What Is Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is a type of microneedling treatment that improves the appearance of the face. Using radio-frequency (RF) microneedling, the treatment aims to improve skin tone and texture and can also contour your face, neck and chin.
During the treatment, microneedles deliver radiofrequency energy (RF energy) into the deeper layers of the skin, which then stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This production can restore, revitalize and rejuvenate skin, making it look younger, tighter, and more even-toned.
Morpheus8 treatment an be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, under-eye bags and smile lines, and can help eliminate jowls and double chins. The treatment can also be applied to other areas of the body to sculpt and contour and provide a more even, pleasing silhouette. Results usually appear one to two months following treatment.
What Is Ultherapy?
Like Morpheus8, Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that aims to improve the appearance and tightness of the skin. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound waves to lift and tighten skin on your face and neck. Because ultrasound energy can penetrate significant depths, they stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, which improves skin’s appearance and elasticity, and helps restore a youthful appearance. Patients usually see results develop over the first few months following their treatment.
Ultherapy can be used to tighten and lift the brow, neck, or jawline.
Differences Between Morpheus8 Vs Ultherapy?
While both Morpheus8 and Ultherapy are non-invasive contouring procedures, largely used on the face and neck, there are significant differences in how the therapies are carried out.
1) Technology Differences
The most obvious difference between Morpheus8 and Ultherapy is the fact that both types of contouring procedures use different types of technology.
Morpheus8 is a type of microneedling procedure, during which individual needles deliver radiofrequency energy deep into the skin. These needles are known as subdermal adipose remodelling devices.
Ultherapy, on the other hand, uses focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen and elastin production in order to improve the appearance of the skin. Unlike Morpheus8, the skin is not physically penetrated; instead, an ultrasound device is placed on the treatment area, and ultrasound waves then penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which results in a more youthful appearance, tighter skin, and a more contoured face and neck.
2) Down Time Differences
Your recovery time will differ somewhat whether you choose Morpheus8 or Ultherapy. With Morpheus8, because microneedling does involve some slight skin trauma, your skin may feel hot and may appear red immediately following your treatment. However, this is temporary; these side effects are likely to disappear between four and 24 hours following your treatment. Morpheus8 patients usually see results after one treatment, but several treatments may be recommended, depending on the desired outcome.
With Ultherapy, there is generally no downtime or recovery time. Some swelling or tenderness may be present following your treatment, and sensitivity at the treatment site may last for several weeks.
In both cases, your surgeon will be able to advise on how to best manage any discomfort following your procedure, and will let you know of any adverse side effects that require medical attention or a follow-up appointment.
3) Costs Differences
At SpaMedica, the cost of a Morpheus8 treatment depends on several factors, including the size of the treated area and how many treatment sessions are required to achieve your desired outcome. A single treatment typically costs $999, and a five-treatment package costs $4,000.
Like Morpheus8, Ultherapy’s overall cost to you will depend on the size of your treatment area, and how many sessions you plan to undergo. Generally, Ultherapy costs between $500-$4,000, depending on these factors.
4) Pros & Cons Differences
Both Morpheus8 and Ultherapy have a number of pros and cons, which may help you determine which procedure is right for you.
- Minimally invasive
- Faster than surgery with minimal downtime
- Long-lasting, natural-looking results
- Helps regenerate natural tissues, as well as collagen and elastin
- Results are cumulative: the more treatments are undergone, the more visible results will be
- Some pain or discomfort
- Red, shiny skin may appear following the treatment
- Several treatments may be needed
- No downtime
- Quicker than surgery
- Long-lasting results
- It can be painful or uncomfortable
- Results are not visible immediately
- Other procedures are required for facial resurfacing
Why Do People Choose Both Procedures?
As with all cosmetic procedures, your reasons for choosing Morpheus8 or Ultherapy are personal, and specific to your own cosmetic concerns. However, some common concerns are often corrected by these procedures.
Reduce the Sign of Aging
If you are concerned about fine lines and a loss of skin elasticity, procedures like Morpheus8 or Ultherapy may be ideal. Since these procedures stimulate collagen and elastin production, they result in a fuller, tighter appearance and can help reduce sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. (However, it should be noted that a severe loss of skin laxity might be better addressed by a facelift or another facial surgical procedure, as Morpheus8 and Ultherapy may not be able to address this specific concern adequately.)
Enhance Skin Firmness
Collagen is a protein that provides structure to skin, and it is one of the most significant building blocks for skin, bones, muscles and ligaments. In helping stimulate collagen production, both Morpheus8 and Ultherapy help restore skin’s firm, supple appearance, which can result in a more even skin texture and a more youthful and alert appearance overall.
Make Skin Brighter
Again due to the increased collagen production, both Morpheus8 and Ultherapy can result in a visible improvement to both skin’s texture and its overall brightness and appearance.
Where Can I Find a Skin Tightening Expert in Toronto?
At SpaMedica, our team of clinicians, including nurses, dermatologists and consultants, has decades of experience in numerous cosmetic and contouring procedures, including nonsurgical procedures such as Morpheus8 and Ultherapy. From your initial consultation to each and every followup appointment, the SpaMedica team will strive to understand your specific skin concerns and desired outcomes and will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Contact the clinic to schedule your consultation today.