Anti Aging

Microcurrent Facials Versus Botox for Skin Care

While some people have sworn by Botox and similar procedures since its approval for cosmetic purposes, many have found it painful, cost prohibitive and are disappointed with its short-term effects. In some cases, Botox has been known to cause minor side effects like headaches, stomach upset and flu-like symptoms. Sometimes, in the case of injections in the face, Botox can lead to drooping eyelids. The drooping eyelids, however, are temporary and the effect usually fades.

In addition to the continuously stunned or stern-faced appearance of its users, a recent study premises that Botox users may even be less empathetic than non-users. Its paralysis of the facial muscles may prevent the transmission of the appropriate emotional signals to the brain. There appears to be a disconnect between the emotions they may be feeling and their facial expressions.

Recently, Botox has gained a great deal of medical credibility for its use in treatment of a variety of ailments from migraines to excessive sweating. The New York Times has reported that it is under consideration for approval for over one hundred medical conditions from writer’s cramp to urinary incontinence. This is understandably a ray of hope for sufferers of these conditions who may believe the side effects to be subordinate to the relief.

Fortunately, women and many men are seeking more holistic and natural ways of achieving and maintaining youthful and healthy skin. One popular and very effective alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures are microcurrent facials. This popular spa treatment uses a device which emits mild electrical currents to the facial area. The micro currents of electrical energy stimulate the skin’s tissues and muscles, triggering the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which fuels bio-chemical functions in the body. The treatment increases protein synthesis necessary for repairing damaged tissues and enhancing epidermal blood circulation.

The overall result is healthy skin cell production and improved muscle tone in the face and neck, lifting the jowls and eyebrows and a marked reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Microcurrent promotes lymphatic drainage, eliminating excess fluids and reducing facial puffiness. It also stimulates elastin and collagen production, necessary for tightening skin, and toning the face to a gently sculpted appearance.

In addition to the youth enhancing applications, microcurrent has been used successfully with chronic pain sufferers and to relieve conditions such as fibromyalgia, neuropathy, shingles, sciatica, diabetic ulcers, and other intractable conditions that often fail to respond to conventional treatments. Because microcurrent therapy delivers specific frequencies to targeted tissues, it is an excellent treatment for a wide variety of conditions including: arthritis, back pain, diabetic ,ulcers, slow healing wounds, headaches, herpes and sports injuries.

Microcurrent is a virtually painless treatment with no need for anesthesia, no recovery time or side effects. A series of 12 treatments is recommended for optimal results, but the effects are generally immediate. Of course a healthy diet and a good skin care regime work hand in hand with this rejuvenation of what nature has naturally provided, you can set up your face however you want to and you’re sure to smile in the end.