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Gain a Competitive Edge With Microcurrent

Stephanie Frey September 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Gain a Competitive Edge With Microcurrent

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Microcurrent has been called the nonsurgical, or lunchtime face lift, and is a safe and effective, low-cost treatment that counteracts environmental damage, aging skin and poor dietary habits, without invasive surgery. Yet few skin care professionals offer the treatment on their menu. Why?

According to microcurrent expert, esthetician and trainer, Jane Mann, of Skinworks in Las Vegas, “Microcurrent represents a huge missed opportunity for licensed estheticians. Many dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medical spas are not interested in microcurrent; they prefer lasers, injectables or surgery. For the esthetician, microcurrent can be the ultimate anti-aging tool.”

What is microcurrent?

Microcurrent technology is a low-level electrical current that mimics the body’s own biological current. Despite its low electrical vibration—one millionth of an amp—microcurrent treatments are very effective. It helps increase protein synthesis, promote waste removal, stimulate healing, regenerate tissue, balance free radical damage, boost cell growth, enhance natural collagen and elastin production, provide circulatory benefits, and work directly on the nerves and muscle fibers. Its mild frequency does not stimulate sensory nerves, is pain-free and causes no client discomfort.

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Microcurrent Treatment Benefits

Microcurrent may help bring about the following positive results.

  • Improves facial and neck muscle tone• Lifts jowls and eyebrows
  • Rejuvenates the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Improves facial circulation
  • Aids in skin exfoliation
  • Increases lymphatic drainage
  • Increases product penetration
  • Acts as a sun damage treatment
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Enhances the body’s natural collagen and elastin production
  • Re-hydrates skin
  • Increases cellular metabolism (ATP)
  • Improves hormonal balance, which aids in the successful treatment of acne
  • Allows for easier makeup application• Tightens enlarged pores

What to Look for When Purchasing Microcurrent Equipment

Microcurrent technology ranges in price from simple home-use devices at $300 to sophisticated professional equipment at $10,000 or more. The differences are based on the number and quality of features the machine offers. Whatever you decide, proper hands-on training is essential to understanding your machine’s treatment guidelines, adjusting settings if needed and determining that you are administering the proper output at all times.

  • Depending on your preference, a machine can be purchased that is either preprogrammed with the manufacturer’s suggested settings or provides the ability to program it yourself.
  • The more expensive machines provide you with controls that allow you to compensate for differences in skin resistance, to have a visual and audio feedback system that allows you to search diagnostically for high-conductance points and a way to inform you if you have a sound connection.
  • The ideal unit will also provide a variety of tools that will enable you to offer a broad range of face and body treatments. This might include probe and pad electrodes and gloves.
  • When purchasing a machine, look for a technology that allows for the maximum variability in choice of frequency, current and waveform.
  • The human body and its electrical grid are very intelligent. With repeated use of the same frequency and waveform, the body may build up a resistance, reducing the effectiveness of the treatment, causing a plateau in results. Alternating wavelengths and frequencies is the best technique to sustain ATP production.
  • There are also machines that offer a combination of microcurrent and LED that work synergistically to achieve optimum results for various skin types.

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