The Ultimate Skin Tightening Showdown: RF vs Microcurrent

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Any Dermatologist will tell you that the aging process is affected by different factors in the skin – starting with the epidermis that is heavily affected by UV damage and smoking, the dermal layer where the collagen and elastin is produced and the muscle layer that becomes more lax as we age.
So it’s easy to understand why skin aging needs to be addressed holistically.

Creams and serums to treat the epidermis, muscle stimulation, and dermal heating to encourage more collagen production.

Let’s break it down.


Microcurrent Skin Tightening

Microcurrent is a low level of electrical current that mimics the body’s natural current. Originally, this technology was developed to treat Pell’s palsy patients who had sudden paralysis or weakness in facial muscles that seem to droop, but in recent years it’s also become a popular skin tightening treatment.

This technology claims to re-educate the facial muscles to shorten or to lengthen which can result in a tightening effect. You may see some short term results, though Microcurrent treatments are traditionally completed in a series and require some maintenance (like any exercise you’d do to maintain healthy muscles). 



Radiofrequency (RF) Skin Tightening

Radio frequency is a form of electricity that helps create friction or heat in the cells. It is completely non-invasive and safe. When the treated area reaches its optimum temperature of 52-55 degrees celcius, it pushes back together your collagen fibers and increases elastin production, the protein that improves elasticity in your skin.

RF has been used in aesthetic treatments for over 15 years, and has gone through several different technological generations. The RF technology that powers NEWA is ENDYMED’s 3DEEP which push the RF energy deeper into the dermis layer than any other radiofrequency home use device available today. 


Combining Radiofrequency with Microcurrent

Radio Frequency and Microcurrent technologies compliment one another quite well and can be used consecutively or on alternate days.

If you do both on the same day, we recommend you start off with Radiofrequency first and then move on to Microcurrent because the heat from your NEWA treatment will warm up the facial muscles so when Microcurrent is applied, your facial muscles are even more receptive and maneuverable making your beauty routine all the more effective. Completing a NEWA treatment before a Microcurrent treatment also allows the pores to open up, which is optimal as Microcurrent helps to drive skincare products deeper into the layers of the skin, allowing your face to fully absorb their benefits!

We asked Dermatology Specialist Dr. Lehavit Akerman what she thinks about these technologies and their effectiveness.

“For women who are looking to improve their fine lines and wrinkles – boosting your skin’s collagen and elastin levels is the key and I recommend NEWA radiofrequency devices because the technology behind it is second to none. If you’re main concern is skin laxity around the jowl area then a combination of radiofrequency and microcurrent is especially effective”

If you’re interested in learning more about combining modalities, the team over at 7eWellness has created printouts you can download.


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