Secret RF vs. Morpheus 8 RF Microneedling: A Detailed Comparison

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Secret RF vs. Morpheus 8 RF Microneedling: A Detailed Comparison

When it comes to advanced skin rejuvenation treatments, RF (radiofrequency) microneedling stands out for its effectiveness in improving skin texture, reducing wrinkles, and addressing acne scars. Among the popular choices in this category are Secret RF and Morpheus 8. While both treatments share similarities, there are distinct differences that patients should be aware of. This blog will delve into the details of each treatment to help you make an informed decision.

Overview of RF Microneedling

RF microneedling combines the benefits of microneedling with radiofrequency energy. The microneedles create micro-injuries in the skin, which stimulate the body’s natural healing process and collagen production. The added RF energy heats the deeper layers of the skin, promoting further collagen production and tightening the skin.

Secret RF:

Secret RF is known for its adjustable microneedles, which can penetrate the skin at varying depths (0.5mm to 3.5mm) in 0.1mm increments. This feature allows for customised treatments tailored to the patient’s specific skin concerns and areas being treated. Secret RF is versatile and can be used on the face, neck, décolleté, and even the hands.

Morpheus 8:

Morpheus 8 also offers adjustable needle depths, ranging from 0.5mm to 4mm depending on the different applicator used, which can target deeper layers of the skin compared to Secret RF. Unlike Secret RF these depths are fixed and not as customisable as Secret RF. Morpheus 8 can be used on both the face and body, offering extensive versatility in treatment areas. Although with a slightly deeper max depth of 4mm, this should not be frequently used on the face as that will usually heat the fat layer and cause fat loss which will lead to facial lipoatrophy.

Key Differences:

Needle Depth and Customization:

    • Secret RF: Adjustable needle depth (0.5mm to 3.5mm), suitable for a range of skin types and conditions.
    • Morpheus 8: Slightly deeper penetration (up to 4mm), potentially more effective for body.

    Treatment Areas:

      • Secret RF: Primarily used on the face, neck, décolleté, and hands.
      • Morpheus 8: Effective for both face and body treatments, offering more comprehensive body contouring options.

      Technology and Design:

        • Both treatments utilize RF energy with microneedling, but their device design and energy delivery mechanisms differ slightly, which can influence patient comfort and outcomes.

        Pain Levels Experienced:

        Pain levels experienced during RF microneedling can vary depending on individual pain thresholds and the specific treatment area. Generally, both Secret RF and Morpheus 8 are well-tolerated, with most patients reporting only mild discomfort. Topical anesthetics are commonly used to minimize pain. Some patients have noted that Morpheus 8 can be slightly more uncomfortable due to its ability to penetrate deeper layers of the skin, particularly when higher energy settings are used. However, practitioners at Riverbanks Clinic ensure patient comfort through effective pain management strategies during both treatments.

        Patient Experiences and Clinical Studies:

        Both Secret RF and Morpheus 8 have received positive feedback from patients and practitioners. Clinical studies indicate that both treatments effectively stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture and firmness. However, some studies suggest that Morpheus 8 may provide slightly better results for deeper skin issues due to its ability to penetrate further into the dermal layers.

        Popularity and Marketing:

        Morpheus 8 has gained significant popularity, partly due to its extensive marketing and endorsements by celebrities and influencers. This does not necessarily mean it is superior to Secret RF but highlights the impact of marketing in the aesthetic industry. Both treatments offer excellent results, and the choice often comes down to specific skin concerns and patient preference.


        In conclusion, both Secret RF and Morpheus 8 are excellent RF microneedling treatments with their own unique benefits. Secret RF offers versatile needle depths suitable for various skin issues, while Morpheus 8’s deeper penetration can address more severe skin conditions. Consulting with a qualified practitioner at Riverbanks Clinic can help determine the best treatment for your specific needs.

        For more information on RF microneedling and other skin rejuvenation treatments, visit our Skin Rejuvenation page.


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