Microcurrent (MC) is a form of electrotherapy in which the device delivers between 10 to 500 micro-amps (millionth of one amp) of electric current to the body. Microcurrent (MC) is popular not only in medical offices, but also in medical spas and day spas. This Blog will take a look at the benefits of MC and how it works with the body’s natural electromagnetic field to lift and tighten the skin.
The human body relies on the continuous flow of electromagnetic signals to function. Electromagnetic energy is the foundation upon which chemistry is built—all atoms and ions have either a positive or a negative electric charge. Their charge allows them to bond to the opposite charge and form complex molecules. Amino acids and proteins are large structures of such chemical compounds, and cells are built from these structures. Biology depends on electromagnetism, and without electricity and magnetism, cells in the human body won’t properly communicate. Microcurrent can be regarded as an auxiliary electromagnetic energy source to replenish the body’s energy deficits.
How does Microcurrent Effect the Skin?
Since all cells communicate through electrical signals, it makes sense that these signals will increase energy within skin cells allowing for a more youthful appearance.
Skin firming. MC is most commonly known as a workout for facial muscles, which it does achieve, but not in the way most people think. The low level electrotherapy can be used in specific sequences to help strengthen and lengthen specific muscles beneath the skin to allow for a firmer appearance. The purpose is to retrain the muscles by delivering low-levels of electrical current in varying ways with repeated movements. The treatment is frequently performed with probes, placed at the insertion and origin of the muscles. When the probes are moved toward each other, they work to strengthen the muscles. When the probes are moved away from each other, they work to elongate the muscles.
Wrinkle reduction. MC increases the production of fibroblasts, which are cells responsible for building collagen and elastin. This action has shown its ability to not only reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but also firm sagging skin and improve skin integrity. For this reason, MC has been successfully used for wound healing by trauma clinics and in sports medicine.
Improve skin tone. MC also increases circulation, making the skin look more vibrant and youthful as it is increasing the supply of nutrients to cells.
Research shows proper MC application can promote homeostasis by increasing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a basic source of energy synthesized from nutrients through the process of cellular respiration. This increase in ATP helps ionic exchange across the cell membrane and improves nerve conduction. It is also shown that MC increases fibroblast production, affecting both collagen and elastin levels.
How long does it take to see results with Microcurrent?
Results from Microcurrent treatments are dependent on the device used, the treatment technique by the esthetician and the condition of the client’s skin. Most clients see an immediate lifting following an in-office treatment; however, long-term results are seen after a series of treatments. A series of six-to-12 treatments are often needed and can be spaced anywhere from twice a week to once a month and eventually quarterly for maintenance.
At Oasis Skin Care Clinic we offer weekly sessions for the Microcurrent Toning and Tightening treatment. Learn more about our advances services here.