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About Microcurrent Facials

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author image Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis has worked in nutrition in the clinical setting and currently works as a licensed Realtor in California. Davis began writing about nutrition in 2006 and had two chapters published in "The Grocery Store Diet" book in 2009. She enjoys writing about nutrition and real estate and managing her website, RealtorSD.com. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition from San Diego State University.
About Microcurrent Facials
Woman receiveing a spa facial. Photo Credit Gabriela Medina/Blend Images/Getty Images

In many countries, old age is respected as a symbol of authority and wisdom. In America, people, especially women, are always trying to look younger. Plastic surgeries, skin care products and facials are some of the ways women try to turn back the clock. Microcurrent facials are a new technology that is said to improve the look of the skin by reducing wrinkles and boosting collagen production.

History

Skincoach.org reviews skin care treatments and products. According to Skin Coach, microcurrent therapy was originally used as a medical procedure rather than as a beauty treatment. The technology was developed In the 1980s but was used only to treat conditions such as Bell's palsy and strokes, which paralyze part of the face. Since the treatment has been shown to improve skin tone and texture, it has been used more recently as a beauty treatment and is sometimes called the "nonsurgical facelift."

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Purpose

The main purpose of microcurrent facials is to enhance the beauty of the skin and give it a younger appearance. Some people have microcurrent facials to reduce scar tissue on the face. The magazine Acupuncture Today says microcurrent facials can help reduce wrinkles and increase collagen production in the skin.

Method

Microcurrent facials involve first placing pads on the person's face and then connecting special probes to the pads. A machine is used to conduct mild electrical currents through the probes and onto the face. Skincoach.org says these microcurrents cause muscles to contract and relax, which strengthens them and enhances blood flow to the skin.

Safety

Skincoach.org says microcurrent facials are generally safe and usually have no side effects in people without health problems. As also noted by Skin Coach, since microcurrent facials stimulate the lymph system to flush toxins out of the body, it is important for people to drink a lot of water after the treatment. For safety reasons, people who wear a pacemaker or who have epilepsy, thrombosis or any heart problem should not get microcurrent facials.

Cost

Microcurrent facials are usually not covered by medical insurance companies, as they are considered cosmetic rather than medical. The cost varies depending on location, but one microcurrent facial usually costs up to a few hundred dollars. At least three and sometimes as many as 30 treatments are recommended.

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