The aging process doesn’t do your skin any favors, but there is a treatment that can restore your youth and combat stubborn skin conditions while addressing the signs of aging. At Michigan Center for Cosmetic Services in Ann Arbor, MI, we are thrilled to offer Morpheus 8, a powerful skin-perfecting treatment that combines two effective skincare treatments into one so you get double the benefits in half the time.
What Does Morpheus 8 Do?
Morpheus 8 is a skin-perfecting and anti-aging treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy. It works by improving collagen production below the skin’s surface to help combat various skin issues and imperfections.
It helps remodel the tissue to contour the face so that your skin doesn’t just look more youthful but is more youthful. Age-related changes in the skin can be discouraging, but thanks to this effective treatment, there is a way to address those changes and restore youth to the skin.
What Causes Changes in the Skin?
As you age, different factors affect your skin and cause visible signs of aging. This typically happens in the 30s and 40s but can begin sooner, depending on your genetics.
Lifestyle and Genetics
Your genetic makeup and lifestyle choices affect your skin and can either increase or decrease the rate at which your skin ages. While the genetics that determine when you produce less collagen are beyond your control, lifestyle factors are within your control. However, not everyone is blessed with the best genetics when it comes to their skin, but thanks to Morpheus 8, there is a way to reverse the aging process and improve imperfections on the skin.
Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging, and if you spent your younger years baking in the sun without sun protection, you are probably now dealing with the consequences. 90% of all skin concerns result from accumulated sun damage. When the skin is exposed to the UV rays from the sun, it causes free radicals that lead to the deterioration of skin cells over time. Sun damage can also negatively affect collagen elastin production.
A Decrease in Collagen and Elastin Production
Collagen and elastin are two important proteins that help build a strong and healthy skin foundation. With the changes in the body’s hormone levels comes a decrease in elastin and collagen production. The result is skin laxity or loose skin.
When your skin is looser, it is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles due to elasticity loss which disables it from bouncing back after repetitive movements. Those lines and wrinkles will continue to become more severe with the aging process as the body produces less collagen.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Combining microneedling and radiofrequency energy is so powerful because they work together to strengthen the skin and increase collagen production. During the treatment, microneedling penetrates the skin and creates microchannels. Microchannels are micro-injuries, and the body responds to these injuries by flooding the area with collagen, which helps treat skin imperfections and make the skin stronger and firmer at a foundational level.
Then, radiofrequency energy reaches deep into these channels to increase the body’s elastin and collagen production. Not only does this help tighten the skin, but it helps remodel facial fat, which restores youth and improves the appearance.
Microneedling is a skin treatment that uses a device fitted with tiny hair-thin needles to penetrate the skin’s surface to create tiny injuries that the body responds to with increased collagen and elastin production.
One-half of this device involves the microneedling technique, which creates channels so the radiofrequency energy can penetrate the skin and create change. Another benefit of microneedling is that it opens up the skin, so any products applied after the treatment will absorb more efficiently.
The other half of this device utilizes radiofrequency energy to deliver heat energy into the layers of the skin. When the underlying layers of the skin are heated to a specific temperature, it helps not only increase collagen production, but it causes the fibers beneath the skin to contract.
Radiofrequency heat also helps tighten fat and the skin, which can help transform skin defined by laxity to thicker, smoother, and firmer skin. Radiofrequency energy will help target and treat:
- Improve skin that has experienced sun damage
- Dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve facial contours
What Can It Treat?
Morpheus 8 can treat both the face and the body. The most common treatment areas include the face of the neck, but many people use it to treat skin imperfections that appear on the body due to loose skin, weight loss, or other skin problems. It can help improve:
- Acne scarring
- Loose skin on the abdomen
- Abdominal stretch marks
- Cellulite and stretch marks on the thighs and buttocks
- Excess sweating under the arms
- Loose skin above the elbows and upper knees
What Are the Benefits of Morpheus 8?
This powerful skincare treatment offers many different benefits and can help improve the skin of patients of all different ages. Not only does it stimulate collagen production to improve the contours of your face and promote skin health, but it will also tighten your skin along the jawline and your neck.
It helps improve and correct acne as well as acne scarring. Morpheus 8 also helps lighten stretch marks. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tightens the skin in the under-eye area, and reduces pore size.
The Treatment Process
How Should I Prepare My Skin?
Before your treatment, there are ways that you can prepare your skin to ensure the best results. We typically recommend that patients refrain from using blood-thinning medications, stay out of the sun, and temporarily discontinue the use of topical products that contain retinoids.
What Happens During Treatment?
During the treatment, your esthetician will use the device to perform the microneedling portion of the treatment. You will feel a warm sensation on your skin caused by the radiofrequency heat energy. Your technician will take every step to ensure your optimal comfort during the treatment.
Are There Any Aftercare Instructions?
There is no downtime following this treatment. You can return to work or go about your normal daily activities. Your technician will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions to ensure that your skin is protected following your treatment. Some of these directives include avoiding the sun for 10 to 14 days post-treatment.
Additionally, you should avoid excess heat and continue to avoid skincare products that contain retinoids. You should focus on moisturizing your skin post-treatment and investing in a high-quality sunscreen to protect your skin when you are exposed to the sun.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
While you will experience the benefits from just one treatment, we recommend anywhere from one to three treatments to experience the best results possible. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will design a treatment plan based on the severity of your skin condition and your ultimate goals.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Patients notice improvements in their skin within a week of their initial treatment. The most dramatic results will be noticeable within three months of the initial treatment, as it typically takes the body 12 weeks to create new collagen. You will see a gradual improvement in the appearance of your skin as the body heals itself from the inside out and builds new collagen and elastin to restore youth and improve your skin’s underlying structure.
Am I a Candidate?
Morpheus 8 is an effective treatment that will help improve many different skin conditions and imperfections. If you want to improve sun damage or promote general skin health and reduce the signs of aging, you are most likely a good treatment candidate. During an initial consultation at our office, we will analyze your skin in person to determine if this treatment is the best option for you.
Restore Your Youthful Skin
If you want to experience all the benefits of Morpheus 8, we can help initiate a skin transformation unlike any other. Contact us today at Michigan Center for Cosmetic Services in Ann Arbor, MI, and schedule your initial consultation to find out more about this powerful skin rejuvenating treatment.