When you’re face is showing the signs of aging it’s understandable that you want to do something about it. One option is the increasingly popular and reasonably cheap botox and hyaluronic acid injections around the area where the skin is looking old. Another, more invasive and expensive option is a surgical facelift. A third option, is the relatively new treatment known as microcurrent therapy. This article will cover what the therapy is all about, it’s advantages over more traditional treatments and how it can keep your skin looking youthful.
How Microcurrent Therapy works
A microcurrent machine consists of two probes that are placed onto the skin that you want to look more youthful. The probes pass a sub-sensory (meaning you don’t feel it) electrical current into the muscle cells under the skin.
This current is believed to reeducate the facial muscles. By reeducate, I assume it means relax them and return them to a more normal state. Fine lines and wrinkles are often caused because the muscles have been over or under used and set in a position that caused the skin to crease and wrinkle. The electrical current is also thought to improve the tone and texture of the skin above the muscle.
As I say, the therapy is painless and simple to do. You are merely passing the probes over the skin. People that use the therapy suggest doing it for an hour a day for 20 days straight to see the best results.
After that, you should do it a few times a week as a maintenance routine.
The Theory On Why It Works
Microcurrents work in two ways.
The act of massaging the face (or any other part of the body where you use the therapy) works the muscles. This is the same approach that is used in facial exercises. Muscles that are worked are larger and toned. This tightens the skin above the muscles resulting in less lines and wrinkles.
The second way is referred to as biostimulation. The action of electrical current passing through the muscles is believed to improve the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). This is an enzyme that carries energy to the cells. So muscle tissues treated with microcurrents will have more energy and presumably more vitality. This is supposed to be good for the skin above it and the general health of the body.
Other claims which fall under the category of biostimulation include :
- increased collagen and elastin production
- increased collagen thickness
- increased protein synthesis
- better circulation
Critics of The Therapy
So is microcurrent therapy to good to be true ? I found a number of critics of the therapy. The two main criticisms were that there was no peer reviewed study into the therapy. So most of the positive results could be purely anecdotal or part of the positive marketing of the treatment. Another objection, mainly from plastic surgeons was that it couldn’t guarantee the same results as surgery. Given that it is a non invasive procedure this is not surprising.
With this said, the machines that perform this treatment are FDA approved.
Microcurrent therapy is becoming more popular at spas centers and beauticians. You can also get hand held, home use machines nowadays. These are reasonably priced and the reviews are mostly positive.
People that believe in these machines, stress that you have to use them repeatedly and get into a regular routine to get the best results. And in their own way, surgeons suggest the same viewpoint. Using these machines is not a quick fix to more youthful skin but it is a cheaper method and less invasive.