If you are looking for the latest in anti-aging technology, microcurrent may be exactly what you are searching for. While microcurrent facials were at one time very difficult to find, they can now be found in many salons and spas. Many people are turning to such treatments because they are a non-surgical, non-invasive, all-natural approach to anti-aging. Let’s take a closer look at this specific treatment and how it can help to improve the quality of your skin.
What is microcurrent technology?
Microcurrent technology is an anti-aging treatment that uses low levels of electrical current to increase cellular activity, rejuvenate the muscles in the face, increase circulation, and improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. It is commonly used in combination with LED light therapy (to boost the production of collagen and elastin) and skin peels (to exfoliate the skin).
Such technology actually didn’t originate as a skin care treatment. Microcurrent therapy was originally used in the 1980s as a medical procedure to treat Bell’s palsy and strokes. It was only once physicians realized that it also improved the appearance and of skin that it became more recently used as a ‘non-surgical facelift’.
How does it work?
We all have electrical charges that pulsate throughout our bodies. Microcurrent works by mimicking these bioelectrical currents and sending them into our muscles. In the face, we have over 30 muscles that can be stimulated using microcurrent technologies. The muscles don’t contract, but they are ‘woken up’ and muscle memory is reactivated. Over time, the muscles re-educate themselves as to where they used to be, giving the face a nice lifted and youthful look.
In addition to waking up our muscles, microcurrent also works to increase activity at a cellular level and increase blood flow and circulation. The result is a boost in collagen production, ultimately resulting in improved skin tone, texture, and overall appearance.
Benefits of microcurrent
Benefits of microcurrent treatment include:
- re-energization of fibroblast cells responsible for the production of collagen and elastin
- re-education of the muscles, resulting in diminished look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a ‘lifted’ look
- increased blood and lymphatic circulation, aiding in the removal of toxins from the body and enhanced penetration of active ingredients used on the skin
- increased levels of ATP (the fuel that cells need to function), thereby boosting protein synthesis, which is essential for tissue repair.
What does a microcurrent treatment involve?
This is what will normally be involved:
- a consultation where you will discuss your skincare concerns, as well as your medical history
- preparation where the specialist will offer you a wrap to wear around your body
- cleansing of the face
- an analysis of your skin to determine the appropriate products and treatments for use
- steaming and exfoliation of the face
- facial massage to relax and stimulate your facial muscles
- microcurrent delivered through a wand-like device
- facial mask designed specifically for your skin type and concerns
- application of serums, moisturizers, toners, and other necessary creams
- advice on how to continue skin care at home.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person, but it is generally recommended to start with two to three treatment session per week for four weeks. Once results are more visible, you can limit yourself to one treatment per week.
Is microcurrent painful?
Most people say that microcurrent produces a slight tingling or prickling sensation, but is not painful.
Are there any side effects?
To date, there are no known risks associated with microcurrent facials. That being said, there are some people who are advised not to undergo such treatment including those wearing a pacemaker, those with epilepsy, those with thrombosis, or those suffering from heart conditions. Microcurrent technology is also known to stimulate the lymph system, so plenty of water should be drank before and after treatment to aid in the release of toxins from the body.
Is microcurrent effective?
Many plastic surgeons are skeptical about the benefits of microcurrent because there are not many credible studies that confirm the treatment’s effectiveness. That being said, there have been studies conducted to show that such treatments do trigger the production of ATP which helps to accelerate cellular repair and production. Some clinical studies have also shown that blood circulation, as well as the production of collagen and elastin, does improve after regular use of microcurrent technology. Results should start to show after 4 to 5 treatment sessions.