“Future medicine will be the medicine of frequencies.”
Microcurrent (MC) therapy is available not just in medical offices but also as a part of skincare services. It can be utilized as a standalone treatment or seamlessly integrated with other skincare services like facials, dermaplaning, LED sessions, and chemical peels.
Before we delve into the advantages of MC therapy, let's first examine the intricacies of the human body's intrinsic electrical system and how external electrical currents can interact with human cells.
Biology and Electromagnetism
The human body relies on the continuous flow of electromagnetic signals to function. Electric current flow is always accompanied - and naturally flows through our bodies - by a magnetic field and vice versa—one cannot exist without the other. Therefore, the proper name for electrical current flow is electromagnetic current flow. For the sake of simplicity and ease of reading, electromagnetic current flow may be referred to as electrical current in parts of this article.
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. Therefore, biology depends on electromagnetism, and without electricity and magnetism, life cannot be sustained.
All cells in the human body communicate with each other through electrical signals. As the membrane potential (voltage across the lipid layer) varies due to ionic concentrations, the resulting change in the cellular electromagnetic field affects the neighboring cells.
The Nervous System
There is a special group of cells called neurons or nerve cells. These elongated cells can transmit electrical impulses over long distances. This phenomenon is called an action potential. Action potentials are created by rapid exchange between intracellular and extracellular ions (mostly sodium and potassium). All cell membranes, including neurons, have multiple channels or gates that allow the flow of ions into and out of the cell. As humans age, the ionic transport across the cell membrane diminishes, and this affects one’s health.
The nervous system can be linked to a complex electrical network with multitudes of inputs and outputs. Although there are differences between how the nerves transmit electricity versus copper wires used in electrical circuits, the basic premise is the same: a command is initiated from a central location (the brain); it is translated into an electrical signal traveling down the neural pathways (spinal cord and periphery nerves); and it arrives at a destination to perform the desired task (e.g. contract a muscle). Unlike man-made electrical circuits, the human body transmits signals utilizing both chemicals and electricity (and magnetic field). Each neural pathway has several synapses in which electrical current is translated into chemical exchange of neurotransmitters. These special messengers travel across the synaptic cleft and are received by receptor proteins, where they trigger subsequent action potentials. As humans age, neurotransmitters and their corresponding neuroreceptors deteriorate and do not perform as efficiently. The consequences are both internal and external; as organ functions are reduced, visible signs of aging become apparent, etc.
MC is a non-invasive form of low level electrotherapy in which the device delivers between 10 to 500 micro-amps (millionth of one amp) of electric current to the body and improves the appearance of skin.
Fun fact: The amount of electricity generated by these devices is so low, it would take 2,000 MC machines connected together to light up a single light bulb. The body perceives this low-level stimulus as natural and therapeutic. Therefore, MC can be regarded as an auxiliary electromagnetic energy source to replenish the body’s energy deficits.
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 facilitates 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.
Skin Benefits of MC
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.
Within the realm of skincare services, there are two types of microcurrent therapy: static and dynamic.
But what sets them apart?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, "dynamic" refers to a process or system that undergoes constant change, activity, or progress, whereas "static" pertains to a lack of movement, action, or change.
If you are someone who prioritizes fitness and health, you may be familiar with the concepts of static and dynamic stretching. For instance, static stretching involves holding a single position for a specific period without any movement, while dynamic stretching incorporates controlled movements to prepare your muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues for optimal performance and safety. Pilates is a great example of a fitness routine that predominantly comprises dynamic movements to promote overall health and wellness.
MC therapy can be likened to the above analogy.
In static MC therapy, electrodes remain in a stationary position. The current is delivered continuously at a set intensity and frequency, and the electrodes stay in place for a specific duration.
On the other hand, dynamic MC therapy involves the movement of the device across the skin in a particular pattern, utilizing gentle and precise multi-channel pulses that interact with the skin's deepest layers. The current's intensity and frequency may vary based on skin impedance, and the device may be adjusted during the session to target specific areas of concern.
Dynamic MC is also used in physical therapy to reduce pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and promote healing.
The application of electrical pulses accelerates the skin cells' absorption of water. Adequate intracellular hydration is critical for cellular function, particularly in ATP production. Thus, it is advised to drink an ample amount of water within two hours before and after the treatment.
Maintaining cellular hydration can not only decelerate the aging process but also reverse it.
How soon will you see results?
You'll notice remarkable enhancements in just a few minutes of your initial session, but as your body accumulates ATP, strengthens cell structure, rebuilds collagen and elastin, and achieves muscle memory through multiple sessions, the changes will become even more striking, effective, and enduring.
How many treatments before seeing results?
As an illustration, the enclosed picture was taken on the day of my visit to the manufacturing site in California, where I had the privilege of experiencing a single dynamic treatment. It serves as an excellent demonstration of the noteworthy improvement that can be achieved after just one session.
Similar to exercising, you can see some results after a single session, but consistency is key to achieving greater success. If you desire long-lasting outcomes, the ideal strategy is to undergo a series of treatments. The number of initial sessions required may vary depending on your starting point, age, and aging progression since everyone ages differently.
Here is a recommended guideline:
Age 35: 5 sessions over two to three weeks
Ages 35-50: 10-15 sessions over four to seven weeks
Ages above 50: 15 sessions over five to seven weeks
How long do results last?
The duration of results differs for each individual, depending on their age and lifestyle. Typically, clients schedule maintenance treatments every 1-3 months to sustain the muscle memory retraining. However, without additional treatments, the face will eventually lose this newfound memory. To maximize the longevity of the results, it's advisable to schedule a maintenance boost every 4-6 weeks after achieving the initial lift.
Hand Made in America - A delight for You and Me!
How often do we come across businesses claiming that their products are handmade? It's quite uncommon, but not for Skin Fit Rox, which uses NeurotriS - a brand that takes pride in its handmade devices. These machines are FDA-cleared and manufactured in a medical device state-licensed facility located in Irvine, California. The design team at NeurotriS creates custom-made machines for every order.
Are there any factors that may make someone ineligible for the treatment?
Individuals who have pacemakers or are pregnant are not suitable candidates for this procedure. Moreover, if you have a neurological disorder, such as epilepsy, or have recently undergone surgery or cancer treatment, or have implanted defibrillators, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before proceeding with the treatment.
Here's a valuable tip to keep in mind regarding hydration:
Ensuring proper hydration is crucial for achieving optimal results since water is an excellent conductor of electricity. It is recommended that you drink at least two glasses of water before the treatment and two to four glasses after the treatment.
The intersection of cutting-edge technology and age-old wisdom yields the ultimate combination.
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