1. What is Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is a form of electricity measured in one-millionth of an ampere (micro-amperes). Take into consideration normal household current is measured in amperes (amps). Microcurrent is the closest known electrical current delivered on a near identical magnitude as the electrical current found in the human body. It is very safe providing the device you use maintains a proper ampere.
Microcurrent is NOT a fad. It has been around for over half a century. It is often called a “natural face lift.” It was discovered by accident when a physician treating the face of Bell’s palsy patient with Microcurrent noticed them looking younger over time as facial wrinkles reduced significantly.
2. Is Microcurrent TENS?
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) uses a form of electricity measured in one-thousandth of an ampere (milli-amperes or mA). Microcurrent is traditionally used for the healing of injury, while TENS is used to block the pain from injury. TENS has no curative value, only suppressive.
Microcurrent is up to 1000 times less powerful than TENS, and should not cause muscle contraction when used properly, especially for cosmetic purposes. True Microcurrent is subsensory and its energy strength is so moderate, that it would take about one million microcurrent machines to light up a 40-watt light bulb.
3. What is the history of Microcurrent?
The discovery that electrical current in the body is disrupted by wounds took place In the 1830’s when Carlos Matteucci proved that an electrical current was generated by injured tissue. It wasn’t until 1843 the existence of wound currents was first experimentally observed by Dubois-Reymond. Nearly 100 years later, the Japanese would rely upon this discovery to use Microcurrent on its soldiers during WWII, as Japanese physicians used Microcurrent to help mend non-healing bone fractures, reducing the time it took to heal.
The first commercial device was developed in the 1960’s by Dr. Reinhold Voll of Germany. It was called the Dermatron. Mainstream use expanded to treat a variety of nonunion fractures and bone implants as an accepted procedure among orthopedic surgeons. The technology further progressed to treating pain in burn patients and sports injuries.
Medical doctors, physical therapists, acupuncture physicians, and chiropractors have since relied upon Microcurrent. However, its use in cosmetics is fairly recent. As noted earlier when one physician successfully treated Bell’s palsy patients for paralysis, noticed facial lines were much softer, the face more lifted, and the eyes less droopy. It is still used in the treatment of Bell’s palsy patients to this day.
Microcurrent has been successfully used to achieve results such as Tempero-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Macular Degeneration, Scoliosis, Tinnitus, Tic Doloreaux, and even clinical depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Research reported at the National Center for Biotechnology Information has been extensive to support this information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3929082/
4. Are Microcurrent Treatments Safe and will it Produce Side Effects?
There are no known side effects when Microcurrent is done properly at the correct amperes. This is where I caution the use of devices in which you must turn the amperes up or down. If a device zaps the skin or causes visible muscle contraction, it is too strong. When the current is too strong, it is possible to fatigue the muscles and get adverse results.
When done properly a Microcurrent treatment is painless and is a relaxing experience. Microcurrent does not rely upon a thermal energy source like a laser; therefore, there is no inflammation or redness, no need to heal before seeing results, and absolutely no downtime. Normal day activity can be resumed immediately.
5. How Soon Will I See Results?
Results will be dependent upon the device being used and an individual’s condition, as well as other factors affecting the health and condition of skin. A professional device found only in licensed esthetician treatment room can produce immediate results in some clients. While home-use Microcurrent devices may take some individuals 3-4 sessions, and significant change after 15-20 sessions. Further changes will be even more effective and lasting as facial “memory” is achieved and sustained with more treatments.
6. How Many Sessions are Recommended for the Full Treatment?
Using a professional device like that found in an esthetician’s practice, most clients need 10-15 treatments for the face. Clients need a minimum of 2 sessions their first week, then one per week thereafter until treatment is complete.
Those who are on a short timeline, such as an approaching wedding, may be treated twice per week by a licensed esthetician. Once a client is satisfied with their progress, visits can be reduced to monthly maintenance in order to maintain the results.
7. How Long does a Microcurrent Treatment Take?
Each treatment is approximately 60 minutes.
8. How Long will Microcurrent Results Last?
Once the desired results are achieved, it will be necessary to have maintenance treatments to maintain the results. This is because aging does not stop, therefore, anti-aging care never stops. It will be necessary to continue maintenance at least once per month to maintain results.
9. How Much Should I Expect to Pay for a Microcurrent Treatment?
Individual treatments for the face run about $150 – $175. Some estheticians offer a package to make the treatments more affordable. and are more expensive than buying packages of treatments. Packages can range buy 5 get one free, or 6 for $725.
10. How does Microcurrent work and Why is Microcurrent so Effective? (The short answer)
Microcurrent, because of its proximity to our own body’s current, works on a cellular level to aid in the healing process. This is called “aesthetic cellular regeneration”.
As we age, our natural electrical energy weakens, similar to a battery gradually losing its charge. On a cellular level, this leads to a breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin, which leads to sagging and unevenness of texture; lines, wrinkles, and folds. Beneath the skin, the facial muscles become increasingly contracted over years of facial expression and constant gravity, resulting in the overall lift of our face to drop.
Microcurrent emits subtle electrical frequencies that mimic the body’s own electrical signals, thereby increasing the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells) by as much as 500%. Such increased levels of ATP speed cellular metabolism; the result is a detoxification that increases the rate of waste and impurity elimination.
NOTE: Just like we don’t age overnight, this increase does not happen overnight. It is a process that can take as much as six months to restore.
Protein synthesis and cellular membrane transport are also increased, as well as the reconstitution of collagen and elastin. The results of these processes can be seen in improved skin tone and coloration, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and the firming of sagging areas of the face and body.
Besides the increase in ATP, protein synthesis, and cellular membrane transport, clinical studies have consistently shown that Microcurrent causes the following:
• 500% increase in ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate, the chemical fuel of energy)
• 35% increase in blood circulation
• 40% increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose)
• 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis
• 50% increase in the length of the elastin fibers
• 10% increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissue
• 35% increase in the number of blood vessels
• 28% increase lymphatic drainage
This process is called “muscle re-education.” The dramatic increase of ATP levels allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions for longer periods of time. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as well as underlying tissue.
11. What are the Benefits of Microcurrent Facial Sculpting?
When you want to avoid the risk of unnatural appearances that can result from facial cosmetic surgery, microcurrent is a great alternative. Using Microcurrent is an option for aging gracefully. It does not rely on wounding the dermis to stimulate its anti-aging properties like traditional treatments.
The benefits of professional Microcurrent are:
• Reduction of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles
• Hydration and revitalization, resulting in smoother and softer skin
• Improvement of blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
• Rejuvenating restoration of the “pink glow” of youthful tones
• Visible firming and contouring, lifting overall drooping features
• Tightening of sagging jowls, doubling chins, and fatty cheeks
• Closing of enlarged pores
• Reduction of blackheads and acne
• Reduction of scars and pitting
• Reduction of dark circles and puffiness under eyes
• Reduction of the symptoms from Eczema, Melasma , and Rosacea
All of this without pain, redness, soreness, swelling, downtime, or harmful side effects.
12. What is Microcurrent Body Sculpting?
Unlike facial aesthetics, there are few non-surgical, low-risk, pain-free choices for the body
Now imagine a technology for body aesthetics that achieves the following:
• Spot treatment in specific body areas
• Tightening of loose or wrinkled skin
• Overall fat and cellulite reduction
• Body shaping and muscle toning
• Boosts metabolism and energy levels
• Reduces scars, acne, and stretch marks
• Contributes to improved muscle strength
• Treatment of post-pregnancy body issues
• Reduction in calloused elbows and knees
• Reduction measured in inches and dress sizes
• Firm and lifted buttocks
• Shapely legs
• Toned stomach
• Sleeker arms
In my studio, I use the Jade Esthetic Body Sculpting™ machine because there is no other technology in the medical or beauty industry worldwide accomplishing these results on the body–all without the risk, expense, downtime, and pain of traditional body treatments.
Don’t confuse Microcurrent Body Sculpting with other “body contouring” technologies. True Microcurrent body sculpting involves a physical manipulation of the tissue and muscles while passing Microcurrent into those areas using a conductive instrument such as metal wands.
True Microcurrent body sculpting does not use sticky pads that are simply placed in various areas in static positions, nor does it rely on suction to “dissolve” cellulite.
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