Morpheus8 in San Francisco

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Consultation Needed
Treatment Type
Radiofrequency Microneedling
Treatment Time
140 minutes
Expected Downtime
Depends on areas treated. Face will have some redness and swelling for 4 to 5 days. Body may need upto 2 weeks for full recovery
Sessions Needed
3 treatments monthly, then yearly for maintenance
Results Last
3 to 5 years after a series of 3 treatments

Treatment Overview

Remodel Your Skin From Within With Morpheus8 in San Francisco

Morpheus8 combines the best in multi-depth microneedling therapy with radiofrequency (RF) energy for dermal remodeling that promotes health even as it reshapes skin contours.

You’ll see plumper, tighter skin with improved elasticity for years to come. Imagine those wrinkles, lines, and scars becoming less visible—or disappearing. Plus, as fresh, healthy cells replace older ones, your skin will glow!

Radiofrequency Microneedling

Face, jowls, under eye bags, upper arm, abdomen, stretch marks, cellulite, thighs, buttocks, neck, wrinkles, acne scars, collagen building.

Morpheus8 technology uses fractional radiofrequency (RF) energy indicated for the face, neck, chest, and back of hands, as well as body areas. RF energy induces skin tightening, which improves the appearance of rough texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and depressed scars such as acne scars. The treatment also induces skin rejuvenation by heating of the dermis which stimulates collagen production and skin tightening.

Morpheus8 Body handpiece is specifically used to treat areas of the body such as upper arms, abdomen, abdominal stretch marks, cellulite, among other indications.

Treatment Plan
Treatments are typically performed in a series of three, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and then once yearly for maintenance. Number and frequency of treatments varies depending on your skin type and treatment area. Results will typically last 2-5 years.

What To Expect
If it’s your first time receiving a Morpheus8 treatment, don’t worry because you’re in good hands! You’ll first have an initial consultation with the provider to assess your goals and develop a treatment plan.

On the day of treatment, a strong topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area for approximately 60 minutes. After this, you’ll be given ProNox™ to breathe through, which is an FDA-cleared blend of 50/50 nitrous oxide and oxygen, designed to optimize your comfort.

The Morpheus8® treatment typically takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. Immediate aftercare includes AnteAGE® stem cell-derived growth factor solution and a hydrating mask to expedite the healing process and further boost collagen production.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Two Weeks Prior to Treatment

  • Avoid intentional tanning.
  • Apply sunscreen every day prior to treatment.

Four Days Prior to Treatment

  • Avoid taking ibuprofen, Aleve®, aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba to reduce your risk of bruising or bleeding.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Two Days Prior to Treatment

  • If you have a history of herpes / cold sores around the treatment area, discuss with your injector about starting an antiviral medication two days before your appointment.
  • Avoid topical retinoids including retinol, Retin-A, or tretinoin cream.
  • Avoid hair removal creams, waxing, tweezing, or bleaching the treatment area.

Day of Treatment

  • Have a snack and hydrate an hour before your appointment.
  • Arrive for treatment with clean skin – there should be no lotion, make-up, perfume on the skin.

Aftercare & Recovery

  • Results take time, typically 2-3 months after your first treatment.
  • Mild redness and swelling typically occur after treatment and will last for 5-10 days for the face and approximately 10-14 days in areas of the nexk and body where healing typically takes longer.
  • You may resume normal activity immediately; however, we do recommend avoiding intense exercise and alcohol for 24 hours after treatment to help reduce any swelling.
  • Swelling is common, especially around the eyes and under the chin. To help reduce swelling, it is recommended to sleep with 2 pillows during the first few days of recovery.
  • Avoid applying makeup for 24 hours after treatment.
  • Avoid tanning, saunas, hot tubs, hot wax, or prolonged sun exposure until swelling and redness subside.
  • Do not apply pressure to the treated area, no facial massages, no Hydrafacial® for 24 hours after your treatment.
  • Washing your face with a gentle face wash is okay!
  • Avoid any active ingredients such as retinol, tretinoin, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid until your skin has fully recovered.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Morpheus8 treatment include local pain, skin redness (erythema), and swelling (edema). Less frequently, the following side effects may occur: damage to natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn), change of skin pigmentation (hyper- or hypo-pigmentation), and scarring. Although these effects are rare and expected to be temporary, redness and swelling may last up to 3 weeks and are part of a normal reaction to the treatment. Burns and resulting pigmentation change and scarring are rare and may happen in dark skin that is not taken care of according to instructions. Tiny scabs appear on the face for a few days as a part of a normal healing, however make-up may be applied as soon as 3 days after the session to mask them and residual redness. Adverse side effects are uncommon but may occur.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Morpheus8

Morpheus8 tightens skin, smooths texture (including scars), and improves skin health in many treatment areas, including:

  • Forehead
  • Brows
  • Under-eye
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Double-chin
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs

During your free consultation, you’ll define your target areas for dermal renewal. They’re chosen by issues you want to address/improve, including:

  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Scarring
  • Volume loss
  • Enlarged pores

Adult women & men who are generally healthy make good candidates for Morpheus8. You’ll have the desire to address skin concerns including aging, scarring, or sagging skin anywhere on your body, and/or you wish to address melasma, hyperpigmentation, or sun damage.

Morpheus8 delivers RF microneedling for fractional coagulation of subcutaneous tissue. The dual hand-pieces allow your provider to achieve different depths of treatment. The microneedling uses a grid of extremely small needs to create micro-injuries to the skin. Simultaneously, RF energy is delivered at the tips of the needles, generating heat in the deeper dermal layers.

Both of these initiate a cascade of events to heal the damage. Your body begins to create even more new collagen and elastin for added volume and improved hydration. New, healthy skin cells also replace the old, dull cells in the treatment area for more even skin tone, tighter and softer skin, and a healthier glow.

Please inform the treating provider prior to treatment if you have any of the following conditions that may make you unsuitable for Morpheus8 treatments.

  • Pregnancy or nursing
  • Pacemaker or internal defibrillator or any electronic implant such as a glucose monitor
  • Permanent implant in the treated area such as metal plates and screws or silicone implants
  • Current or history of cancer, especially skin cancer or pre-malignant moles
  • Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases or use of immunosuppressive medications
  • History of cold sores around the treatment area
  • Any active condition in the treatment area such as sores, psoriasis, eczema and rash as well as excessively / freshly tanned skin
  • History of keloid scarring
  • Any surgical, invasive, ablative procedures in the treatment area in the last 3 months or before complete healing
  • Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane®) within 6 months prior to treatment

If you have any questions about your treatment, please give us a call: (415) 400-5315 or email us at

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