Last Updated on May 24, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD
When it comes to anti-aging solutions, more patients are looking for less-invasive skin tightening solutions with minimal downtime. Over time, skin sagging, excess fat and the effects of gravity take their toll. As we get older, we may become increasingly dissatisfied with noticeable droopy contours on our face and bodies. Certainly it is possible to excise hanging areas. However, the use of scalpels will leave behind noticeable linear scarring which most people do not want.
There is a clear demand for scalpel-less alternatives which remove fat while tightening the skin. Yet, the actual achievement of both goals has been regarded as “elusive.” Providers have attempted to tackle this two-fold challenge using liposuction that is supplemented with energy-based applications to contract loose skin. Laser, ultrasound and radio frequency have all been used as adjunct procedures. However, RF is the only option of the three which has demonstrated a much higher safety profile. It is safe for all ethnic groups and also significantly improves skin laxity after removing fat and other unwanted tissue.
The Morpheus 8 system by Inmode Ltd., offers an effective, knife-free option for both skin tightening and adipose reduction. As the world’s first subdermal adipose remodeling device (SARD), it is able to address problem areas on the lower face and neck as well as any region of the body that can benefit from subdermal rejuvenation.
What is Morpheus 8?
Morpheus8 is a safe, minimally invasive, “modular RF fractional solution.” It offered as a set of two detachable microneedling device handpieces:
- Morpheus8 for lower facial and neck areas, as well as smaller zones
- Morpheus8 Body for larger and deeper tissue treatment areas
These accessory pieces are then powered by the FaceTite and BodyTite (RF) platforms.
The combined features of these technologies allows medical practitioners to program two key aspects of body and facial contouring procedures:
- the delivery of energy
- the penetration depth of the RF wavelengths (i.e. up to 8mm)
Each hand piece is equipped with a set of 24 coated micro-needles which deliver a precisely controlled heat range to the sub-dermis, without harming the epidermis (i.e. outer visible skin layer). This energy coagulates fat and contracts the reticular dermis, along with the surrounding connective tissue.
The needles also exert deliberate injuries to the dermal layer, triggering a cascade of inflammatory responses as well as the release of growth factors (e.g. beta, VEGF, PDGF and TGF-alpha). In the end, the directional application of radiofrequency offered by Morpheus 8 stimulates the formation of new collagen tissue, elastin and blood vessels.
Morpheus 8 offers subdermal adipose remodeling for the entire body as well as the lower face and neck.
Fat Removal and Skin Tightening Benefits
The tiny-diameter needles of Morpheus 8 handpieces deliver fractional radiofrequency wavelengths to precise problem areas, while leaving surrounding skin is left alone. The use of these microscopic treatment zones achieves the tightness and youthful contours they had envisioned, but with far less recovery time.
Morpheus8 can be safely used on all ethnic skin types (i.e. Fitzpatrick I-VI) as it targets deeper layers of skin and tissue to remodel collagen, coagulate fat and improve one’s overall appearance.
Face and Body Contouring With Morpheus8
Morpheus 8 can reverses problematic sagging on areas on the face and body which are surrounded by healthy skin tissue. The modular tips of the hand pieces can be used to treat small or large body regions, renewing and firming the reticular dermal layer while promoting the formation of new collagen.
The best part is that there is a faster recovery with minimal bruising and redness in comparison to regular microneedling or laser treatments. While some results from Morpheus can be seen shortly following a treatment, the final results can take about six months which by then collagen production has ensued.
Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation
A very popular application of Morpheus8 is the treatment of hyperpigmentation, otherwise known as age spots. As we get older, our skin may show unwanted brown spots. These are mostly caused by excessive sun exposure. But age spots can also develop from using certain medications. Pregnancy hormones may also increase our risk of developing unwanted pigmentation.
Although there are a number of creams on the market intended for reducing brown spots, they may take months to see results. Morpheus 8 offers a much faster route.
How Does RF Microneedling Work to Treat Age Spots?
Radiofrequency used with microneedling works to create wounds deep in the skin that induce the skin’s own healing process. Secondly, the heat from the radiofrequency vaporizes and then coagulates skin tissue. Both processes combined work to regenerate tissue and reduce pigmentation. At the same time, many patients also notice skin texture improvements:
- vascular lesions
- fine lines
Following their Morpheus8 treatment, patients are often impressed with multiple benefits such as even complexion, smoother texture, and skin tightness.
Morpheus8 hand pieces offer unprecedented features using the scalpel-free application of radiofrequency energy to tighten sagging tissues and the overlying skin. If you are interested in seeing this technology in action, watch the following animation videos provided by Inmode.
Where Can Morpheus8 Be Used?
Morpheus8 handpieces can be used on any region of the face and/or body which can benefit from subdermal rejuvenation. Common applications include:
- upper arms (i.e. brachioplasty)
- armpit bulges
Patients who qualify for Morpheus8 procedures usually have poor skin laxity, at the early to moderate stages. However, the looseness of their skin would not be severe enough to qualify them for surgical excision.
Filling The Treatment “Gap” For Three Patient Types
Morpheus8 represents a new generation of RF assisted technologies. Now it is possible for new groups of patients to benefit from non-excisional procedures for rendering tighter and firmer facial and body regions.
Before the advent of Morpheus 8 and other RFAL advancements,by Inmode, there has existed a treatment gap consisting of three groups of under served patients .
- Younger men and women who wanted to tighten soft tissue areas without linear scarring, downtime and surgical procedures
- Young and old individuals with problematic skin laxity that disqualified them from traditional liposuction alone (i.e.without soft tissue contraction). However, these levels were still not severe enough for surgical excision.
- Patients who had already undergone previous surgical excisions, but continued to suffer from recurring skin laxity.
Previously, liposuction and body contouring procedures have been popular cosmetic procedures for older men and women. RFAL applications have produced a major demographic shift by widening the range of patient candidates who wish to see improvements in the shape and contours of body and facial areas.
Clinical Studies on the Effectiveness of Morpheus 8
In 2012, Aesthetic Surgery Journal published an article which discussed the role of fractional RF in closing the treatment gap discussed above for the three groups of previously under served patients . The authors had conducted a study on 247 male and female patients (range: 26-67 years, mean:55) who wanted to improve jowling and skin laxity of the neck. They were treated with the combined use of RF (i.e. radiofrequency) and bipolar RF. This approach produced significant improvements according to an objective assessment known as the Baker Face Neck Classification.
Prior to their treatment, the subjects were found to have an average score of 3.1. Afterwards, they improved by 1.4 points. Furthermore, 93% expressed high satisfaction with their experience and outcomes and would choose to undergo this form of treatment in the future.
In another study, 40 patients received RF assisted liposuction to slim their upper arms . Their results were objectively evaluated by a third-party surgeon who rated their outcomes as good to excellent in terms of the tightness achieved on the target soft tissue regions. The RF microneedling enhanced the performance of the bipolar RF on difficult fat pockets located on and around the arms.
Seo et al., compared the skin tightening effects of fractional RF against surgical facelifts . Surgery produced a 49% improvement versus 16% for RF. In just one treatment RF, patients experienced an improvement graded at 37% of the tightness achieved through surgical excision.
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Before and After Morpheus8
Dr.U’s patients are experiencing amazing improvements in their appearance following their Morpheus8 procedures. Here is an example of a woman who noticed a beautiful skin glow and overall rejuvenation, made possible by this technology.
FAQ – Morpheus8
If I decide to have Morpheus done on my face, will the results be permanent?
The skin tightening effects of Morpheus8 can be long-lasting, and even permanent in some cases. However, the quality and longevity of your outcome will depend on the stage of your condition, skin laxity, age factors and other pre-existing physiological variables.
How long does it take for Morpheus 8 to produce improvements?
On average, at ten weeks, the active remodeling of the dermal layer will be taking place. There is also in increase in the volume of the reticular dermal layer as well as the content of elastin and hyaluronic acid.
What general post-op care instructions should I follow after my Morpheus 8 treatment session?
Following your procedure, you will need to apply a skin healing or antibiotic ointment for about 1-3 days according to the instructions provided by your doctor. You will also need to allow your skin ample time to cool down. In most cases, patients will be asked to stop wearing makeup and other topical agents, such as sunscreens and lotions.
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