Frequently Asked Questions for Microcurrent
What is a Microcurrent rejuvenating facial?
Microcurrent therapy is a non-invasive therapy that offers a natural alternative to more invasive treatments, such as botox and fillers. It is an anti-aging treatment used to visibly reduce or diminish fine lines or wrinkles on the face and neck, smooth the skin, lift and tighten the muscles of the face and neck and rejuvenate the skin.
This advanced facial treatment stimulates muscle activity with very small electrical impulses which are subsensory in nature and mimic the electrical impulses already present in the cells of the body. This microcurrent stimulation acts as the stimulus which triggers responses from the cells which in turn tightens the skin and reduces the wrinkles. To tone and sculpt, specific muscles in the face and neck are targeted for stimulation resulting in skin that is hydrated, lifted, firmer, softer and rejuvenated in appearance.
How many treatments will I need?
We recommend that you have a total of 12 treatments as an initial series. For optimum results, the treatments should be done twice a week for six weeks.
However, sometimes this schedule isn’t possible for the client, so the initial series can be done with 2 treatments a week for the first 3 weeks and then once a week for 6 weeks.
After the initial series is completed, we recommend following up with a maintenance program of one treatment every four to eight weeks. The maintenance program will vary depending on your age and the quality of your skin.
Is microcurrent painful?
No, microcurrent therapy is so relaxing that many people fall asleep. The electric current delivery is at sub sensory levels so there is absolutely no pain.
Is this treatment safe?
Yes, this treatment is completely safe. There are no harmful side effects. Microcurrent has been used on the human body for over 50 years without any reported harmful side effects. Unlike some other treatments, there is no discomfort during or after the treatment, no redness or swelling and no downtime required. This treatment is very relaxing and you can resume your normal day immediately afterwards.
Do you have testimonials?
Yes, please visit our testimonial page (in the About Us section) for patient results with the microcurrent facial rejuvenation treatments.
Are the final results similar to a face lift?
No, the microcurrent rejuvenating facials will not get the same results as a face lift. Results are subtle in comparison to cosmetic surgery. This is a rejuvenation treatment and cosmetic surgery results should not be expected. Microcurrent facial rejuvenation treatments are a great non-surgical alternative to a healthier and younger looking appearance.
How soon will I see results?
Improvements can be quite dramatic and most clients will see immediate improvement after a single session, however, results can vary with each individual. Some people will respond quicker than others, respond better in different areas or the face or respond at a different pace, based on age, skin types, etc. Generally, with a completed series, years can be diminished from the appearance of the face or other treatment areas. And, because the changes are gradual rather than drastic, the results are much more natural looking than with other cosmetic procedures. Even though microcurrent has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect, continued monthly application will provide more cumulative long- term, lasting results.
How is microcurrent used for cosmetic treatment and why is it so effective?
As we age, our body loses much of its natural electrical energy, much like 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 unevenness of texture and fine lines, wrinkles and folds become the inevitable result. Beneath the skin, the facial muscles become increasingly contracted over years of facial expression and gravity, allowing the overall lift of our face to decline.
Microcurrent therapy uses gentle electrical currents that mimic the body’s own electrical impulses, which helps to stimulate and increase the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), a molecule in the cell that stores and distributes energy for the activities in the cell. A study on Microcurrent Therapy conducted by Dr. Ngok Cheng, MD in 1982 concluded that skin regeneration and ATP production increased by up to 500%. ATP helps with the activities of nerve transmission, muscle contraction, protein synthesis and enhancement of cell membrane permeability, increased cellular repair and it speeds up cellular metabolism which helps to increase the rate of toxin elimination. Virtually every activity of the body requires ATP. Microcurrent also enhances blood flow, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue creating an ideal environment for healing as well as restoring homeostasis to the tissues and muscles. The end result of these processes can be seen as improved skin tone and coloration, the reduction of fine lines, and the firming of sagging areas.
What happens during the initial treatment?
1) During the initial consultation, we look at health history, diet and environmental exposure. We then follow with an assessment and exam of the various facial areas. Pictures will be taken during this initial visit. The initial treatment takes about an hour and a half.
2) During the treatment the patient will be lying down comfortably. Sterile cotton ends are placed in the microcurrent probes and dipped in purified mineral water for optimum conductivity. No chemicals are used.
3) Probes are placed gently on the face at specific locations to direct the microcurrent through the different muscles to lengthen or shorten as needed. The goal is to cover all the muscles of the face so we can activate ATP, thus repairing the skin and returning it to a more youthful state. There are several different protocol procedures that we follow and different microcurrent setting that we use to achieve the best results for each individual’s needs.
4) The exposure to the microcurrent is very healing to the muscles and nerves allowing the muscles to relax and return to their normal position. Since the skin is attached to the muscles we can see an improvement in the fine lines and wrinkles as well as lift in other areas. Collagen production is also stimulated with this procedure. There is no pain or discomfort as the skin repairs and heals itself because all activity is subsensory.
5) On the initial visit, we do a complete treatment on one side of the face first, so it can be immediately compared to the non-treated side to see the visible difference of the therapy. Then we will complete treatment on the other side of the face. This is only done on the first visit.
6) The treatment is followed with a TCM acupressure face and scalp massage which focuses on increasing further circulation and overall balance. Only organic oils and pearl powder, both known for their rejuvenating properties, are used on the face. Many people are asleep by this time. The treatment usually lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour.
How much are the treatments?
Initial consultation and first session is $190.
Individual treatments are $165 each.
Series of 12 Follow Up Treatments can be purchased at a 10% discount.
What type of skin can see improvement with Microcurrent?
Microcurrent rejuvenating facials are suitable for all skin types.
Is Microcurrent contraindicated for any conditions? Who shouldn’t use it?
Microcurrent therapy should NOT be done if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Melanoma or cancer
- On wound infection or irritation
- Varicose veins
- Phlebitis or Thrombosis
- If you have pacemaker or insulin pump
- Cold sore outbreak
- Metal implants at the treatment site
Why do I need a series of treatments followed by maintenance treatments?
Using an analogy of exercise, if you exercise for some time and then stop, the positive effects that were achieved will not be retained and the body will lose the benefits of the exercise. This also happens with Microcurrent Therapy - the effects are also cumulative. When a Microcurrent session is preformed, ATP or cellular energy is produced in high amounts. This needs to be followed by another treatment or the initial benefits of the therapy will begin to diminish. A single Microcurrent treatment can deliver results for several days of benefit after the initial session and the benefits last longer with each treatment. Mid-way through the series muscle memory starts to take over and progress becomes more rapid and longer lasting until only a booster treatment is needed every 4-6 weeks to maintain the results.
Can I come in for a treatment at other times if I have a special occasion?
Of course, we have many people who have an event that they want to look extra good for and come in for an extra treatment before the event.
Is it a new technology?
No, microcurrent has been around for over 50 years. It was initially used for wound healing treatment of non-union fractures and bone implants during World War II. In the 1960’s it was used for the treatment of Bell’s palsy. Today, it is currently used in many health care practices around the world for acute and chronic pain, wound healing, and facial rejuvenation treatments. Microcurrents machines are FDA approved devices.
What is the difference between Micro-needling, Microcurrent Rejuvenating Facials and Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Microcurrent Rejuvenating Facials work on the muscles to firm and lift while keeping the cells healthy and active with an increase in ATP production. This treatment can address fine lines and wrinkles, tonify and reeducate the muscles and revitalize the skin. The result is skin that is firmer, plumper and more hydrated. An initial series is 12 treatments done over a 6 week period, twice a week.
Micro-needling treatments use the body's natural response to healing to increase collagen and elastin in the skin. This skin rejuvenation treatment can treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyper- pigmentation, stretch marks and skin texture. An initial series is 6 treatments done over 6 months with at-home treatments in between.
Cosmetic Acupuncture works directly on points on the face to increase collagen production and address fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging but it also incorporates a comprehensive TCM approach to overall health, looking at what is causing us to age. This treatment addresses the underlying deficiencies in the body and the systems that are not functioning properly to help support the overall healing process and promote optimum health. Body acupuncture points and herbs may also be recommended during this treatment. An initial series is 10 to 12 treatments, once or twice a week.
All three facial treatments can be used independently or in combination to keep your skin looking amazing. However, there are some restrictions if doing more than one therapy at a time in terms of when they can be done. We would be happy to go over this with you in more detail.