A treatment touted by celebrities and influencers, Morpheus8 has made a name for itself in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation. Notable fans of this radio-frequency (RF) microneedling treatment include Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, as well as countless reality stars. While it’s been refreshing to see these famous faces share their beauty secrets, details on the medical and scientific aspects of this red-carpet are rarely in the spotlight.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I am acutely aware that seeking information about this treatment often results in nothing but unhelpful, unsubstantiated claims from paid influencers and ‘insta-famous’ figures. For that reason, I set out to find the most frequently Googled questions about Morpheus8 and provide concrete answers that no one else will. Since my website offers comprehensive details on commonly searched queries, such as how it works, what it costs, and the down-time involved, this blog will focus on delivering exclusive answers to questions not readily available elsewhere.
1. Is Morpheus8 a laser?
The answer is no. “Laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In the realm of medical aesthetics, it refers to devices that emit light-energy to selectively address skin chromophores such as melanin.
In contrast, Morpheus8 utilizes radio-frequency (RF) energy. This is an important distinction because this RF-energy is color-blind, meaning it does not rely on targeting and heating pigments in the skin to produce results. This attribute is especially meaningful to me as the first black-female plastic surgeon in Texas, underscoring my commitment to providing treatments that are safe and effective for diverse skin tones.
2. Can Morpheus8 improve the appearance of surgical scars?
While scars cannot be completely erased, Morpheus8 can help reduce their visibility by remodeling the building blocks of scar tissue – collagen and elastin.
Collagen plays a major role in healthy scar formation, influencing both the strength and texture of a scar. Proper alignment and quantity of collagen fibers contribute to a scar with a texture and color that blends in well with surrounding skin, while irregular distribution can result in raised, hypertrophic, or keloid scars, and insufficient collagen may lead to atrophic scars with a depressed appearance. Elastin influences a scar’s flexibility or rigidity.
By creating controlled micro-injuries with Morpheus8’s gold plated microneedles, the body’s natural wound-healing response gets triggered to replace old scar tissue with new tissue, rich in collagen and elastin. RF-energy is emitted through these microneedles to help promote the ideal restructuring of collagen and elastin. In some cases, Kenalog injections and other interventions may be recommended as a supplement or alternative to Morpheus8 treatments.
3. Does Morpheus8 work on stretchmarks?
Some people are surprised to learn that stretch marks, also known as striae, are actually a type of scar. As such, Morpheus8 treatments may reduce their appearance in the same manner described above. However; we often recommend SkinPen microneedling to address more superficial irregularities such as stretchmarks and acne scarring.
4. Can you get Morpheus8 with implants?
Eligibility will vary based on the type of implant and its location relative to the areas you are seeking to have treated. For instance, having breast implants would not disqualify someone from having Morpheus8. The presence of silicone or saline will not interfere with treatments. Since Morpheus8 does not reach the depth of the implant, breast augmentation patients can even have treatments performed on their surgical scar. Similarly, individuals with a silicone chin implant can typically receive treatment on and around that area. However, if metal is involved, such as metal screws securing a chin implant in place, candidacy may be impacted. The presence of metal and the depth of radiofrequency delivery could potentially cause discomfort and other issues. Disclosing the presence of any and all implants, including dental implants, to your provider during your consultation is of utmost importance.
5. Can Morpheus8 be used to rejuvenate the eyes?
Yes. We frequently treat crow’s feet with Morpheus8. To rejuvenate the eyelids and around the orbital bone, we perform treatments using the Morpheus8 Prime tip. This tip which was specifically designed specifically designed for subdermal and dermal remodeling of small, delicate and hard-to-reach areas.
6. Can you get Morpheus8 treatments while pregnant or breast feeding?
Morpheus8 treatments are not suitable for those who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast feeding. This is due to lidocaine, a topical numbing agent used to make treatments comfortable, being prohibited in these circumstances.
7. Can Morpheus8 treat cellulite?
Yes and no. Morpheus8 may help minimize the appearance of cellulite by promoting thicker, firmer, and more taut skin — qualities that provide better coverage and support to conceal irregularities beneath the skin’s surface compared to thin, attenuated skin. However, it’s important to note that Morpheus8 doesn’t directly address one of the deeper underlying contributors to cellulite: septa bands. These bands pull down on the skin, creating surface dimpling. That’s why Avéli, which precisely targets and releases septa bands on the buttocks and thighs, is typically recommended as a first measure, followed later by Morpheus8 treatments. Given the complex nature of cellulite, this 2-step treatment plan offers comprehensive, long-lasting results.
8. Are Morpheus8 results permanent?
The results achievable with Morpheus8 can last years – it’s an investment that goes a long way. The longevity of results when used to treat jowls is particularly notable. We tell patients that when the fat is eliminated it no longer holds a molecular weight in the face that brings down the malar cheeks, nasolabial folds, and corners of the mouth. While treatments can help turn back time, it’s important to note that Morpheus8 doesn’t halt the natural aging process. To maximize and prolong the benefits, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper skincare, balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and sun protection, is crucial.
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