Non-Sugical Facial Toning
Facial Toning has been called the nonsurgical, or lunchtime face lift, and is a safe and effective, low-cost treatment that counteracts environmental damage, aging skin and poor dietary habits, without invasive surgery. Facial Toning is the ultimate anti-aging tool.
What is Facial Toning?
Facial Toning is a low-level electrical current that mimics the body’s own biological current. Despite its low electrical vibration—one millionth of an amp—Facial Toning treatments are very effective. It helps increase protein synthesis, promote waste removal, stimulate healing, regenerate tissue, balance free radical damage, boost cell growth, enhance natural collagen and elastin production, provide circulatory benefits, and work directly on the nerves and muscle fibers. Its mild frequency does not stimulate sensory nerves, is pain-free and causes no discomfort.
Also known as Bio Sequencing or LumiLift, Facial Toning is an esthetic treatment that physically firms and tones the skin through muscle re-education. This process is achieved by stimulating 32 of the 53 facial muscles at traditional acupuncture points with tiny amounts of electricity to re-energize their biological currents and re-establish muscle memory. The result can be a reduction of fine lines, creases and wrinkles; restored healthy glow of youthful skin; visible firming, contouring and lifting; and the tightening of sagging jowls, double chins and fatty cheeks.
Facial Toning and ATP
As people age, the body’s biological current and chemical energy slows down, cellular renewal takes longer and skin cells stop performing efficiently. This leads to multiple skin problems: loss of tone, elasticity and firmness; fine lines; wrinkles; sagging—all signs of aging. Facial toning can help reverse this process by re-energizing the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
ATP, known as the “current of life” or “molecular currency,” is the only energy molecule that the body will accept and utilize as energy. This includes all cellular activity, DNA replication, regeneration and healing, collagen and elastin synthesis, neurotransmission and muscle contraction.
Without ATP, the human body does not function effectively and will eventually deteriorate. Yet, the body does not store ATP; rather it is manufactured on an as-needed basis via ATP synthesis mostly in the mitochondria of the cell. Therefore, the impact of Facial Toning to increase levels of ATP is significant. Emil Y. Chi, PhD, director of the University of Washington’s department of pathology, performed clinical studies using Facial Toning equipment. He notes, “The fact that technology works in harmony with the body is evident. Examination of the skin tissue treated with Facial Toning showed a 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis, and the length if the fibers on average doubled. The collagen thickness in the connective tissues increased 10%, and the numbers of blood vessels increased by 35%. The application of Facial Toning to skin and tissue produced a firmer and tighter feeling on the skin surface.”
How does Facial Toning work?
Knowing how Facial Toning technology affects ATP is vital for the success of the treatment, and that means understanding the dynamics of Facial Toning’s electrical current, waveform, frequency and polarities.
Facial Toning is measured in microamperes, or µA, which are extremely tiny electrical currents. Facial Toning intensity levels can range from 25–600 µA. A 1982 study called “The effects of electric currents on ATP generation, protein synthesis and membrane transport of rat skin” by Cheng et al., proves that at 500 microamps, ATP generation in the mitochondria increased about 500% and amino acid transport increased by 30–40%. The study also indicated that when currents were increased above 500 microamps, ATP generation was depleted, amino acid uptake was reduced by 20–73% and protein synthesis was inhibited by as much as 50%.
Variety of waveforms.
The type of waveform used in Facial Toning varies, depending on the area of treatment. Studies indicate that a modified square waveform is best for muscle-lifting, while a slope waveform is better for collagen-building. Other Facial Toning waveforms include square and sawtooth.
Facial Toning frequency.
“Each cell, tissue and organ has an ideal resonant frequency that coordinates its activities,” says James Oschman, PhD, of Nature’s Own Research Association in Dover, New Hampshire. Facial Toning frequency (Hz) levels can range from 0.1–1,000 Hz. Specific frequencies induce specific effects on cells and other tissues. In the skin, there is a specific frequency for the epidermis and dermis, collagen production and muscles. There is also a specific frequency for each condition, such as inflammation, scars and secretions. Knowing what Facial Toning frequency to use is vital for the treatment to resonate and be effective.
Facial Toning polarities.
Facial Toning is a biphasic current that alternates between positive and negative using a variety of different tools. These tools can include gloves, probes, pads, pins, or masks. Used properly, they enable you to lengthen contracted muscles, as well as shorten elongated muscles, using a series of contouring movements.
According to the aforementioned Chi study, Facial Toning can also encourage iontophoresis, or deep penetration of water-based skin care products, increasing the absorption rate of their beneficial ingredients to as much as 70%.
Facial Toning applications
Because Facial Toning stimulates the production of ATP, it can be used to treat virtually any skin condition and can be added to any treatment protocol. Facial Toning brings relief to clients with acne by aiding in the elimination of the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria, and in the reduction of acne scarring. For clients with fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, baggy eyes and an overall loss of definition, Facial Toning can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with LightStim, Wet Diamond Abrasion, HydraFacials or Quantums to accelerate the reappearance of youthful, beautiful skin.
Facial Toning will continue to stimulate ATP levels for 70 hours after treatment. For this reason, it is suggested that the treatment should not be done more than every other day. Additional treatments will not hurt but are unnecessary.
According to the website of Jeremy E. Kaslow, MD, results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and will not just happen overnight. Some clients notice a difference after the first treatment; others may notice it after three or four treatments. The effect is cumulative, becoming more pronounced after each treatment. The skin and facial muscles become noticeably tighter and more toned with each treatment. About 60–80% of the changes created in one treatment last for the next four to seven days. However, if not treated regularly, the muscles may return to their former configuration.
Although the number of treatments in a series will vary depending on the client’s desired results and the complexity of condition, a guideline would be twice per week for the first month, once per week for the second month, or until desired result is achieved, and then once every four to six weeks for maintenance. Although it may be tempting for clients to neglect their check-up visit, gravity, toxins, illness and natural aging will eventually deplete the ATP stockpile if not properly stimulated, so it is important to follow through with maintenance to maintain results.
Facial Toning may help bring about the following positive results:
- Improves facial and neck muscle tone
- Lifts jowls and eyebrows
- Rejuvenates the skin
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces puffiness
- Evens out skin tone
- Improves facial circulation
- Aids in skin exfoliation
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Enhances the body’s natural collagen and elastin production
- Re-hydrates skin
- Increases cellular metabolism (ATP)