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Microcurrent Facial - The Electric Facelift

A gym workout for your face, this strengthens muscles for a more 'lifted' youthful complexion.

What is it?

Many leading beauty therapists claim that exercising the facial muscles helps lift and return tautness to sagging skin. Enter microcurrent facials, where blasts of microcurrents are used to stimulate and strengthen muscle fibres.

Some treatments focus purely on strengthening muscle tissue and lifting the skin; others use the microcurrent to propel anti-ageing products deep into the epidermis, rejuvenating dull complexions. Some do both.

What can it do for you?

Most of the treatments on offer can be personalised to address skin problems such as dullness, dryness, dark circles, sun damage or spots.

But it's those suffering from loose skin and loss of tone - especially around the cheeks and jowls - as well as fine lines and wrinkles who often report the most dramatic results.

Unlike surgery, this treatment is no quick fix. A course of 8-12 sessions is usually recommended to significantly lift and tone the skin and diminish lines. The treatments are carefully timed week by week to ensure that an exact number of days elapses between appointments.

So be warned: if you have a busy diary or find it hard to keep to schedules, these treatments are probably not for you!

The procedure

During a typical treatment, which can last up to an hour and a half, a therapist uses probes or rollers to deliver blasts of microcurrent to facial muscles, which in turn plumps out lines and revs up the circulation.

While not painful, the current can be so high that it makes your skin tingle and some people who have mercury fillings have described a metal taste in their mouth during the procedure.

For many of these facials, the microcurrent is also used to push antiageing ingredients, such as collagen, deeper into the epidermis than would otherwise be possible. Some companies offer massages and mini-facials as well.

Cost

From £45 per session.

Recovery time

There's no downtime with microcurrent facials. Your complexion should look refreshed and revitalised for days afterwards, which is why many celebs like to book in for them before big events.

What can go wrong?

There are no known side effects, but microcurrent treatments should be avoided if you have a pacemaker, epilepsy, recent scar tissue or are pregnant.

Also, anyone concerned with electromagnetic radiation - emitted by mobile phones and most electrical devices - may wish to give these treatments a wide berth.

How long does it last?

Treatments vary, but as a general rule the 8-12 sessions should be enough to tighten, tone and improve elasticity, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A follow-up treatment is recommended every 4-6 weeks to maintain results.

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