There is no end to the latest beauty techniques today. It seems that every few days there is a newer and better beauty treatment that you hear about. Microcurrent is the latest rage in the beauty industry these days, with many celebrities lending their support behind this technique. A microcurrent facial is being referred to as a natural facelift that is even better than Botox. Any person who has browsed online to search for the latest anti-aging method would know that there is no end to the latest anti-aging and beauty treatment, and microcurrent is one of the most recent innovations to join this industry. This beauty technique revolves around using electricity to promote new cell growth in the skin. It just takes 5 minutes, and it is a non-invasive procedure. Let us take a closer look at this 5-minute microcurrent facial – what is it and if it is better than Botox or not.
What is a 5-Minute Microcurrent Facial?
Often referred to as a natural facelift, a microcurrent facial is a safe, non-invasive, and painless facial technique that helps erase wrinkles and fine lines, while also firming your skin and further defining your features. (1)
This beauty method makes use of electricity to boost cell growth, and it is a completely injection-free procedure, unlike Botox. The treatment is said to have immediate benefits, and there is no recovery time required after this facial.
Microcurrent facials help improve your muscle tone, decrease puffiness, tighten pores, and also boosts cellular activity. The overall result you achieve is that of younger and healthier-looking skin, regardless of your age.
Even though the microcurrent technology has been around since the 1800s, it was, however, initially used as a treatment for damaged muscles and tissues. The change was brought about when a doctor treating a Bell’s palsy patient noticed that the face of the patients he treated with microcurrent technology appeared to be much younger and smoother looking after they received the microcurrent therapy. Thus the world’s first high-tech beauty treatments came into existence.
A microcurrent facial gives out an extremely low voltage electrical currents, thus the name ‘micro’ current. This is similar to the body’s natural electrical currents. These currents are emitted on a cellular level to repair any damaged skin and to boost the production of elastin and collagen.
The intensity of these electrical currents is so slight that it would take around one million microcurrent machines to even power a 40-watt light bulb.
Microcurrent facial is also sometimes known as facial toning because it can be thought of as a complete workout for your face, where the skin cells get broken down, and then they naturally grow back stronger.
Microcurrent facials also work simultaneously to repair collagen present in the dermis, which is the deepest layer of your skin, while at the same time removing signs of aging from the epidermis, which is the top-most layer of your skin.
So microcurrent facials smoothen and tighten the muscles as well as the connective tissues in the face by boosting the cellular activity. Studies have also shown that it helps reduce wrinkles, commonly in the forehead region. (2)
Studies have also shown that undergoing a microcurrent facial can increase your collagen production by 14 percent, blood circulation by 38 percent, and elastin production by 48 percent. (3)
Who Can Undergo A Microcurrent Facial?
A microcurrent facial is considered to be pretty safe for most people, but pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding, and people who have any type of heart condition should avoid this treatment.
A microcurrent facial can be ideal for anyone who is looking to improve the overall appearance of their facial skin, or they want to opt for an anti-aging treatment, even if it is as a preventative measure as this facial covers all angles of skincare.
Also, patients with pacemakers, metal implants, or anyone who has open sores, such as severe acne, should not opt for a microcurrent facial. You are also not the right candidate for a microcurrent facial if you have some type of face fillers. For example, patients who have earlier undergone a lot of Botox or any other neurotoxin treatment are not going to benefit from a microcurrent treatment since their muscles are already frozen in place due to the neurotoxin treatment.
Microcurrent facial is safe and effective for all skin colors and skin types. However, if you have any kind of allergies or any skin sensitivities, then you should consult with your dermatologist or cosmetic doctor once before beginning this treatment.
How is a Microcurrent Facial Done?
Two handheld prongs are used in a microcurrent facial to deliver exact dosages of electrical energy to your skin. Your beautician will systematically move the two prongs around your face, and you might feel a slight tingling sensation. Most people find it to be surprisingly relaxing. Cleaning, moisturizing, exfoliating, and a facial massage are also often incorporated into the entire facial procedure. It takes roughly 60 to 90 minutes to complete a microcurrent facial.
How Much Does A Microcurrent Facial Cost?
While the price depends on the location where you get the treatment, but you can expect it to cost anywhere between $250 to $500 per session.
In some cases, beauticians sometimes offer microcurrents as a part of their other facial packages, so you will actually be paying $250 for an entire facelift, which will also include cleaning, exfoliation, soothing, and hydration of the skin.
There are also some home devices that allow you to perform a microcurrent facial at home. These home devices are also priced at a similar cost, but you can use them more frequently since it is only a one-time cost to buy the device. However, keep in mind that these devices are not as good or powerful as the ones used in professional salons by aestheticians, and you may not notice the same results after first use.
Here are some of the commonly purchased at-home microcurrent devices you can think of buying:
- ZIIP Microcurrent Facial Device priced at $495 (4)
- NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device priced at $325 (5)
- NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device priced at $199 (6)
- Biosincron Microcurrent Face Lift Device priced at $130 (7)
As you can see, there is rather a significant difference in the pricing of these at-home microcurrent devices, and according to the cost, you will find that the results will also vary. Reviews of some of these devices indicate that while some of them work wonders and make you look younger, some of the products come with their own set of problems, including charging difficulties. Before buying the product, though, make sure that you choose a device that comes with a conductive gel, or at least the device recommends some type of conductive gel that you can purchase separately.
How Many Sessions Of Microcurrent Facial Is Needed?
It is essential to understand that you will only get the best results from a microcurrent facial if you have more than one session. In fact, doing them consistently will give you the best results because the power of the positive effects of this facial is cumulative, meaning that the benefits will add up and will stick around when you undergo frequent treatments. Of course, the steep price tag often discourages people from having more than one session.
Patients who are keen on doing the treatment and do not mind the price tag undergo weekly treatments. However, if you are new to microcurrent facials, then your beautician will keep your sessions as per your skin type and sensitivity. The treatment plan also varies depending on how lasting you want the results to be. For example, initially, the treatment begins with a four to six week, weekly treatment plan, and then slow patients are moved to a bi-weekly regiment. This is said to provide the longest-lasting results.
Are There Are Any Side Effects of Microcurrent Facials?
As mentioned earlier, microcurrent facials are typically considered to be safe for everyone. Some people may experience a little redness on their face, but it is generally temporary and disappears within 24 hours.
Benefits of a Microcurrent Facial
The benefits of a microcurrent facial are immediately visible. In fact, you will be able to see the results within minutes of getting the facial done. After your first session, you will notice that you have firmer, more uplifted, and glowing skin. Your skin will not only appear tightened but also well-hydrated. Your jawline will also appear more defined, and you will find your cheekbones to look more pronounced and your eyes looking younger and refreshed.
However, if you do not follow up with a second session, then the initial results are going to vanish within a week or two.
It is important that you get a microcurrent facial done from a board-certified dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician who specializes in microcurrent treatment. The procedure may appear to be a little dramatic or over-the-top, but you will notice that the results are very much visible immediately. As this facial provides immediate results, it is a good idea to get a microcurrent facial done just before a big event. While there are many devices now that promise you the same results as a professionally done facial, but they are ye to match up to the professional-grade machines used by your aesthetician. Nevertheless, if you have an at-home microcurrent device, it will still work great on minor skin problems, especially under-eye puffiness.
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- Saniee, F., Kh, K.K., Yazdanpanah, P., Rezasoltani, A., Dabiri, N. and HR, G.S., 2012. The effect of microcurrents on facial wrinkles. Journal of Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, 10(2), p.9.
- Baumann, L., 2010. The anti-ageing potential of ELECTRIC STIMULATION. Australian Advanced Aesthetics, 2010(4), p.36.
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