Morpheus8 Services Offered in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA

Boutique Aesthetic Spa & Body Contouring Specialists providing Lumecca: IPL services to Santa Monica, CA. To book an appointment at Self Care LA, call us at 323-645-2523

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Our Services / Morpheus8

Morpheus8 by InMode® is a skin treatment that enhances both deep and superficial layers by creating controlled damage that your tissues naturally heal. At Self Care LA in Santa Monica, California, aesthetic specialist Bharat Kothakota, MD, MPH, uses Morpheus8 to treat signs of skin aging like scars and wrinkles. To book a treatment consultation, call Self Care LA or book an appointment online today.

Morpheus8 Q & A

What is Morpheus? 

  • Morpheus8 (by InMode) is a device that combines microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF). It is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that has minimal downtime. It is FDA-cleared.  

How much does Morpheus8 cost? 

  • The cost of Morpheus 8 can vary depending on the size of the area treated. For example, the cost to treat around the mouth will be much less than treating the entire face and neck. The price per treatment does go down if you buy multiple sessions.  

How long does Morpheus 8 last? 

  • The stimulation of collagen product takes about three months after the treatment is completed.  
  • While a single session of Morpheus 8 will deliver results, we recommend that the client (consider this vs patient) undergo a series of 3-4 treatments, spaced about one month apart.  
  • Once you complete the series, most clients will require only a single maintenance session every year.  
  • Even when treated properly, skin tightening is not permanent. Age and other factors, including genetics and sun exposure, can contribute to skin laxity.  

What does Morpheus 8 do? 

  • Morpheus 8 utilizes microneedling to deliver Radiofrequency (RF) to the skin at varying depths. The microneedling component prompts the healing response by stimulating collagen and elastin growth. The RF will tighten the treated skin.  
  • Microneedling, aka collagen induction therapy, causes enough ‘damage’ to stimulate collagen production. 
  • Microneedling + RF delivers energy into the tissues of the dermis and epidermis. This results in collagen remodelling and exfoliation.  
  • This will, in turn, lead to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin texture, reduced pore size, correct hyperpigmentation, treat stretch marks, reduction of scars and acne scarring, and skin tightening.  
  • Morpheus 8 can be used on nearly every part of the body where fat reduction and skin tightening are required. At Self Care LA, we love using Morpheus 8 on the face and neck, leading to lifting/tightening around the eyes, around the mouth, and to the jowls and submental/chin area.  

Does Morpheus 8 melt fat? 

  • Yes, the combination of microneedling and radiofrequency at certain needle depths can target the fat as well as tighten the skin.  
  • While Morpheus 8 can be used on nearly every body part, there are non-invasive methods to treat the body available at Self Care LA.  
  • This makes Morpheus 8 ideal for treating the fat under the chin that is often difficult to treat.  
  • I find this procedure is more effective than Coolsculpting or Kybella for treating this stubborn area.  


Does Morpheus 8 hurt? 

  • Morpheus 8 is always performed in conjunction with topical anaesthetics. We use a very specific formulation of lidocaine and tetracaine that is applied to the treated areas and left on for 1 hour. We want to make sure the client is very comfortable and at ease during the procedure. We want to set the expectation that a single treatment could take up to 2 hours with the numbing process.  
  • In addition to topical anaesthetics, we give Tylenol and offer the option of CBD or lozenges that include ketamine, Zofran and midazolam to help the patient remain awake and conscious but remain comfortable during the procedure.  
  • After appropriate numbing, the client may feel dull pressure but very tolerable.  

Does Morpheus 8 work? 

  • Yes, Morpheus 8 really does work. In fact, Morpheus 8 is one of the most popular treatments on the market right now because of its wide application in uses.  
  • The microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) technologies have been out for several years and are well-studied and proven. The combination of these two in a single device is what makes Morpheus 8 stand out against its competitors.  
  • Not only does it work, but it also works on every skin type, Fitzpatrick 1-6. You will need a trained, experienced provider to ensure the proper settings for your skin type.  
  • Morpheus 8 has the ability to treat deeper (up to 8mm) than any other device on the market.  

Can Morpheus 8 be combined with other treatments? 

  • Yes, the beauty of Morpheus 8 is that it has great synergy with other modalities.  
  • For example, we can combine Morpheus 8 with our Lumecca IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Therapy to further amplify collagen rebuilding and skin remodelling. And these treatments can be done together in a single session! 
  • We are always trying new things at Self Care LA. We are combining Morpheus 8 with other InMode technologies like Evolve X and creating treatments such as an incision-less Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) or a ‘Mommy Tummy’ Makeover.  

Is there downtime to Morpheus 8? 

  • There is very minimal downtime to Morpheus 8. Our clients can expect a few days of redness, itchiness and swelling. The main thing I recommend is that you do not perform Morpheus 8 on a day when you are expected to attend an event with photography.  
  • It can range depending on your skin’s reaction, but most can resume makeup after 1-2 days.  
  • The microneedling process results in thousands of microchannels in the skin, which can leave you feeling incredibly dry. The goal is to use skin products that keep the skin moisturized but also aid in recovery. Your fancy home skin care products may not be the right fit after the procedure as they may not be designed to penetrate the skin.  
  • We have proudly partnered with SkinCeuticals to incorporate products into our procedures that aid in the recovery and improve the results of your Morpheus 8 treatment. We even offer these products to take home and aid in your recovery.  
  • Your skin will feel sensitive for a few weeks, so we recommend you avoid direct sun exposure and use zinc-based sunscreen.  

Am I a good candidate for Morpheus 8? 

  • Fortunately, every skin type (Fitzpatrick 1-6) is a candidate for Morpheus 8 
  • Olive and Brown skin types who could easily hyper or hypo-pigment with other facial treatments will be safe with Morpheus 8. The needle depth and energy settings will be customized to your skin type and aesthetic goals.  
  • Ideal for those looking for tightening and skin rejuvenation without the cost or downtime of surgery.  
  • The microneedling process is great for someone with acne scarring 
  • Great for those with sun damage and dark spots – Morpheus 8 resurfaces the top layer of skin