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Updated: Nov 17, 2020

You have probably heard about microcurrent facials. They are gaining popularity as a more natural approach to healthy and youthful skin. Known as “the natural facelift”, microcurrent is quickly replacing or at least enhancing more invasive skin treatments and procedures.

I first heard about microcurrent technology from my boyfriend who owns and runs a sports training facility. He talks a lot about muscle recovery for athletes and explained how he used a microcurrent unit to speed up the recovery of muscles and to relieve pain. As a licensed Esthetician, I have done my fair share of research on microcurrent and currently use it myself and on my clients.

Here, I have answered some of the most popular questions regarding microcurrent.

How long has microcurrent technology been around?

Microcurrent technology has been around for over two hundred years. It has been used medically since the 1980’s. It is used as a muscle stimulator to treat Bell’s Palsy and muscle paralysis. It was the amazing results of this type of treatment that lead to Microcurrent technology being used aesthetically. It is often called “the natural facelift” or “a workout for the face”.

How does it work?

Microcurrent machines emit extremely low-voltage (micro) electrical currents which are similar to your own body’s electrical currents to stimulate muscles and encourage the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) by 500%.

Is it safe?

Microcurrent is perfectly safe, non-invasive and painless. There are however, conditions or factors that are contraindications for getting microcurrent therapy. They are…

  • Heart issues, including a pacemaker.

  • Pregnancy

  • Epilepsy

  • Melanoma

  • Thrombosis

  • Phlebitis

  • Severe acne

  • Metal plates in treatment area

What if I’ve had botox or fillers?

If you have had botox or fillers, you should wait two weeks for the injections to settle before receiving microcurrent. However, once you are past the two week mark, microcurrent will extend the life of your injections.

What are the benefits of microcurrent?

There are many benefits to receiving microcurrent therapy. They are…

  • Muscle stimulation. Facial muscles are “trained” to become more lifted and toned.

  • Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which increase the elasticity of the skin.

  • Increases blood flow. Oxygenated blood helps cells to thrive by transporting nutrients to the cells and transporting waste away from the cells. It also helps to maintain the body’s ph level.

  • Encourages lymph drainage which detoxifies and reduces puffiness.