Radiofrequency microneedling for effective, fractional tissue rejuvenation.
Morpheus (RF Micro-needling)
Morpheus is an innovative new treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to remodel deep tissues through microneedling. Microneedling works by creating tiny channels in the skin which jumpstart the skin’s rejuvenation processes— this technique is called collagen induction therapy (CIT) . The Morpheus handpiece contains micro-needles that emit RF energy to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, enhancing collagen production and tissue regeneration. Morpheus can be used on the face and body for effective, renewing results that reach deep in the skin for treatment of moderate wrinkles and folds, acne scars, and skin tone concerns.
The best candidates for Morpheus are patients looking for non-surgical skin tightening and remodeling treatments for wrinkles and folds. During a consultation with our laser technicians, we can determine whether Morpheus is your best option or whether a surgical procedure will be able to produce your intended results. Many candidates for Morpheus benefit from additional non-surgical treatments for best results, and we can create the right treatment package for you using our best options. Morpheus can be customized to the exact depth needed for treatment of your unique skin concerns.
Morpheus requires a quick and easy treatment session performed in our Cary office. We can provide a topical anesthetic so that you’re comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. After preparing your skin, the handpiece is applied to your treatment areas. The Morpheus handpiece contains 24 silicone-coated pins to penetrate the skin and tighten the deep tissues by emitting radiofrequency energy. Morpheus uses bipolar radiofrequency technology, meaning the energy passes between two poles in the handpiece. Once the treatment is complete, active ingredients can be applied for increased absorption deep in the skin. Overall, Morpheus can take less than an hour to complete, depending on your treatment areas.
After treatment, you can expect redness and sensitivity, which subside quickly. There’s no downtime required after Morpheus, although you should be sure to keep the treatment area protected with sunscreen. Our laser technicians can ensure you know which skincare products to avoid as your skin recovers. Most patients benefit from a package of regular treatments for best results, and we can create the right treatment plan for you during a consultation. To learn more about the benefits of Morpheus check out our blog.
Morpheus can be an excellent way to renew your skin with the latest in skin tightening technology. To begin looking at your options for non-surgical skin rejuvenation, contact our Cary office by calling or filling out our online form.
What is Morpheus8?
Morpheus is a highly-effective microneedling procedure that uses radio-frequency (RF) energy to improve texture, stimulate collagen production, and tighten the skin.
What can be treated?
Morpheus8 is an excellent option for patients that are concerned with skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation concerns, and scarring. Furthermore, Morpheus is very effective to treat active acne and acne scarring, as it decreases sebum production from overactive sebaceous glands.
How often should I get treatments?
We recommend patients get treatments every 4-6 weeks. This time allows the skin to adequately heal between treatments. After a full regimen, which is usually 3-5 treatments, many patients opt for an annual treatment for maintenance purposes.
Is it painful?
Our providers will apply a strong numbing cream to the treatment area/s for one hour prior to the procedure. Additionally, nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” will be provided during the procedure to further improve your experience. Most patients express moderate discomfort during treatment, but every patient is different. We are also pleased to offer Morpheus under anesthesia in our OR for an additional fee.***
Can anyone get Morpheus?
With a few small exceptions, most people may receive Morpheus treatments. The settings are adjusted and customized based on your skin type and goals. All patients are carefully screened and educated prior to treatment to ensure they are a good candidate.
Why should I consider Morpheus?
Morpheus can improve anything related to texture or tightening. This includes fine lines, deep creases, pores, scars, stretch marks, general aging and “jowling.” Morpheus is even used to treat and prevent breakouts related to cystic acne. It may improve the appearance of brown spots; however, pigment-related concerns are typically best treated with alternative procedures such as IPL (Lumecca) which can be discussed during your consultation.
Is Morpheus only for the face and neck?
No - Morpheus is approved to treat all body areas including chest, arms, back, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, etc. Many patients like to even treat the back of their hands. If you are interested in addressing large body areas, we advise scheduling treatment under light anesthesia to reduce discomfort. Also, please keep in mind that other procedures may be recommended in conjunction with - or instead of - Morpheus to give you the best result!
How many treatments will I need?
We recommend at least 3 treatments, performed about 3-8 weeks apart. However, more treatments may be recommended for best results.
When will I see results?
Although improvement in texture will be seen after few weeks, the final tightening results take 3-6 months to be achieved.
How long do results last?
Since Morpheus stimulates collagen production, results are considered long-lasting. However, the aging process will continue so many patients choose to receive “maintenance” treatments every 2 years. You can “extend” the life of your results by avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing SPF >30 daily, adhering to a good skincare routine, staying hydrated, and incorporating other treatments such as Botox to slow the aging process.
How long does it take?
Total treatment time will depend on how many areas are treated, and the size of each area. After numbing for one hour, most treatments take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. We typically tell our patients to plan to be in our office for approximately 2.5 hours on the day of treatment.
What will I look like afterwards?
The treatment areas may appear red (like a sunburn), slightly puffy. You may have pin-point scabbing, “grid-marks” or areas of demarcation where the handpiece was used for 1-3 days after the procedure. We will apply an occlusive healing balm to the treatment areas after your procedure, so your skin will also appear shiny. Mild bruising is possible but not common. Certain areas, such as the neck, may be slightly bumpy and itchy for a couple of weeks which is normal.
When can I go back to work?
You may resume all normal activities immediately after treatment including light exercise. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work within 1-3 days after most of the redness has resolved.