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Morpheus8: why this new 25-minute tightening tweakment has got celebs queuing up

February 17th 2021 / Melanie Macleod / 0 comment


Judy Murray had it to treat her 'turkey neck' while Amanda Holden says it's 'the best hour investment for looking 5 years younger'. What's so good about the Morpheus8? We found out

Tennish coach, mother of Wimbledon champ Andy Murray and former Strictly contestant Judy Murray hit the headlines this week thanks to her youthful transformation, which she credits to rejuvenating skin treatment Morpheus 8, which is designed to tighten the skin and lift and contour the face and body.

Judy had three sessions of Moprheus 8 at Glasgow's Synergy Clinic over the course of a year, totalling £4,500, where she was treated by aesthetic doctor Judy Todd. "'I’d say [Morpheus 8 has] taken at least ten years off my appearance," Judy says. "I am absolutely thrilled to bits with the result, my skin is fresher, clearer, and I feel much better about myself." Amanda Holden is also a convert to the treatment, first having Morpheus 8 ahead of filming the live Britain’s Got Talent shows last November and reported on Instagram: “The results have been absolutely amazing. I’ve noticed a real plumpness to my skin and it’s much tighter. I’m more than happy to shout from the rooftops about how brilliant this new treatment is! It’s been the best hour investment for looking at least five years younger.” Amanda had the procedure on her face, while another celebrity fan Kim Kardashian-West chose it as a tightening treatment on her 'mum tum' after giving birth to two children.

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The handheld zapper used in Morpheus8 is in fact a power couple tweakment, which brings together two of the most effective anti-ageing salon treatments micro-needling and radiofrequency, with little downtime. "Microneedling and radiofrequency both work to create a controlled trauma triggering the body’s healing response; collagen and elastin production, meaning you get two treatments in one; a stronger treatment (dubbed ‘microneedling on steroids’) and quicker results than having microneedling and RF individually," explains Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai, who offers it at the Perfect Eyes clinic in London.

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I’ve had collagen wave facials to smooth out my skin ever since @nilamholmes made it available at @dermaspa_mk . It has always given me an incredible lift. The other week before filming started on the @bgt live shows, Nilam suggested I try a new natural treatment called Morpheus8 ! The results have been absolutely amazing. I’ve noticed a real plumpness to my skin and it’s much tighter! The beauty world has really suffered over the last six months with the many restrictions imposed on it. My glam team have been very happy to get back to work wearing their new ppe after months of being unable to work! So I’m more than happy to shout from the rooftops about how brilliant this new treatment is! It’s been the best hour investment for looking at least five years younger This is a non-surgical procedure but due to micro-needling (it doesn’t hurt!) you will have red, shiny skin after the treatment. This is totally normal for a couple of days. #HappyToBigUpBritBiz

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Love Island's Olivia Attwood is also a recent convert to the treatment, sharing a video to her Instagram of her having it performed on her chin and jawline.

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What does Morpheus8 do?

As well as being the name of a Matrix character and sounding like a Harry Potter broomstick, Morpheus8 'injects' radiofrequency energy into the skin with lots of tiny needles, which also act as a micro-needling treatment themselves. Both are collagen stimulating in different ways. Microneedling creates a micro-trauma in the skin stimulating the healing response while radiofrequency uses heat to shrink wrap and tighten the skin. It can be used on the face, neck and body for skin tightening and contouring. "It stimulates the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin, resulting in firmer, smoother, more lifted and hydrated skin,” explains Dr Tatiana Lapa, who offers the procedure at her London clinic, which will set you back £500 per session.

It’s one of those tweakments that sounds like it does it all, as “You’ll see an improvement in contour and sometimes a slight difference in volume also, as it can have a plumping effect. Skin will be tighter, healthier and more youthful and you’ll see an improvement in texture and tighter pores too." It's particularly effective on hooded eyes too.

The Morpheus8 has been gaining traction since it first appeared in 2019 and now has found a new niche treating 'Zoom chin' and jowls, says Dr Sabrina, the area of the face that many people have found more noticeable on video calls.

It's also particularly effective on scarring, included pitted scars, and active acne, adds Dr Tatiana.

Tummy knees and thighs can also benefit from a Morpheus8 treatment. The machine has deeper pins which can be used for cellulite and stretch marks, adds Dr Sabrina.

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What happens in a Morpheus8 treatment?

First of all, a numbing cream is applied. “After the area is numbed the tip of the handpiece is applied to the skin and using a foot pedal the needles are delivered into the skin at the programmed depth and energy,” explains Dr Sabrina. This delivers pulses of radiofrequency heat energy into the skin.

The depths of the needles is adjustable depending on the area and what it is being treated for, as Dr Sabrina explains. “For skin tightening you’d work in the dermis [middle layer of skin], for resurfacing you’d work in the epidermis [outer layer of skin] and for contouring you’d work in the subdermal tissue [the deepest skin layer]."

There are newly released 7mm needles to work on the deepest layers, particularly great for areas such as the thighs and abdomen; for treatment with these you’d require local anaesthetic.

Influencer Stephanie Shepherd shared a video of herself undergoing the treatment, so you can see exactly how it works.

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How long does it take and how many sessions do you need?

The whole face would take around 25 minutes, while the abdomen would probably be 30 minutes, Dr Sabrina told us. She recommends one to three treatments, but says that results are often seen even after one treatment.

Does Morpheus8 hurt?

Kim jokes on Insta during her treatment that she “hates” the doctor performing the treatment, adding it’s actually not that bad, though we have a feeling Kim is quite a tough cookie when it comes to these things. “Most patients experience mild discomfort but this is managed well with the anaesthetic,” adds Dr Sabrina. “Bony areas such as the forehead can be more uncomfortable, but the eye area is not as bad.”

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Is there any downtime?

There’s very little downtime with Morpheus8. You may experience a little redness but this should dissipate within four to 24 hours, depending on the depth of the treatment you had, according to Dr Sabrina.

Amanda says that you'll be left with a red shiny face for a couple of days afterwards - if you've ever had salon micro needling you'll be familiar with that slightly sunburned 'tight face' feeling afterwards, but this can be made more comfortable with good post-treatment skincare.

Morpheus8 at Perfect Eyes clinic in Harley Street costs £600 per session for eyelid and full-face skin tightening from £600 per session, neck skin tightening an additional £400 per session, decolletage and hands £550 per session. At the Dr Tatiana Aesthetic Dermatology Clinic, Devonshire Place, London, prices start from £500.

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