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Do Microcurrent Devices Work For Anti-Aging?

Let’s talk about microcurrent devices. You have probably been seeing advertisements that claim that microcurrent services help with anti-aging purposes. The thought process behind devices that utilize microcurrents for anti-aging purposes is flawed in itself. The purpose of a microcurrent device is that it stimulates muscle and connective tissues in the face, which will in turn reduce wrinkles. However, muscle atrophy isn’t the major contributor to aging. Redistribution of fat, bone resorption, loss of dermal collagen and thinning of the epidermis contribute to aging, NOT muscle atrophy of the face. In fact, we get Botox to relax muscles within the face so that the muscles cannot create fine lines and wrinkles. 

Stimulating the muscle and improving muscle strength and movement, like microcurrent claims to do, can actually lead to worsening wrinkles.This is the opposite of what you would want to happen, which is why I do not believe in microcurrent devices. However, we DO use microcurrent masks after our VirtueRF treatments. So, if I don’t believe in microcurrent devices, then why do I approve of microcurrent masks? Well, microcurrent masks use WEAK electrical currents to gently stimulate the skin and allow skin care ingredients to be better absorbed. Microcurrent masks do not stimulate the muscle. If a current was reaching your muscle, YOU WOULD FEEL IT. Microcurrent masks are simply for absorption benefits which we want right after your VirtueRF to cool the skin. 

Long story short, we do not believe in microcurrent devices for anti-aging or facial rejuvenation. Given all the literature we have read on it, there is not enough evidence that microcurrent devices work for this purpose and there is actually more evidence that these devices are counterproductive.

Fujiya H, et al. Microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulation facilitates regeneration of injured skeletal muscle in mice. J Sports Sci Med. 2015