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MICROCURRENT: WHAT IS IT AND HOW IT USED IN COSMETOLOGY?

06.09.2021

Microcurrent is a basic treatment procedure based on the effect of a low-frequency, ultra-low amplitude of electric current on the skin and subcutaneous structures (cell membranes, subcutaneous fat, muscles, lymphatic and blood vessels).

Scientists Nordsten and Becker (from the USA) invented the microcurrent method in 1958. They proved that during any damage, inflammation and other pathology of the skin, there is a change in the electrical charge of the cell membrane which is adversely for human skin. Microcurrent therapy has been developed specifically to address this problem.

The effectiveness of modern microcurrent therapy for facial rejuvenation is determined by the effect of low frequency and electric current on muscles and skin cells. With age, individual muscles, which serve as a “frame” for the face, spasm, fall, or relax. Others, on the contrary, come into hypotonia. As a result, grips appear on the forehead, chin, eyebrows, corners of the mouth, eyes, neck muscles are in tension, ptosis is observed on the face oval.

During microcurrent therapy, due to micro doses of electric current, muscle tissue is gently contracted. This allows you to quickly and effectivelyМикротоки для лица - изображение 1 restore the tone of weakened or damaged muscles. Also, microcurrent therapy has a beneficial effect on the state of the lymphatic and circulatory systems. As a result of microcurrent use, the oval of the face is tightened, the “second” chin is reduced, the nasolabial triangle is smoothed, the relief of the forehead is leveled, the look becomes more open, the swelling of the face decreases, dark circles under the eyes disappear, the complexion improves and the vascular walls are strengthened.

Microcurrent for the face: how does it work and what system is used?

The microcurrent device sends a weak electric current with an amplitude of 10-600 A, a frequency of 0-300 Hz and a voltage of 11-14 V into the skin. Under the impact of the current, ion channels are activated and metabolic processes in tissues are improved. Stimulation by microcurrent:

  • has a positive effect on regeneration;
  • improves blood circulation;
  • activates lymphatic drainage and lymph flow, eliminates pastiness and swelling;
  • normalizes the tone of the facial muscles;
  • promotes the supply of oxygen to skin cells.

The Gold Laser clinic uses the BT-Nano device from Bio-Therapeutic (USA) for microcurrent stimulation. The device has comfortable and ergonomic manipules with chromium-plated electrodes and high current-carrying capacity. It provides 5 modes of operation.

Dermatologist of the Gold Laser clinic Titova Olesya notes:

Unlike the BT-Nano, home devices do not provide the same desired result, since they have a slight irritant effect on the skin. Also, such devices are not intended for use in specialized medical institutions and do not have extensive functionality, unlike BT-Nano from Bio-Therapeutic (USA).

On which parts of the body can be performed the microcurrent procedures?

Microcurrent therapy for the body helps to tighten the skin, lymphatic drainage, improve relief and stimulate metabolic processes in cells. With the help of body microcurrents, you can correct the appearance of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks, improve the tone of the chest muscles, tighten the skin on the abdomen and arms. Before microcurrent therapy procedure, you can diagnose the skin of the face and determine its condition by 12 parameters.

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Benefits of the facial microcurrent

Among the unconditional advantages of microcurrent therapy are:

  • painlessness, absolute comfort;
  • visible, quick effect;
  • simultaneous positive effects on the epidermis, dermis and muscle tissue;
  • prolonged effect;
  • compatibility with other cosmetic procedures;
  • resolves many cosmetic and aesthetic problems.

Age restrictions for microcurrent therapy

Microcurrent have no age restrictions, however, there are a number of absolute contraindications in terms of the state of the body.

Indications for the microcurrent procedure

Microcurrent for the face are indicated in the following cases:

  • for lifting and modelling of the face oval;
  • to improve skin tone;
  • to smooth out superficial wrinkles;
  • for muscle toning;
  • for the therapy of rosacea;
  • with dehydrated skin;
  • with aging skin;
  • for the treatment of increased oily skin, acne, post-acne;
  • to remove stagnant processes: edema, lymphostasis, bags under the eyes;
  • with injuries, bruises, sprains;
  • as a rehabilitation therapy after plastic and cosmetic surgeries: facelift, blepharoplasty, liposuction, chemical peels.

Contraindications for the microcurrent procedure

The procedure is contraindicated at:

  • pregnancy and during breastfeeding;
  • diagnosed malignant process;
  • problems with the cardiovascular system;
  • with a pacemaker installed;
  • with thrombosis;
  • with exacerbation of infectious and chronic conditions.

What effect can be achieved after the microcurrent procedure?

The effect and benefits of facial microcurrent can be highlighted in the following areas:

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  1. Lymphatic drainage effect – removal of fluid from tissues to get rid of edema, elimination of congestion.
  2. Lifting effect – tightened, firm skin and even relief.
  3. The effect of myostimulation and getting rid of mimic wrinkles. The electric current acts on the muscles of the face and helps to eliminate expression lines.
  4. Strengthening blood vessels.

How many sessions of microcurrent are required for a visible result?

Microcurrent therapy has a cumulative effect and refers to a number of sessions in a course. Based on the age and anatomical parameters of the skin of each individual patient, the dermatologists of the Gold Laser clinic determine the duration of the course of microcurrent.

Up to 30 years: 3-4 procedures per year for the prevention and treatment of the first visible age-related skin changes.

30-40 years: 5-6 treatments with intervals of 1 week to correct shallow wrinkles, tone the facial muscles and eliminate dark circles in periorbital zones.

40-50 years: 8-12 procedures with intervals of 3-4 days for the care of atonic, toneless skin with signs of photo- and chrono-aging, for stimulating the facial muscles. The course is recommended to repeat twice a year.

After 50 years: 12-15 sessions with intervals of 2-3 days to tone the muscles of the face, eliminate “flews”, overhang of the eyelids, to improve the general immunity of the skin, to correct the signs of photo- and chrono-aging. The course is recommended 2 times a year with supporting sessions once a month.

Preparation for the procedure of microcurrent for the face

Before performing the procedure, the dermatologist has to make sure that there are no contraindications for the patient and that microcurrents are indicated in this case.

Stages of a session of microcurrent for the face

Microcurrent therapy has the following sequence:

  1. Cleansing the skin from traces of makeup and other impurities.
  2. Application of a conductive gel for better penetration of low currents under the skin.
  3. The choice of the parameters of the microcurrent device and start the procedure. The dermatologist conduct the patient’s face with special electrodes according to the massage lines, starting from the forehead and ending with the chin area.
  4. Application of the mask according to the skin type. The holding time is about 15 minutes.
  5. Application of cream according to skin type.

Depending on the indications, a session of microcurrent therapy can last up to 40 minutes.

Prices. How much does the microcurrent procedure cost in Kyiv?

The price for microcurrent therapy in Kyiv at the Gold Laser clinic is shown in the price list below:

Face
600 UAH
Face+neck 750 UAH
Face+neck+decollete 900 UAH

Why is it important to choose the right clinic for the microcurrent procedures?

Despite the fact that microcurrent therapy is absolutely comfortable and safe procedure that helps to get rid of many problems with facial skin at almost any age, it should kept in mind that it is important to perform it in a cosmetology clinic, where experienced dermatologists work. High-quality and responsible work of a dermatologist with the best medical equipment is not only a guarantee of best results, but also the prevention of any side effects.

Questions and answers:

✅ What is the price of microcurrent procedure in Kyiv for 1 session?

The cost of 1 session of microcurrents in Kyiv, performed at the Gold Laser clinic, for the face is 600 UAH, face and neck – 750 UAH, face, neck and decollet – 900 UAH.

✅ Is there a difference between the microcurrent procedure at home and in the clinic?

Of course, because at the clinic doctors use a professional microcurrent device, which provides a greater effect and, as a consequence, a better result. Also, dermatologists work according to the protocols of procedures, having received specialized training.

✅ How long does the effect last after a facial microcurrent session?

The effect of the first session of microcurrents lasts about 5 days, a consistent result can be achieved after a course of 4-15 sessions (depending on age and skin condition).

✅ Microcurrents for the face: contraindications and restrictions?

The procedure is not performed for patients with oncological diseases, disorders of the cardiovascular system, with thrombosis, if a pacemaker is installed, during pregnancy and lactation, with exacerbation of infectious and chronic conditions. In the stage of exacerbation of acne, the procedure is prohibited, as it can aggravate the condition.
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