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Morpheus8 treatments can give you younger looking skin

Morpheus8: Anti-Aging Skin Remodeling

What Is Morpheus8?

Building blocks, such as collagen and elastin, maintain glowing, youthful skin. Time, environmental exposure, genetics, and lifestyle impact the abundance and quality of collagen and elastin. To postpone or correct these signs of aging, we need to utilize treatments proven to reach deep beneath the epidermis, where the skin’s foundation begins. Morpheus8 fractional radio-frequency treatments stimulate these important building blocks to create healthier, younger-looking skin on the face and body.

Morpheus8 is one of the most advanced skin tightening and toning methods currently available. This device combines microneedling with radiofrequency technology for fractional resurfacing that stimulates collagen production. By targeting the deeper layers of the skin, the building blocks will reorganize themselves in a natural anti-aging process. 

Morpheus8 is a safe and effective minimally invasive new microneedling treatment developed to be more effective than other types of microneedling treatment. Its purpose is to achieve facial and body subdermal adipose remodeling. It is the only device that combines radiofrequency with the microneedling technique. On its own, microneedling provokes a healing response in which collagen production increases. This is a benefit indeed. But by inserting radiofrequency energy into tissue approximately 4mm deep, this device prompts tissue remodeling, including thickening and tightening. 

An ideal candidate is someone who wants to improve their appearance without undergoing laser or surgical procedures. Consider this treatment if you’re looking for meaningful facial rejuvenation without surgery. Typically candidates are between the ages of 30-55 with visible signs of aging and are in relatively good health. An initial consultation with a professional is recommended to find out if you’re an optimal candidate. 

 Benefits of Morpheus8

  • Morpheus8 delivers the deepest fractional treatments available, penetrating subdermal tissue up to 8mm (7mm + 1mm thermal profile).
  • Dual handpieces allow for increased treatment functionality: Morpheus8 for smaller treatment areas and Morpheus8 Body for larger and deeper tissue treatments.
  • Four fractional tips with different microneedle configurations deliver clinically proven radiofrequency (RF) energy to multiple treatment depths (0.5mm – 7mm).
  • Equipped with Burst mode RF technology, Morpheus8 Body automatically deploys bipolar RF energy to multi-level treatment depths in a single cycle. The ability to target tissue sequentially at three levels, in millisecond intervals, allows for a significant reduction in treatment times, minimizes skin injury, increases treatment uniformity, and enables customized full-body fractional procedures.
  • Safe on skin types up to and including VI with little risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is common with other resurfacing methods.

Treatment Areas

Morpheus8 can be used on any face or body area that would benefit from skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and refined contouring. It targets subdermal layers of the skin and tissue to remodel collagen on the face and body. This fractional tissue treatment stimulates collagen production in the dermis’ underlying layers. 

Because it achieves multiple corrections simultaneously, this is an excellent solution for facial rejuvenation; however, Morpheus8’s modular tips enable procedures to be customized for large or small body areas. 

Treatment areas include but are not limited to:

  • Jowling
  • Under eye bags
  • Excess fat in face and neck
  • Frown lines
  • Nasal labial fold lines
  • Aging lines on cheek and neck
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Abdomen
  • Stretch marks
  • Cystic acne/acne scars

Furthermore, it is suitable for all skin tones. Morpheus8 effectively remodels skin and tissue with minimal risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Patients should expect little to no thermal damage to skin types I – VI.

How Does Morpheus8 Work?

Morpheus8 utilizes radio frequency technology to give your face, neck, and body a more youthful appearance. 

This is an outpatient procedure. Patients feel no significant discomfort during the treatment because a topical numbing cream is applied – anesthesia or IV sedation is not used. The device delivers RF energy through micropins to the skin. 

The RF device has several tips with varying pin counts and depth capabilities. Customized treatments give each patient the desired results. The total procedure time depends on the treated area but typically lasts about 90 minutes. 

How Many Treatments Are Needed?

Morpheus8 begins to stimulate change immediately after the first treatment. Depending on the extent of improvement a patient desires, they may consider a series of 3 to 4 treatments.  Reach out for a consultation and skin assessment so that we can better understand your needs and goals.  

It’s important to note that Morpheus8 can be combined with other treatments, such as PRP or Forma, for even more dramatic results. 

Collagen will tighten over time and patients will notice an improvement in their facial appearance (or whatever area was treated). A Morpheus8 treatment or series of treatments can truly make a patient appear younger. 

Post-Treatment

Microneedling with Morpheus8 goes above and beyond to affect deep adipose tissue. Therefore, the skin may be slightly sensitive for a few days. Generally, we encourage patients to refrain from wearing makeup for 1 to 2 days. Occasionally, mild redness and swelling may occur for a day or two. These side effects are typically mild, and they diminish quickly. 

Patients should moisturize the treatment area and avoid direct sun exposure. We recommend patient use a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. In addition to reducing their future risk of skin cancer, sunscreens also reduce wrinkles and slow the aging process.

Although results are visible within a few days, most noticeable results appear after three weeks. Improvements continue for up to three to six months after treatment. Once you experience this treatment for yourself, you will achieve some noticeable results, lasting approximately one year.

Now Available

Valley Medical Weight Loss is thrilled to offer Morpheus8 to its patients. We are happy to offer a consultation if you are interested in learning more about Morpheus8 or any of our facial or full-body treatments. For more information or to book an appointment contact us at medspa@valleymedicalweightloss.com.

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What You Need to Know Before Your First Time Getting Filler

Your first time getting filler can be intimidating–here’s what you need to know and how to prepare for your first appointment.

Filler has quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. Over 3 million filler procedures were done in 2020 alone. 

Part of the reason is that filler injections are safe procedures with little recovery time and have noticeable results while being minimally invasive. Not only that but the results are long-lasting and noticeable for a temporary procedure. In the years since fillers were first introduced, it’s become more and more possible to create completely natural-looking results that make your skin look more youthful and firm. 

But even knowing how effective and safe filler injections are, you likely have a lot of questions before your first filler appointment.

So here’s what you need to know your first time getting filler. 

What are fillers?

Fillers, more formally called dermal fillers, are injectable substances that plump the face and reduce wrinkles.

The reason they’re popular is because of the way your skin changes as you age. Over time, your skin becomes thinner and you produce less hyaluronic acid. 

Hyaluronic acid is an important and naturally occurring substance in your body. It holds moisture and helps your skin maintain a plump, youthful appearance. As your body produces less of it the result is thinner and dryer skin that appears aged.

While there are many types of filler, one of the most common and popular types uses hyaluronic acid to replenish what’s lost as you age. There are other types of filler though that include: calcium hydroxylapatite, and polylactic acid (a collagen stimulator). The type you get for your treatment will depend on the type of procedure you want and your ideal outcomes. 

Common filler brands include:

Where do you get filler injections?

You can get filler injected in many areas depending on what you want to achieve. Fillers are typically used in areas that you want to make fuller because the skin has become thinner and looser (As opposed to Botox which is injected around areas where frequent movement of the muscles under the skin creates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.)

These are some of the common sites of filler injections:

  • Around your eyes to reduce the shadow of lower lids or for crows feet as an alternative to Botox
  • Lips 
  • Deep lines around the mouth and nose
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Neck and chest
  • Hands

Does filler hurt and are their side effects?

For your first time getting filler, it’s normal to be concerned about the side effects. But the treatment is one of the safest and most effective cosmetic procedures. 

During the treatment, your doctor will first cleanse the area of your injection site and then apply a topical numbing ointment. As a result, you will not feel any pain during the injection.

After the treatment, it’s common to experience some minor side effects that go away within a few days (but can last 7-14 days in some instances):

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Mild soreness
  • Itching

It is best to not touch your face for up to six hours after treatment and you should avoid exercise for 24 hours. In addition, it’s best to avoid lying down or leaning forward after the treatment. This can cause the filler injections to shift and ruin the effect of the treatment you intended to have. It’s also helpful to avoid extreme heat like sunbathing and saunas.

What to do before your first appointment?

As with any procedure, there are a few things to keep in mind to help your first appointment go smoothly and reduce side effects after the treatment.

  • In the week before your appointment, avoid blood-thinning medications like Aleve, aspirin, or ibuprofen, as well as supplements like garlic, ginseng, and vitamin E.
  • Avoid other treatments or products that can irritate the skin like waxing, tweezing, and topical anti-aging products.
  • It’s best not to drink alcohol at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Arrive at your appointment without makeup on. While your doctor can remove the makeup, it helps if you show up with an already clean face.

How long does filler last?

The effects of your filler treatment should last for at least six months. They can last longer and the amount of time depends on a few factors. Certain types of filler last longer than others and the amount of filler you get influences how quickly it gets absorbed fully into your body. 

How to figure out which filler and how much is right for you?

The only way to know for sure which filler you should use and how much to get is by talking to a doctor who specializes in cosmetic procedures.

When you visit one of our doctors, they will discuss your health history, your aesthetic goals for a procedure, and tell you about the options available to achieve the look you want.

There are some recent trends that involve doing filler by yourself at home but this is never advisable. Fillers should never be purchased for use at home. Just like all other cosmetic injections, fillers should only be performed by a professional who is trained in administering these injections.

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we ensure your experience is safe and give natural-looking results that align with your ideal appearance. To book your consultation, contact your closest location today.