Microcurrent Facials: What You Need To Know

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What is a microcurrent facial?

A microcurrent facial uses low-voltage electricity to give your facial muscles a "workout.” It delivers little shocks to the muscle. The goal is to encourage the muscles to look more defined, growth of ATP, and collagen development. This helps tone and firm the muscle, and boosts cellular activity. It’s also been used in wound healing and muscle regeneration after injury.  

What should I know before getting a microcurrent facial?

The gliding and rubbing of the device on the skin can worsen some skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, or eczema. It’s important for the skin barrier to be healthy before attempting this treatment. It’s best to talk to your doctor if you have epilepsy, heart conditions, a pacemaker, metal plates or pins, or if you are pregnant as there may be risks and contraindications for microcurrent treatment. 

Pre & Post Microcurrent Facial Treatment

Avoid exfoliation and retinol based products 3 days prior and 3 days after. Thoroughly cleanse the skin prior to the treatment. It’s best to use a serum with hyaluronic acid or glycerin as a glide to enhance your results and protect the skin.  It’s best to do a microcurrent treatment at home every 2-4 weeks and in the office every 6-8 weeks. 

How is an in-office microcurrent treatment different from an at-home device? 

At home devices like Nuface are not as powerful, although they don’t pose any harm, there’s not a lot of evidence to support claims they help lift the face. If an in-office treatment is like a 2 hour session with a personal trainer, at-home devices are like walking for 10 min on a treadmill. 

How do I know if I’m a candidate?

You may be a perfect candidate if you’re looking to rejuvenate the face as part of your anti-aging skincare routine. It can also be relaxing as part of your self-care skincare regimen. It’s safe for most skin types, although if you have sensitive skin- it’s best to talk to your dermatologist and do a test spot prior to a full face treatment. 

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.