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Facial Microcurrent: Do They Work Like a Facelift?

Also, how long after Juvederm injections (on my cheeks and nasolabial folds) do I have to wait before I can have a Microcurrent Facelift?

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Does "microcurrent facelift" work?

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I doubt that you will find a definitive answer to this, because it probably hasn't been studied to know how this combination affects the filler. Without data from studies, you won't really know. For that matter, it is fair to ask whether such a thing as "microcurrent facelift" actually works; there don't seem to be many scientific studies (if any) supporting that concept. Laser skin tightening or Thermage, on the other hand, have been thoroughly evaluated.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Facial Microcurrent: Do They Work Like a Facelift?

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With aging, the facial skin actually increases in surface area. The muscles of the neck also begin to lose their elasticity and will increase in length. These two events -- muscle loosening, sagging skin can only be permanently treated with a surgical facelift- to remove the excess skin and tighten the muscle. I am not a proponent of non surgical techniques as a primary method to reverse the aging face. Once the surgical procedure is successfully performed- then certain non surgical techniques can be used to add to the longevity. As a primary tool- in my opinion- these devices are useless.

Microcurrent facelift - Not ike a Facelift View Vide0

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A facelift, or facial rejuvenation is a surgical procedure that addresses all aging issues of the face. This procedure is nothing like a facelift, but, there can be some benefit to elecric devices during facials, however there is no comparing this to a face lift Dob=n;'t val for gimmicks Find an hinest and exoeirenced plasic surgeon,THis list of questons will help. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Facial Microcurrent Has A Very Different Mechanism Than Facelift.

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Facial microcurrent treatments are very different from a facelift, and the results are not yet established.  The theory is that electrical stimulation using very small currents will rejuvenate the skin. This is based on the observation that all cells have a resting electrical charge and electrical current or low-dose ultrasound can stimulate cells. Research data suggests that electrical current can promote healing of soft tissue and bones. The effect current has on tightening tissue has not been quantified, but it is almost certainly much less than what can be achieved with a facelift. Before-and-after pictures published by the companies that make these machines show modest effects.  Fillers should not interfere with microcurrent treatments.

Microcurrent treatment is not even close to a Facelift

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I wouldn't recommend a micro current procedure, because it really does not work. However, if you are determined to proceed, I would recommend having it done prior to having fillers. If you have already had your filler procedures, I would recommend waiting 1-2 weeks before proceding with the microcurrent procedure.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Don't Spend Money On Snake Oil

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There has been a fair amount of work done with both microcurrent electrical stimulation and magnetic field stimulation on wound healing. Microcurrents, on the order of 1mA-3mA (milli Amps) have been shown to decrease healing time of open wounds by significant amounts. Typically the wounds were treated with alternating polarity (+/-) for one hour/day for weeks to months. So I think there is great potential for the use of electrical stimulation in wound healing.

As far has for face lifting there are no scientific studies. Companies have taken this wound healing data and tried to equate it to normal skin. This is a stretch at best. Most of the "data" out there "regarding microcurrent facelifts" suggest skin changes after 20 days. That a one hour treatment every day for 3 weeks. Then maybe it will help.

Don't waste your money on unproven therapies. Stick to what has been proven time and again.

No, they are not similar.

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Microcurrent facelifts don't do anything similar to a smas facelift. Facelifts remove excess tissue in the deeper layers as well as excess skin. Many of these procedures aren't even facelifts at all. 
You don't have to wait between procedures for either one.

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Buyer beware

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Over 25 years of practice and 6 years in training for plastic surgery, I have never heard of a micro current facelift. I expect the results will be "micro" and hard to see with the naked eye.Save your money. See another plastic surgeon.

William C. Rigano, MD
Dayton Plastic Surgeon
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Microcurrent Facelift

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I am not aware of any scientific evidence that microcurrent technology will provide significant lasting facial rejuvenation. Many non-surgical treatment options such as laser technology, radiofrequency, and ultrasound offer the hope of avoiding the physical, emotional, and financial investment of a surgical facelift.  However, these options will typically only offer short-term improvement in younger patients with very early signs of facial aging.
I would suggest consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon to thoroughly discuss your goals and all surgical as well as non-surgical options for treatment.

Facial microcurrent is not a facelift

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As some of the other surgeons have stated, facial microcurrent is not even close to the results obtained with a surgical facelift.  If you want a temporary (maybe a day or two) of a minor lift/skin tightening then you can do a microcurrent facial BUT if you want lasting and more dramatic results then you need to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who performs a lot of facelifts.  If you decide on fillers and microcurrent, then I would do the microcurrent first, then fillers a few days or weeks later.  Best of luck to you

Milind K. Ambe, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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