Before & after your Morpheus8 treatment


Pre and Post Treatment Guidelines

Two weeks prior to treatment:

  • No prolonged sun exposure or self-tanner to the area being treated.
  • A treatment will not be administered on sunburned or self-tanned skin.

One week prior to treatment:

  • Discontinue any irritant type topical products or treatments
  • Products such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula), scrubs, or anything perceived as “active” skincare.
  • Treatments such as microdermabrasion and laser

Two days prior to treatment:

  • Should you desire, we offer prophylactic treatment for all patients.
  • Valtrex 500 mg orally twice daily for 5 days
  • Start Valtrex 2 days prior to procedure and continue 3 days post procedure.
  • Shave treatment area if hair is present.
  • No waxing 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Drink lots of water for adequate hydration leading up to treatment.

Day of treatment:

  • Wash treatment area with cleansing soap prior to arrival.
  • Do not apply any lotion, powder, oils, makeup, or other products to treatment area.
  • If you have long hair, bring a hairband to pull it back if your face is being treated.
  • Avoid NSAIDs, such as Motrin and Ibuprofen, on the day of treatment.
  • Minimize caffeine consumption on day of treatment.

Expectations after treatment:

  • Immediately post treatment, you will look and feel like you have a moderate sunburn.
  • Redness and swelling may last 7 days.
  • Skin may crust and peel for 3-7 days after treatment.
  • Needle marks may be present on skin for up to 14 days.
  • Crusting from the ablated dots will exfoliate naturally after 1-3 weeks.

Post treatment care:

  • Use a gentle cleanser with lukewarm water to cleanse the treatment area and gently pat dry until it heals.
  • Always make sure that your hands are clean when touching the treated area.
  • Use a healing ointment, such as Aquaphor, for at least 2 days on the treatment area until the skin heals.
  • Drink lots of water for the next 2 days.
  • Makeup can be applied 2 days after the treatment.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB physical sunscreen (Zinc/Titanium Dioxide) with an SPF 30 every day starting 24 hours after treatment.


What to avoid:

  • For 1-week post-treatment, do not use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula), or anything perceived as “active” skincare.
  • Avoid intentional and direct sunlight for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not go swimming for at least 2 days post treatment.
  • No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours.