Microcurrent Sculpting

Isabel Velasco, BSc. Osteopathy (U. K.)

What is microcurrent therapy?

“Microcurrent therapy is based on the evidence that micro amperage currents closely approximate the naturally occurring bioelectric currents in the body and therefore effectively augment the body’s tissue healing and repair.”—Peter Lathrop, PhD.

It is simply the use of microcurrents to improve or normalize the function of your body.

The role of ATP.

You see, whenever there is tissue damage or trauma there is a rapid decrease in adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and disruption of the sodium pump.

ATP is the energy or fuel for life and our cells rely on it to be able to function.

The sodium pump is one of the main mechanisms that keeps the cell alive and functioning--it needs ATP.

Microcurrent can increase local ATP production by up to 500% if the parameters are correct and enhance the healing process. The electrical signals generated from a microcurrent device reload ATP, increase ion transportation, and facilitate protein synthesis.

In other words, microcurrent electrical therapy can initiate and sustain chemical and electrical reactions that occur in the healing process. Because of that microcurrent therapy becomes very effective in decreasing local pain and inflammation, pathogen inhibition, and recovery of damaged tissue.

In plain speak: it helps you heal better feel younger.

Why microcurrent for the muscles of the face?

The muscles of facial expression are designed to move the skin rather than bones. They connect bone to connective tissue and also connective tissue to connective tissue.

The slight movements in the facial muscles is what reflects our emotions. It is part of our non-verbal communication system—unique in the animal and human world. For this, the muscles have to be able to move in all different directions and be supple. This comes at a cost.

During life as we experience a decrease in the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin. These changes start in our second decade of life. Now, add the gravity effect, weight fluctuation, and fluid retention, and all of the sudden you’ve got all of these factors working against the muscles of your face!

The purpose of microcurrent sculpting is to deliver small electrical currents to specific components of the facial muscles to tone or relax the muscles of the face.

What are the steps of Microcurrent Sculpting?

There are 3 main steps involved in the process.

  1. Golgi tendon organ technique to tone/relax facial muscles according to their function and anatomy. Is performed with probes that will be located in specific facial muscle locations. The probes deliver the current at the same time as we stroke to facial muscles in a particular direction.
  2. Lymphatic drainage with the use of graphene blades.
  3. Collagen and elastin stimulation with the use of an ion pump mask technique designed to increase local ATP protein synthesis and collagen production.

What are the benefits of microcurrent mculpting?

While there are a number of benefits of this procedure there are 4 main ones to consider:

  1. Stimulation of facial muscles can help in the restoration of tone to previously paralyzed muscles. This may also help the muscles of the face look to look tighter, more luminous and healthier.
  2. It's painless
  3. Improved blood circulation, improving the health of the cells.
  4. Faster wound healing and reduced inflammation.
  5. It can also help in reducing facial pain.

Does microcurrent sculpting have any contraindications?

While many will benefit from this type of treatment we must consider any potential issues before moving forward with therapy. We will not perform this treatment if:

  1. You are epileptic.
  2. You have any implanted electrical devices such as pacemaker.
  3. You are pregnant.

Are there any side effects?

Microcurrent sculpting is a very safe and gentle technique.

  1. You might experience some tingling.
  2. You might experience some skin sensitivity.

How is microcurrent sculpting different from a "regular" facial?

You've had a regular facial before. Yes? Microcurrent sculpting is not that. It's actually more of a non-surgical facelift. However, due to legal reasons, no one outside of MDs are allowed to use the term "surgical" even if it is preceded by the prefix "non". Go figure! Anyway...

We start with a gentle skin cleansing. (We ask patients to come with no make up and very little moisturizer.) Skin oils, moisturizers, and make up will increase resistance to the microcurrent making it difficult to penetrate.

The following steps are where knowledge of anatomy, muscle physiology and neurophysiology comes into play...

The microcurrent is delivered with the use of two probes that are dipped in a formulated solution of water and salts. The probes are used in different directions, depending on the muscle we are working on and whether we want to relax it or to tone it.

The next step is using microcurrent conducting graphene blades to perform a lymphatic drainage of the face and neck to improve circulation and remove excess fluid while delivering microcurrent to the cells.

This is followed by a very thin and soaked cotton mask with two electrodes that will deliver microcurrent through the mask into the face. Done effectively this will stimulate collagen production.

The entire treatment takes about 55 minutes.

Who is microcurrent sculpting for?

It's not for everyone. But it is for those who:

  1. Would like to tone up their facial muscles and boost up their collagen and elastin production
  2. Want to "stay young" but want to avoid invasive treatments that involve needles, anesthesia, or harsh chemicals on their skin.
  3. Have suffered from facial paralysis and would like to get more symmetry in their face.
  4. Are recovering from surgery involving the face--your healing will be faster and more complete.
  5. Would like to try.

How many treatments do I need?

This would very much depend on age, type of skin, and most importantly, your goals. Someone who is recovering from the paralysis of a stroke may have different goals to the person who just wants to maintain their youthful appearance.

If you want to know more about microcurrent and its effects in the human body I will recommend you read The Body Electric by Dr. Robert Becker.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate contacting me.