The Difference between Microcurrent & Radio Frequency

February 07, 2019

The Difference between Microcurrent & Radio Frequency | 7E Wellness

You asked and we heard you! There has been much discussion on what exactly the differences are between the effects of microcurrent treatment and radio frequency treatment. In this blog we'll share a brief summary of each treatment, and give a quick comparison of the two!

What is Radio Frequency?

what is a Radio Frequency facial treatment

Radio Frequency is a type of energy which is measured in “frequency”, or wavelengths per second. This is in the same category as sound waves that your iphone emits, sunlight, or wifi signals. They are all classified as being a part of the “electromagnetic spectrum”.

Radio Frequency has the capacity to produce heat. What this treatment does is actually heating the skin’s deeper layers to induce new collagen and elastin production. This process ultimately encourages cell turnover. It is used to tighten the skin and the results do take a few days to see with the naked eye. The technology and treatment is much more non-invasive than laser treatments.

What is Microcurrent?

What is a microcurrent facial and how does it compare to radio frequency

Microcurrent is a low level of electrical current that mimics the body’s natural current. This technology helps re-educate the facial muscles to shorten or to lengthen. With microcurrent you will be able to lift sagging skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lift droopy eyelids and improve the tone and texture of the skin. Your clients can often see instant results, though microcurrent treatments are traditionally completed in a series and require some upkeep (like any exercise you'd do to maintain healthy muscles). It is a cumulative treatment.

Compare & Contrast: Microcurrent & Radio Frequency

Skincare guru Joanna Vargas summarizes the difference between microcurrent and radio frequency as follows: "microcurrent works to stimulate facial muscles and cellular metabolism. And Radio Frequency greatly improves elasticity and collagen production."


  • Radio frequency works to tighten the skin
  • Microcurrent works to tighten the muscle
  • Radio frequency produces heat to stimulate new collagen and elastin production
  • Microcurrent is sub-sensory and should not be felt as it re-educates the facial muscles
  • Radio Frequency uses electric current to produce a supervised heat "injury", resulting in a reaction from the body.
  • Microcurrent uses electric current to mimic the body's natural process


Want our protocols for combining modalities with MyoLift Microcurrent treatments? We've got you! Click here for printables & keep them on hand for your next client who wants to combine modalities. There are three combination protocol print-outs included: 

- microcurrent + microdermabrasion

- microcurrent + LED light therapy

- microcurrent + microneedling 

5 Responses


May 29, 2020

I like both


March 09, 2020

Hi Jessica,
It is fine to use both modalities (radio frequency and microcurrent) at the same time. RF only works on the skin using heat and microcurrent works on the muscles and the skin. The two work great together!


March 09, 2020

I have a microcurrent machine and an at home radio frequency machine, should i use one treatment cycle and then the other or is it safe to combine them, is so how often of each?


February 04, 2020

Cristiaana, the best device we offer for home use is our 7E MyoLift Mini!


February 04, 2020

Which Microcurrent device do you think is the best home device?

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