Morpheus8 microneedling is one of our favorite non-surgical treatments to tighten the skin and erase imperfections and we recently heard Kim Kardashian is a big fan too. Here, triple-board certified Joplin cosmetic surgeon Dr. Talon Maningas explains this innovative technology and why even major celebrities are opting for this minimally invasive treatment.
What is Morpheus8?
As we age, our skin gradually loses its ability to produce collagen, causing it to wrinkle and sag. What was once only achievable with a surgical procedure, Morpheus8 microneedling is one of the safest and most effective non-surgical treatments to tighten skin and sculpt fat deposits with no downtime required.
Using a handheld device, tiny, hair-like needles create micro-punctures in the skin while radiofrequency (RF) energy is channeled below the skin’s surface. The micro-punctures trigger your natural healing responses by boosting collagen production–which is amplified by RF energy. Unlike other microneedling devices, Morpheus8 is a Subdermal Adipose Remodeling Device (SARD) meaning that it causes fat cells to coagulate and your skin to contract for a more youthful, sculpted appearance—essentially supercharging your results.
Why we love Morpheus8
Its skin tightening benefits alone make Morpheus8 a favorite in our book, but there’s more to love with this safe, versatile microneedling treatment.
Full body enhancement
Morpheus8 is FDA-cleared to treat any area on the body that could benefit from RF microneedling skin rejuvenation. Customized to target your specific skin goals and concerns, Morpheus8 improves skin texture, tones and tightens the skin, diminishes the signs of aging, and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Some of the most common treatment areas include:
Safe for all skin types
Patients with deeper skin tones have shied away from many skin rejuvenation treatments as some techniques could negatively affect pigmentation (including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation). Additionally, patients with sensitive skin were limited in their treatment choices so as not to cause prolonged discomfort and irritation.
Morpheus8 combines controlled RF energy with ultra-fine needles to cause minimal damage to the skin which reduces the risk of unwanted pigmentation changes and limits undue irritation.
Quick treatment, short recovery, and no downtime
One of the biggest reasons patients put off having more transformative cosmetic procedures is the required downtime. Morpheus8, in contrast, offers visible results while speeding the process at every step.
Treatment is quick—taking between 30-45 minutes. Immediately after, you may experience temporary redness and your skin may be tender (similar to a sunburn), but these effects are short-lived and easily tolerated. Most patients only experience these effects for about 24 hours and patients can typically return to work the day after treatment. Makeup may be applied approximately 24-48 hours following treatment to conceal any residual evidence of your treatment.
Comfortable treatment experience
Many non-surgical skin tightening treatments are uncomfortable and some are even painful. This is because, in order to stimulate collagen and cell turnover, even minimally-invasive techniques rely on controlled damage to the skin.
Thankfully, Morpheus8 strikes an excellent balance between results and comfort: many patients report that treatment is more comfortable than other skin tightening methods they’ve experienced in the past. Because Morpheus 8 delivers energy below the skin’s surface, the RF energy does not pass through the sensitive surface of the skin—reducing the sensation of heat and overall discomfort. Additionally, a topical numbing cream is applied before Morpheus 8 treatment to further minimize discomfort; we can also inject a local anesthetic if you desire more comfort. Most patients report a “pricking” sensation but don’t feel like treatments are painful and ultimately report the results are well worth it.
Incremental improvement followed by long-lasting results
Though many patients notice a brighter appearance and improvements in skin imperfections shortly after treatment, Morpheus8 achieves skin enhancement incrementally as the boost in collagen and elastin remodels your skin below the surface. As your skin heals and the regenerative processes are carried out, the treated skin becomes smoother and thicker—revealing a more refreshed, toned appearance.
Depending on your aesthetic goals, we recommend a series of 1-3 treatments about 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. Periodic treatments can help maintain your skin rejuvenation results as well as using medical-grade skincare to protect your skin from future damage.
Morpheus8 treatment also supports deeper penetration of skin care products, helping you to optimize your regimen’s results.
Considering non-surgical skin tightening in Joplin, Missouri?
If you’re considering non-surgical skin tightening and rejuvenation in Joplin, Fayetteville, or anywhere else in the four-state area, our licensed providers at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery can help you tone your skin, improve the signs of aging, and reduce the appearance of scars and stretchmarks for a more youthful, sculpted appearance almost anywhere on the body. To schedule your consultation, call our practice at (417) 437-0303 or contact us online.