The Ultimate Skin Tightening Showdown: RF vs Microcurrent

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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?


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 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 uses 6 RF generators to push the RF energy deeper into the dermis layer than any other radiofrequency home use device available today. FDA cleared 3DEEP™ is the same medical grade technology, used by dermatologists worldwide and proven effective in tens of thousands of professional treatments adapted for home use. 

NEWA is the most clinically validated home use device available today, with over 30 published peer-reviewed studies by international renowned dermatologists and plastic surgeons showing proven visible results.

The Bottom Line

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

“In regards to microcurrent, there is no scientific evidence yet that these treatments are helpful for anti-aging specifically. We need to see the actual clinical studies and they have yet to be done.”

She also mentioned that in her clinic, she works quite a lot with RF technology and finds it

“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.”

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