Morpheus8 is a minimally invasive, subdermal adipose device that combines the benefits of programmable depth microneedling with radiofrequency to fractionally remodel and contour the face and body. Penetrating deep into the skin and fat, it gently contours the aging face or body into a more desired smooth and sleek appearance. Morpheus8 stimulates collagen production and is most commonly used to treat the lower face and neck; however, it can be safely used on other areas of the body to provide skin tightening on all skin tones. In addition, Morpheus8 is also effective in the treatment of acne and acne scars, poor skin texture, sun damage, deep lines and creases, mild to moderate sagging or jowls, discoloration, enlarged pores, and stretch marks.

How does it work?

Radiofrequency is a type of energy that has been scientifically proven to promote collagen production. Several radiofrequency devices have been developed in the past decade, and this energy has been shown to be safe and effective for cosmetic treatments that include scar reduction and skin tightening. Microneedling is the technique of creating tiny puncture wounds in the superficial dermis skin layer to stimulate an increased production of new collagen, elastin, and skin cells. The Morpheus8 combines the two processes to address both the deeper layers of tissue and superficial skin layers for maximal results.

Bruising is possible with Morpheus8, so blood thinners such as fish oil, NSAIDs and aspirin should be avoided for up to 1 week before treatment. Pre-treatment skin revitalizing cream may be prescribed. Patients with dark skin types may be pre-treated with lightening cream.

A local anesthesia cream will be applied to the skin an hour prior to the procedure. Chilling or ProNox (nitrous oxide) may also be used during the procedure,; however, patients can expect to experience moderate discomfort.

Immediately after the procedure, the skin is cooled with saline gauze and a mask. For 1-3 days post-treatment, patients should use a moisturizing cream such as Aquaphor, and cold compresses to reduce swelling. Sun avoidance, moisturizer, and sunscreens are critical in post-procedure care.

Patients can expect acute swelling for 1-3 days following the procedure, and some milder swelling for up to 1-2 weeks. A grid-like pattern will likely develop on the skin and last for approximately 5 days, along with bronze encrusting and redness. The small crusted dots will flake off within 1 week.

For optimal results, most patients require 3 treatments, administered at 1 month intervals. Severe acne scarring and deep wrinkles will likely require additional treatments, based on the severity of the issue and individual patient response.