WHAT IS MORPHEUS8 Skin Tightening ?

Morpheus8 Skin Tightening is defined as a sub-dermal adipose remodeling device (SARD) that utilizes the combination of fine needles with radio-frequency technology to remodel the skin building blocks and beyond. I use Morpheus8 to strategically target the skin and sub-dermal layer of the skin to stimulate collagen production while accomplishing skin tightening and tactical volumetric reduction by melting fat. The Morpheus8 micropins penetrate 4mm deep into the skin which allows true contouring to occur by melting fat with skin tightening.  There is little to no damage to the dermis with almost no patient downtime. Most patients experience mild redness and swelling for only a few hours after treatment. 


Morpheus8 Skin Tightening can be used on any areas of the skin that can benefit from skin and rejuvenation. Notably, areas include all areas of the  face and body that exhibits wrinkles, discoloration, or acne.  The most commonly treated areas include face, neck, and abdomen. Additionally, the Morpheus8 has colorblind technology and can be used on all skin types. 

Baywatch Babe’s Morpheus8 Journey on CA Live 

Donna D’Errico, star of the television hit series, Baywatch, recently turned to my practice to improve her skin tone and texture. Although she looks great and takes care of her skin and body, she was seeking ways to maintain and improve her youthful and vibrant look.  I suggested Morpheus8 as the best option available to achieve these goals. She was gracious enough to allow the world to share her experience through NBC’s California Live.  


When performing Morpheus8 Skin Tightening, a topical local anesthetic is applied to the skin for a period of 45 to 60 minutes prior to the treatment. Next the Morpheus8 treatment ensues, addressing the areas of concern.   Morpheus8 treatment times take under half hour under most circumstances.  Following the treatment, the skin is washed and antibiotic ointment is applied followed by a proprietary GVMD skin enhancement cocktail.  In many instances, Morpheus8 treatments are combined with Accutite or Facetite for optimal results.



Patients should expect to have anywhere from three to six treatment sessions depending on the condition of the skin and the results desired.  Optimal results are usually seen after three treatments( although sometimes less treatments are required), and this is not a marketing gimmick, but rather a consequence of the ‘ fractional ‘ nature of the treatment. Fractional treatments typically effect 20 % of the surface area of the skin, so if we want to approach 100 % of the skin surface ( and undersurface ) being treated wholly, we’re looking at 20 % x 5 treatments. I normally spread my Morpheus8 Skin Tightening treatments four weeks apart to allow the skin ample time to heal.  This may vary depending on the patient’s particular and unique healing cycle.


Visible results can be seen after a few days, although the most noticeable results appear 3 weeks following the treatment. Results will continue to improve up to 4 months after the procedure – and this is merely a factor of healing, and notably collagen remodeling, which takes time.  


Fractionated RF or ” radio-frequency” is energy is utilized in Morpheus8 skin treatments which have been scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin envelope. The Morpheus8 treatment is minimally invasive, using a matrix of micro-pins to resurface and restore the skin, providing exceptional results with almost no patient downtime. Additionally, the treatment can be applied to depths up to 4 mm, with thermal effects extending up to 5 mm, hence strategic fat reduction can be achieved as well.  This is typically done at the nasolabial folds, the under chin fat, and jowls. 

Morpheus8 Treatment and Post-Procedure Care Recommendations


The Morpheus8 treatment is performed as an outpatient, and requires a topical anesthetic.  Most patients admit to minimal pain, swelling and redness following the procedure. Swelling tends to persist in areas where skin is thinner, such as around the eyes.  The entire Morpheus8 treatment takes about one hour for completion although this may vary depending on the extent of the treatment.   Following the Morpheus* treatment patients are instructed to avoid direct sun exposure for several weeks following the treatment.  The lowers the risk for subsequent hyperpigmentation.   It is advised that patients use a broad spectrum sunscreen and gentle moisturizer everyday. Make up may be be applied 1-2 days after treatment, but no sooner.  

To find out if Morpheus8 Treatments may improve and rejuvenate your face and body appearance, call Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS at 310-273-3007  or submit your contact infomation for an evaluation today !


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