MICROCURRENT AND EMS FAQ
Microcurrent and EMS treatments are very similar. EMS stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation and the most significant difference is that EMS uses a slightly higher grade of electricity to stimulate the muscle. While Microcurrent therapy uses low-grade electrical current to contract and “train” facial muscles to look more lifted, firm, and tightened. The low-voltage electricity stimulates muscle, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cell growth, and collagen development in the dermis of the face. It’s completely painless and requires no downtime.
This treatment is often referred to as “facial toning” because it’s like a workout for your face, whereby skin cells are broken down and then grow back stronger, the same way your muscles do after lifting weights. It works simultaneously to repair and produce collagen in the dermis, the deepest layer of your skin, while gently erasing signs of aging in the epidermis, the top layer of your skin. According to studies, a microcurrent facial can increase collagen production up to 14%, elastin increases 48% and blood circulation goes up 38%.
If you’re wondering if this is even legit, yes. Very. Originally introduced in medicine in the 1980s, microcurrent was first approved by the FDA as a treatment for Bell’s palsy and muscle paralysis. Now, it’s every facialist’s secret weapon.
You will se immediate result after doing a microcurrent or EMS treatment. Your face will be more full, lifted and your skin will be more radiant. But much like you will look yourself in the mirror after a good workout and think that you have immediate progress these results will fade after a while. Just like when you are working out your body you will need to be consistent with your microcurrent treatment to see lasting results. You can however use the immediate results to optimise your looks for example if you have a big event the same day and you want to look your best for a couple of hours.
The results lasts and improves as long as you keep up the treatment but as any bodybuilder or fitness professional who knows a thing or two about building muscles will tell you, “when you stop working out your muscles you will sooner or later lose them.”. It’s just like if you stop using a skin care cream the results will fade after a while. Damaged skin that heals due to the treatment will however be permanent. Scarring that has become visually smaller for example will not come back once you stop the treatment.
Microcurrent therapy does not hurt but you will definitely feel something. EMS shouldn't hurt either but due to the stronger contration in the muscle you might feel a little discomfort if you use the device on the highest setting. Many people describe it as a “buzzing” or “Zapping” sensation and this how you know that the electrical current is stimulating your dermis and that your facial muscles actually are contracting.
"I noticed higher, tighter cheeks and a more defined jawline after my microcurrent facial" - Kristina Rodulfo Beauty Director
Jennifer Aniston to Instyle.com
“It’s like a little workout for your face,” - Jennifer Aniston to Instyle Magazine
"After she did one side of my face, I looked in the mirror and saw one of my eyebrows was literally higher than the other while my chin and cheekbones were noticeably lifted. It's like a nonsurgical face-lift, and I was feeling it" - Maya Allen Bydrie.com
"A painless way to take your face to the gym" - Emily Shiffer Healthline.com