Skin tightening, anti-aging, and skin rejuvenation treatments continue to surge in popularity, giving rise to new technologies and devices that promise to improve the appearance of the skin without resorting to surgery. One of the most buzz-worthy aesthetic treatments in recent years is Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling. While there are a range of RF Microneedling devices on the market, there are two names in particular that have been making waves — Pixel8 and Morpheus8
These devices are often considered the crème de la crème of RF Microneedling technologies, both leveraging the synergistic effects of radiofrequency energy with microneedling’s transformative benefits. Keep scrolling for our RF Microneedling match-up! We'll compare the efficiency, comfort level, recovery time, and cost of Pixel-8 vs. Morpheus-8.
Pixel8 vs Morpheus8: A Head-to-Head Comparison
Depth & Power
You may have heard about how painful Morpheus RF treatments can be. There are two main reasons for this: depth and power. Morpheus is known for penetrating the skin at a deeper level than other RF Microneedling treatments. With a depth of 5mm, Morpheus reaches into the sub-dermal layers of the skin and adipose tissue, which is more painful and unnecessary for treating concerns like tone, texture, and tightening.
The Pixel-8 RF offers more precise depth control, allowing for tailored treatment of different skin layers depending on your specific concerns. Pixel 8 RF's 3.5mm depth stays within the skin tissue, avoiding the deeper and potentially more painful adipose fat layer targeted by Morpheus 8's 5mm depth. Pixel 8 RF's 3.5mm depth stays within the skin tissue, avoiding the deeper and potentially more painful adipose fat layer targeted by Morpheus 8's 5mm depth.
The 2 MHz frequency of Pixel-8 delivers energy more efficiently, requiring less time for the needles to heat up compared to Morpheus 8's 50-60 Hz. This translates to shorter treatment sessions and potentially reduced discomfort. Since Pixel 8 RF uses non-insulated needles, heat is delivered more evenly compared to Morpheus 8's burst mode that delivers energy every 2mm.
Recovery & Downtime
Pixel8 RF stands out for its ability to effectively treat aging skin with minimal downtime and maximum comfort. In comparison to many other RF Microneedling technologies, Pixel-8 RF treatments are very well tolerated.
On the other hand, Morpheus RF treatments are known to be painful due to the depth and power of the device. Some clients have described Morpheus RF as feeling like a hot hole puncher is being pressed deep into your skin. Furthermore, Morpheus requires a much longer downtime compared to Pixel-8 RF, with redness, swelling, bruising or burning which can linger for up to two weeks. There is a small risk of infection or scarring, but this is rare.
Cost of RF Microneedling
The cost of RF Microneedling treatments can vary significantly, depending on your provider's level of experience, their practice location, and how many treatment sessions you need. In general, Pixel laser treatments are considerably less expensive than the Morpheus laser. As of the date of this post, the average costs for RF treatments are as follows:
- Pixel-8 RF Cost: A full-face Pixel-8 RF treatment costs $600 – $1,350 per treatment. VView the current pricing for Pixel8 sessions at Flash Lab Skin & Laser.
- Morpheus RF Cost: Morpheus treatments start at $750 for a small area and can go up to $4,000 for a series of treatments..
Number of Sessions Needed
The number of RF Microneedling sessions needed will vary based on your individual needs and treatment goals. Visible results can be seen immediately following your first treatment, but effects will amplify with both time and additional treatments as your body begins to produce more collagen. Typically, we recommend a series of 3 - 4 treatments spaced about 4 - 6 weeks apart for optimal results.
How to Choose the Best RF Microneedling Treatment for You?
Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your skin concerns, desired results, downtime tolerance, and budget. We love the Pixel-8 RF for its ability to deliver a higher amount of energy more quickly for noticeable results without as much discomfort. This is ideal for treating superficial skin concerns like tone, texture and tightening. However, Morpheus-8 may be more suitable for deeper wrinkles or facial fat reduction. Consulting with a qualified professional to discuss your specific needs and concerns is crucial before deciding on any treatment.
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