LEarn more about what Elle Magazine is calling Botox's new Best Friend
after one touch up treatment following
botox & fillers.
Notice the increased symmetry in the eyebrows.
the filler which had leaked out of the lips, especially the left side, has been moved back to it's intended position.
tighter, smoother jawline.
full plump cheeks.
"Doctors believe that, in the wrong hands over time, neurotoxins could cause the face to lose desired fullness, and so they are prescribing microcurrent as a noninvasive companion to neurotoxin injections to diminish any loss in muscle tone. In fact, dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, steers his patients away from using neurotoxins at all, believing microcurrent, plus the right diet and topicals, to be the best antiwrinkle strategy."
Microcurrent is an old technology that has been kept in certain circles since the early 1900's. Scientist really began to dig deep in the 1980's to find out why microcurrent produced the results it did and to just what extent it could be used to heal the body. The Jade Microcurrent system that I use has been around for over 30 years now.
"In 1982, researcher Ngok Cheng, MD, at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, led a study that provided hard evidence of microcurrent's role in cellular vitality by proving that microcurrent increased levels of ATP—the fuel a cell needs to function—in lab-rat skin cells by 500 percent. Orthopedic surgeon Robert Becker, MD, compiled multiple studies in his 1985 tome The Body Electric, citing the role of electricity in cell regeneration. For decades, microcurrent has been used in different frequencies and waveforms to treat everything from wounds to migraines to chronic pain. Professional athletes and anyone who has had physical therapy have often experienced an electrostim machine, as orthopedists routinely prescribe microcurrent to aid in the repair of ligaments and muscles."
As we age, our bodies build up free radicals and other toxins that damage our bodies cells. The more damage that is done, the less effectively our bodies can produce ATP. When less ATP is produced, our cells will turn over and multiply at a slower rate. This means our bodies both heal and recover at a slower rate. For this reason, it is a great idea to do microcurrent treatments before and after ablative, invasive treatments to help the skin be more resilient before and during the treatment, as well as speeding up the recovery process. Receiving regular microcurrent treatments as we age can boost our ATP and help our bodies resist the effects of aging.
In the United States we drive on the left side of the car. Many drivers do not have UV protection on their windows. You will notice that as drivers here in America age, the left side of their face starts to lose elasticity and begins to sag and become thinner than the skin on the right side. In truck drivers this can become very apparent, having one side of the face that can look decades older than the other.
"On a muscular level, the microcurrent acts like a personal trainer to tone and shorten muscle fibers. On a dermal level, as Pugliese, the skin physiologist, notes, there is serious anti-aging action going on. Pugliese has spent more than five years analyzing microcurrent's effect on fibroblasts by biopsying skin before and in between microcurrent treatments, and has found a statistically significant increase not only in the production of collagen and elastin, the skin's main structural proteins, which degrade with age, but in that of glycosaminoglycans, or 'GAGs,' the viscous material in which the proteins are embedded. 'When you see a nice plump cheek like a baby's and you pinch it and it feels very good and snappy,' he says, 'that's GAGs.' And, according to Perricone, the long-term benefits are more than skin-deep: 'you don't have to have perfect genes,' Perricone says. 'When I first started working with celebrities, I assumed they were genetically gifted and had perfect symmetry.' But now he knows that symmetry can be made: 'Not only can we use electrostim to increase our muscle mass, we can accentuate one side of the face by working it harder than the other to give a more symmetrical appearance.' "
Our muscles operate at a milicurrent, while our nerves operate at a microcurrent. So someone receiving a microcurrent treatment will feel no electricity, just the gentle movements of the metal wands. "When the probes are placed a few inches apart on the face, a circuit of current travels from one point to the other and 'stimulates' the tissue in between, Perricone says. The current is subsensory, which means all one feels is the gliding of the rods and perhaps a slight tingle. Customers often fall asleep midfacial." The tingle is only actually felt if more moisture is needed on the skin. If the tingle is felt more serum, mask or tincture is added to the skin, and the tingle is no longer there. "With the right expertise, microcurrent can be used to dramatically, if temporarily, shape the face. It's no wonder celebrities have become insatiable consumers of electric facials, especially during awards season."
" 'The pop lasts for about five hours,' says facialist Melanie Simon, whose skin-care company, Circ-Cell, is partially backed by Lynn Harless, aka Justin Timberlake's mom. Madonna and Kate Winslet are outspoken fans of Tracie Martyn's trademarked Red Carpet Facial, a proprietary treatment that incorporates mild electrical current."
A single treatment of certain methods will offer a "temporary pop." With other techniques that I have learned through the Jade Academy, private study and practice, you will actually see the best results of your facial 72 hours later, just like when you work out your body. You will look plumped up and refreshed immediately, but the real magic happens while you are sleeping. Your body flushes toxins through the lymphatic system and uses the stored ATP to repair your tissues. This is why subsequent facials in a close period of time will provide more permanent results. The closer the facials are together the more ATP gets restored and stock piled. Each treatment provides greater results than the last because your ATP is growing exponentially at a rate of 500% every treatment.
People who love their injectables will also fall in love with microcurrent as its new companion. Plastic surgeons, and dermatologists love how microcurrent can improve the longevity of injectables and take care of touch ups the doctor would normally do complimentary to improve symmetry and correct leaky filler. Many doctors procedurally refer their clients to microcurrent specialists for follow ups and touch ups. It is very important that the specialist you choose is experienced with working and correcting issues concerning clients who use injectables. Some methods of study avoid this all together, and if one is not trained in this specific area, the injectables can move into an undesired location.
"According to Charles Boyd, MD, a plastic surgeon with practices in Michigan and New York, 'In the first 24 hours after an injection, you could potentially move the Botox from a muscle where you injected it into a muscle you did not intend," he says. "That doesn't mean it's going to move from your forehead to your neck, but maybe from your eyebrow to your upper eyelid.' Simon's clients wait two weeks post-Botox for an electric facial, then return for monthly follow-ups (per skin's renewal cycle, which is 28 days). 'Botox and electric facials are great companions. I could spend hours smoothing lines out and then my clients will walk out the door and make the expression that caused the wrinkle 1,000 times that night," Simon says. "Botox is very efficient at knocking out expression wrinkles. Electric current fixes everything else—it's the cherry on top.'
To learn more about microcurrent treatments, and see before and afters of my lovely clients please visit the Sculpting Faces page of my website.
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