Has Morpheus8™ Made Microneedling Obsolete?

Posted April 09, 2024 in Skincare

Microneedling has long been a popular skin treatment and can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, poor texture, and acne scarring. Morpheus8™ combines microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy to provide faster, longer-lasting results and can treat all the conditions microneedling does while more effectively tightening loose skin. This blog will explain the advantages of Morpheus8™ compared to microneedling alone.

Side closeup of a woman's face getting a microneedling treatment from a gloved hand with her eyes open.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves creating tiny puncture wounds in the skin using sterilized microneedles. Also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), microneedling triggers the self-healing process, which breaks old collagen strands and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. The result is firmer, smoother skin.

Microneedling can treat a variety of skin conditions, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scars
  • Scars from injury
  • Hair loss
  • Stretch marks
  • Cellulite

What Is Morpheus8™?

Morpheus8™ is a subdermal adipose remodeling device (SARD) engineered by the medical technology company InMode. Morpheus8™uses advanced bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy in combination with microneedles to penetrate the skin for a plumping and tightening effect. A noteworthy feature of this technology is its capacity for precise depth and temperature control. This powerful device treats the same skin conditions as microneedling but can target multiple levels of tissue at once in a single session for maximal effect with minimal injury to the skin.

Morpheus8™ can be used on the face and body. The workstation comes with two handheld devices that can be concentrated toward different treatment surfaces and depths, allowing for a customizable experience depending on the treatment objective.

Read more about how we use Morpheus8™ in our office.

What Is the Difference Between Morpheus8™ and Microneedling?


Both Morpheus8™ and traditional microneedling are forms of CIT treatment. The main difference between the two procedures is that Morpheus8™ utilizes RF energy in addition to microneedles. Not only does the device penetrate more deeply into the skin, but the RF heat allows for adipose remodeling, making Morpheus8™ the first device of its kind.

Skin Types

Ultimately, Morpheus8™ is more technologically advanced and effective at skin resurfacing than microneedling alone, yet gentler than laser resurfacing. Both of these CIT treatments are deemed safe for all skin tones, whereas other resurfacing methods have historically proven to be a challenge for darker skin, which can be sensitive to thermal damage. Our Medspa specialists can help you learn more about how Morpheus8™ can address your vision for smooth, radiant skin quickly and effectively.


In terms of results, Morpheus8™ may produce faster results, whereas microneedling may provide longer-lasting results over the course of multiple treatment sessions.

How Much Does Morpheus8™ Cost?

Because of its cutting-edge technology, Morpheus8™ tends to be more expensive than microneedling. That said, you may need fewer sessions of Morpheus8™ for visible results. The exact cost will depend on the number of treatments, which varies according to your skin goals.

Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

Although these two procedures are similar, your specific needs and goals may privilege one over the other. Some considerations that may affect your choice include:

  • Treatment strength: The RF technology makes Morpheus8™ much more powerful than its traditional counterpart. Some patients benefit from the long-term and gradual improvement microneedling offers, while others will prefer the more immediate difference Morpheus8™ imparts to the skin.
  • Downtime: Because of the powerful RF energy used by Morpheus8™, this procedure may necessitate more healing time than microneedling. However, both treatments have very short recovery periods (usually just a few days) because they’re minimally invasive.
  • Cost: As previously mentioned, Morpheus8™ is more expensive than microneedling. Both treatments require maintenance, so you’ll likely be returning for repeat appointments annually or semi-annually.

A professional aesthetician can evaluate your skin and answer any questions you may have to help you determine which non-surgical treatment is better for you.

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