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Ulthera, Morpheus8 or Halo Treatments: Which One is Right For You?


Ulthera, Morpheus8 or Halo Treatments: Which One is Right For You?

Ulthera, Morpheus8, or Halo

If you’ve been on the lookout for the best skin-tightening and anti-aging procedures, then perhaps you’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the hottest non-surgical cosmetic advancements available today: Ultherapy, Morpheus8, and Halo treatment

Each treatment has its own set of winning qualities, which can make choosing more confusing. To help you with that, we’re going to break down their differences and individual beauty benefits to give you an idea of which one may work best for you!

The Technology

Despite promising almost similar skin rejuvenating effects, Ulthera, Halo, and Morpheus8 treatments are completely different, however, their one similarity is that they produce alluring aesthetic benefits that are achieved using specific technologies.

Ulthera Treatment: Ultrasound Energy and Imaging

The Ulthera treatment is the first FDA-cleared and Health Canada-approved non-invasive procedure to lift and tighten the skin without requiring surgery. It is based on micro-focused ultrasound energy designed to produce a thermal effect under the skin to stimulate the body’s natural collagen. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and radiant.

With Ultherapy, a provider can utilize traditional ultrasound imaging feature that goes deeper into the skin’s layers to target particular areas that need a collagen boost to deliver fantastic results.

A woman getting a skin tightening treatment

Morpheus8: Microneedling and Radiofrequency Energy

The Morpheus8 treatment is an impressive combination of radiofrequency (RF) technology and microneedling. The RF waves create a more sculpted look, as it can penetrate approximately 4mm deep and restructure the adipose fat tissues on the subdermal layers of the skin for optimal results. Morpheus8 can dramatically enhance sagging jowls in the face and neck, as well as refine any sagginess elsewhere on the body.

Its microneedling component induces microscopic injuries on the skin to trigger its natural healing response and promote healthy collagen and elastin production. You can also expect an improvement with your skin texture and a more youthful glow post-treatment.

Halo Treatment: The First Hybrid Fractional Laser

The Halo treatment is a revolutionary hybrid fractional laser that expertly combines tunable non-ablative (1470nm) and ablative (2940nm) wavelengths to deliver deep dermal rejuvenation and epidermal renewal. It boasts an intelligent energy delivery and Dynamic Thermal Optimization feature that guarantees accurate and consistent results while maintaining a comfortable experience for the client.

Unlike Ultherapy and Morpheus8, Halo treatment is not specifically intended for skin tightening, although several clients report that they notice a subtle “lifting” effect after they undergo treatment. Halo’s strengths are best focused on addressing hyperpigmentation due to years of sun damage, scarring from acne and blemishes, pigmented lesions, and early signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

The Treatment Experience

Halo, Morpheus8 and Ulthera treatments are all excellent examples of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. This means no incisions, no stitches, and minimal to no downtime involved. All three treatments are straightforward in-office procedures that take around an hour to complete. In some cases, it may take a bit longer, depending on the size and severity of the treatment area and whether you are getting it in addition to other aesthetic enhancements at the same time.

While Ulthera is limited to treating the facial area and décolletage, Morpheus8 and Halo treatments offer more versatility with their ability to address skin concerns on other parts of the body, including areas such as the abdomen, legs, buttocks, arms, hands, chest and neck.

An Ulthera treatment can fit into the category of “lunchtime procedure” because you have virtually no downtime and no follow-up treatments necessary. Post-treatment side effects are also rare and typically limited to warmth or redness of the skin, which dissipates on its own within an hour or two. You can go back to work or have coffee with friends after your treatment without anyone even noticing!

While the Morpheus8 treatment has minimal downtime, you may have to wait a day before washing your face and putting on makeup. As an effect of microneedling, your skin may feel a bit sensitive. There may be slight itching, redness, and swelling for some patients, which will resolve on their own within a day or two.

A Halo treatment can have several days of social downtime as your skin heals and the hyperpigmentation flakes off the treated area.  You can have some swelling and redness that may last several days.  While you can put makeup on the treated area 24 hours after the procedure, many people will do their treatment on a Thursday or Friday in order to allow their skin to recover over the weekend.

Woman getting prepped before her skin treatment

Tailoring the Treatment to Your Skin

In terms of what results to expect, Halo, Morpheus8, and Ulthera treatments stay true to their promise of restoring your skin’s beauty and youth in different degrees and capacities.

If You Want to Correct Signs of Aging

As mentioned earlier, although the Halo treatment promises flawless skin with a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, it does not specifically offer a skin tightening benefit. In most cases, a single Halo treatment is enough to achieve a patient’s desired results. Results vary and treatments are usually customized to fit individual beauty needs and concerns. If your main concern with your skin is pigmentation and textural effects, then Halo would be your preferred treatment.

When you consult with us here at APT, our clinicians may give you a choice between one or two aggressive treatments or multiple treatments that are less aggressive to achieve a similar goal over an extended time. With a proper skincare routine, the benefits from a Halo treatment can last for months.

If You Have Mild to Moderate Skin Laxity

For Ultherapy, the post-treatment results are subtle at first with progressive enhancements in the skin’s firmness, texture and luminosity becoming more noticeable in the months to come as an effect of collagen production’s magic work.

The full effect of an Ulthera treatment may take months to appear, and the final results may last for up to two years, depending on the person’s natural aging process and other contributing factors (e.g. lifestyle choices). As a proactive anti-aging therapy, your doctor may suggest yearly Ulthera treatments for maintenance work. Ulthera may not work effectively on individuals with excessive fat deposits, significant sagging, and very poor skin laxity. If laxit is the main issue but pigmentation and textural concerns are not an issue, then an Ulthera treatment may be right for you.

If You Have Darker Skin Tones and Want to Look Chiselled

Morpheus8 treatment plans are personalized according to the patient’s unique needs. It involves multiple sessions spaced four to five weeks apart to achieve the desired results. A notable difference in the skin’s overall quality may be spotted after three weeks, although it may take as long as three months after the initial session to see the final results. A yearly maintenance treatment is encouraged to keep your skin stunning and toned. 

Morpheus8 is a great fit for anyone with mild skin sagging and textural skin concerns in the early stages of aging. It’s also a safe treatment option for individuals with dark skin tones who are worried about the risk of hyper or hypopigmentation from laser-based therapies. 
Find out more about Morpheus8, Ulthera and Halo treatments by booking your free consultation today with APT Medical Aesthetics.


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