29th March 2023

Morpheus8 vs Radiofrequency and Micro-Needling: A Comprehensive Comparison of Skin Tightening Methods

Last Modified: March 31, 2023

In recent years, aesthetic treatments have evolved considerably, offering numerous options to those who wish to improve the appearance and texture of their skin.

Popular treatments include Morpheus8 and radiofrequency (RF)skin tightening, as well as micro-needling, which offer different methods of achieving this goal.

In this article, we will delve into the distinct features of each technique and evaluate their effectiveness in delivering the desired results.

We also present the approach that we recommend to all our patients. Click here to jump to that section.

Radiofrequency treatments utilise RF energy to heat the tissue under the skin, stimulating collagen production and tightening the skin.

Micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, uses tiny needles to make controlled punctures in the skin's surface, stimulating the natural healing process and collagen production.

Morpheus8 combines micro-needling and radiofrequency energy to remodel the skin and give it a more youthful appearance. As Morpheus8 penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, it stimulates collagen production and encourages skin tightening.

While Morpheus8 is a good and convenient treatment option, the independent application of RF and microneedling methods allows for a more customised approach to tackling skin concerns and tailoring the treatment to the needs of the individual. More on that later.

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Overview

Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the dermis and stimulate collagen production. This procedure is designed to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

RF skin tightening devices deliver targeted energy into the skin without directly affecting the epidermis, ensuring a safe and relatively painless treatment.

As the energy is absorbed by the underlying deeper layers, the skin's natural healing process is set in motion, encouraging the growth of new collagen and an overall tightening effect.

This treatment can be performed on different areas of the body, such as the face, neck and arms.

The main benefits of radiofrequency skin tightening include:

  • Non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure
  • Minimal discomfort and downtime
  • Visible improvements in skin tone and firmness
  • Suitable for all skin types and tones

While some people may see immediate improvements, others may require several sessions to achieve the desired results. It is advisable to consult with a qualified professional to determine an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Micro Needling Overview

Micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in which the skin is punctured with tiny sterile needles to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The goal of this stand-alone treatment is to improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimise scars and rejuvenate the skin overall.

During a micro-needling treatment, a professional uses a device with fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the top layer of the skin.

These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural healing process and lead to increased collagen and elastin synthesis, resulting in smoother and more youthful-looking skin. Micro-needling is suitable for all skin types and can be applied to various areas of the body, such as the face, neck and décolletage.

Some benefits of micro-needling include:

  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Minimisation of scars and pore size
  • Enhancement of product absorption

While it can improve skin texture and stimulate collagen, the results may not be as intensive as those achieved by Morpheus8 or radiofrequency skin tightening.

Micro-needling typically requires several sessions to achieve optimal results. The number of sessions depends on the individual's skin concerns and goals.

While micro-needling can result in a noticeable improvement in skin quality, it may not be as effective as more advanced treatments, such as radiofrequency, in addressing more significant skin laxity and deeper wrinkles.

Morpheus8 Overview

Morpheus8 is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that combines two highly effective skin rejuvenation techniques: Micro-Needling and Radio Frequency (RF) Energy.

This advanced technology aims to improve skin tone, texture and elasticity by stimulating collagen production and remodelling the subdermal layers of the skin.

During the procedure, a handheld device with tiny gold-plated needles is used to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin's surface.

The RF energy is then delivered through the needles reaching deep into the dermis and subdermal adipose tissue.

Key benefits of Morpheus8 treatment include:

  • Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Firmer, more youthful-looking skin
  • Minimisation of acne scars, stretch marks and other imperfections

To achieve optimal results, patients typically require a series of treatments performed 4-6 weeks apart.

Our Recommendation

There are different approaches to achieving anti-ageing benefits, and it depends on what you prioritize the most. The mainstream advice favours the convenience of getting Morpheus8, which is a combination of radiofrequency and microneedling treatments.

However, if you want to get the maximum anti-ageing benefits, getting separate radiofrequency and microneedling treatments is still the way to go.

The quality of modern nonsurgical treatments heavily relies on two things, the quality of the device being used and the experience of the provider. Assuming that you are working with a qualified specialist, the technology behind the treatment remains the differentiating factor.

While Morpheus8 is quite advanced, it still can't match up to the class-leading technologies found in standalone treatments like NuEra® Tight with FocalRF® Technology in terms of flexibility, customization, and safety features.

Moreover, Morpheus8 sits at the higher end of the pricing scale compared to radiofrequency skin tightening and microneedling treatments performed separately.

The cost of Morpheus8 treatments can range from £950 to £1,500 per session, and a course of several sessions is typically recommended to achieve the best results. This brings the total cost to an estimated £2,850 to £9,000 for a full course of treatment.

On the other hand, radiofrequency skin tightening treatments can cost around £200 to £500 per session, and a series of four to six treatments is advised, amounting to a potential cost of £800 to £3,000. Micro-needling treatments generally cost between £200 and £300 per session, and a series of four to six appointments leads to a total price ranging from £800 to £1,800. As you see, a Morpheus8 treatment package is roughly double the cost!

If you have a low pain threshold, Morpheus8 might not be the best option. This treatment is considered more sensitive than other body remodelling and skin-tightening treatments. Most patients experience a mild to moderate level of discomfort during the procedure.

All that being said, what if you don't want to go for multiple treatments? Getting micro-needling and RF skin tightening separately means double the visits to the clinic.

Well, Dr Aesthetica offers radiofrequency skin tightening and microneedling separately in one treatment session.

The treatment involves carrying out the radiofrequency skin tightening to the face and neck, followed by a numbing cream and microneedling. As an added advantage, all micro-needling treatments come with the application of stem cell growth factors for accelerated healing and recovery.

The bottom line is you won't go wrong either way. Morpheus8 offers convenience while getting separate radiofrequency and microneedling treatments provides maximum anti-ageing benefits and at a lower cost. If you prefer a one-treatment solution with zero compromises on results, Dr Aesthetica offers a combined radiofrequency skin tightening and microneedling treatment.

Get in touch to learn more.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 29th March 2023
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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