Last week, my friend was in for her microcurrent treatment. She had just been out with a friend who insisted that Botox is the way to go for anti-aging.
My friend suggested that I write a blog comparing the two, because most people don’t understand what the differences are or that there is a natural, safe alternative to injections.
Today, I’m going to explain what each service entails and the benefits vs. the negatives to each service.
What is Botox?
Botox is the injection of a purified form of botulinum toxin A that temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles to reveal smooth, wrinkle-free skin.
Within 24-48 hours, Botox sets in and begins to relax the facial muscles. It can take a full week until you see the full benefit from the injection.
Botox can be injected in the brow furrow (our beautiful 11’s that make us look angry), forehead, lips and around the eyes.
This popular service is performed by doctors, dentists, nurses and nurse practitioners. Botox is charged per unit and depending on how many areas you treat, the cost can be high.
Typically, most clients get Botox injections every 3-4 months to maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free appearance.
What are the benefits to Botox?
When administered correctly, Botox can smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the brows, forehead, eyes and even lines around the mouth.
Botox is also known for reducing Migraines, Excessive sweating, Bells Palsy and Eye spasms.
Clients can schedule their injections on their lunch break and be back to work within 30-minutes.
Clients receive the benefits of smooth skin, they look youthful and feel more confident because their wrinkles are gone.
What are the negative effects of Botox?
Botox is coming down in price, but can be expensive, especially if you are going for injections every 3-4 months and have multiple areas injected each time.
Post-injection bruising can occur and unless you are good with makeup, it can be difficult to hide the bumps and bruising at the injection site. Some clients report that their injections are painful, swollen and may bleed for awhile post-injection.
Many clients may have an allergic reaction at the injection site as well as other areas of the face or body, depending on how sensitive that client is. These symptoms include itching, wheezing, asthma-like symptoms, rash, welts, excessive muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, dizziness or flu-like symptoms.
Some other reactions that can occur from Botox include drooping of the eyelids, inflammation of the cornea, dry eyes or itchy eyes, eye irritation or even increased sensitivity to light.
Think about it, Botox is a toxin that comes from Botulinium. Honestly, why on earth would you want to inject a poison in your body? Are the side effects worth it?
I recently watched an online video about microcurrent and learned that our bodies create antibodies to Botox. Our bodies have a strong immune system and anytime a foreign invader enters our body, our immune system has to work hard to remove that invader.
Botox is a toxin and our bodies eventually will fight the toxin that was injected in our bodies. This is why many people eventually have to either go more frequently for injections or they seek alternative options because their Botox injection no longer work like the used to.
I know a lot of people who get Botox, have friends who work in medi spas or have doctors come into their practice to do Botox injections. Honestly, Botox scares me. I don’t like the idea of having a poison injected into my muscles, because what is eventually going to happen long-term? There is not enough research to support long-term side effects of regular Botox injections.
What is Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is a holistic facial treatment that works with your body’s energy to tighten your facial muscles; revealing tighter skin, less wrinkles and a smoother appearance.
Microcurrent uses low-level current, that gives you the appearance of a face-lift without the risk of surgery or the stress of having down time.
Microcurrent treats the full face and neck and can be customized to specific areas of concern, such as the forehead, eyes or jowl areas.
Microcurrent is performed by licensed estheticians and are done in a weekly series of 8-10 treatments to achieve the look you desire.
Once the initial 8-10 weekly treatments is complete, you then schedule monthly maintenance appointments to maintain the results you’ve worked hard to achieve.
What are the benefits to Microcurrent?
Microcurrent sends low-levels of electrical current into the skin. These currents are identical to the energy in our body. By working at the cellular level, microcurrent increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate), otherwise known as the energy center in our cells and the fuel for our bodies.
In other words, Microcurrent is like going to the gym, but for your facial muscles. As we age, our facial muscles sag, losing collagen & elastin. Microcurrent re-educates the facial muscles to tighten, thus resulting in tighter skin and smoother skin.
You can even still move your face in all the expressions you want and have no limited mobility in any of your facial muscles.
Microcurrent is a natural, safe, non-invasive way to prevent deeper wrinkles and sagging skin from occurring. Microcurrent is even something you can do a few days before an important event to look amazing.
What are the negative effects of Microcurrent?
To start, if you have a pacemaker or any metal implants near or around the head, you cannot get a microcurrent treatment.
Microcurrent does work with your body’s energy and can relax you to the point of drowsiness. I’ve also had a few clients get up from the treatment table too quickly and experience minor dizziness. This resolves itself quickly.
Clients can get microcurrent done on their lunchbreaks!
I’ve had clients complain that they don’t see the results quickly, like they would with Botox. It’s true; Microcurrent DOES show results after 1 treatment, however, in order for those results to last, you must do a minimum of 8-10 treatments in order to achieve the results you desire.
In our fast-paced, instant gratification society, if you’re looking for immediate results, microcurrent isn’t for you.
I’ve been performing microcurrent treatments in my treatment room since 2016 and my clients have never been happier. I personally do microcurrent treatments on my own skin because I love that everyone thinks I’m still in my early 30’s.
Microcurrent is a relaxing service that can be done as a standalone treatment or incorporated with a facial. When I’m starting out with clients in a series, I do weekly standalone treatments. Most clients will then schedule a facial with their microcurrent treatment so they only have to come in once a month.
For clients over 60, maintenance is more frequent, because the skin has less collagen and your muscles tend to loosen quicker than clients in their 40’s & 50’s. For this reason, I recommend clients schedule maintenance every 2-3 weeks apart, instead of monthly.
Any questions, feel free to contact me, I’m happy to help create a plan for your skin.
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