Pooja's Corner | What is Microcurrent (Part 2)
How Does Microcurrent Benefit the Skin?
Welcome back to Pooja’s Corner - the Educational Aesthetics blog for professionals. We are on week 2 of our What is Microcurrent series. This week I will explain, in detail, what takes place in the skin and muscles when microcurrent is applied.
Before we get started on today’s topic, let’s do a quick recap of last week’s topic outlining microcurrent basics. I hope you found the information useful and interesting.
As a quick reminder, we discussed:
- What are microcurrent and true microcurrent?
- How microcurrent differs from galvanic.
- What are wave patterns and why are they important to the results of the treatments?
- What are the four factors that must be considered in performing in excellent microcurrent treatments?
Today we are going to talk about how microcurrent benefits the skin. After all, the reason we are considering microcurrent is to deliver great results for our client. As a professional in this line of work, understanding what is takes place over and under the skin during microcurrent treatment is essential. You are in a unique position to provide your clients immediate results with a non-invasive treatment. Now is the time to increase your knowledge and income by adding Myolift Microcurrent to your menu of services.
If you have you considered adding a device that will give your clients instant results, are looking for a non-invasive treatment that leaves skin healthy and nourished, and are ready to apply your skills with Myolift Microcurrent devices, you are in the right place.
Blog Objectives: By the end of this blog you should have a clear understanding of:
- The benefits of microcurrent to the skin.
- What the Golgi Tendon is and what effects does it have with microcurrent?
How is microcurrent is delivered into the skin?
The Benefits of Microcurrent
Microcurrent has countless benefits to all skin types, skin conditions, Fitzpatrick and is considered a true form of dermal healing. Despite its low electrical vibration — one millionth of an amp — microcurrent treatments are very effective and allow the skin and muscles to heal themselves through electrical energy and the stimulation of the cellular ATP.
Breaking it down:
1. Microcurrent Energy Benefits:
- Increases protein synthesis by stimulating and strengthening existing collagen and elastin fibers in the dermal layers of the skin. This restructures the matrix of the skin and leaves the skin firm and plump.
- Stimulates blood and lymph circulation to provide oxygen to the cells and eliminate toxins.
- Loosens the tightened facial fascia to relax the muscles of the face, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduces the appearance of acne scarring by breaking down scar tissue build up and reconditioning the surrounding skin tissue.
- Provides a lifting and toning effect of the facial muscles by the signature Myolift Pinch and Hold technique. This will shorten the elongated muscles that are drooping.
- Target movements allow for lengthening of the corrugated muscles to reduce fine lines.
- Improves muscle tone in both the face and neck area.
- Allows for the flow of lymph throughout the face and neck to eliminate toxins, puffiness and dark circles surrounding the eye area.
- Provides structured definition to the jowl line of the face.
- Lifts ptosis (droopy) of the eyebrows and eyelids.
- Aids in the healing of acne, facial congestion, waste removal and minimizes toxins with the movement of the lymphatic system.
- Balances free radical damage.
- Helps the nerves and muscle fibers to re-energize and reposition laxed muscles. (Does not affect sensory nerves due to its low current).
- Non-invasive and pain-free -- no client discomfort
2. What is the Golgi Tendon Organ?
- The Golgi Tendon Organ (or GTO) is a tendon found in the muscle-tendinous junction. The purpose of this tendon is to sense tension in the muscles. As the muscle is contracted or stretched, GTO sends a message to the brain to release the muscle tension. This tension causes the tightness of the muscles that are attached to the skin of the face. The result is wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
- The Golgi Tendon Organ controls the length and tone of the muscle
3. How does microcurrent assist the Golgi Tendon to release tension causing wrinkles and fine lines?
- Microcurrent affects the Golgi Tendon Organ by releasing the tension on the facial muscles attached to the skin, therefore minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
4. The delivery of microcurrent into the skin through waveforms:
- Microcurrent energy is delivered into the skin by a waveform or wave pattern. A waveform is the pattern of the current and how it enters into the skin to create biological change. There are specific waveforms that target specific conditions of the skin, muscles and the Golgi tendon. The depth of the penetration depends on the waveform, frequency (Hz) and current (amps).
- There are four basic waveforms associated with the Myolift device:
- Sine Waveform - used in face lifting programs for superficial effects. This angulation wave pattern.
- Ramp Waveform - used in face lifting programs and has a pumping effect. This is a slanted wave pattern.
- Square Waveform - used in face lifting for a firming and lifting effect. This is a box top square wave pattern.
Rectangular Waveform - used in lifting and with a longer hold. This is a wider box top rectangular wave pattern.
- Myolift MD Wave Forms and Biological Effects:
- Circulation - Sine waveform to stimulate the epidermal and dermal blood lymphatic circulation.
- Lymphatic Drainage - Ramp waveform to increase nourishment of the connective tissues of the epidermis, detoxification, reduce puffiness and fluid retention and improve skin texture.
- Light Lift - Square waveform to re-program muscles to lengthen, firm loose tissue, tone of the dermis and reduce pore size.
- Deep Lift - Rectangular waveform re-programs muscles into a relaxed state, assists in reducing the appearance of deep dermal wrinkles.
- Firming Mode - Sine waveform refines texture and reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the epidermis and dermis while firming skin tissue.
- Educate Waveform - A new combination of waveform incorporating the square and sine waveforms. This will reach muscles from surface to deeper levels in the skin, reinstating muscle education, toning and lifting.
- Iontophoresis - Sine waveform allows ionized substances of collagen and elastin to pass into the epidermis.
- Erase Waveform - New waveform to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize large pores, soften scar tissue and refine the texture of the skin.
5. What Effect does microcurrent on the body’s ATP
- ATP is Adenosine Triphosphate, which is found in all cells. It is the metabolism of the cell.
- ATP levels increase with the application of microcurrent and diminish with millicurrent.
- At 1,000 microamps ATP levels are at maximum.
- Higher microamps can decrease ATP levels rapidly.
- 500 microamperes cause ATP to increase by 500%.
- At 100-500 microamperes, amino acid (proteins) transport rise 30-40% above controls (click here for more ATP facts).
Here are 5 Takeaways to share with your clients:
- Increased ATP improves the integrity of the clients' skin.
- Treatment should result in muscle lift, firming and tightening.
- Client should experience improved skin texture and diminished pore size.
- Treatment should result in reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
- The skin should appear and feel healthier.)
In conclusion, we hope this series on microcurrent is a wealth of knowledge to help you better introduce microcurrent treatments to your clients.
Now that you understand the benefits of microcurrent and how it can improve the skin, your client will feel confident receiving microcurrent services. Now you can review your existing facial protocols and make some minor adjustments as needed.
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