Vivace vs Morpheus8: Choosing Skincare for Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond

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From sagging skin to acne scars, volume loss, and wrinkles, aging doesn’t always come as gracefully as we would like. While many individuals attribute these visible changes to their appearance as a testament to their wisdom, it’s OK to want the fresh, youthful look you once had. And it’s possible with microneedling treatments.

No matter what, if you’re considering microneedling to transform your skin, you’ll need to know the results you can expect to make the right decision. Microneedling is a term that covers different treatment types, including radiofrequency (RF) enhancements for even more dramatic results, as you’ll see with Vivace or Morpheus8.

Should you try Vivace or Morpheus8? When should you start incorporating microneedling into your skincare routine? Let’s go through it.

Should You Do Microneedling in Your 20s?

Reaching 30 isn’t the threshold for microneedling. You are welcome to visit your local medspa at a younger age.

Microneedling increases collagen production, which our bodies naturally produce less of, typically starting in the mid-to-late 20s and early 30s. Many patients in their 20s start treatment for preventative purposes, as it’s even easier to get ahead of problems than to try correcting them.

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Pre-Microneedling Care Tips

Preparing your skin for a microneedling treatment will not only speed up any potential recovery time but will also create a base for the best possible results.

Some of our favorite tips for making this your best microneedle session yet include:

  • Do not use retinoids, exfoliants, or topical antibiotics that increase skin sensitivity a week before your treatment
  • If you have dense hair in the treatment area, shave the day before your appointment instead of the day of
  • You’ll see less temporary bruising if you avoid blood thinners one week prior to microneedling
  • Stay out of the sun if you don’t have protection and don’t schedule any laser procedures for at least two weeks before microneedling

Consult with your doctor before stopping any medications, and find a microneedling provider that explains what you should and should not do before your appointment.

Vivace RF Microneedling vs Morpheus8: How They Compare

While Vivace and Morpheus8 are both fractional microneedling devices that offer non-surgical skin solutions, they are not the same.

At Always Beautiful, we recommend Vivace as the microneedling solution that is less intensive but highly effective.

Many patients find that they can maximize their results by combining solutions. Some choose dermal fillers that add volume to sunken areas or Sculptra to boost collagen production along with microneedle RF for some of the best skin rejuvenation results you can find.

Vivace Offers a More Comfortable Experience

Microneedling uses tiny needles to penetrate deeper into the skin, triggering the body to produce collagen. Adding radiofrequency technology to microneedling releases RF energy that heats the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production but also going a step further to promote tissue remodeling.

When it comes to the actual microneedling session, Vivace and Morpheus8 use different mechanisms. It’s common for patients to choose Vivace if they have sensitive skin since Morpheus8 punctures the skin with more force.

Vivace is not a painful procedure, with most patients noting only minor discomfort. Numbing cream application before the treatment begins sometimes alleviates this discomfort entirely, for one of the easiest skin rejuvenation techniques available.

a woman having a vivace session

Vivace Costs Less for Skin Rejuvenation

A total skin rejuvenation treatment that doesn’t break the bank is possible with Vivace. Of course, everyone’s cost is going to differ depending on the unique goals that you have, your timeline, and the provider you choose.

In general, Vivace pricing can range anywhere from $800-$1,200 while Morpheus8 ranges between $900-$3,000. The best part is that Vivace is one of the most highly-rated, cost-effective microneedling treatments available.

There is Less Downtime with Vivace

Vivace patients typically resume regular activities within a day or two of treatment. Your regular skin moisturizers and products are usable after two days. It’s around this time that you might be able to wear makeup, but assess your skin’s sensitivity, you could wait another day for good measure.

The recovery time for Morpheus8 depends on the depth of treatment. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to three weeks for a full face procedure.

Post-Microneedling Care Tips

It’s normal in the first day or so after microceedling for your skin to feel tight, dry, and sensitive. Avoid exercises, saunas, jacuzzis, and anything similar that would make you sweat. Mineral makeup can be worn after 24 hours.

Remember that part of the skin rejuvenation process is that old skin needs to flake off for new skin to take its place. That means a few days after your treatment, it’s also normal for dry skin to flake away. You can (and should) let this do its thing naturally, keeping your skin moisturized for best results. Don’t pick at, scrub, or use exfoliants on your skin as it is working on becoming its best self.

Use cool water to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry with your hands. Once your skin doesn’t feel irritated anymore, you’re clear to start using your regular skincare and makeup products.

Vivace Has Been Trusted for a Longer Time

Vivace has been effective since its FDA approval back in 2019, whereas Morpheus8 received approval a few years later. Newer isn’t always better, and no matter what, you should have all the details so that you can make the right decision for yourself.

This is why it’s important to discuss your questions and concerns with a trusted provider. They can help by offering personalized advice based on experience, guiding you through to reaching your body goals.

How Often Should You Get Microneedling?

Our specialists often recommend a series of three treatments, with four to six weeks between sessions, for the best results. Of course, this isn’t the answer for everyone. Some patients choose individual treatment sessions. Others like to schedule follow-up appointments every so often to prolong their results.

Some patients combine different solutions to create a completely custom treatment plan. Talk with a provider you trust to find out what is going to work best for you.

Treat Yourself to Vivace RF Microneedling in Denver, Colorado

Whether you’re looking to alleviate wrinkles, tighten skin, or improve the texture of your skin (or all of the above), you’ve found the solution. Microneedling is one of the most popular, successful treatments that boost confidence and give you years back on your appearance without significant downtime or pain. Vivace lets you start prejuvenating in your 20s and rejuvenating in your 30s plus!

Remember, microneedling doesn’t solve every skin problem, and the treatment must be administered properly for the best results. Finding the right provider will help you, as a specialist can assess your skin, and create a custom treatment plan.

Call (720) 280-7016 or reach out online for a free RF microneedling consultation in the Denver area.


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Ali McCoy
Ali McCoy

Meet Ali McCoy Stengel, LE, RN, BSN

Denver Area Aesthetic Injector, Speaker, and Trainer

My name is Ali and I am the founder, owner, and Master Nurse Injector at Always Beautiful® Medspa. I have been in medicine since 2002, although my passion for facial aesthetics began much earlier. Growing up with acne and self-esteem issues, it became my mission to help others feel comfortable in their skin. Bringing beauty and medicine together became the ultimate pairing to educate the patient, staff, and injector for a safe experience and natural results.

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