I recently learned how to perform microcurrent – heard of it? To be honest, I always thought esthetician modalities were just spa “fluff” and didn’t actually work, so I was never interested in using them at my practice. But after learning more about the science behind it, I have to admit this is an incredible tool that I feel is totally overlooked!
Microcurrent therapy, aka ‘bio-stimulation,’ uses an electrical current that mirrors the same natural current of the body. It’s the energy currency we use for muscle movement, nerve impulses, ionic exchange, nutrient intake, detoxification and cell-to-cell communication. Microcurrent triggers chemical reactions at a cellular level to provide many health and cosmetic benefits. It’s been clinically shown to accelerate the healing of bone tissue, wound recovery, pain reduction, assist in muscle rehabilitation, correct TMJ, tendon repair, and lymphedema. It can even be used to treat Bells Palsy – a medical condition that causes facial paralysis on one side. Treatment increases blood circulation by 39% and removes toxic fluid buildup by manually draining to the lymphatic system. As we age, cells become less active and their ability to maintain these functions declines. Injury and disease create inflammation which blocks pathways of cell communication and speeds up overall health decline.
Besides the health effects of the machine, microcurrent is best known for it’s cosmetic usage. Over time, facial muscles get accustomed to certain expressions and tend to get stuck in those positions causing the skin to wrinkle. An example of this is the “elevens” we get due to furrowing between the brows. On the opposite end, when muscles are not used often they begin to atrophy, leading to sagging. You’ll notice this loss of definition most around the neck, chin and jaw line. Microcurrent therapy works by creating muscle memory to stay sculpted, toned and tightened. It can also be used for post surgical facelift to treat blood stasis, scarring, and numbness. ATP (the energy of every cell) production increases by 500%, giving the cells a boost to carry out more work and energize the muscle. It also boosts collagen by 14% and elastin by 48%! It can be a great non-invasive, natural alternative to Botox.
How Does it Work?
Wands are used to physically move the muscle into the desired position. Getting in done in a series re-trains the 30+ facial muscles to maintain the new contour. Microcurrent allows the muscles the necessary energy (ATP) to keep their tension in this new contour. The treatment itself is super relaxing! It feels like a facial massage and most clients fall asleep during. Treatment varies depending on each person, but generally a series of 10-15 treatments done twice weekly is required for full correction. There’s no downtime and you can see the results immediately! After completing a series, clients can come in once a month to keep it up.
Individuals with the following should not receive treatment:
- Cardiac Problems
- Metal Implants
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