At Miia Medspa in Rowley, MA, we know that many patients are looking for alternative treatments to surgery. While something like a facelift can certainly tighten skin, it isn’t an effective option for superficial skin concerns like blemishes or sun damage. However, with a treatment like Morpheus8, which combines two highly effective aesthetic techniques, all age-related concerns can be addressed in a series of simple one-step treatments.
Skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, and pigmentation related to sun damage are all visible signs of aging that can be challenging to treat. Most aesthetic treatments can only address one root cause of aging at a time; either the sub-dermal causes of collagen breakdown or the skin surface damage that creates dark spots. Instead of combining multiple aesthetic treatments to get the results you want, Morpheus8 can address all your skincare concerns at once.
How Many Morpheus8 Treatments Do You Need?
Most of the time, patients will require one to three appointments to achieve the desired results. Your treatment appointments will be spaced about one month apart to allow for enough time for the skin to heal and for collagen regrowth to mature. For those who only have minor aesthetic concerns, such as enlarged pores or uneven skin tone, one to two appointments may be adequate; for those who have more severe concerns, like deep wrinkles and skin laxity, three or more appointments may be necessary.
Sometimes your age can be a factor in how many appointments you will need. This is because mature skin already has lower levels of collagen in the sub-dermal layers, so it may take more time to build back an adequate layer of collagen to resolve all appearance concerns. Similarly, your skin type may determine how close together your treatment appointments are. Those who have sensitive or fair skin may need treatments about six weeks apart to allow for adequate skin healing.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Long Do Results Last?
In general, the results for your first treatment will last for about three months at a time for the correction of certain superficial skin concerns. In as little as one appointment, you will notice that your skin is smoother and tighter, with the most drastic improvements happening around two to three weeks after your appointment. As you have more appointments to complete the round of your treatment, your results will build and gradually improve.
Once your initial round of treatments is complete, you can expect your results to last for several months, sometimes even as long as two to five years for skin tightening treatments. Of course, the current condition of your skin will be a significant factor in determining how long the results of your treatment will last, as well as the type of skin condition that is being treated.
Sometimes, we recommend that patients have maintenance appointments occasionally to keep collagen production in the skin high. The frequency of your maintenance appointments will be recommended based on your skin condition and how well your skin holds collagen production. For some, maintenance appointments should happen annually every year, while others may only need maintenance appointments when they notice the results of the Morpheus8 treatment fading.
2. Can Results Be Permanent?
Yes, although this treatment tends to produce semi-permanent results the same way a facelift might, some results can be permanent. Most of the time, permanent results happen when collagen restructuring is drastic and corrective, such as in the case of acne scarring or stretch marks. Because scars are caused by deformed collagen, the way this treatment breaks down and reforms collagen can produce permanent results for smoother skin.
However, for other skin concerns, such as skin laxity or wrinkles, it can be the case that the results are not permanent. This is because treating age-related concerns is only ever temporary since eventually time will catch up with the skin and change the quality of collagen in the sub-dermal layers of the skin. However, the long-lasting results of this Morpheus8 treatment are still second-to-none compared to other non-surgical and surgical cosmetic treatments.
3. How Can You Maintain Results?
Aside from the occasional maintenance appointment when the results of your treatment start to fade, there are several things you can do to maintain the results of your treatment. For example, one of the most important things you can do is protect your skin from the sun and further sun damage. Many skin experts agree that the most visible signs of aging, such as wrinkle formation and dark spots, can be traced back to unprotected sun exposure. Please wear SPF during the day to protect your skin and your results.
Other things you can do to maintain your results include keeping your stress levels down, drinking enough water, making healthy lifestyle choices, and using anti-aging skincare products that will help support collagen production. For your everyday skincare, please be sure to incorporate active ingredients such as retinoids, Vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to support skin health and appearance.
4. What Can You Treat With Morpheus8?
This treatment is commonly used to correct a wide variety of aging and superficial skin concerns. Additionally, this treatment is also commonly used to contour or remodel the fat beneath the skin, particularly in the cheeks and under the chin, which can be useful for both young and mature patients. The full list of skin concerns that can be corrected with this treatment include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity
- Blemishes and dark spots
- Sun damage
- Rough skin texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Stretch marks
- Acne and cystic acne
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
5. How Does This Treatment Work?
Compared to other non-surgical skin rejuvenating treatments, Morpheus8 is incredibly unique. As a treatment that can be used for superficial concerns and age-related concerns, the key to this treatment is the dual power of the one-of-a-kind treatment system. This rejuvenating treatment combines the power of microneedling and fractionated radiofrequency, which are two versatile treatments by themselves. When combined, this treatment is more effective than a facelift and produces better-looking results.
You might know of microneedling already, either as a medspa treatment or from at-home derma rolling. Microneedling creates micro-injuries in the skin that stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities, particularly the ability to produce more collagen and fiber in the skin to heal wounds. By itself, microneedling can address both textural and tone issues, as well as refine the overall appearance of the skin.
The needles used with this system can be customized to fit your precise skin needs. While ordinary microneedling treatments use needle points that are around 2mm long, this particular system can use needles up to 4mm deep. The longer reach of these needles can open deeper microchannels in your skin, which allows the radiofrequency portion of this treatment to reach deeper layers of the skin and stimulate collagen production in the lower skin layers. The ability to customize the needle depth means each area of your skin receives effective treatment to rejuvenate and restore your skin appearance.
Radiofrequency is one of the current golden standards in aesthetic treatments. Radiofrequency is an energy-based treatment that utilizes thermal energy output to stimulate blood flow beneath the surface of the skin, which increases collagen production that can smooth out the appearance of the skin. The fractionated portion of this treatment device means that the radiofrequency energy is cast in fine microscopic points, which enables the energy to reach every inch of skin evenly to correct tone and textural concerns.
6. Is This Treatment Effective?
This treatment is an effective option for the vast majority of people. The main reason why this treatment produces such reliable results is the fact that the system works with your body’s natural regenerative abilities to improve the appearance of the skin. Unlike other treatments that require special formulas or invasive techniques, this system takes the natural path to improve your beauty. Most patients are satisfied with the fast and reliable results of this treatment.
7. Who Can Benefit From This Treatment?
Almost anybody is a good potential candidate for this treatment, regardless of skin tone or skin type. The people that benefit the most from this treatment are probably those with mature skin who are experiencing moderate to severe age-related concerns but who do not want to have cosmetic surgery. Another group that can get the most benefit from this treatment is those who have complex skin concerns, such as having wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scarring.
8. Is There a Best Time for This Treatment?
You can have this treatment during any time of the year, but because radiofrequency can cause sun sensitivity, many people choose to have their initial round of treatments during the cooler months of the year. Scheduling your treatment appointments when there is less sunshine can minimize unintended sun exposure, which can protect the results of your treatment.
If you are using this treatment to prepare for important life events, you may want to schedule your treatment at least six months before your event. This will give your results enough time to fully mature so you can look your absolute best on your important day.
9. What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
In addition to being incredibly versatile, this treatment has several benefits. For example, because this treatment is non-invasive, there is no risk of scarring from the treatment. The fact that the intensity of the radiofrequency energy and the depth of the needling also means that this treatment can be safe for any skin tone and type.
This treatment also works with your body to improve your appearance, which means you can benefit from natural-looking results that look better over time. Another important benefit for many patients is the fact that this treatment can be easily combined with other aesthetic treatments, such as facials and certain injectables like Botox.
10. Will You Need a Consultation?
Yes, you will require a consultation before your first appointment. We use the consultation as an opportunity to verify that Morpheus8 is an ideal match for your skin concerns. Your consultation will also finalize your treatment plan and the realistic expectations you should have for your results.
Rejuvenate Your Skin Quickly With Morpheus8
It may be tough to treat certain visible signs of aging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With the right aesthetic treatment, you can effectively rewind the clock and improve your overall appearance in as little as one to three treatments. Contact Miia Medspa in Rowley, MA to schedule your initial appointment today.