No doubt about it: Firm skin is the hallmark of a youthful appearance. But as we get older, years of sun damage, stress, and even gravity take their toll. Eventually, our skin sags, contributing to wrinkles, jowls, and other unwanted changes.
Having a facelift is one way to tighten loose skin. But a facelift is surgery, and that means it comes with risks — and a fairly long recovery time.
Thankfully, there’s a nonsurgical way to tighten and tone your skin. It’s called Morpheus8®, and it’s an outpatient treatment that combines the benefits of both radiofrequency (RF) energy treatments and microneedling. Even better: Morpheus8 is associated with very high rates of patient satisfaction.
As a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, is skilled in cutting-edge skin-tightening treatments like Morpheus8, helping patients at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center achieve their aesthetic goals and improve their self-confidence. Here’s how Morpheus8 works.
RF treatments deliver heat energy that helps tighten up the dermis layer of your skin. The added heat ramps up the development of collagen, a protein that’s responsible for skin staying firm and resilient.
While we have plenty of collagen when we’re young, production declines as we get older, and the quality of the collagen that we do produce also decreases. Combined, the loss of quality collagen is a major cause of wrinkles and sagging, lax skin.
RF treatments counteract that effect by supporting healthy collagen development and its benefits. Over time, RF treatments can help firm sagging skin and smooth out mild to moderate wrinkles.
Microneedling also improves mild to moderate skin issues, like fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and skin laxity, but it works in a different way. As its name implies, microneedling uses a device equipped with tiny, fine needles.
As the microneedling device passes over the treatment area, the needles penetrate your skin, creating “controlled” damage that helps skin regenerate itself through natural healing. Like RF treatments, microneedling also promotes the development of healthy collagen.
Microneedling also creates tiny channels into the deeper layers of your skin, and treatments are often combined with skin care products or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for a popular treatment that’s come to be known as a “vampire facial.”
Morpheus8 combines the best aspects of RF treatments and microneedling for better results than most people can achieve with either treatment alone. That’s because microneedling technology makes it easier for RF energy to penetrate to deeper layers of your skin, triggering deep remodeling for results that last.
In addition to promoting collagen development, Morpheus8 treats underlying adipose (fatty) tissue. That makes it an especially good treatment for the jowls and the area under your chin (the submental region), where fat accumulation can add to the appearance of sagging.
Morpheus8 is an outpatient procedure, which means you can enjoy firmer, younger-looking skin without surgery and all the downsides it entails. Healing and recovery is fast, too, with mild redness typically resolving within a couple of days.
You can expect to see results after a few weeks as new collagen networks develop. Many patients achieve optimal benefits from a series of treatments.
Sagging, lax skin may be an inescapable part of aging — but that doesn’t mean we need to sit by and watch it change the way we look and feel. Morpheus8 improves skin’s tone and texture, for a complexion that looks and feels smoother, firmer, and more youthful.
To learn more about Morpheus8 treatments at our locations in McLean and Dulles, Virginia, book an appointment online or over the phone at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center today.