Not all skin tightening technologies were created equal.
And both RF (radiofrequency) and Microcurrent technologies claim to lift your skin and reduce your wrinkles, so the big question is – which one does it better and can you combine both modalities to get enhanced results?
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 are produced, and the muscle layer which can become lax as the years go by.
Skin aging needs to be addressed holistically. Topical treatments to treat epidermis, muscle stimulation to tighten, and dermal heating to generate enhanced collagen production.
When you address each layer with its own dedicated treatment – you achieve enhanced wrinkle reduction and skin tightening results.
First, let’s get to know each technology separately, and then let’s dive into how they can work together harmoniously.
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 upkeep (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, it pushes back together with 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 medical technology which uses 6 RF generators to make sure the RF energy is focused and precise making the treatment more effective and safe than any other RF technology available today. Keep in mind that 3DEEP technology is used by Dermatologists worldwide and proven effective in tens of thousands of professional treatments winning over celebs like Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian who’ve become vocal fans and 3DEEP advocates.
NEWA is the most clinically validated home use device available today, with over 40 published peer-reviewed studies by internationally renowned dermatologists and plastic surgeons showing proven visible results.
We asked Dermatology Specialist Dr. Lehavit Akerman what she thinks about the effectiveness of radiofrequency in general and NEWA in particular
“I find it to be extremely effective both in the long term and short. The biggest advantage of RF, in my opinion, is that it’s been thoroughly studied and is both safe and clinically proven to tighten and lift by stimulating collagen production.”
Combining microcurrent and radiofrequency treatments
Microcurrent and RF treatments are not only compatible but also enhance each other’s results by targeting different areas of concern and layers of the skin and muscle.
- NEWA treatments can be performed before or in between microcurrent to increase the results while allowing the muscle to rest.
- Skin aging should be addressed holistically. Topical treatments to treat epidermis, muscle stimulation to tighten, and dermal heating to generate enhanced collagen production.
Master Esthetician Penn Smith has a great post on just this subject.
Check it out!