LUNCH TIME FACE LIFT
WHAT IS A LUNCH TIME FACE LIFT?
Facial Sculpting “Lunch-Time-Face-Lift”
is a non-surgical, micro-current facial treatment of the neck, face, eyes,
eyebrows and forehead that will leave you looking years younger. The treatment lifts, tones and reduces fine
lines leaving you looking younger and healthier within a very short amount of
time. The most amazing thing about micro-current technology is the speed at
which a treatment can be administered.
standard treatment is typically administered in 45 minutes, with a total visit
time to a practitioner of less than 60 minutes.
The basic treatment is a procedure that involves the delivery of
microcurrent into the face using conducting wands that are applied at specific
acupuncture points. The experience causes no pain or swelling, and the
age-defying results are remarkable. We typically recommend 10 facial
treatments, two times per week.
Thereafter, depending on the patient, the results will hold with visits
every 4 to 8 weeks.
WHAT IS MICRO-CURRENT?
Micro-current is naturally generated in
the body to produce the energy required for muscle movement and nerve impulses.
It is the body’s own electrical system that provides the voltage for ionic
exchanges across the cell membranes allowing for cell functions including the
intake of nutrients from the blood, removal of cellular waste and movement of
impulses along nerve pathways. The harmonious flow of these tiny electrical
signals is also essential for healthy cell function and cell-to-cell
communication. In the event of injury or disease there is signal disruption
that obstructs the pathways of inter-cellular communication.
are analogous to miniature batteries and electrical generators. They conduct
electricity, create electrical fields, and are powered by a very low level of
electrical voltage known as microcurrents. A unique bi-polar membrane surrounds
each cell and serves as medium that separates inter cellular and extracellular
fluids. Embedded in this membrane are channels that allow for communications in
and out of the cell. The opening and closing of these channels are carefully
regulated in order to influence cell function under normal and pathological
conditions. Single molecules or complexes of molecules within the channels
allow for the passage of positively and negatively charged atoms (ions) such as
sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium. The voltage difference in electrical
potential across cell membranes is called membrane potential (Cooper, Hausman,
Ch 13). Membrane potential arises from the interaction of ion channels and ion
pumps that are embedded in the membrane, which maintain different ion
concentrations on the intercellular and extracellular sides of a cell membrane.
DISCOVERY OF IONIC CHANNELS
scientific studies confirmed the existence of ion channels in biological cells.
There were numerous difficulties, however, in being able to define the specific
types of channels. Ionic channels are very minute and arduous to measure. These
difficulties were resolved through the development of an extracellular patch
clamp method 4 invented by German Nobel prizewinners, Erwin Neher and Bert
Sakmann. By inserting an electrode pipette through the cell membrane, they were
now able to closely study and measure the flow of ions including identifying
the single channel currents in the cell membranes. This enabled them to confirm
and study the regulation of ion channels that influences the life of the cell
and its functions (Physiology of Medicine). Furthermore, Neher and Sakmann were
able to record how a single channel molecule alters its shape to control the
flow of current in and out of the cell, all within a few millionths of a second
(Physiology of Medicine). Ionic channels play an important role in the
generation of action potential in cells. Their revolutionary discoveries
sanctioned further studies towards understanding the effect of defective ion
channel regulation in the presence of disease as well as toxic substances.
WHAT IS A MITOCHONDRIA?
are essential to the growth and function of all cells and accomplish a
multitude of metabolic tasks. Our body has 250 different cells containing
specific genes tailored to meet the requirements of each cell. There can be as
many as 500 to 2000 mitochondria scattered throughout the cytoplasm of a cell.
The amount is specific to the location of the cell in the body. Mitochondria
are the sites for aerobic respiration and energy production and contain their
own DNA. They act as storage units for energy converted from food nutrients.
Chemical energy is stored as sugars, amino and fatty acids and is used for
conversion into ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). Energy is manufactured in the
form of ATP through the collaborative actions of proteins located in and on the
inner mitochondrion membrane that is called the electron transport chain
(Naviaux, p. 3). Electrons are passed down this transport chain releasing
energy at each step of the conversion process (Krebs Cycle). This complex
electrochemical process is known as ATP synthesis.
research reveals that the role of the mitochondria in health and disease is far
reaching. Once defined as an energy factory, mitochondria also have specialized
duties that adapt to each phase of life from embryo to old age. They are
closely involved with most of the major metabolic pathways used by the cell to
build, break down, and recycle of its molecular building blocks (Naviaux, p.
3). Moreover it is also these progressive metabolic changes that become
significant when assessing the actual biological age of cells and the state of
their health. This information cascades into evaluating the probability of
optimum response when performing esthetic treatments.
study of the cell indeed is complex but also cultivating for continual
exploration in disease and optimum health. As members of the health care and
beauty industry, grasping the core foundation of the physiology of cells and
body systems creates new paradigms in the understanding of our technologies and
how they impact our ability to perform critical thinking when selecting
treatment modalities including cosmeceuticals.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FROM
Innovative applications for microcurrent
technology encompass the beauty industry for face and body sculpting. There are
significant benefits when applying these external energy sources. The
application of microcurrent also supports skin correction by encouraging the
repair process. Damaged skin requires a program of restoration that is gradual
and progressive for long-term optimum health. Microcurrent mitigates the
practice of aggressive peels and thermolysis (laser) as newer research has
revealed that these modalities may be adding more injury to compromised skin.
Clearly all modalities of correction certainly have their place. Prior to
choosing a course of treatment including product selection, the first step in
skin correction is to determine the level of damage caused by sun damage, the
ageing process, and other skin conditions. Microcurrent gently encourages
repair of the stratum corneum, the bi-layers and dermal components to foster
the skin into a healthier state. Cosmetic microcurrent is beneficial for
improvement in the appearance of the skin.
Aged and slackened skin.
Improvement of skin texture.
Fine lines and wrinkles.
Reduction of acne scars.
Use pre and post-surgery to improve the both muscle and tissue for optimum
Post surgically the application of microcurrent supports reduction of trauma,
irritation, inflammation and helps foster skin healing as well as minimizing
Muscle tightening in the abdominal area.
Promotes cell metabolism and tissue repair
Supports circulation – blood and lymph
Diminishes lymphedema in cancer patients
Helps increase mitochondria activity through increasing ATP
Increase natural production of collagen and elastin
Support scar repair by dispersing scar tissue and collagen remodeling
Increase protein synthesis, gluconeogenesis (GNG) and membrane transport.
Reeducate and rejuvenate muscle tissue
many cosmetic procedures such as skin resurfacing rely upon wounding the dermis
to obtain results, the results from Beautiful Image Facial & Body
Sculpting™ are produced in a non-invasive and non-abrasive way that naturally
stimulate the following regenerative properties within your body:
increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells)
increase in blood circulation
increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose)
increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis
increase in the length of the elastin fibers
increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissue
increase in the number of blood vessels
increase lymphatic drainage
effects of micro-current are accumulative and studies have confirmed that there
are significant side benefits including muscle re-education. Be aware that the
results are also dependent upon lifestyle, age, health, and condition of the
skin tissue. The concept that ATP can be stored is a valid reason for
performing a series of sessions whereby there is a re-education process of
muscle tissue. Furthermore, the low intensity of micro-current cannot cause
visible muscle contractions or marked discomfort.
WHO CAN NOT HAVE A SESSION
ü Facial Cancer: Cancer can spread through
the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it
may potentially spread the disease as well.
ü Fillers, Botox – after 30 days for
ü Metal plates/pins
ü Piercings in neck or face –must be
removed prior to treatment.
ü Fillings and/or braces –must be removed
prior to treatment.
psoriasis, cold sores, fresh bruising, open sores, bleeding, tooth abscess,
broken jaw or other facial bone, head lice, recently consumed alcohol, under
the influence of drugs, recent head/neck injury and contagious diseases.