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Firm, Tone, Lift...Which device is best for you?

Updated: May 16

When looking into anti-aging treatments there are a lot of options to consider.

MicroCurrent, RF (Radio Frequency), Ultrasound and Galvanic devices are some of the more popular professional treatments and at-home-use devices being touted to help reverse the signs of aging ranging from fine lines and wrinkles, sagging neck and jowls and over-all skin laxity.

When you read the description of any these modalities, you will find claims of noticeable and even profound anti-aging benefits. And, while there is cross-over benefit with each device (such as heightened product penetration) each modality or device has an outstanding feature that makes it better suited to address a particular goal.

Whether you’re looking to tighten the skin on your face and around your neck without surgery, ward off or reverse lines and wrinkles, we are here to help you navigate the myriad of options available. Below we’ll compare some of the most popular types of non-invasive home skincare devices for anti-aging.

RADIO FREQUENCY (RF) Radio Frequency devices are one of the most effective and popular at home skincare devices out there because they’re relatively easy to use and can deliver the desired results. The way that RF devices work is they expose your skin to targeted heat in the form of Radio Frequency. This accelerates the production of collagen which increases the plumpness and tightness of the skin making it appear more youthful. The added plumpness and tightness of the skin helps to remove or soften fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help tighten and contour sagging skin in the neck area that is a common insecurity for people. Additionally, it works well for thin and crepey skin around the eyelids and on fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. Though this method does work well, it works best for those who don’t have much sagging or very loose skin. It’s ideal for those who have some fine lines and wrinkles or for younger people who are being proactive to prevent aged skin in the future. In addition, home skincare devices using Radio Frequency aren’t good for those who are short on time and want dramatic results fast. In most cases several treatments are needed to achieve desired results.

Pros of Radio Frequency ● Tightens skin ● Effectively reduces wrinkles and fine lines ● Little to no recovery time ● Easy to use Cons of Radio Frequency

  • May need multiple treatments to get desired results

  • Potential discomfort

  • Not recommended for people with pacemakers or metal implants


Ultrasound, Biochemical Vibrations, LED, Ionic Technology
The Wave

At home skincare devices that rely on ultrasound are best for those who are looking for more dramatic results that show up instantly and last longer. As a non-invasive way to tighten skin, ultrasound devices use ultrasound waves to cause a vibration in the surrounding skin to generate a subtle heat in the tissue. The rise in temperature helps to increase the oxygen supply to cells which aids in waste removal. When using an ultrasound device your skin usually feels energized and firm instantly, something most people love about these devices. Ultrasound devices work well for those who are looking for a dramatic reduction in signs of aging. These work well for skin tightening, improved jawline definition, neck contouring, and upper eyelid hooding.

Pros of Ultrasound

● Should be able to see results after just one treatment ● More dramatic results ● Results tend to last longer ● Little to no downtime ● Though you can feel it working, there is no pain ● Effective for wrinkles, acne ● Improves firmness of skin ● Easy to use Cons of Ultrasound ● Possibility of redness and slight swelling after the procedure ● Not recommended to those with keloids, open wounds, dermal/mechanical/meta/electrical implants ● Not for use on pregnant women Ultrasound can be quite effective as an at-home treatment. Be careful to purchase pro-level/vetted devices to get the best benefit vs. inferior knock-offs. These look the same but do not have the same efficacy of higher-end devices. Also, the treatment for ultrasound at home is short, but only done twice weekly. It is not recommended to exceed that.


At-home skincare devices that use MicroCurrents send electricity to the skin to subtly lift and firm the skin. These are sometimes called “facial trainers” and can be said to increase lymphatic drainage, stimulate collagen production, and reduce fine lines over a period of time.

MicroCurrent facials can physically firm & tone the skin through muscle re-education. The process of gentle re-education of the fine facial muscles stimulates them with very small amounts of electricity. MicroCurrent is a specific amount of electricity that mirrors the body’s own natural current and works in harmony with the bodies system.

Further, a MicroCurrent facial stimulates the mitochondria to work. Let me break it down for you. The mitochondria are the power production centers of the skin cells. They work by metabolizing glucose through oxidative phosphorylation to create ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Whenever a cell needs energy it calls on ATP and then chews it up through respiration and creates ADP.

In other words, If a cell needs to spend energy to accomplish a task, the ATP molecule splits off one of its three phosphates, becoming ADP (Adenosine di-phosphate) + phosphate. The energy holding that phosphate molecule is now released and available to do work for the cell.

Pros of MicroCurrent > Good to maintain healthy and youthful skin > Can be good to use in combination with other treatment to keep skin tight/defined > Most find it completely painless

> Increases cellular energy Cons of MicroCurrent > Best used as a preventative measure, not for those looking for immediate dramatic results for advanced aged skin. > Must be used consistently for best results

While there are a lot of different types of at home skin care devices to choose from, they all have their own pros and cons. Depending on what you’re looking for, one of the three types of devices covered in this article should work for you and the results that you’re looking for. As with any skin care regimen, it’s important to do your research and figure out which is best for your lifestyle, your skin, and your budget.

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