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.
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.
Strengthens existing collagen and elastin fibers.
How will my skin look after microcurrent therapy?
Your skin will look lifted, tightened, firm, radiant and hydrated. Your features will appear more chiseled.
Is there any down time?
No. There is no down time. You can apply makeup immediately after your microcurrent facial if you’d like.
Does it hurt?
No. Microcurrent does not hurt. You might feel a slight tingle or warmth to the skin.
How soon will I see results?
You will see impressive changes within your first session. Each session builds on the one before it so the changes are cumulative.
What are the recommended treatments?
Clients under 40 years old: 6-8 treatments over 8 weeks.
Clients 40 - 50 years old: 10-12 treatments over 10
Clients 50 & older 15-20 treatments over 12 weeks.
After completing the series once a month for maintenance.
How long do the results last?
Initial results usually last about 72 hours. Cumulative microcurrent treatments are like going to the gym. Consistent use will build the strength in your facial muscles which helps them hold results from a microcurrent session longer. This is why microcurrent treatments need to be repeated in a full series and then followed with monthly maintenance treatments.
So, there you have it. If you are looking to add a non-invasive, natural treatment to your skincare which can help you to achieve healthy, beautiful, youthful skin , a microcurrent facial might just be what you are looking for.