The basic concept of microneedling was designed over 120 years ago, initially as a means to help with recovery of veterans harmed in war. However, we’ve come a long way in the world of microneedling—most recently with the debut of Morpheus8. At Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, it quickly became one of the most-requested treatments. It’s more than microneedling, combining elements of traditional microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy. However, we still offer “regular” microneedling in our clinic because you deserve options. So, which one is best for you?
Microneedling is still effective. It works by creating micro-traumas, also called microchannels, in the skin. This kick-starts the body’s healing response and collagen production. Collagen is a building block of skin that is taut, youthful, and clear. We make less collagen as we get older, which is why you start to notice skin laxity in your late 20s. However, we can also “tell” our body when and where to create a surge of collagen production with tools like microneedling. Those who love traditional microneedling might know about adding a facial or medical-grade topicals immediately after their treatment, as this is when the skin is “open” and can best absorb such products.
The Morpheus8 Difference
Morpheus8 is, simply, more. It’s a favorite of celebrities and trends on TikTok as “the holy grail of skin treatments.” The needles, or “pins,” in Morpheus8 are different because they direct regulated heat energy to the precise depth that is needed to repair wrinkles and tighten skin. Morpheus8 has just 24 tiny needles compared to traditional microneedling devices that might have a lot more. However, that’s all this technology needs to send RF energy right where it’s needed.
There are many benefits to Morpheus8, some of which are different than microneedling. Of course, it’s a means of collagen induction therapy. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles, amps up skin glow and improves texture, and gives you tighter skin. It can also help with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks. All of these can be perks of microneedling, too, but Morpheus8 takes it to the next level. If you’ve been struggling with one or more of these concerns and microneedling hasn’t worked for you, it’s time to change to Morpheus8.
Morph Your Skin with Morpheus8
A consultation isn’t necessary for Morpheus8, but might be a good idea. There are few contraindications (having lesions in the treatment area is a big one), but otherwise men and women of any skin tone are a good fit for all kinds of microneedling. During your appointment, skin is cleansed and prepped. A numbing cream is applied to the treatment site to optimize comfort. You must wait 30 – 45 minutes for the numbing effect to work. Afterward, skin is once again cleansed and an antiseptic is applied to the face to protect against irritants.
Now, it’s time for the actual treatment. Various levels are available so your treatment will be customized. Many clients compare the sensation to laser hair reduction because with every “trigger” the wand sends 24 needles into the skin with a flash of RF energy. Three passes (during the same appointment) are common, with most sessions lasting less than 30 minutes. Following your treatment, skin is cleaned and aftercare is applied. Ice packs can help with redness and swelling (which is mild, if at all). Just like with regular microneedling, downtime isn’t necessary.
Is Morpheus8 for You?
Microneedling is a beloved treatment because it’s all-natural. It simply triggers your body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Collagen is the secret to more youthful skin and Morpheus8 can help you get there faster than traditional microneedling. However, pairing Morpheus8 with other treatments and medical-grade products is how you can take your results to the next-level.
Learn more about Morpheus8, microneedling, and complementary procedures hand-picked just for you during a consultation. Contact Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care today by calling the office or, for the fastest response, complete the online contact form now.