In recent years there has been increased consumer demand for non invasive methods of facial rejuvenation. A microcurrent facial became one of a number of treatments – like led light therapy and Thermage – that could be offered to women seeking a non surgical face lift rather than conventional plastic surgery.
Getting a microcurrent facial is a relatively new procedure for clients of skin clinics and spas in the US but they have been a favorite anti aging treatment in Europe for a long time. The CACI microcurrent system is one of the leading machines in the UK and Europe and similar systems are now used in spas all over the US.
How does microcurrent work?
A microcurrent facial works by applying gentle electric stimulation to the surface of the skin using fine dual prongs applied to various regions of the face.
Despite what you might think – it’s not at all painful. You may experience slight tingling but most people find it relaxing and many actually fall asleep.
The use of electrodes to stimulate facial muscles is nothing new. The technology was originally developed to treat patients with facial palsy and in sport to give intensive physio for injuries.
Once the visible improvements in the tone and texture of the skin became apparent – microcurrent systems were also developed for the beauty industry.
Do microcurrent facials work?
The technology has been thoroughly tested and results have been very impressive.
Clinical studies have shown that after twenty days of treatment collagen production increases by 14 percent, elastin increases by 48 percent, and blood circulation increases by 38 percent. All of which – it goes without saying – is great news for your skin.
Scientists have also found that a microcurrent facelift triggers the body’s production of amino acids and ATP (cellular energy). Both of these increase the rate of cell repair and promote healthier cell production.
Based on these findings it appears that microcurrent face lifts offer a genuine pain free alternative to facial surgery. There’s no need for an anaesthetic, no pain during the process, no unpleasant side effects and no down time.”
Advantages of microcurrent face lifts
Apart from the lower cost, lack of downtime, and pain there are other advantages compared with conventional plastic surgery.
Most microcurrent systems work on both the appearance of the skin and the strength of the supporting muscle tissue underneath the skin. Plastic surgery on the other hand does nothing to improve the condition of your skin.
A microcurrent facial also increases lymphatic drainage which means reduced facial puffiness and eye bags as well as a brighter more radiant complexion. Skin tone is improved, overall radiance is boosted and scar tissue and age spots may gradually fade.
Reviews of Microcurrent facials
Many women who use microcurrent as an anti aging treatment go for a regular microcurrent facials and express positive views about what it does for them. The most common criticism from those that express disappointment is that results are not as radical as hoped.
If you have a lot of loose skin and facial sag then a microcurrent facial will probably not deliver transformational results. Like any so called non surgical face lift a microcurrent treatment will deliver mild to moderate lifting and firming results over time – rather than the immediate impact you are likely to get from facial surgery.
But many people comment that microcurrent facials deliver other improvements in overall skin radiance that surgery alone can’t deliver.
How many microcurrent facials do you need?
Most people need a course of around 10 microcurrent sessions to see the full benefits – although there are quite a lot of claims for immediate results from happy customers.
The exact number you need will depend on your skin tissue and muscle tone at the time you start – not necessarily on your age.
After the initial course of microcurrent treatments, you only need to return for a booster treatment on average around every 4-6 weeks. If you don’t follow the maintenance plan – you’ll lose the improvements in tone, radiance and lift.
You can expect to pay around $100 for one session which will last an hour so your initial course of 10 sessions will come in at $1000 or so.
Obviously this isn’t a small amount of money but compared with facial plastic surgery a course of microcurrent treatments is great value. And you won’t need to spend the $1000 all over again five years down the line. Provided you stick with a maintenance schedule your results will last – unlike some other types of non surgical treatments which need to be repeated as improvements are lost over time.
And if you don’t want to spend so much on an ongoing basis – think about a home device. The leader on the market is NuFace and it has been getting rave reviews – take a look at the review of NuFace on this site or see NuFace at SkincareRX.
A microcurrent facial is definitely worth considering as an alternative to facial surgery if you want skin rejuvenation without pain and at an affordable cost.