What is Microcurrent? A simple answer is that it can be the quickest & most pain-free way to rejuvenate the skin, lift facial muscles, and diminish fine lines & wrinkles.
Microcurrent technology is the only aesthetic treatment available that can physically firm and tone the skin through muscle re-education. The process of gentle re-education of the fine facial muscles stimulates them with very small amounts of energy via electricity or battery .
Microcurrent is a specific amount of energy that mirrors the body's own natural current and works in harmony with the body's system.
Microcurrent triggers a reaction at the cellular level increasing ATP (the cells energy life), Elastin and Collagen. Microcurrent stimulates the facial tendons aiding them to strengthen the muscles thereby bringing definition back to the face.
By reproducing the body's own biological current we can re-establish muscle memory.
Microcurrent treatments are sub-sensory for the most part, meaning you won't feel anything uncomfortable during treatment. Slight tingling is perfectly normal.
It is a safe, non-invasive treatment with no downtime and without the cost of expensive surgery. Treatments are cumulative meaning you will have to do a series of treatments . 2-3 per week then a monthly maintenance as desired .
Benefits of Microcurrent are:
Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Improved muscle tone in face and neck
Cleared up or reduced acne
Lift of jowls and eyebrows
Sun Damage Treatment
Skin Pigmentation improvement
Smoother, firmer skin
Hydrated and revitalized skin
Increase in natural collagen production
Increase in natural elastin production
Increase in ATP
Using a True Microcurrent device with two probes allows the microcurrent technology to be delivered with the "Isolation or Pinch-and-Hold" technique.
This means you can literally position the facial muscle to target microcurrent e every directly between the probes into the belly of the muscles you are working to re-educate.
So in order to initiate real communication between microcurrent and the muscles you really want to have a true Microcurrent with two applicators or probes that allow you to pinch and hold or isolate the specific muscle.
It is not recommend that you use retinol the night before a microcurrent treatment. This is because it will remain in the skin and when microcurrent is performed over the skin it pushes the Retinol in deeper. Retinol tends to irritate the skin and when it is driven deeper into the skin by microcurrent, it will cause more irritation after the treatment (usually the next day in the form of redness, puffiness, irritated skin).
It is also important not to use any type of chemical peel before a microcurrent treatment.
Microcurrent does not cause irritation on the skin, it is what is put on the skin "before" a treatment that can cause irritation.
Remember that Microcurrent is sub-sensory and should not cause a physical or visual contraction of the muscle.
Twitching is a sign that you need to turn down the intensity. Twitching can cause a decrease in Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is the energetic currency of a cell, and it is required for the cell to perform work of any kind. Twitching is also a sign of lactic acid build-up. Generally clients choose to turn down intensity on the forehead and around the lips .
Microcurrent treatments using the right equipment and with the right knowledge should be very relaxing.
ABS+plated metal is generally used in development of microcurrent probes.
Some people may experience a metallic taste in their mouth .
The Illusion of flashing lights has also been reported .
Both sensations are very normal and not cause for concern.
Microcurrent can stimulate the nerves governing taste and cause the metallic taste. This does not have anything to do with dental fillings or implants. And the perception of flashing lights is a common reaction because the current is stimulating the optic nerve.
It's not unheard of to see visible results after a single treatment. However, it's important to keep in mind that microcurrent results are cumulative. For the best facial lifting and toning results, it is recommended that you schedule at least one treatment a month to maintain and increase the facial contouring results. Talk with your esthetician about the series of treatments they would recommend for your unique skin type, age, and other variables.
Conductive Gel :
Biologic cells must maintain the ability to receive, process, and transmit signals. It is essential that there is a flow of information between all cells to enable them to respond and grow without impairment. During each phase of life, especially during the natural aging process or health impairment, cell-to-cell signaling may degrade and weaken. This is influenced by genetics, environment, lifestyle, behavioral, nutrition including water intake, and overall health.
Non-invasive microcurrent uses low voltage electricity to create a small electrical field to help increase the permeability of the cell membrane, encourage circulation, muscle tightening/lengthening, and cell energy by boosting ATP production (adenosine triphosphate). ATP molecules capture chemical energy from food molecules to drive numerous processes in living cells, including the fibroblast cells responsible for collagen and elastin synthesis.
The quality and results of a microcurrent treatment depends upon the electro physiology of the modality and its accumulative effect on tissue. Moreover, maximum results are achieved with consistent treatments.
How does conductive gel activate the microcurrent?
Microcurrent requires the application of a conductive gel to create a pathway for non-resistant permeation into the pores in the skin. Conductive gels must be able to carry the electrical signal from the electrodes into the skin. They should be water based and free of any ingredients that would interfere with the free flow of the current -- no oil, petroleum byproducts, toxic or irritating ingredients.
A powerful feature of a gel formula is to include natural bioactive compounds that help correct skin conditions such as aging, skin barrier dysfunction, and sensitivity while keeping the skin hydrated and supple. These bio-active complexes contain antioxidants, copper and poly peptides, vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid, and calming ingredients which naturally encourage self-healing, hydration, and nourishment. Mineral components support microcurrent delivery into the skin.
A treatment goal would be address internal and external skin alterations that occur with sun exposure, lifestyle habits and the aging and/or inflammatory factors that interfere with the natural regenerative process of the cells.