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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.

A 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.

Cells 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

Earlier 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?

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.

New 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.

The 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 MICRO-CURRENT SESSIONS?

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 outcome.

Post surgically the application of microcurrent supports reduction of trauma, irritation, inflammation and helps foster skin healing as well as minimizing scar tissue.

Muscle tightening in the abdominal area.

Promotes cell metabolism and tissue repair

Supports circulation – blood and lymph

Reduces inflammation

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

While 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:

500% increase in ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells)

35% increase in blood circulation

40% increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose)

45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis

50% increase in the length of the elastin fibers

10% increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissue

35% increase in the number of blood vessels

28% increase lymphatic drainage

The 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 OF MICRO-CURRENT?

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 Pregnancy.

ü Pacemaker.

ü Fillers, Botox – after 30 days for sculpting treatment.

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.

Eczema, 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.