Ultherapy vs. Morpheus8: Which is right for you?
While Morpheus8 and Ultherapy may offer very similar skin tightening and firming benefits, they are actually two very different procedures that are performed using different technologies that deliver varying results.
If you’re exploring non-surgical skin tightening options for the first time and are wondering which is suitable for you, this is everything you need to know about the two treatments.
What is Ultherapy, and what does it do?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses focused, high-intensity ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin of your face, neck and decolletage. Using sound-energy waves, Ultherapy strikes deep into the skin (up to 4.5mm beneath the surface) to stimulate new collagen and elastin over the next few months, which further tightens the facial tissues.
At 4.5mm below the skin’s surface, the ultrasound can reach the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS), the layer of muscular tissue that surgeons manipulate when performing a facelift.
Because Ultherapy targets the skin so deeply, it can be used to tighten and lift the face – or the eyebrow, the neck, or even the skin under the jaw.
What is the downtime?
Generally, there is no actual downtime, only mild swelling for a few days and tenderness for up to a couple of weeks. Everybody has different sensitivities, and your practitioner will advise you on how best to manage any swelling or discomfort.
What results will you see?
The main results will come through over the following three to six months as the new collagen is formed. We recommend repeating the treatment after 1 – 2 years to maintain the results.
How much does Ultherapy cost?
Ultherapy ranges from £1200-£3500 for a full-face lift. It takes upto 90 minutes to perform and is a one-off treatment.
How does it differ from radiofrequency?
Ultherapy delivers defined columns of higher temperature to the skin and deeper facial tissues, producing more significant results.
Most radiofrequency devices require a course of treatments for optimum results, whereas Ultherapy is a one-off treatment. The only exception to this is the Profound RF, a radiofrequency microneedling device that, like Ultherapy, only requires a single treatment and penetrates deeper than typical RF devices.
Ultherapy is particularly effective if more tightening is required or if a patient has thinner or more sun-damaged skin, as it targets multiple levels of the deeper tissues.
What is Morpheus8, and what does it do?
Morpehus8 combines radiofrequency and microneedling technologies to stimulate firmer, smoother and tighter skin. Following your course of treatment, the skin will be tighter, healthier and more youthful, and you may also see an improvement in texture and pores. The skin tightening effects occur as the RF heat energy from the micro-needles kick-starts collagen production within the skin and creates a ‘shrink-wrapping’ effect, tightening lax skin and smoothing lines and wrinkles.
What is the downtime?
There is minimal downtime with the Morpheus8. At most, the skin will feel hot and red following treatment, but this calms down within 4 to 24 hours. Results are often seen after just one treatment; however, a course of three is usually required for optimum results.
How much does Morpheus8 cost?
In terms of price point, Morpheus8 sits in a similar ballpark to the Ultherapy since it can cost up to £650 for a single face and neck treatment, and 3-4 treatment sessions are recommended for optimum results, compared to just one with Ultherapy.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.