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Dermatologist’s Take on Popular Trends Series – Microcurrent: Why the Hype?

When it comes to dermatologist’s take on popular trends, we knew we had to cover microcurrent. You’ve probably heard the term “lunchtime face lift” thrown around in the beauty world in recent years. What you may have not known was that this term is often used to describe microcurrent facials! This holistic alternative to things such as Botox and fillers has also found its way into our homes through handheld facial devices. These devices are said to help accomplish the same goal as the in-spa facials: firm and youthful skin without the inconvenience of invasive surgery.

But is the application of microcurrent on our face really worth the hype it’s given?

Read on to see what the Alamo Heights Dermatology team has to say in response to frequently asked questions about this popular trend.

Note: We’ve decided to use a rating scale (1-5) to represent the glow-up potential of this trend. For example: “This trend was rated a 3 out of 5 for glow-up potential.

Dermatologist’s Take on Popular Trends Series – Microcurrent: Why the Hype?

Microcurrent facial at home device

What is a microcurrent treatment?

AHD Team: A cosmetic treatment (facial) where a handheld device is used to deliver tiny currents of electricity to the face.

Why are these said to be beneficial? 

AHD Team: The thought behind these devices is that microcurrents will stimulate the skin and facial muscles and improve appearance.

Is using microcurrent in your skincare routine really like doing a workout for your face every day?

AHD Team: People will use the example of working out a muscle to increase its size. This leads to improved facial contour, skin tone and less wrinkling. While that has not been definitively proven, these treatments likely work by stimulating blood flow which leads to a plumper appearance and glow. The microcurrents may help with lymphatic fluid drainage as well.

Are microcurrent devices a green light to use at home?

AHD Team: The at-home devices can be expensive (Foreo and NuFace devices between $300-400), but they are generally safe and easy to use at home.

So, would you say microcurrent devices at home are worth the hype?

AHD Team: Overall, not going to hurt you. May provide some benefit. But I don’t think these at-home devices have the power of longevity.

What do you rate this on the glow up potential scale (0-5)?

AHD Team: We would rate this a 3.

Woman with glowing skin

You know what is always worth the hype? Coming to visit us at Alamo Heights Dermatology for all your general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatological needs! Schedule your consultation at (210) 255-8447 or request an appointment online today!

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