When it comes to anti-aging, the pursuit for the latest ‘it’ treatment is never-ending. Microcurrent facials are one of the latest innovations to spark a conversation.
This beauty treatment uses electricity to promote cell growth in skin. Sounds shocking but the procedure is noninvasive, injection-free, and painless. Extra bonus? These treatments have immediate benefits with absolutely no recovery time.
What is Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is a clinically tested therapy treatment, and one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry. It is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative anti-aging results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and pain-free.
Microcurrent is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain and maintain a healthier, younger looking appearance. The results can be so dramatic that microcurrent therapy treatments are often referred to as the “non-surgical face lift”
Origin of Microcurrent Therapy Treatments
Microcurrent technology has been around since the 1800’s as a treatment for damaged tissues and muscles. The most profound microcurrent treatments were originally discovered with patients experiencing a form of nerve-paralysis, leading to atrophied, sagging facial muscles known as Bell’s Palsy. But when a physician of a Bell’s palsy patient noticed that the face of his patients appeared much smoother and younger looking after receiving microcurrent therapy, one of the world’s first high-tech aesthetic anti-aging treatments was born.
How Does Microcurrent Work?
Microcurrent stimulation delivers tiny electrical impulses, sending soft, gentle waves through the skin, tissues and down to the facial muscles. Microcurrent has been shown to tighten and smooth the muscles and connective tissues in the face by increasing cellular activity and stimulating ATP production. ATP is known as Adenosine triphosphate which drives the creation of key structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin, and is the biochemical way to store and use energy.
This increased ATP also energizes the facial muscles, similar to how exercise energizes the muscles of our bodies. Unlike anywhere else on the body, the facial muscles are directly connected to the skin, so the result of energizing the muscle is often an improved, lifted appearance.
Furthermore, during treatment 32 different facial muscles are physically manipulated and re-educated using soft cotton tipped wands (probes) or other attachments that transmit the microcurrent impulses. Muscle re-education is most related to the term ‘facial toning’ and by reproducing the body’s own biological current re-establish muscle memory naturally. MicroCurrent Technology is the ONLY aesthetic treatment available that can physically firm and tone the skin through muscle re-education.
Microcurrent Facials Are Pain-Free
There is a gentle, tingling feeling and occasionally as the current is applied near the nerve attached to the muscle, it will jump. This isn’t painful, it just feels ‘alive’. Most patients love the feeling since it makes them confident that something is happening and a connection has been made!
Is It Effective?
The Microcurrent facial device is applied to key muscles and skin tissues to stimulate movements and give the muscles a ‘mini workout.’ This helps to tone and tighten the muscles over a short period of time, and may prevent many signs of the aging process such as wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin from forming. It is considered to be the only safe non-surgical facial ‘sculpting’ procedure on the market that doesn’t cause injury to the dermis (skin) – Like the technique used in laser treatments, Thermage skin tightening, and deep chemical peels.
The Microcurrent Facelift seems to be uniquely effective in rebuilding thinner parts of the skin, filling in wrinkles and lifting sagging muscles because of its ability to regenerate tissue by stimulating cellular physiology and growth. The procedure is preventative for younger clients and rejuvenating for mature clients.
When one receives a traditional face-lift from a plastic surgeon, she/he can expect to have bandages on her face for several days along with bruising, swelling and stitches. It might be a couple of months before the swelling subsides and they are able to see the actual results of their plastic surgery procedure.
Research Shows That Microcurrent Facials Produce Results
Research has shown that lower intensities up to 0.5 microampere are the most effective in restoring normal metabolism and homeostasis. Recent microcurrent studies from the University of Washington has shown a 14% increase in the production of natural collagen, a 48% increase in natural elastin production, and 38% increase in blood circulation over the course of 20 days.
The Microcurrent Facial works most efficiently on well-hydrated skin, and adequate water intake prior to treatment is essential.
What Age is Best to Start Microcurrent Facials?
This advanced technology is safe enough to use when initially developing your skin care routine. Most people understand that the earlier you select preventative face treatments, the less likely you will need surgical procedures in the future. With the expert advice of their skin care gurus they understand the benefits of consistent facials and spa visits for healthy and beautiful skin. This choice is what keeps them looking so effortlessly young and beautiful and also helps them avoid going under the knife down the line.
In your teens through twenties microcurrent facials can reduce acne breakouts by regulating sebum production. When customized for your skin type this can help cleanse unclogs pores so pimples and blackheads are less likely to form. Less acne means fewer blemishes and ultimate clarity. The result is a smooth flawless complexion— acne-free.
When you cross the 30 year threshold, these facials helps to maintain firm skin and also maintain silken texture, so there is no need to opt for Botox or other chemically-induced anti-aging enhancements. The early signs of maturing skin are not an issue when you’re dedicated to a natural face care routine using this cutting edge therapy.
If you choose microcurrent treatments after age 50, it is a reliable way to naturally lift the visage and firm the décolletage. Wrinkles are softly pulled taut, so the expression is one of elegance. There is no superficial stretching of the facial features that is common with Botox or plastic surgery. The real you is rejuvenated to age as nature intended: beautifully and gracefully.
How is Microcurrent Applied?
The microcurrent facial uses two handheld prongs that deliver precise dosages of energy to the skin and work simultaneously to repair and produce collagen in the dermis, the deepest layer of the skin, while gently erasing signs of aging in the epidermis, the top layer of skin
As a skilled esthetician guides the wand to target areas of the skin, fine lines are diminished, skin is firmed, while the jawline, brows and cheekbones are sculpted for a refined youthful appearance. Skin is instantaneously bouncy, supple, and flexible, noticeably brighter for a glowier complexion. If that weren’t enough, a microcurrent facial also doubles as a lymphatic drainage massage, flushing out water retention, draining lymphatic tissue while lifting and tightening muscles at the same time.
How Microcurrent Delivers Natural Face Care
We naturally have electrical currents coursing through our bodies. However this flow is disrupted when there is damaged tissue, epidermal or otherwise. By applied this therapeutic technology, backed by scientific research and trials, you actually reconnect those essential currents because the skin is effectively healed. Connective tissue is restored and intact so the epidermal cells function at optimum capacity. It is truly reliable and natural age-reversing skincare.
There are no incisions, chemicals applied, recovery time, or nagging side effects. What you get instead is a gentle thorough facial that luxuriates the skin. Organic botanicals, including nutrient-rich serums and hydrating moisturizers, lavish the face for unrivaled exuberance.
Results are Immediate and Cumulative
Although results are seen after just one session, the effects of microcurrent are cumulative and a series of microcurrent sessions are advised to obtain desired and sustained results. That is, you will get the best results from microcurrent facials when you do them consistently.
Your esthetician will prescribe a treatment plan however, an initial four to six week, weekly-treatment phase is recommended, transitioning to a bi-weekly or monthly protocol thereafter. This is the best treatment plan for long-lasting results. But if we are fast-tracking someone for a wedding or an event, then weekly truly is necessary.
Some People Should Avoid Microcurrent Facials
While microcurrent facials are safe and minimally invasive, there are some people who shouldn’t have a microcurrent facial.
All skin types are safe for microcurrent, however those with pacemakers, metal implants, or who have open sores, such as severe acne, should avoid microcurrent facials.
People who are pregnant or nursing may also want to avoid the procedure as microcurrent has never been tested or clinically used on a pregnant or nursing mom, so there is an unknown variant when it comes to its impact on mom or baby.
And those who have had certain face fillers including Botox or neurotoxin are not good candidates and may not benefit from microcurrent since their muscles are frozen.
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