Morpheus8™ Treatment in Houston
If you’re looking around Dr. Altamira’s website, you’ve probably heard of microneedling for improving your skin through hundreds of tiny punctures. And you may have heard of radiofrequency energy being used to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production.
What if you combined microneedling with deeply delivered radiofrequency energy?
You’d have Morpheus8™. Dr. Altamira offers this revolutionary skin improvement treatment for our patients from around the Houston/Sugar Land area.
What is Morpheus8?
Morpheus8™ combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy delivery. It does so by delivering the RF energy when the microneedling pins are at their full depth. This means the RF energy doesn’t have to work to penetrate the outer epidermis; the pins allow the energy to be delivered directly into the dermis, where collagen production is triggered.
In this way, Morpheus8™ provides the superficial skin improvements of microneedling with the deep tissue collagen boost of radiofrequency energy.
Who is a candidate for Morpheus8?
If you have loose or sagging skin on your face, neck, or body, Morpheus8™ is a good treatment to tighten these areas up. Both men and women with sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and overall dull skin are great candidates for these treatments at Dr. Altamira’s. These are not invasive treatments and there is only minimal recovery, so there aren’t any limitations.
If you have an active skin condition, such as eczema, you should wait for the flare-up to resolve before having Morpheus8™.
What is the Morpheus8 procedure like?
For your Morpheus8™ treatment at our Houston or Sugar Land offices, we ask you to arrive about one hour before we’ll start your treatment. We apply topical numbing anesthetic, and it takes about one hour to fully numb your treatment areas. Once this has fully taken effect we get started. The procedure is simple. You lie on our treatment table, and the Morpheus8™ handpiece is placed onto your skin. The microneedles extend and penetrate your skin at a set depth of up to 4mm. When they reach their depth the gold-plated tips of the microneedles deliver a pulse of radiofrequency energy deep into the dermis layer or fat layer (depending on the penetration depth). This energy heats the dermis. When the body senses heat in the dermis layer, it assumes there has been a wound, so it initiates a wound-healing response. This involves remodeling all existing collagen in the area, and then beginning the production of new collagen. Since collagen provides the skin’s structural support latticework, this instantly tightens the skin and then the increased collagen continues to build your results.
We move the handpiece in a coordinated path, placing it, activating the needles, and then moving it to the next adjacent spot. This is continued until we have completely covered your treatment areas.
What areas can be treated with Morpheus8?
Dr. Altamira likes the adjustability of Morpheus8™. The microneedle penetration can be adjusted all the way up to 4mm of depth. This allows us to use Morpheus8™ on areas with thin skin, such as the forehead, by simply shortening the needle penetration. The extra depth is great for areas of thicker skin, such as the cheeks. Morpheus8™ can be used just about anywhere on the face, neck, and body. We use Morpheus8 on areas you’d never think of treating with laser energy, such as the delicate tissues around the mouth and the upper and lower eyelids.
Here are specific areas Dr. Altamira treats with Morpheus8™:
- Entire face
- Areas with stretch marks
- Post-surgical scars
- Banana roll under the buttocks
What kinds of skin issues can Morpheus8 improve?
These treatments improve various skin problems:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull tissue
- Large pores
- Uneven skin tone
- Acne scars
- Active acne
- Skin laxity
- Stretch marks
What is recovery like after Morpheus8 treatment?
After your Morpheus8™ session, your skin will be red, and you’ll likely have some mild swelling. As a response to the microneedling, your skin in the treated areas will feel tight and may be a little shiny for 3-5 days. At the sites of the hundreds of microscopic punctures, you may have small, flaky scabs and some light peeling skin. If you keep your skin moisturized, all of this can be effectively dealt with. You will need to protect your skin with 30+ SPF sunscreen or just avoid the sun for a couple weeks, as it will be susceptible to UV radiation. Patients can usually return to work the next day, but you may want to give your skin a day to calm down.
Are there any risks involved with Morpheus8?
An advantage of using RF energy to heat tissues and generate new collagen and elastin production, as opposed to lasers (which use higher-frequency light waves), is that lower frequency RF energy can safely penetrate to a deep level, without damaging the surface skin. Lasers generally work to improve the surface skin, as that is where the energy is absorbed. This is also why RF energy is safe for patients with darker skin tones, while laser treatments can cause hyperpigmentation.
Bottom line? Radiofrequency energy has been studied extensively for its impact on humans and found to be safe. The main risk associated with the use of this form of energy is the potential for burns, but Morpheus8™ delivers its RF energy in a completely controlled method. If the skin temperature rises above where it should be the system shuts down.
Morpheus8™ has been cleared by the FDA for skin tightening.
How many Morpheus8 treatments are recommended?
We’ve found that anywhere from one to four Morpheus8™ treatments can achieve the skin tightening our patients from Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding areas seek. Each of these treatments should be spaced from three to five weeks apart. This time frame allows your skin to fully heal and for the ramp-up in collagen production to fully take hold. After your series, occasional maintenance treatments will work to keep your collagen production at an elevated level.
Schedule a Morpheus8 Consult with Dr. Altamira
Be sure to call 713.271.9000 today to learn more about our Morpheus8 Treatment or to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure. You can also book your one-on-one meeting with Dr. David Altamira by filling out the form on our our contact page, and our staff will walk you through the process. Our practice looks forward to serving you!