Micro Current Face and Body Sculpting is a therapy known as mild electrical stimulation, micro currents, that mimics and works synergistically with the body’s own electrical system. With micro current therapy a chemical reaction occurs at the cellular level to increase the body’s efficiency in the manufacture and use of adenosine triphoshate (also known as ATP), the protein needed by the body to produce energy. “For muscles to contract they need the energy that comes from ATP…the only energy source that muscles have to power their activity and these muscle fibers store only a limited supply of ATP. So, micro current therapy plays a crucial role in cell metabolism and plumping up those slack muscles.
It also enhances fibroblast activity (collagen) and protein synthesis (elastin) because of the increased activity of ATP increasing muscle elasticity.
It is this ability of the micro electrical signals to strengthen and increase muscle elasticity and tone that makes micro current therapy so effective in adding definition to the face and body. Established bio-benefits of micro current therapy include an increase in hydration and revitalization, resulting in smoother and softer skin. Improved blood circulation and lymph drainage occurs along with rejuvenation to a more youthful skin tone. Other benefits include a visible firming and contouring with lifting of sagging or drooping skin and minimization of pores. With a series of treatments, a reduction under the eye bags and puffiness becomes apparent.
The idea that ATP can be stockpiled or stored is the reason why micro current treatments results are cumulative and become better as a series of treatments progresses. Aside from muscle re-education and massive increases in ATP levels, micro current has other proven benefits for esthetic applications.
– Emil Y Chi, PhD, director of the University Of Washington‘s department of pathology, performed clinical studies using micro current equipment. He notes, ‘The fact that technology works in harmony with the body is evident. Examination of the skin tissue treated with micro current showed a 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis, and the length if the fibres on average doubled. The collagen thickness in the connective tissues increased 10%, and the numbers of blood vessels increased by 35%. The application of micro current to skin and tissue produced a firmer and tighter feeling on the skin surface-.
What Does Micro Current Therapy Do?
Micro current therapy helps to re-educate the muscles back to a more tone and tightened “youthful” time, regaining the strength of youth and for this reason is often referred to as a restoration of “muscle memory”. The face, limbs, buttocks and abdomen respond to treatment by becoming firmed, toned and lifted. The micro currents work to stimulate production of collagen, improve tone and texture and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
Often, clients can see a visible difference after only one treatment but since the effects are cumulative, a series of treatments is what brings the most benefit. Most practitioners recommend a series of 10 -12 weekly treatments and maintain at about one treatment every 4 weeks.
Is Micro Current Therapy Safe?
Micro current therapy is not a new treatment. It has been around and in use for several decades. Therefore, an abundance of evidence has accrued that it is safe and causes no harm or known side effects when used properly by a trained professional.
The more well known applications for micro current therapy relate to muscle pain or for muscle stimulation in physical or chiropractic therapy. Clinical trials involving this treatment modality date back to the 1980s when the Cheng study proved ATP levels were increased by 500% on tissue that was treated utilizing micro current therapy.
“Chi’s 2003 study performed at the University of Washington further notes a 35% increase in blood circulation. Lymphatic drainage is a very overlooked treatment in esthetics, although it has been gaining momentum in recent years. Clinical studies performed using micro current at Hong Kong’s Tuen Muen Hospital in 1988 indicated that Lymphatic drainage increased by 28% on post-cancer patients suffering from lymphodema”.
What Results Can You Expect from Micro Current Therapy?
Everyone is different in how their muscles will respond to micro current therapy. Age, diet, sun exposure, genetics and other factors come into play in case by case applications of this non-invasive rejuvenation modality. However, nearly everyone experiences some benefits, while those doing a full series of treatments seeing the most dramatic effects.
Here are some actual micro current therapy clients before and after photos.