Surgical procedures such as the tummy tuck, liposuction, body lifts and other body contouring procedures can create profound changes in the body. These procedures aim to reshape and contour areas of the body that may have been affected by pregnancy, weight loss, or simply the aging process.
The thing that’s less well known about many body contouring procedures is that they still require a little TLC post-surgery to really finesse the final result, especially when it comes to skin tightening.
While we incorporate radiofrequency (RF) tightening, combining surgery with treatments like BodyTite for instance, in most of our body procedures, you’ll almost always require follow up tightening sessions to ensure that you really get the desired result.
Why is Post-Surgical Skin Tightening Necessary?
Most individuals have skin laxity and this may progress with age. As the muscles on our bodies weaken over time, and we produce less collagen, gravity will slowly pull our skin downwards.
Even though the goal of many body contouring procedures is to minimize excess or sagging skin, there may be some areas post-surgery that could benefit from some extra tightening sessions.
The reason for this is because if we are removing fat via liposuction, for example, the skin may look more lax, as it hasn’t had the time to slowly shrink over many months as it would with weight loss, for instance.
Even with weight loss, particularly with a significant amount of weight loss, many individuals will find that they have loose and stretched skin, and are having a hard time naturally getting the tissue to contract via exercise.
In this case we’ll recommend a body contouring procedure to remove excess skin and then Morpheus8 Body treatment sessions following surgery to help tissue contraction along.
The same can be recommended for patients who had a facelift many years ago. Although a procedure like the facelift will rejuvenate the face for many years, it can’t entirely prevent you from aging.
Your face will still age, only at a slower pace, but for some individuals many years post facelift they notice the skin changing over time. The facial tissue is not quite as tight as it was, and again, a non-invasive treatment such as Morpheus8 for the face can make all the difference.
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What is Morpheus 8 Body and How Does it Work?
Morpheus8 Body uses RF technology in combination with deep microneedling with the goal of remodelling tissue below the surface of the skin as well as stimulating collagen production. With its unique RF technology Morpheus8 Body contracts tissue so that your skin becomes tighter in the targeted area.
It also has the capability to melt fat, diminish the appearance of cellulite and improve on skin texture and tone. It also works to improve rippled skin and can do great things for diminishing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
We recommend Morpheus8 Body particularly for post-surgical tightening because it’s minimally invasive – you don’t want an aggressive treatment post-surgery – and can be used anywhere you’ve had liposuction. It can also be applied on areas you may have had a body contouring procedure such as on the abdomen, upper thighs, the arms, the bra roll, the buttocks, the flanks, and above the knees.
Does Morpheus8 Body Require any Downtime?
Morpheus8 Body is a minimally invasive treatment and requires very little downtime. Most patients can return to their regular activities between 24-48 hours after treatment.
Because the treatment is combined with microneedling you may have some mild bleeding or bruising at the treatment sight, or you may experience raised red bumps that can be itchy, but again this will resolve itself within a day or two.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of Morpheus8 Body treatments you’ll need really depends on how much post-surgical tightening we’re looking for. Typically we recommend 3 initial treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results and after that yearly maintenance treatments.