What is microcurrent technology?
Are you noticing that your skin is aging – looking saggy and wrinkly? Perhaps you are just noticing the first signs or perhaps you have been unhappy for a while. You have considered cosmetic surgery, however, you steered away because surgery is a big deal! With potential for complications, pain and extended recovery time, you’re thinking rejuvenated skin might just not be worth the risks.
Enter microcurrent technology to save the day!
Microcurrent technology uses low-level electrical currents to tone, lift, and firm sagging facial muscles back to their original position and shape, in a safe and painless, non-surgical, non-invasive procedure. In fact, people tend to find the treatment soothing and many even fall asleep during!
Where did it come from?
You may be thinking that the use of electrical current on the face sounds crazy! However, it has been safely used for hundreds of years. The first documented account of electricity used to regenerate muscles, was by a Swedish professor, Jean Jallabert in 1748, who used a series of electric shocks (90-minute sessions over several months) to alleviate paralysis in the arm of a locksmith.
In 1980, Thomas W. Wing introduced a microcurrent instrument that proved to effectively stimulate muscles in Bell’s Palsy and stroke patients with paralysis of the face, earning approval by the FDA.
In the early 1990s, microcurrent technology began to be utilized as a cosmetic procedure. Since then, it has begun to replace surgical procedures because of its non-invasive, safe and pain-free nature with the added benefit of no recovery time. The microcurrent facial is one of the latest procedures in anti-aging protocols.
Still to many, waves of electricity being pulsed through their skin can seem quite scary. We might associate this electricity with that of a light bulb. However, the current is (micro) mild and mirrors electrical current that your body generates on its own, making the treatment a soothing experience.
Micro-fact: It would take one million microcurrent machines to light a simple 40-watt light bulb!
How does it work?
A machine conducts mild electrical currents through probes placed on the face, stimulating the tissue between the probes. The probes are used to re-educate muscles by physically moving the muscle into the desired position, in a series, so that the muscle will gain memory to maintain the new contour.
Youthful, radiant skin is just a microcurrent away!
In treating an injured or damaged area, the microcurrent restores the flow of energy that your tissues had lost, allowing them to heal and return to their former glory. When undergoing a microcurrent facial, your skin and facial muscles are stimulated, which further produces collagen and elastin – the skin’s main proteins that are essential to remain youthful and glowing. Production of these proteins naturally diminish with age, therefore this reproduction is extremely beneficial in a quest for beautiful skin.
Studies have also found the microcurrent facial to generate production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP transports energy within the body, and more specifically provides the energy for muscle contraction. The production of ATP accelerates the healing process that has been stimulated by the microcurrent, resulting in even better results!
- Improve its health and appearance
- Tighten and firm aging skin
- Tone the muscles on the face and neck
- Lift sagging eyebrows and jowls
- Helps heal scars and blemishes
- Reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
- Stimulate the production of collagen and elastin
- Lymphatic drainage
Rumored to be Princess Di’s beauty secret!
Microcurrent facials can be utilized in giving the face a more symmetrical appearance, by stimulating one side of the face to match the other. Cheekbones and jaw lines can be defined, eyebrows can be arched, and the face in general appears more plump and toned. No wonder these facials have become increasingly popular amongst celebrities. Celebs like JLO and Madonna have been known to undergo microcurrent facials and it has even been rumored to have been Princess Diana’s beauty secret! Wow!
Does microcurrent technology have other uses?
In addition to its cosmetic use, microcurrent technology is used in various applications. Medically, It is used to rehabilitate face muscle in patients suffering from Bell’s Palsy and strokes, and skin appearance in those with scarring, lymphoma, etc. It is commonly used by physical therapists, especially in sports medicine, to help repair damaged or injured muscles.
Another medical application is pain relief. Microcurrent technology has been effective in relieving chronic pain when used on various parts of the body. Whether it is chronic back pain, arthritis, or carpal tunnel – microcurrent treatments can alleviate the pain! These treatments could eliminate the risk of drug side effects, dependability and overdoses!
Is it safe for everyone?
Microcurrent facials are safe for skin young and aged; whether it be 20 year old skin to prevent aging, or 60 year old skin to regain a youthful appearance! People who are not fit to undergo treatment include those who have a history of heart problems, epilepsy, thrombosis, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or those who have implanted electrical devices. Those who are pregnant, have skin diseases or who have recently had facial surgery or any open wounds, cuts or abrasions are also not suitable for microcurrent treatment.