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Morpheus8: What Are The Side Effects

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is Morpheus8
  • What are the side-effects
  • How to minimise side-effects
  • Additional side-effect protection
  • Benefits of Morpheus8
  • Preparation for treatment
  • What happens during treatment
  • Conclusion


Morpheus8 is a non-surgical skin remodelling treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production, resulting in tighter and smoother skin. This works by heating the skin and activating fibroblast cells – which turn into collagen when they heal – to encourage new collagen formation.

These benefits include significantly improved elasticity and firmness of your skin, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Morpheus8 can be used on most areas of the face, including the eyes, forehead, cheeks and neck area.

What is Morpheus8?

Morpheus8 is a non-invasive, non-surgical skin remodelling procedure that uses radio frequency technology to target fat cells in the skin.

The device heats the area to destroy fat cells and stimulate collagen production. The idea behind the treatment is that it can help you lose weight without dieting or exercising.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effects are redness, swelling, itchiness and bruising.

These are all temporary and will go away within a few days. You can minimise side effects by following the 3-step process of prepping, protecting and healing:

  • Prepping your skin before you peel will help you get more even results. If you don't prepare properly, some areas on your face don’t receive enough oxygen (oxygenation). This could mean that these areas aren't as “ready” to be peeled as other parts of your face—meaning they would take longer to heal than the others. So prepping is essential!
  • Protecting your face after peeling helps protect it from becoming raw or irritated during the peeling process (which can cause uncomfortable itching sensations) and afterwards, too, when those pesky little bumps are forming underneath your skin's surface, waiting for their chance at freedom! You don't want those things crawling around under there because we're back at square one: irritated skin! And nobody wants that...right?
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How do you minimise side effects?

The most important thing you can do to minimise the side effects of Morpheus8 is to prepare before your treatment. This means sticking to a healthy lifestyle as much as possible and ensuring that your skin is in good condition. If you are not in shape, it's best to exercise and eat well for a few weeks before your procedure is done.

If you want to avoid the redness, swelling and bruising associated with this treatment, then we recommend protecting yourself with sunscreen on the days leading up to getting it done. You should also wear high-factor SPF 30+ daily while recovering from your procedure.

The third step towards reducing any potential side effects from this treatment is healing correctly afterwards. After each session of Morpheus8 therapy, we advise patients to have at least three days off from work or school. Hence, their body has time to recover fully between sessions - six weeks would be ideal for most people, but if it's not possible, take fewer days off instead!

Is there anything else I can do to minimise side effects?

You can do things to minimise the chances of developing side effects. This includes:

  • Avoiding sun exposure.
  • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
  • Avoiding aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Avoiding tight clothing that may irritate your skin or scalp (e.g., if you have a rash on your face).
  • Avoiding hot baths or showers – even one a day could be enough to trigger flushing of the face and chest area; try using lukewarm water instead for bathing or showering purposes, as this will help minimise any risk of flushing occurring due to hot water exposure during bathing/showering activities (although bear in mind that heat exposure has been linked with possible worsening symptoms). Also, note that hot saunas/steam rooms should be avoided if possible! Extreme cold temperatures should also be avoided since these have been shown to worsen symptoms such as sweating and shivering – so try not to stand directly under an air conditioning vent for longer than necessary when indoors during summer.

Are there any other benefits to Morpheus8?

Morpheus8 is a non-surgical skin remodelling procedure that can treat many areas of the body. The pain, swelling and redness associated with Morpheus8 are mild, although these side effects may last up to two weeks after the procedure.

Morpheus8 causes mild swelling, tenderness and redness in the treated area; however, this typically subsides within one or two days following treatment.

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Where can Morpheus8 be used?

The effects of Morpheus8 can be used anywhere on the body. It's best to apply it after you shower so your skin is clean and dry. You may use a moisturiser before applying it if you like. The effects of Morpheus8 will last for about 5 hours but can be reapplied at any time if needed.

The following areas are good candidates for treatment:

  • Face and neck
  • Chest and back
  • Stomach and thighs
  • Arms and buttocks (buttocks)
  • Feet and Hands

How do I prepare for a Morpheus8 treatment?

The first step is to visit your skin care professional and have a consultation. You will need to discuss your skin goals, concerns, and expectations. Your skin care professional will assess your skin condition and recommend the proper treatment. Your skin care professional should be able to answer all of your questions and concerns.

You will then be able to decide whether Morpheus8 is the right option for you.

What happens during Morpheus8 treatment?

Your dermatologist performs the procedure in an office setting. It takes 30-60 minutes, depending on how many areas are treated. You’ll receive local anaesthesia to minimise discomfort or pain before the procedure begins.

Morpheus8 is a practical, non-surgical skin remodelling procedure with minimal side effects.

Morpheus8 is a practical, non-surgical skin remodelling procedure with minimal side effects. This treatment's most commonly reported side effect is bruising on the treated area. This can be easily covered with makeup and usually subsides within a few days. It is essential to follow all post-procedure instructions to ensure you are adequately healed and can enjoy your new appearance for years to come!


We’re excited about Morpheus8, and we think it will be a big hit with patients looking for an alternative to surgery. We hope this post has helped you understand what it is, how it works and how you can use it. If you have questions about this treatment or other facial rejuvenation procedures at our Self Care LA clinic, please contact us today!

Is treatment right for me?

To learn more about Morpheus8 treatment and to find out if it is right for you, please consult our board-certified specialists at Self Care LA.

As the leading boutique aesthetic spa & body contouring specialist located in Santa Monica, CA, we have a team of highly trained, certified, and skilled aestheticians and doctors.

We will work with you to customise a treatment plan to give you the best results possible.

Contact Self Care LA today at (323) 337-3445 or click here to schedule a consultation.

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Self Care LA is an aesthetics and injectables practice offering the latest cosmetic treatments in Santa Monica, California. Led by board-certified physician Bharat Kothakota, MD, MPH, the course sees men and women for cosmetic goals related to their faces and bodies.

Self Care LA offers high-end cosmetic injectables such as Botox® and fillers and several types of microneedling to boost collagen production. Along with SkinPen®, patients can choose Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling or microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP hair restoration treatments are also available at Self Care LA.

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