For many years, traditional facelifts have been available to help turn back the hands of time. These surgical procedures create a younger and more refreshed appearance by tightening sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline while erasing the accompanying wrinkles and lines. Facelifts can produce incredible results, but they are invasive. Patients will have incisions and possible blood loss to deal with, as well as a lengthy recovery process. But what if a non-surgical alternative was available to anyone looking to smooth wrinkles, tighten their skin, and look younger?
Say hello to Morpheus8! This exciting technology combines two proven anti-aging therapies—microneedling and radiofrequency energy— into one simple but effective treatment. Morpheus8 is the first and only subdermal adipose remodeling device designed to target deflated soft tissue for an entirely non-surgical facelift. This cutting-edge treatment may sound like science fiction, but the results are very real and very impressive! Keep reading below to learn why Morpheus8 is such an effective tool in the anti-aging arsenal here at U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetics.
How does Morpheus8 work?
If you’re unfamiliar with microneedling, this dermaroller procedure uses small needles to prick the skin to generate new collagen and tissue. This results in skin that is smoother, firmer, and more toned. Morpheus8 is a microneedling tool in part, but it also incorporates radiofrequency. This radiofrequency (RF) energy helps trigger collagen and elastin production at a deeper level than microneedling alone.
When you arrive for your procedure, we’ll apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area. We’ll then press the Morpheus8 device into the area, guiding it around so the minuscule microneedles can perforate the skin. Once the pins are in place, they emit radiofrequency waves. The heat from these RF waves is able to deeply penetrate the dermal skin layer, creating a kind of “shrink wrap” effect that tightens the skin and fat below. This remodels and restructures the skin, transforming saggy skin and creating a healthier appearance. The whole procedure takes about two hours from start to finish.
A closer look at microneedling and radiofrequency energy
As you may have gathered, the microneedling aspect of the Morpheus8 device plays a key role in the process. The tiny needles create even tinier puncture wounds on the skin’s surface which are invisible to the naked eye but stimulate the body’s natural healing response. That means fresh new collagen is pumped out in an attempt to repair the puncture wounds. This is precisely what we want because collagen is a protein that strengthens the skin and keeps it looking youthful. As new collagen develops after a microneedling treatment, more elastic cells begin to replace the older ones. The result is firmer skin with less noticeable lines and wrinkles.
Radiofrequency energy has been used as an anti-aging treatment for quite some time. When it’s used on its own, RF energy can penetrate the skin’s surface layers to stimulate collagen production. Radiofrequency treatment is gentle, and unlike lasers, it doesn’t rely on potentially damaging heat energy to work. Morpheus8 combines the best of both worlds by using RF energy with microneedling to treat deep layers of the skin for more significant and long-lasting anti-aging effects! Depending on your skin’s condition and your personal goals, Morpheus8 can tighten loose skin and improve wrinkles in just a few visits.
What areas can Morpheus8 target and treat?
As a viable alternative to surgical facelifts, the most popular treatment area for Morpheus8 tends to be the jowls, jawline, and submental area of the neck, which is the space below the chin. But we can also use it to tighten loose skin on the inner and outer thighs, above the knees, and across the abdomen. Not only that, but Morpheus8 can help reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and wrinkles.
Who is a good fit for Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is truly one of the most exciting treatments we’ve seen in some time, but it won’t give you instant facelift results if you already have a significant amount of sagging skin.
If this sounds like you, a non-invasive facelift alternative like FaceTite can be beneficial. This treatment also tightens the skin and can achieve results that are comparable, or even better, than a surgical facelift. FaceTite offers a more sculpted and contoured look with no scarring, less downtime post-procedure, and long-lasting, surgical-like results. Following a FaceTite procedure, Morpheus8 can be used to maintain that lift and keep things tight.
The ideal candidate for Morpheus8 treatment is someone just starting to see the signs of aging. It’s an excellent way to combat the breakdown of skin elasticity as you age, helping to prevent jowling and the development of saggy skin.
How quickly does Morpheus8 produce results?
While some patients will see results as quickly as their first Morpheus8 treatment, we generally recommend having at least three sessions spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. This will give you superior and longer-lasting results! You can expect some downtime after each session, typically about 3-4 days though it could be a little longer. During this time you may see some mild swelling and redness similar to a sunburn. There might also be a bit of flaking as the microneedle punctures heal.
The good news is that the radiofrequency energy is delivered deep enough that there is hardly any damage to the surface of the skin, resulting in minimal downtime following every Morpheus8 treatment! Visible results can be seen within a few days, with more noticeable results appearing around three weeks post-session. Improvements will continue for up to 3-6 months.
Look younger + more refreshed with U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetics
Are you looking to improve your skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth the texture of your skin? How about reducing unwanted superficial fat deposits, minimizing stretch marks, and reducing discoloration? Morpheus8 can do all this and more! To learn more about this exciting treatment option, get in touch today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Tag in our Owings Mills office.