Beyond Microcurrent® technology is a crucial part of many of the signature facials at the Tracie Martyn spa, including the famed Red Carpet Facial. Tracie Martyn was one of the first facialists in the U.S.—and the first in NYC—to start using microcurrent technology, a therapy that utilizes gentle electrical currents to give you a “natural facelift” as well as help increase collagen and elastin production over time. Beyond Microcurrent® facial therapy goes a step further with a proprietary microcurrent that provides quicker and longer-lasting results. But how does it work, and is it the right treatment for you? Here's everything you need to know about microcurrent facials.
The history of microcurrent therapy
Microcurrent therapy has been used for over a 100 years in different forms to treat wounds and muscle injuries, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that it started being used for the face. Doctors started using electrical currents to treat Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes your facial muscles on one side to droop, and found it remarkably effective in retraining the face. The technology has also been cleared by the FDA.
How does Beyond Microcurrent® technology work?
To understand the efficacy of Beyond Microcurrent® technology, you first have to consider the fact that electricity constantly flows through our bodies, and this electricity is necessary for your cells to communicate and perform biological functions. It’s not something we think of every day! The Tracie Martyn-exclusive Resculptor machine has two electrical wands that emit an extremely gentle current that mimics the one that flows through your body. This boosts the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the molecules that transport chemical energy within cells. A study in 1982 found that microcurrents could raise the levels of ATP by 500%. By raising ATP levels in the skin, you’re essentially supercharging your healing processes as well as collagen and elastin production.
On a muscular level, Beyond Microcurrent® technology helps tone and train your facial muscles, which are directly attached to your skin. Just one session visibly lifts, tones, and tightens your face while, like working out, continued sessions give you better, longer results over time. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, which helps to reduce redness and puffiness as well as enhance circulation.
Who can benefit from Beyond Microcurrent® treatments?
Practically every skin type can benefit from this technology! For mature skin, it’s an incredible, safe alternative for invasive procedures and fillers because it helps give you a more youthful appearance instantly. Plus, ATP levels in the skin decrease with age, so your skin needs an extra boost to repair damaged skin cells effectively. It’s regenerative and healing, so it’s also great for boosting radiance and the overall health of your skin. And because it helps eliminate puffiness and contour your face, it’s a must before special occasions, from red carpets to weddings.
What can I expect during my facial?
The signature facials that include Beyond Microcurrent® technology are the Resculpting Facial®, Red Carpet Facial®, and Purple Ray™ Facial. Your expert aesthetician will use our proprietary machine to energize your skin. It’s so gentle you can barely feel it—many of our clients fall asleep during their facial! Fine lines and wrinkles are softened, puffiness is diminished, cheekbones are rediscovered, and your jawline will look defined and sculpted. Results only get better with continued treatment.