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Vivace® Direct – September _th, 2023

Physician Contributor: Jennifer Stieber, NP

Jennifer Stieber, NP, founder of SLK Clinic, is an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner and expert in the science of aging. She began her career in New York City as a biochemist conducting vaccine and cancer drug research. But her passion for patient care eventually led her out of the laboratory to become a nurse practitioner. While living in NYC, the fashion and beauty capital of the world, Jennifer’s career in science and nursing found a natural transition into the world of aesthetic medicine. Jennifer’s aesthetic medicine experience includes working at the esteemed dermatology practice of Dr. Brandt in New York City, and leading all of LaserAway‘s New York City clinics as their regional clinical director. Jennifer has worked with patients of all skin types and backgrounds, including many of the most well-known celebrities, ranging from Oscar winners to Superbowl performers. Her specialty is working with patients 50 and older. She is also well-versed in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating complications from aesthetic medicine procedures.

Morpheus 8 vs. Vivace Ultra™: Which One is Right For Your Patient 

Morpheus 8 and Vivace Ultra™ are both popular non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments that use radiofrequency (RF) microneedling technology to improve the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, fine lines, scars, and other signs of aging. However, there are some key differences between the two treatments that may make one a better choice for your patient than the other.

Morpheus 8

Morpheus 8, FDA cleared in 2017, is a an advanced treatment that uses a fractional RF microneedling device to create micro-channels in the skin. These channels allow the RF energy to penetrate deeper into the skin, where it can stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. Morpheus can also go beyond the skin (as deep as 8mm) to treat and destory fat tissue as well. Morpheus 8 can be used to treat a wide range of skin concerns including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage

Morpheus 8 is an effective treatment for deep wrinkles and scars. However, it is also a more expensive treatment and may require more downtime.

Vivace Ultra™

Vivace Ultra™ is a newer, advanced treatment that uses a fractional RF microneedling device combined with ultrasound to see the depth of the skin to be treated. Vivace Ultra™ uses a robotic motor to insert the needles, resulting in more patient comfort. Morpheus 8 uses more of a puncture, “staple gun” type mechanism to for the needles into the skin. Vivace Ultra™ is less effective than Morpheus 8 for fat reduction on the body, but it is also less expensive and requires less pain and downtime.

Here’s a side by side comparison of Morpheus 8 versus Vivace Ultra™:

Which treatment is right for your patient?

The best treatment for your patient will depend on your individual skin concerns and budget. If you have severe sagging or a large double chin, Morpheus 8 is the more effective treatment. However, if you are looking for a less expensive treatment with less downtime, Vivace Ultra™ may be a better option.

Additional Information

 Morpheus 8

    • Requires 1-3 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
    • Results are visible within 2-4 weeks, and continue to improve over time.
    • Downtime is typically 3-7 days.
    • Cost: $1,500-$2000 per treatment, larger areas are$3,000 per treatment.

Vivace Ultra™

    • Requires 2-4 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
    • Results are visible within 2-4 weeks, and continue to improve over time.
    • Downtime is typically 0-1 days.
    • Cost: $1000-$1,200 per treatment.

It is important to note that these are just general guidelines. The specific results and downtime of each treatment will vary depending on the individual patient.


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