There’s been a huge surge in interest in microcurrent lately. Boasting effects like instantly lifting and sculpting the face has women flocking for treatments as an alternative to more invasive measures.
I often get asked ‘what is microcurrent?’ and ‘how does it work?’
What is microcurrent?
Basically microcurrent is a low-level current, to give instant and long-lasting anti-aging results. The application is soothing as it works sub-sensory and helps attain and maintain healthy skin with quick lift results. I often tell clients it’s perfect before an event!
Originating from medical practitioners in the 1970s, it has been approved by the FDA since the 1980s as a muscle simulator. Microcurrent was discovered when doctors were looking for a solution to Bells Palsy nerve-paralysis and sagging facial muscles. Microcurrent was perfect for retraining skin muscles to lift the skin.
How does microcurrent work?
So, how does it work? Gentle waves move through the skin tissue down to the muscles, stimulating ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production. This ATP production drives creation of elastin and collagen to repair skin. When the ATP is increased in the skin it energizes the muscle, giving a lifted, firmed appearance.
In more technical terms microcurrent works on Pulsed Monophasic Waveform, which means the shape of the waves is Modulated Square. Studies show the enhancing effect of micro-amps on wound healing and muscle recovery as well as amino acid transport and protein synthesis. The ideal current range is 4 – 300 uA/cm, high currents over 1000 uA are counter productive and can inhibit protein synthesis. So technically you want to stay in the range of the ideal current rather than going higher. This means there is no such thing as ‘strong is better’ when it comes to microcurrent.
What do we use in the clinic?
This brings me to the point of the device we use at the clinic, NuFace Trinity Professional. Yes it is a hand held device available commercially, but that doesn’t mean it’s ‘not as strong’ or ‘less effective’ than larger machines. The NuFace device provides perfect range of amps output to skin, with a max output of 383uA, and a pulse width 119 ms. The device sends waves effectively into deep layers to stimulate muscles, giving you the optimum results of microcurrent. During application you can experience a mild sensation feeling or no sensation at all.
I recommend the use of this device as part of a professional treatment because I have been trained by the American company and have been shown the best techniques, which I’ve been using for the past 8 years. In the treatment room you get a professional enzyme, antioxidant mask, as well as my European style firming massage, which amplifies the results of the microcurrent. To take it one step further we also offer a treatment that includes the use of Gua Sha first to give a really excellent lift. Our two microcurrent facials, the Hollywood and Gua Sha + Microcurrent facials are perfect for anyone who wants to work on ageing well. These treatments are particularly good for people who suffer from fluid retention in the face and puffiness. They also assist to prolong the effects of fillers and Botox in the face.
What’s the best treatment plan?
Finally microcurrent is a cumulative treatment, meaning you get best results when getting them regularly. My clients who receive them monthly still gain the amazing results of ATP production for skin health, but if you feel like you really need to work on lifting your skin, we also offer a 10 week course. This involves one express treatment a week for 10 weeks. The express treatment is cleansing, a quick skin buff and the 15-20 mins of microcurrent. This gives lasting results of the lift for around 6 months. As a bonus you also get 2 full Hollywood hour facials when you pre-pay and book in advance.
These treatments are perfectly suited to all skin types, the only contraindications being pregnancy, pace-makers or metal plates in the body. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the clinic and we can answer any further questions.