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Forma vs. Fractora vs. Morpheus8: Exploring Advanced Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

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In the realm of skin rejuvenation, technologically advanced treatments have emerged to address various skin concerns effectively.

SpaMedica provides three popular skin tightening and rejuvenation treatments: Forma, Fractora, and Morpheus8, comparing their technologies, applications, and benefits.

Here we’ll compare these three strategies for smoothing and tightening problem skin, to help you choose a method that might be best for you. Let’s begin by explaining exactly what each treatment is, and how it works.

What Is Morpheus8?

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Morpheus8 is an innovative skin treatment that combines microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) energy to target the deeper layers of the skin.

This innovative technology aims to stimulate collagen production and remodel adipose tissue (body fat), resulting in tighter, smoother, and more youthful skin. Morpheus8 is versatile, treating areas with sagging skin, fine lines, acne scarring, and uneven skin texture.

What Is Fractora Skin Resurfacing?

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Fractora is a fractional skin resurfacing treatment that uses RF energy delivered through a matrix of micro-pins.

This technology ablates and heats the skin, promoting collagen production and improving skin texture. Fractora effectively addresses acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines, and skin laxity, distinguishing itself from other technologies by its ability to treat multiple skin concerns simultaneously.

Real Self found Fractora a positive and minimally invasive treatment, with 57% of patients giving it a “worth it” rating.

What Is Forma Skin Tightening?

Forma is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses RF energy to heat the deep layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen production.

This treatment is known for its ability to improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and provide a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Forma is particularly popular for its comfort and minimal downtime, making it an attractive option for those seeking a quick and effective skin rejuvenation solution.

The treatment’s Real Self rating from patients is an impressive 77% “worth it.”

Forma vs. Fractora vs. Morpheus8

It can be confusing choosing between three very similar-sounding treatments. We’ve compared all three skin rejuvenation systems using eight criteria, to help you decide which is best for your skin treatment.

We’ll also consider the costs of each treatment, helping you make an informed choice.

First, here’s a table summarizing our findings:

Criteria Morpheus8 Fractora Forma
Technology Used Combines microneedling with RF energy Uses fractional RF energy delivered through micro-pins Employs RF energy to heat deeper layers
Treatment Objectives Sagging skin, fine lines, acne scars, overall texture Acne scarring, stretch marks, fine lines, multiple concerns Tightening loose skin, softening fine lines, texture
Level of Invasiveness Minimally invasive, deeper skin penetration Minimally invasive, targeting deep layers Non-invasive, does not penetrate deeply
Pain and Discomfort Mild discomfort, manageable with topical anesthetic Moderate discomfort, numbing cream often required Generally painless, akin to a hot stone massage
Number of Sessions Typically, two treatments recommended Requires 3-4 sessions depending on skin concern Series of 6-8 sessions recommended
Suitability for Skin Suitable for all skin types, including darker tones Effective for several types, caution with darker tones Works well on all skin types
Recovery Time Minimal downtime, slight redness and swelling few days Moderate downtime, redness and swelling up to a week No downtime, immediate return to activities
Longevity of Results Last up to a year or more with maintenance Long-lasting, with regular maintenance treatments Several months, maintenance needed
Potential Side Effects Temporary redness, swelling, mild bruising Redness, swelling, potential for mild scabbing Minimal side effects, primarily mild redness

Cost Comparison: Forma vs. Fractora vs. Morpheus8

Much will depend on the area of skin treated and its condition. Here we’ll give a general comparison of how much you might expect to pay for a typical facial treatment at SpaMedica.

  • Morpheus8: This usually costs more due to its advanced technology and deeper treatment capabilities. Typical SpaMedica Rate: Starts at $2,500.
  • Fractora: Moderately priced, balancing cost and effectiveness. Typical SpaMedica Rate: Starts at $2,999.
  • Forma: Often the most affordable option, given its non-invasive nature. Typical SpaMedica Rate: Starts at $899/treatment.

How to Choose Between Forma, Fractora and Morpheus8

Choosing between Forma, Fractora, and Morpheus8 depends on your specific skin concerns and desired outcomes:

  • Morpheus8 offers a deep, comprehensive treatment ideal for significant skin tightening and texture improvement.
  • Fractora provides versatile skin resurfacing, addressing multiple skin issues simultaneously.
  • Forma offers a comfortable, non-invasive solution for those seeking mild to moderate skin tightening and rejuvenation. Contact SpaMedica professionals to determine the right treatment option for your unique needs.

What to Expect from Skin Rejuvenation Technology

Here’s what you should expect in the hours, days and weeks following your Forma, Fractora, or Morpheus8 skin treatment:


  • Hours After Treatment: Expect mild redness and slight swelling immediately after the procedure. The skin might feel warm and slightly tender.
  • Days After Treatment: Redness and swelling should diminish within a few days. Tiny scabs may form at the microneedling sites and fall off naturally.
  • Weeks After Treatment: Gradual improvement in skin texture, firmness, and tone can be observed as collagen production increases. Full results typically appear after a month, with effects lasting up to a year or more with maintenance sessions.


  • Hours After Treatment: Moderate redness and swelling are common immediately post-treatment. The skin may feel tight and warm.
  • Days After Treatment: Redness can persist for up to a week, with potential mild swelling. Small scabs or crusts may develop as the skin heals.
  • Weeks After Treatment: Noticeable improvements in skin texture and reduction in fine lines and scars become evident. Continued improvement over several weeks, with optimal results seen after multiple sessions. Maintenance treatments help sustain long-term benefits.


  • Hours After Treatment: Minimal to no redness and swelling. The skin may feel warm and tight immediately after the procedure.
  • Days After Treatment: With no downtime, normal activities can be resumed immediately. The skin continues to feel tighter and more toned.
  • Weeks After Treatment: Gradual improvements in skin tightness and texture over the course of the recommended 6-8 sessions. Maintenance treatments every few months help maintain the results, which can last several months with regular upkeep.


Is It Possible to Combine the Treatments?

Yes, combining treatments can enhance overall results. For instance, starting with Morpheus8 for deep tissue remodelling and following up with Forma for surface-level tightening can provide comprehensive rejuvenation.

What Efficacy Studies Have Been Conducted on These Treatments?

A study published in Dermatology Research and Practice found the underlying radiofrequency treatment that underlies all three systems is largely beneficial.

The researchers concluded that “The use of RF and PEMF is safe and effective for treating aged skin. Treatment improved skin condition, decreasing skin laxity, attenuating wrinkles, and smoothing facial and neck contour, with no pain or undesirable side effects.”

Are Two Sessions of Morpheus8 Enough?

While two sessions can yield significant improvements, some patients may require additional treatments to achieve their desired results, depending on the severity of their skin concerns.

Whether you aim to tighten skin, improve skin texture, or address specific skin concerns like acne scars and fine lines, understanding the nuances of Forma, Fractora, and Morpheus8 will help you make an informed decision.

For personalized advice, schedule a consultation with SpaMedica skin treatment experts today.

By SpaMedica Infinite Vitality Clinic Non-Surgical

The team at Toronto's SpaMedica comprises a distinguished group of Canada's top dermatologists, nurses, and technicians, specializing in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. With a wealth of experience and credentials, the team expertly delivers anti-aging, body contouring, laser skin, skincare, and vaginal treatments. Known for their commitment to patient care and exceptional results, the medspa team continues to lead the industry in innovative techniques.
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