Microcurrent – Botox’s Other Half

Microcurrent facials


Cosmetic surgeons who are administrating the ever popular neurotoxin botox, are also recommending that patients seek out another treatment as a complement. This treatment is an electric facial called microcurrent. During a session, low levels of microcurrent are delivered to the face, this stimulates the muscles and provides plumpness and control of muscular activity. Microcurrent sessions are able to recreate the desired effect of fillers and other cosmetics used to achieve a youthful appearance.


Botox does not have a direct opposing effect to fillers because it does not work directly on the muscles, it actually works on the neurotransmitters stopping them from allowing muscles to contract. Botox got its start in medicine when it was used by doctors to relax uncontrollable blinking and prevent ‘cross-eyes’ , it then evolved for use as an anti-aging treatment. Muscles are immobilized to allow for the reduction of frown lines and the like. When a muscle is immobilized it has the tendency to atrophy this can be useful when trying to slim down the face for example slimming down a jaw line.


Muscle atrophy due to neurotoxin injections can lead to unwanted diminished muscle tone leading to ‘flat’ appearance to the face. To diminish the loss of plumpness associated with youth, doctors are recommending microcurrent, which, together with the correct diet and topical treatments can be used as a optimized anti-wrinkle treatment.


The use of electric current in treatment is not as new or scary as it sounds, doctors have made use of it to treat a variety of ailments, from chronic headaches and pain to the repair of muscles. On a muscular level microcurrents work to train and tone muscles allowing the fibres to shorten and increase elasticity. A prominent skin physiologist has noted that microcurrent treatments can significantly increase the skin’s main structural proteins, collagen and elastin as well as glycosaminoglycans such as hyaluronic acid which is used in many anti-aging treatments. Not only does microcurrent enhance a natural facial structure, it can also create a more symmetrical looking face. In order to accentuate one half of the face, doctors will stimulate one side of the face more.


Electric facials are widely available in salons such as Elizabeth Ardon’s Red Door, to cosmetic stores such as Perricone and even at hotel spas. There is also an FDA approved, handheld, microcurrent device available it is called the Nuface and was created by facilist Carol Cole. Sessions run from ten to thirty minutes.


Depending on where on the face the device is placed and the time of exposure, users can sculpt and lift their faces to achieve a desired look. One makeup artists notes that users can give their eyes an almond appearance or create arches in eyebrows. Because of the tightening and lifting abilities, it is noted that the device gives a fresh wide-eye appearance that is still subtle enough for people to recognize that there is something different but not know quite what it is.


A suggested timeline would be for patients to start at least three weeks before injections doing a microsessions twice a week or every other day. This allows to re-educate the muscles and will not short Botox’s effective time. It will prevent the muscles deteriorating too much so that a balance can be created. There should be six months before the next Botox session and at the end of it is recommended to have another sequence of the microcurrent facials three weeks prior to the new Botox application.
Cosmetic surgeons agree that Botox and microcurrent make perfect companions and should be used synergistically to successfully combat the signs of aging.

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