Prior to receiving Morpheus 8 treatment, it is important that you discuss the following with your provider:
- You may not be pregnant or nursing.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You may not be tanned or have recent UV exposure (minimum 2 weeks) including creams and sprays such as self-tanner. Excessive tanning of any sort (sun exposure, tanning beds, and artificial tanning lotions) is not allowed in the treated areas during the entire course of treatment.
- You must not have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator or any electronic Implant such as glucose monitor.
- You must not have a permanent implant in the treated area such as metal plates and screws, silicone implants or an injected chemical substance.
- If you naturally have a darker complexion, you may be advised by your provider to pre-condition with Hydroquinone and Tretinoin for a minimum of 8 weeks before treatment.
- Current or history of cancer, especially skin cancer, or pre-malignant moles
- Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive medications.
- Severe concurrent conditions such as cardiac disorders, epilepsy, uncontrolled hypertension, and liver or kidney diseases.
- If you have a history of cold sores or a diagnosis of HSV (herpes simplex virus), you will need a prescription for prophylaxis prior to the procedure. Call our office and we’d be happy to help you with a prescription.
- If you have an active cold sore for this appointment, your visit will need to be rescheduled!
- Any active condition in the treatment area, such as sores, psoriasis, eczema and rash as well as excessively/freshly tanned skin.
- History of skin disorders such as keloid scarring, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin.
- Any medical condition that might impair skin healing.
- Poorly controlled endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid dysfunction.
- Any surgical, invasive, ablative procedure in the treatment area in the last 3 months or before complete healed.
- Superficial injection of biological fillers in the last 3 months, or Botox/Dysport in the last 2 weeks
- Use of Isotretinoin (AccutaneÒ) within 12 months prior to treatment.
FOR 3 MONTHS PRIOR TO TREATMENT, PLEASE AVOID THE FOLLOWING:
- Dermal fillers
- Surgery in the area(s) to be treated
FOR 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO TREATMENT, PLEASE AVOID THE FOLLOWING:
- Dermal fillers
- Fat Transfer
FOR 5 DAYS PRIOR TO TREATMENT, PLEASE AVOID THE FOLLOWING:
- Tretinoin or any retinoic acid derivatives (including Retin-A, Renova, Refissa, Retinol, Atralin, Avita, Tazorac, or Avage, Ziana, Azaelex, or Differin).
- Tweezing, waxing the area to be treated.
- Patients with a history of recurrent herpes simplex (fever blisters/cold sores) should be treated with Valtrex® on the day of the treatment and continue as prescribed. Start 3 days prior to your treatment, and continue the full 7-day course.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TREATMENT:
- After photos are taken, your skin will be prepped with topical numbing.
- After the numbing has taken effect, your treatment will begin.
- During your treatment, you may feel light sensation however the numbing will make this treatment comfortable. Some patients may experience muscle contractions in the area(s) being treated.
Just as important as the treatment, is the care for your skin post-treatment.
- CLEANSING: ZO Gentle Cleanser
Cleanse the skin two times a day with plain, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser, beginning the morning after the treatment. Use your hands and gentle patting motions. DO NOT rub, scrub, use an exfoliant or skin care brush such as a Clarisonic on the treated area.
- MOISTURIZER: ZO Hydrating Crème
Moisturizer should be applied generously with clean hands over treated area and reapplied whenever your skin feels dry. DO NOT apply any other products that were not instructed by your doctor – e.g., essential oils, coconut oil, etc.
- SUNSCREEN: Colorescience Even Up or All Calm
Sunscreen is a MUST and should be used daily beginning the day after treatment and used consistently for up to 3 months post procedure. Use a physical sunscreen with Broadband UVA and UVB protection and a SPF of 30. Ensure to reapply during sun exposure.
- For general post-treatment discomfort, an over-the counter oral pain reliever, i.e., Extra Strength Tylenol might be prescribed by your doctor.
- If an anti-viral was prescribed, continue to take as directed.
- You may experience some micro crusting in the areas that have been treated within the first 1-3 days. This may last for up to 1-week post treatment. Avoid picking or peeling any micro crusting. Post care will help alleviate any itching and or dryness.
TIPS & TRICKS:
- A cool/cold compress may be used as necessary to help minimize inflammation.
- You may resume wearing makeup or tinted moisturizer 24 hours after your treatment.
- Avoid excessive sweating for 48 hours (i.e., Hot yoga, running, etc.).
- You must wear a high factor, mineral based sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and protect the treated area from over exposure to sunlight for at least 1-month post treatment.
- Excessive tanning of any sort (sun exposure, tanning beds, and artificial tanning lotions) is not allowed in the treated areas during the entire course of treatment. If circumstances should arise where sun exposure cannot be avoided, it is important to reapply sunscreen often, and wear a hat to shield the face from direct sun exposure.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR TREATMENT:
- Redness (erythema) – redness is normal and expected. Redness generally increases in intensity for the first few days after treatment with day 3 usually being the most intense. Redness can persist for up to 7 days depending on the intensity of treatment. Allow skin to heal and don’t put further stress on your skin. Use gentle cleansers and keep skin moisturized and out of the sun.
- Pinpoint bleeding – this may occur and is no cause for concern. Pinpoint bleeding should be minimal but can last for a few hours up to 12 hours. Dab with damp gauze to minimize.
- Keep the new skin clean, cool and hydrated.
- Use post care as instructed by your provider. The day of your treatment use only the provided post care products, which your provider will go over with you.
- Do not use any harsh chemicals including glycolic, alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxyl, retinol, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or topical acne medications until your skin has completely healed. Your provider will provide recommendations based on your regular skincare regimen.
- You may resume prescription retinoid products including Retin-A, Renova, Refissa, Retinol, Atralin, Avita, Tazorac, or Avage, Ziana, Azaelex, or Differin 7-10 days after your treatment unless directed otherwise by your provider.
- Contact your provider if you experience severe inflammation, appearance of sores, cracking of the skin, weeping, blistering, severe scabbing or signs of infection.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at 608.836.4044