Do you love both botox and microcurrent but are unsure which treatment is right for you? What if we told you don’t have to choose? In this two part series we will break down the differences between the two, their purposes, and how they compliment each other so you never have to ask yourself the question, “which is right for me” again!
As one ages, there is a natural reduction of cell signaling and communications, especially after menopause in women and later years in men. There may be lifestyle factors that influence and accelerate this process including excessive sun exposure, smoking, alcohol, poor nutrition, medications, and general health decline. These conditions likewise interfere with the skin barrier and dermal structural integrity. Deep wrinkles and glycation are the result. Sagging skin is a sign of muscle atrophy and loss of cell-to-cell communication and a sign of biological fluctuations including a reduction in fibroblastic growth factors. As one ages there is a reduction in the body’s capacity to repair and regenerate which leads us to seek out beauty treatments that will aid in this process. Many women turn to botox for a quick fix while others look for a longer lasting and more holistic treatment such as microcurrent.
Botox is a purified form of the toxin, Clostridium botulinum. Small, diluted amounts of the neurotoxin are injected into targeted muscles such as frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines to cause controlled weakening of the muscles. The relaxation smoothes the overlying skin and reduces wrinkles. It works by selectively attacking SNARE proteins in a cell, blocking acetylcholine neurotransmitter release at the neuromuscular junction in the somatic nervous system. Results can be noticed in 24-48 hours with full results settling in about 30 days after.
Microcurrent is a low-level current that gently and passively stimulates the muscles, working at the sensory level. It increases collagen, elastin, circulation, ATP and product penetration by stimulating the muscle through electrical energy. Typical results when using micro current devices are improved contour along the jawline and cheeks, improved skin tone, softer, firmer and smoother skin with a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. When cells become injured from oxidative stress, environmental influences, poor lifestyle habits, or disease, they require support for healing and regeneration. The benefits of microcurrent technology can be introduced as a non-invasive augmentation of the body’s natural electro-physiology through frequency. Morever, it can stimulate cell physiology and growth. Results are cumulative and optimal results are achieved with regular use over time.
While Botox treatments should only be performed by a qualified and trained professional, microcurrent treatments can be performed by anyone in the comfort of their own home. Due to the less invasive nature of microcurrent, you do not need to be a licensed professional in order to use a microcurrent device. Botox results are noticeable 24 hours post treatment while microcurrent results usually take a few treatments before noticing a difference. Botox freezes the muscle while microcurrent stimulates it. Although these two procedures work towards the same goal, they are completely different from one another and offer contrasting results.
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Continuing on from part 1, we explain the differences between both microcurent and botox procedures as well as their complimentary uses.