Face The Facts About Aging

Radiofrequency microneedling treatment remodels skin on deeper levels.

Cigdem Gali

Fourteen years ago, Nadine Johnson switched careers and became a stay-at-home mom to her two young sons.

“I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I wanted with them when I was working,” relates Nadine, 45. “My most important job is to take care of them and raise them correctly, so I stayed at home.”

Today, the boys are ages 15 and 14, but they still demand a great deal of Nadine’s time and attention. Recently, something else caught Nadine’s attention. She noticed changes associated with aging that left her unhappy with her appearance.

“My lower face was starting to hang a little,” Nadine describes. “There was some jowling and overall sagging, and I looked tired and drawn. I needed something to tighten my skin, just a little refresher and pick-me-up.”

Nadine wasn’t interested in surgery. She searched online for less invasive options and discovered Morpheus8, an advanced microneedling treatment. Another search revealed GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Royal Palm Beach. Nadine was impressed with the practice’s reviews and made an appointment.

At GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, Nadine met with Cigdem Gali, MSPA, PA-C, a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine. Cigdem agreed that Morpheus8 was an excellent option for Nadine.

“Nadine’s face was showing early signs of normal aging,” Cigdem reports. “There was some laxity in the skin of her lower face, as well as her neck. We wanted to focus our treatment on those areas.”

Advanced Technology

Morpheus8 combines advanced radio-frequency technology with microneedling to remodel the skin on its deeper levels. It revitalizes the underlying scaffolding of the skin by triggering the production of collagen, a primary building block of skin, and elastin.

By targeting the deeper layers of the skin, Morpheus8 increases the skin’s strength and elasticity. This tightens sagging skin, smooths wrinkles on the face and body, and transforms complexions to give people a more youthful appearance.

In addition to sagging facial skin, Morpheus8 can also be used to treat acne or acne scars, sun damage, enlarged pores, nasolabial folds, sagging in the neck, jowls and stretch marks. It also helps maintain or extend the results of a face-lift.

Most anyone in relatively good health is a candidate for Morpheus8, which can also be used to remove excess fat on the abdomen, arms, legs, chest and buttocks. Essentially, any area with irregularities such as stretch marks or rough texture can be treated.

The treatment is applied using a handpiece covered with a matrix of tiny microneedles. As the microneedles puncture the skin, radiofrequency energy exits the needles and travels into the deeper layers of the skin.

The Morpheus8 handpiece used at GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery surpasses other microneedling devices on the market in depth of penetration, reaching 9 mm with heat.

Standard microneedling reaches approximately 3 mm.

It is in those deeper layers of the skin where the radiofrequency energy produces more collagen and elastin. These building blocks increase cell turnover to heal and renew the skin.

Although it involves penetration by microneedles, Morpheus8 treatments require no anesthesia or incisions. The provider simply applies a numbing cream to the skin to ensure optimal comfort during treatment.

Morpheus8 is typically not painful, but treatment may result in patients experiencing a degree of redness on their skin that is similar to that which comes after a day at the beach.

“A Million Times Better”

Morpheus8 produces quick results after a short treatment period that requires no downtime afterward. Those results are often visible within a few days, but the most notable improvements appear after three weeks. The full benefits usually remain visible for three months, although the skin tightening can last up to two years.

“When I met with Cigdem she was so nice and so honest,” Nadine remembers “She wasn’t just trying to sell me something. She explained everything about the Morpheus8 treatment and gave me realistic expectations.”

At GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, Morpheus8 is delivered anywhere on the body in three treatments given one month apart. Nadine followed that schedule and, as expected, began to notice improvement soon after the first treatment.

“Then, after each additional treatment, I looked better and better,” she reveals. “Morpheus8 really helped me look more contoured. Just as I hoped it would, Morpheus8 slimmed my lower face and helped tighten up some of my loose skin.

“Now, my face looks a million times better. I don’t have the jowling I had before, and my skin overall looks much tighter and younger.”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. Photo by Jordan Pysz. Before and after images courtesy of GaliDerm Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery.js
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