Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
On the surface, Morpheus8 and Ultherapy appear to be very similar non-invasive cosmetic treatments designed to tighten the skin and rejuvenate its appearance. However, in reality, they are two very different procedures that are performed using different technologies which deliver varying results. Here, we’ll discuss the important differences between Morpheus8 vs. Ultherapy so you can decide which is best suited for your needs.
|Treatment||Skin tightening using radio-frequency technology||Skin tightening using ultrasound technology|
|Treatment Area||Almost all areas of the face and body||Face, neck and decolletage|
|Visible results||4-6 weeks||3-6 months|
|Longevity||3-5 years||1 year|
|Downtime||1-2 days for less intensive treatments; 3-5 days for intensive treatments on the face; 1 week for intensive treatments on the body||No downtime|
What is Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is a radio-frequency (RF) micro-needling device that can dramatically improve the tone and texture of your skin, while sculpting and contouring targeted areas of your face, neck, and body to restore a more youthful appearance. The micro-needles are able to reach the deeper layers of your skin to deliver RF energy that can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in order to repair the skin cells.
What Does Morpheus8 Treat?
The most prominent benefit of the Morpheus8 treatment is its skin tightening effects, which makes it an effective and popular procedure for patients with loose or saggy skin. The skin tightening effects occur as the RF heat energy from the microneedles melts the adipose tissue (where fat cells are stored) in a targeted area of your face or body to create a shrink wrap effect on the skin.
Other treatment benefits of Morpheus8 are an improvement in the appearance of scars, stretch marks, eye bags and upper eyelid laxity, smile lines, jowls, and submental fat (double chin) and the appearance of a sculpted and contoured face or body. As a result, the treatment can sculpt and contour areas of the body to improve your aesthetic appearance.
The exact cost of Morpheus8 will depend on the size of the area being treated. In general, one treatment session on the facial area will range from £750 to £1,100, while treating an area of the body will cost between £1,200 to £1,600 per treatment. At CREO Clinic, we offer package deals between £2,000 and £3,000 for treatments on the face and £2,900 to £4,000 for treatments on the body.
One Morpheus8 treatment session usually lasts for one and a half hours, although this will vary depending on the size of the area being treated. First, the surgeon will apply a topical numbing cream to the area being treated, thus making the procedure painless. Next, the Morpheus8 device which contains 24 microneedles is injected into a targeted area of the face or body in order to deliver the RF energy. The microneedles have a variety of depths which allows the surgeon to customise the treatment according to the patient’s individual needs by controlling the amount of RF energy being delivered into the skin.
Following the procedure, the treated area may be red, swollen, bruised, and tender. Furthermore, dotted marks may be visible on your skin in the places where the needles were injected.
These side effects will gradually dissipate, although the recovery period will vary depending on the intensity of the treatment. For superficial treatments, where the depth of the needle was around 1-2 mm, the downtime will be around 24-48 hours. For treatments where the depth of the needles were greater, the recovery period will be around 3-5 days for treatments on the face and 1 week for treatments on the body.
Morpheus8 Before and After
What is Ultherapy?
Like Morpheus8, Ultherapy is also a non-invasive treatment that delivers skin-tightening effects in order to restore a youthful appearance to the skin. However, it works by using ultrasound energy that penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to promote the production of collagen and elastic. The ultrasound waves from the device target the skin and fibrous tissue (which are composed of collagen) in a targeted area of the face to both tighten and lift the skin and surrounding muscles.
What Does Ultherapy Treat?
Ultherapy is used to treat saggy or wrinkled skin by tightening the skin and lifting the muscle layers in an area of the face, neck, or decolletage. However, adults of any age can benefit from the treatment since it is designed to slow down the ageing process. The treatment can be customised according to the needs of each patient by targeting smaller areas like the upper brow to the full face, neck, and decollete to achieve the desired outcome.
The exact cost of an ultherapy treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated. In general, treating a small area such as the upper lip will cost around £600, while a larger area like the decolletage will cost over £1,500.
The procedure lasts between 30-90 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. First, the clinician will clean the area being treated. Next, an ultrasound gel will be applied onto the area followed by the ultherapy device which will be applied at the appropriate setting. You may feel a tingling sensation as the heat from the ultrasound waves radiates into the skin. This may result in mild discomfort and pain medication can be administered if necessary.
Ultherapy has almost no downtime. After the procedure, there may be some slight swelling and tenderness in the area which will gradually dissipate over a few days. However, most patients are able to carry on with their daily routine the next day.
Is Morpheus8 Better Than Ultherapy?
At CREO Clinic, our doctors find that Morpheus8 delivers better results for their patients than ultherapy, and therefore do not offer ultherapy treatments at the clinic. The reasons for favouring Morpheus8 are as follows:
- Morpheus8 delivers speedier results as you will notice significant improvements in your skin 4-6 weeks after the first treatment session. Whereas, it usually takes around 3-6 months for the results of ultherapy to become visible.
- Morpheus8 can treat almost all areas of the face and body, while ultherapy is only truly effective when applied to your face, neck, and decolletage.
- Morpheus8 will leave you with results that last between 3-5 years, whereas the results of Ultherapy usually last around 12 months.
Overall, Morpheus8 requires more downtime than ultherapy, but it also provides more benefits to the patient in terms of effectiveness, longevity, and versatility.
How many Morpheus8 treatments do I need?
The number of treatments needed to achieve optimal results will vary with each patient. In general, treating an area of the face usually requires 2-3 sessions, while an area of the body requires 3-4 sessions in order to achieve optimal results.
Is Morpheus8 permanent?
Morpheus8 is not permanent as the process of ageing will continue to affect the laxity of the skin. However, you can expect the results to last for as long as 3-5 years. In addition, a healthy diet, regular exercise, minimal sun exposure, and avoiding smoking and alcohol will help maintain the results for as long as possible.
Where can I get Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is one of the most popular treatments at CREO Clinic, located on Harley Street in London. You will be treated by renowned surgeons who have a wealth of experience in treating patients using advanced aesthetic medical techniques, including Morpheus8.
How do I prepare for Morpheus8?
At least a week before the procedure, you are advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, blood thinners, vitamin E, and other substances that increase the risk of bruising following the treatment. You will also be advised to avoid sun exposure and tanning treatments or products 24 hours before the procedure.
When will I see results from Morpheus8?
Following each Morpheus8 session, you will immediately see and feel some skin tightening effects. However, the process of stimulating collagen and elastin to repair the skin cells will occur over time. Therefore, it may take between 4-6 weeks before you notice a dramatic improvement in your skin’s tone and texture. Furthermore, you will notice continued improvements with each session.