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Morpheus 8 vs. Vivace Ultra: Which One Is Right for You?

Morpheus 8 and Vivace Ultra are both popular non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments that use radiofrequency (RF) microneedling technology to improve the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, fine lines, scars, and other signs of aging. However, there are some key differences between the two treatments that may make one a better choice for you than the other.

Morpheus 8

Morpheus 8, FDA cleared in 2017, is a an advanced treatment that uses a fractional RF microneedling device to create micro-channels in the skin. These channels allow the RF energy to penetrate deeper into the skin, where it can stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. Morpheus can also go beyond the skin (as deep as 8mm) to treat and destory fat tissue as well. Morpheus 8 can be used to treat a wide range of skin concerns including:

Wrinkles
Fine lines
Scars
Stretch marks
Acne scars
Hyperpigmentation
Sun damage

Morpheus 8 is an effective treatment for deep wrinkles and scars. However, it is also a more expensive treatment and may require more downtime.

Vivace Ultra equipment used for radiofrequency microneedling
Vivace Ultra was FDA approved in 2022

VIVACE ULTRA

Vivace Ultra is a newer, advanced treatment that uses a fractional RF microneedling device combined with ultrasound to see the depth of the skin to be treated. Vivace uses a robotic motor to insert the needles, resulting in more patient comfort. Morpheus 8 uses more of a puncture, “staple gun” type mechanism to for the needles into the skin. Vivace Ultra is less effective than Morpheus 8 for fat reduction on the body, but it is also less expensive and requires less pain and downtime.

Here’s a side by side comparison of Morpheus 8 versus Vivace Ultra:

Feature Morpheus 8 Vivace Ultra
Technology
Radiofrequency microneedling
Radiofrequency microneedling and ultrasound
Date of FDA Clearance
2017
2022
Handpiece mechanism
"staple gun" effect with abrupt insertion of needles
Motorized handpiece with smooth needle insertion
Depth of penetration
8mm
4mm
Treatment areas
Face, neck, chest, body, scars
Face, neck, chest, body, scars
Pain
more painful
less painful
Cost
$1500-$2000 per session
$1000-$1200 per session

Which Treatment Is Right for You?

The best treatment for you will depend on your individual skin concerns and budget. If you have severe sagging or a large double chin, Morpheus 8 is the more effective treatment. However, if you are looking for a less expensive treatment with less downtime, Vivace Ultra may be a better option.

It is important to consult with a licensed clinician to discuss your skin concerns and determine which treatment is right for you.


Additional Information

Here are some additional information about Morpheus 8 and Vivace Ultra:

Morpheus 8
FDA cleared for the treatment of:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage

Requires 1-3 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart
Results are visible within 2-4 weeks, and continue to improve over time
Downtime is typically 3-7 days
Cost: $1,500-$2000 per treatment, larger areas are$3,000 per treatment


Vivace Ultra

FDA cleared for the treatment of:
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage
Requires 2-4 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart
Results are visible within 2-4 weeks, and continue to improve over time
Downtime is typically 0-1 days
Cost: $1000-$1,200 per treatment
It is important to note that these are just general guidelines. The specific results and downtime of each treatment will vary depending on the individual patient.

Ready to try radiofrequency microneedling? The first step is to book a complimentary consultation at SLK. Currently we have 2 locations in Chattanooga and Nashville:

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