Aesthetic concerns such as skin laxity, wrinkles, and scars can be tough to deal with. While over-the-counter products promise a lot, many of these products aren’t effective enough to reverse the visible signs of aging or reduce scars. Luckily, a non-surgical treatment such as Morpheus8 at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA can greatly improve the skin’s overall texture.
What Are the Benefits of Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is a highly beneficial treatment. One of the main benefits of this treatment is that it is compatible with all skin types, including very sensitive skin, aging skin, or dry skin. The flexibility of this treatment can be attributed to the high level of versatility found in radiofrequency treatments. Other benefits of this treatment include:
Improved Collagen Production
The main goal of this treatment is to significantly increase collagen production. Collagen is a protein in the skin that is responsible for giving skin a supple, youthful texture. As part of the aging process, collagen production starts to decline beginning at around age 20. Over time, your skin texture will become thinner and more susceptible to the development of wrinkles.
This radiofrequency treatment can stimulate collagen production from deep within the dermal layers of the skin. As the collagen production in your skin increases, your skin texture will also improve, and you will notice more youthful-looking skin. Increased collagen in your skin can also improve the strength of your skin.
Reduced Lines and Wrinkles
This treatment is ideal for patients who want to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Although the natural signs of aging are a part of life, many people are discouraged to notice early visible signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles can appear on virtually all areas of the face, particularly around the eyes, nose, and mouth. As collagen proteins increase in your skin, fine lines and wrinkles will become less noticeable.
Minimized Skin Laxity
Skin laxity is another common symptom of aging. As the volume of your skin decreases from collagen and elastin depletion, your skin will no longer be able to “snap” back into place the same way it could when you were younger. The reduction of natural fat in the face can also lead to increased skin laxity. When collagen production increases in your skin with this treatment, your skin will tighten up and become firmer.
Softened Acne Scars
Acne scars can be a disheartening reminder of embarrassing acne in the past, but most acne scars will not go away by themselves. Textural acne scars such as rolling scars and boxcar scars are associated with irregular collagen formation after acne inflammation. Fortunately, you can reverse this malformed collagen with a treatment that promotes even collagen distribution throughout your skin.
Furthermore, while this treatment softens the appearance of deep acne scars, it can also be used to improve active acne. For people who are still struggling with acne breakouts, this treatment can be used to reduce oil production that is associated with clogged pores. This treatment can be an excellent option to improve the overall appearance of acne-prone skin.
Diminished Stretch Marks
Most people have stretch marks, particularly women who have been pregnant and people who gained weight during puberty. Unfortunately, it can take several years for the appearance of stretch marks to diminish, and even then, many people will still have lingering scars on their bodies. A treatment such as this one can break up the scar tissue in stretch marks, reduce stretch mark appearance, and tighten the skin on the body.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Morpheus8 is a radiofrequency treatment that essentially remodels the skin from the inside. The fractional radiofrequency energy used for this treatment can deeply penetrate the skin to increase collagen production, elastin, and fibrin production, as well as reduce a small amount of fat. Most of the time, appointments can be finished in 30 minutes.
During your treatment appointment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to your skin for several minutes to reduce the sensitivity of the skin. Once the skin is numb, a handheld radiofrequency device will be applied to the skin and microneedles will help deliver deep radiofrequency energy to the sub-dermal layers of the skin.
How Deeply Does This Treatment Penetrate the Skin?
This treatment can penetrate the skin up to eight millimeters deep, which ultimately results in a high level of collagen production. The penetration depth of this treatment can be customized to suit each area of your skin. The skin on your face is typically thinner than the skin on your body, so while two millimeters may be ideal for your cheeks, eight millimeters may be better for your abdomen.
Additionally, the penetration depth of this treatment can be reduced to less than one millimeter, which is an ideal level for areas of the face or body that have very delicate skin. The under-eye area where crow’s feet and skin laxity commonly occur is an ideal place for this low level of penetration.
Is This Treatment Better Than Microneedling?
Microneedling is a highly effective treatment option for many people. However, while microneedling can reduce lines, wrinkles, and scars, the results of microneedling do not last as long as the results from Morpheus8. Because this treatment combines the power of radiofrequency energy and microneedling techniques, this treatment is preferable to many patients.
How Can You Prepare for This Treatment?
To prepare for this treatment, you will likely need to revise your skincare routine for several days. If you use products with active ingredients such as retinol or other chemical exfoliants, you will need to stop using these products for a few days before your appointment. On the day of your appointment, you should arrive with a clean face. Please remove any facial or body jewelry before your appointment.
What Should You Do After This Treatment?
After your treatment, you will need to avoid steam and hot water for several days. It’s best to cleanse your skin with tepid water and gentle soap, followed by the application of a soothing moisturizer. You should wear broad spectrum SPF 30 or greater for at least two weeks following your treatment. If you wear makeup, you will only be allowed to apply cosmetics 48 hours after your treatment. You may resume your normal skincare products at this time as well.
Is There Any Downtime Associated With This Treatment?
After this treatment, you can go back to work, run errands, or even lightly exercise without delay. While cosmetic surgery such as a facelift may require extensive recovery time, this non-invasive treatment won’t disrupt your daily routine. All you need to do is follow your aftercare instructions diligently.
Where Can This Treatment Be Used?
This treatment can be used on virtually every area of the body and face. Some of the most common treatment areas on the face include the forehead, under-eye area, nasolabial folds, mouth, and jowls. On the body, you can use this treatment to address aesthetic concerns on the neck, collarbone, arms, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
What Can Morpheus8 Treat?
This radiofrequency microneedling treatment can be used to address a wide variety of aesthetic concerns, including visible signs of aging and most types of scars. In addition to textural skin concerns, this treatment may also be used to correct pigmentation concerns such as sun damage, post-acne marks, and other hyperpigmentation.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
This treatment is powerful enough to produce visible results after a single treatment, so people who have mild to moderate concerns may only need one appointment. However, people who have moderate to severe aesthetic concerns may need a series of one to three appointments to achieve optimal results.
When Will You See the Results?
It takes time for collagen to build in the body – usually around a month. For this reason, it may take up to one month after your initial treatment to see any visible results. Your results will gradually improve as you have more treatments. The results of this treatment can last for one to two years, so your maintenance appointments should be scheduled annually to maintain your desired results.
Improve Your Skin Texture With Morpheus8
Skin texture concerns are next to impossible to address by yourself with only at-home skincare products. However, when you use an advanced treatment such as radiofrequency microneedling, you can visibly improve your skin in as little as one treatment. If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of this treatment firsthand, contact Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA to schedule your first appointment today.