restoration response, which also fosters new collagen and elastin growth.
Throughout the regeneration and repair process, the appearance of many cosmetic concerns will be reduced or corrected. When the two powerful elements of microneedling and radiofrequency are used in tandem, the results are more remarkable than when either one is used alone.
The Morpheus8 Equipment
The Morpheus8 procedure is performed using a handheld device that has various attachments that are used to treat different areas of the body. From the most tender facial areas to thicker areas such as the thighs. The difference in the attachments is the number and adjustable length of the microneedles.
When treating a facial area, the cosmetic surgeon will set the attachment to use a shorter needle depth, but on the thigh area, where the skin is much thicker and tougher, a longer needle depth will most likely be necessary.
Morpheus8 facial attachments can reach depths up to 5 mm, and there are 3 different fractional tip attachments to choose from that have various configurations depending on the condition being treated and the treatment area.
- Morpheus8 12-pin Prime tip for small areas;
- Morpheus8 24-pin tip for larger areas;
- Morpheus8 24-pin 8 resurfacing tip for treating superficial conditions.
Also, Morpheus 8 can be used for the body as well. The tool and attachment for the body are different and can reach depths up to 8 mm.
What Are The Benefits Of Morpheus8?
Our facial skin is the most exposed to the elements, and as we age, it begins to undergo natural changes. The generation of collagen and elastin decreases, resulting in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, enlarged pores, and discolored areas. As if using a magic wand, Morpheus8 can diminish the look of:
- It tightens sagging or crepey skin;
- Large pores;
- Wrinkles and fine lines;
- Sun damage caused by UV rays;
- Skin discolorations;
- Puffy under eyes;
- Scarring from acne or other causes;
- Uneven skin texture;
- Morpheus8 body can diminish the look of stretch marks, loose skin (above the knees), cellulite, and imperfections in locations such as the stomach/abdomen, upper arms, thighs, bra roll, buttocks, neck, and breasts/decolletage. It can also remove small amounts of stubborn fat from targeted areas of the body.
Addressing The Safety Of Morpheus8
The Morpheus8 procedure uses both microneedles and radiofrequency energy that can be adjusted to varying degrees depending on where it is to be used on the patient. In the hands of a user who is unfamiliar with the equipment, attachments, or settings, it can cause burns or other injuries to the skin.
Like any type of cosmetic treatment, Morpheus8 must be performed by a qualified professional, if you don’t want it to damage your skin. This means a medical professional who has been trained on not only the nuances of the equipment but the technique as well. A procedure intended to be administered by a qualified professional in the hands of an inexperienced or unqualified user is a recipe for disaster.
Morpheus8 is a safe and effective treatment that is a wonderful option for the majority of patients. However, just like you wouldn’t want an eye doctor to remove your appendix, you don’t want someone who doesn’t know what they are doing getting near your skin with needles and radiofrequency.
What Are The Side Effects Of Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is safe for most skin types, but as with any other cosmetic procedure or product on the market, there will be those who experience side effects, but the majority are mild and temporary, lasting less than two weeks.
The majority of people have a sunburn-like red flush for at least 24 hours, although it can persist for up to 5 days for some. Depending on the treated part of the body, other Morpheus8 side effects may include:
- Slight bruising;
- Slight oozing;
- In extremely rare instances, further adverse effects may include hyperpigmentation, bleeding, and infection.