Can Microcurrent Application Help Reduce Your Fine Lines?

If you're seeking a cosmetic service that can help minimize your fine lines without being invasive, a procedure that uses very small electrical currents to stimulate your facial muscles may be just what you need.

While electrical current can sound dramatic, in reality, these tiny applications of current are designed to mirror your muscles' own natural current. Microcurrent is used for a variety of medical applications, including quicker healing of damaged muscles, healing of skin wounds and improvements in patients with macular degeneration. Just like these small stimulating electrical currents can help in other areas of the body, they can also help improve facial muscle tone and reduce fine lines.

How Does the Technology Work?

In microcurrent facial treatments, 500 microamperes are used to stimulate muscle cells. The mild electrical charge helps your cells to create an additional supply of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which transports energy within and between cellular structures. Specific to your facial muscles, more ATP can help encourage muscle contraction so your face looks more toned. It can also help your skin cells to produce more protein in the form of collagen and elastin, which help plump skin and fill in fine lines.

How Often Do You Have the Treatment?

The best results from the application of microcurrent happen after 8 to 12 sessions. Each session must be separated by at least 24 hours, and most aestheticians will prefer to do two sessions per week initially. It's recommended that you continue to have the treatments about once a month to maintain the results and keep your skin and muscles toned, but some people may need less frequent sessions depending on your goals. Your aesthetician can help you find the right schedule for you.

What Does the Treatment Feel Like?

Don't worry about experiencing pain from microcurrent treatment. In most cases, the work is so relaxing that patients rest or nap during the procedure. If your aesthetician is pulling or stretching your face excessively to apply the microcurrent, he or she may not have received the proper training to complete the procedure. Make sure you work with a licensed aesthetician who has training and experience with the equipment, and that the equipment is FDA approved, before you make an appointment. 

Are There Circumstances When You Can't Use Microcurrent?

The application of microcurrent is not recommended for some groups of people, including anyone with cancer or who is pregnant. Other conditions that are impacted by electrical current, such as epilepsy, may not be a good candidate for using microcurrents. Finally, any person who has a pacemaker installed should not use microcurrent technology.

If you have questions about the right cosmetic services in your area to minimize your fine lines or want to know if microcurrent treatments are right for you, talk to your aesthetician for more information.