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The Do’s and Don’ts to Maximize Your Results After Morpheus8 RF Microneedling

Morpheus8, sometimes called M8, is an innovative treatment that combines the benefits of microneedling with radiofrequency technology to transform and rejuvenate your skin. The microneedling aspect of Morpheus8 creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing response, accelerating cellular turnover and stimulating collagen and elastin production. The radiofrequency energy delivered with Morpheus8 targets deeper layers of the skin, further promoting collagen production for enhanced skin texture and firmness.

What Can Morpheus8 Radiofrequency Microneedling Treat?

Morpheu8 can address the following concerns on the face and body:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Loose skin
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Dark spots

Unique Dual-Depth Treatment With Morpheus8 for Enhanced Rejuvenation

Morpheus8 stands out with its dual-depth technology, offering distinct treatments for the face, neck and body. The face and neck component reaches a depth of 4 mm, effectively targeting the dermis to enhance skin tightening and rejuvenation. What sets our M8 treatment at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics apart is the unique 8 mm depth capability of the body component. This deeper penetration allows for stronger and more effective delivery of radiofrequency energy, which is not commonly available in most clinics. This advanced technology enables Morpheus8 to be the most effective radiofrequency treatment available for comprehensively addressing concerns for the head, neck and body.

Whether you are looking to refine facial contours or achieve smoother, firmer skin on the body, Morpheus8’s dual-depth treatment offers a superior solution that can cater to a wide range of aesthetic needs.


If you’re interested in achieving a smoother, more even complexion without surgery or harsh treatments that require significant downtime, Morpheus8 might be right for you. However, it’s essential to know that what you do and don’t do after RF microneedling can impact your comfort and overall results. This guide is designed to inform you about the aftercare needed for optimal healing and the most effective Morpheus8 treatment outcomes.

What to Do After Morpheus8

After undergoing Morpheus8 treatment, following a tailored skincare routine that nurtures and protects your rejuvenated skin is crucial. From using specific skincare products and sunscreen to sleeping in an optimal position, these guidelines will help you maximize the benefits of your treatment and maintain long-lasting results.

DO: Use Targeted Skincare Products

In the critical first 72 hours following your Morpheus8 treatment, using targeted skincare products can significantly enhance your results. The microneedling process creates micro-injuries that remain open for up to three days, providing a unique opportunity for deeper penetration of skincare products.

Integrating medical-grade ingredients such as growth factors, peptides and vitamin C into your routine can maximize the treatment’s effectiveness. Growth factors can help speed up the skin’s repair mechanisms, peptides can reinforce skin structure and elasticity, and vitamin C is known for its antioxidant protection and role in collagen synthesis.

Dr. Smith at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics will guide you on whether these types of products are suitable for your skin type and condition post-Morpheus8, ensuring that your skincare regimen aligns perfectly with your skin’s needs. We can also help you choose the best options from our range of high-quality medical-grade and clinical-grade skincare solutions.

DO: Hydrate Your Skin

Following your Morpheus8 RF microneedling treatment, it is crucial to keep your skin hydrated. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to soothe and hydrate your skin. This not only helps maintain the balance of moisture but also aids in the healing process.

DO: Apply Sunscreen Regularly

Protect your newly sensitive skin from sun damage by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. A minimum SPF of 30 is recommended to shield your skin from ultraviolet rays, which can be particularly harmful post-treatment. Adding sunscreen to your daily routine for life can also save your skin from unnecessary damage and signs of aging in the future. Be sure to reapply every few hours if you’re in the sun and more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.

DO: Try to Sleep on Your Back

If possible, sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on the treated areas. This can help prevent any unnecessary irritation and allows your skin to remain in the optimal position for healing.

DO: Consider Annual Maintenance Sessions

To truly maximize the benefits of your Morpheus8 treatment, consider scheduling annual follow-up appointments at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics. Our experts can assess your progress and recommend an additional Morpheus8 session or another skin rejuvenation treatment to provide results that continue to meet your expectations.

What Not to Do After Morpheus8

What you don’t do after Morpheus8 is just as important as what you do. From steering clear of excessive heat and direct sunlight to resisting the urge to touch your skin, these precautions prevent irritation and protect your skin from damage during the critical healing phase.

DON’T: Overheat Your Body

For at least 24 hours after your treatment, avoid activities that significantly increase your body temperature. This includes heavy exercise, saunas and hot tubs. High temperatures can exacerbate swelling and redness.

DON’T: Use Makeup Right Away

It’s best to give your skin a break from makeup for at least 24 hours after Morpheus8 treatment. Introducing makeup too soon can lead to clogged pores and irritate the skin, which is already sensitized.

DON’T: Expose the Treated Area to Direct Sunlight

For at least a few weeks after your Morpheus8 treatment, it is crucial to avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight. The skin is particularly vulnerable as it heals and regenerates, and UV rays can increase the risk of hyperpigmentation and compromise your results.

Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, covering treated areas with protective clothing and wearing hats and sunglasses when outdoors are effective ways to shield your skin and promote optimal healing and rejuvenation.

DON’T: Pick or Scratch at Your Skin

Resist the urge to pick or scratch at your skin as it heals. Doing so can introduce bacteria and lead to scarring or infections, negatively impacting the outcome of your treatment.

DON’T: Use Harsh Skincare Products

After undergoing Morpheus8, your skin becomes particularly sensitive and susceptible to irritation for at least a week. To promote a smooth recovery and optimal results, avoid harsh skincare ingredients that can increase sensitivity or cause adverse reactions. Here are some specific ingredients to steer clear of during the initial healing phase:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): Ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid are common in chemical exfoliants and acne treatments. They can be too harsh immediately after microneedling, potentially causing inflammation.
  • Retinoids: Retinoids, including retinol and prescription retinoids like tretinoin, can be very drying and irritating to healing skin.
  • Simple Alcohols: These can be listed as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol. While they help products dry quickly, they can severely dehydrate and irritate post-treatment skin.
  • Certain Essential Oils: While natural, some essential oils (such as peppermint, citrus oils and tea tree oil) are potent and can irritate sensitized skin.
  • Synthetic Fragrances: Often listed as “fragrance” or “parfum,” these can irritate sensitive skin and cause allergic reactions.
  • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: These are used to prevent microbes from growing in water-based products but can be very irritating and are linked to allergic reactions. Common ones include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea.
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI): These are also preservatives known for causing sensitivities and allergic reactions.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Common in cleansers and shampoos, sulfates can strip the skin of natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.

After a Morpheus8 session, Dr. Smith will review the safest products for you to use during your recovery.


Discover Radiant Skin With Morpheus8 Today!

After your Morpheus8 session, embracing proper aftercare is pivotal to achieving the smoothest, most radiant skin. Following these guidelines allows your skin to heal effectively while maximizing the treatment’s benefits.

If you’re considering Morpheus8 or other aesthetic treatments near Minneapolis, MN, contact Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics. Use our appointment request form or call us at 952-460-1970 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Smith. We are eager to help you understand your options and achieve the beautiful results you deserve!