At Redeeming Thyme, we recognize how important it is to understand exactly what a service or treatment does before you apply it to your body.
What is Microcurrent Facial Rejuvenation?
A microcurrent is a very mild (one millionth of an ampere) electric current, which feels like a gentle tingle at most. It works by re-training the muscles of the face. This current, which runs through two Q-tip based probes (no metal) is applied to the face, which stimulates the muscles into becoming more taut or more loose depending on desired results; the skin to thicken, collagen to increase, tissues to heal more rapidly, and a general glow of health. The current is also used to treat acupuncture points to enhance health, rejuvenate the body and improve natural energy flow. With this treatment both women and men can look younger, feel younger, have more energy, feel more relaxed, and come away with an overall sense of improved health.
What are the cosmetic benefits?
Cosmetically, microcurrent works on two levels: the facial muscles and the facial skin. The reason our skin wrinkles as we age is because the facial muscles attached to the skin gradually lose their tone and resting muscle length. Fine lines from repetitive facial expressions grow deeper with time, creating grooves in the skin that most commonly affect the eyes, cheeks, jawline and neck. The use of microcurrent on specific muscle groups at varying frequencies causes a reaction in the spindle cells, as well as the golgi tendon organ, causing muscles to rest at shorter length. When this happens the face is lifted, firmed and toned for a more youthful appearance. At the skin level, microcurrent improves circulation and reduces inflammation, which stimulates natural production of collagen and elastin, and in turn improves the tone and texture of the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are eliminated in this process. A younger face is not just about “lifting” but the “radiant glow” of youthful skin. Microcurrent facial rejuvenation delivers on both these aspects of a youthful face!
What are the health benefits?
Research has proven that microcurrent stimulation increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which results in improved cell metabolism, injury repair, and soft tissue cell regeneration. Specific research on microcurrent and skin by Dr. Chi (2003, U of Washington’s Pathology Department) showed: a 10% increase in collagen thickness in connective tissue, 35% increase in the number of blood vessels, 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis, and a 35% increase in blood circulation in the tissues, improving the health, colour and condition of the skin. Microcurrents have even been used to treat Temporomandibular Syndrome (TMJ) and Bell’s Palsy. Clients with TMJ syndrome have reported a reduction of headaches, ear pain, ringing in the ears, pain from chewing, etc. Bell’s Palsy clients may experience enhanced recovery of the paralyzed side of their face.
What is included in the Facial Rejuvenation program?
There are seven components included in Redeeming Thyme’s facial rejuvenation program. There are twelve sessions in the program, and the first four sessions are scheduled for twice a week. The following sessions can be once a week. All the program’s sessions are one hour in length.
- Microcurrent rejuvenation techniques on facial skin and muscles
- Meridian balancing (a centuries-old technique used to harmonize and balance your entire body)
- Therapeutic-grade essential oils, used to support the health of skin
- Facial massage to increase blood flow and relax facial musculature
- Acupuncture point treatment (using only microcurrents; no pain and no invasion of the skin)
- Topical skin care
- Counseling on healthy lifestyle choices, including supplements, nutrition, etc.
How does microcurrent treatment differ from other procedures?
The key difference between microcurrent treatment and other procedures is that there is no surgical component to microcurrent facial rejuvenation. It is non-invasive and completely safe; totally pain-free, relaxing, and unlike other procedures has no known risks or side effects. Many procedures like laser resurfacing, botox or surgical facelifts involve significant pain and often require medication (pain relievers, anti-inflammatory or antibiotics) that can compromise your health. Some surgical procedures also produce an unnatural look, while microcurrent facial rejuvenation leaves your skin looking natural with the glow of youth once again.The reason you can achieve this natural look through facial rejuvenation is because microcurrent treatment is a gradual transition. It uses the ancient wisdom of acupuncture in non-needle application, which produces total body changes such as: increased energy, stress reduction, general sense of well-being, improved sleep and more. The facial rejuvenation process also incorporates the use of essential oils and natural skin products, along with counseling to encourage you to adopt a healthier lifestyle.