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By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

Morpheus, the ancient Greek god of sleep and dreams, was often associated with perfecting the human form.

According to Ovid’s Metamorphosis, “no other god was more skilled than he in representing the gait, the features and the speech of mankind.”

Like many Greek deities, Morpheus was able to take on human form, but unlike the others, he could hone and perfect that form, transforming himself into the most beautiful of beings.

And so it is only fitting that one of the most effective new tools in the ever-expanding armory of aesthetic medicine bears tribute to this Hellenistic winged immortal, Morpheus8.

Developed in Israel at the renowned InMode laboratories, Morpheus8 is the first radiofrequency and micro-needling fractional skin treatment that penetrates eight millimeters deep, reaching the core subdermal tissues, where collagen and elastin — the skin’s fundamental building blocks, which give your face shape and form — are produced. 

Developed in Israel at the renowned InMode laboratories, Morpheus8 is the first radiofrequency and micro-needling fractional skin treatment that penetrates eight millimeters deep, reaching the core subdermal tissues, where collagen and elastin are produced. 

By using tiny needles to deliver radiofrequency waves deep into the skin, creating micro lesions that trigger the body’s natural healing response and promote production of new collagen and elastin, Morpheus8 both firms and remodels.

This signature, minimally invasive therapy, which is administered in a doctor’s office, can be used for both facial and full-body remodeling, and is also effective in treating break-out-prone and oily skin.

In fact, Morpheus8 can benefit a broad range of skin concerns, from softening fine lines and wrinkles to tightening flabby areas, and from improving skin’s overall texture to fading hyperpigmentation and acne scars.

It also can be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and to reshape both the abdomen and buttocks, undoing the undesired effects of gravity and time.

But what has made Morpheus8 the most attractive new therapy for the make-me-beautiful crowd is its extraordinary ability to re-chisel the face, jawline and neck (the bane of every woman over 40). 

But what has made Morpheus8 the most attractive new therapy for the make-me-beautiful crowd is its extraordinary ability to re-chisel the face, jawline and neck. 

What makes Morpheus8 unique is its ability to deliver the deepest fractional treatments available in modern medicine, as well as its exceptional adaptably to both small treatment areas (such as around the nose and mouth) and larger body sections (such as the abdomen or thighs).

The apparatus’ dual manual controls allow a physician to target precisely what parts of the face or body he or she wishes to sculpt.

“Morpheus8 has revolutionized aesthetic medicine,” said José Romeo Castillo, director of the JR Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Spa Clinic in Mexico City’s upscale Colonia Polanco, one of the few medical facilities in the country offering this innovative new therapy.

“In the right hands, Morpheus8 can essentially produce a minimally invasive facelift, and the patient can usually go home or back to work that same day, with little or no downtime.”

Moreover, the cost of a Morpheus8 “facelift” is far less than a traditional surgical facelift.

“The treatment is not cheap,” admitted Castillo Morena, who, as a plastic surgeon, has  performed countless surgical procedures, “but the results are dramatic and lasting, and while a surgical facelift can set you back by as much as 150,000 to 500,000 pesos, the cost of a Morhpheus8 treatment is just a fraction of that amount.”

The price of a single Morpheus8 session starts at about 26,000 pesos, including having an anesthesiologist on hand to administer a mild sedate to prevent any discomfort.

The price of a single Morpheus8 session starts at about 26,000 pesos, including having an anesthesiologist on hand to administer a mild sedate to prevent any discomfort.

A session lasts about 90 minutes, and, depending on the extent of the problem being treated,  a series of up to three sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart, is recommended.

Patients are asked to show up without having eaten any food for at least eight hours, and are generally sent home shortly after recovering from the anesthetic, about 30 minutes after the procedure.

Morpheus8 is safe for all skin tones, and has little to no risk of causing hyperpigmentation.

Because of the sedation, there is no pain involved, either during or after the therapy, although some patients can experience mild redness, swelling or itching, which can be treated with topical ointments or creams.

Most Morpheus8 patients can expect to start seeing results within a few days after the first session, with noticeable skin tightening within three weeks, although full results can take about three months.

Like most noninvasive therapies, Morpheus8 does require some annual upkeep, which means that after you completely your treatment, you will have to program an additional session about once a year to keep collagen and elastin production at their peak levels.

“My patients have all been so thrilled with Morpheus8 that they feel like they have discovered the Fountain of Youth,” said Castillo Morena.

“And the best thing is that they don’t have to spend weeks in recovery like they would have with a surgical procedure. Morpheus8 is a quick, safe, affordable and reliable way to turn back the hands of time.”

More information

José Romeo Castillo Moreno is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a private practice at the JR Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Spa Clinic.

The JR Spa Clinic is located at Presidente Masaryk 134, interior 303, in Mexico City’s Colonia Polanco (5254-4006).

 Castillo Moreno receives patients with prior appointments Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

…Jan. 28, 2021

 

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