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I posted here some months ago on my microcurrent treatments, they were working great but at $90 a treatment it was a killer and as its not permanent, you need to keep up maintenance I had to find another way.
Well it has taken me some time to get through reviewing a lot off microcurrent units, and what works and what does not.
The biggest question I had was what, is the difference between the expensive systems and the home units. Is the difference so much that the home unit is useless?
The salon units do 3 wave lengths to relax, tighten and stimulate facial muscles. They also pulse and polarize from positive to negative. Not that I think that most operators would know, most units come pre programmed 20min 30min 60min etc. So if you pay for 60min they just hit that button.
Let me just say microcurrent is not TENS, although you can get some combo units TENS/EMS/Microcurrent. Most of the combo units come with electrode pads which will not do, you need the wands. During application you will move the wands around your face creating link points, kind of like lifting and pulling the skin and muscle and directing microcurrent between two points.
So among the home units there are some great ones and you can buy the facial probes separately, but for the money (and reviews) I am going with FaceMaster.
I went 10 pages in all positive review, the uses just love it, down side was the refill on the gel but you can use other things.
Reviews can be found on http://www.hsn.com 11 pages of them to view. Anywho I will take some picture and post them up when I am a few weeks in.
How is your FaceMaster machine working so far? I'm very interested in the use of microcurrent for facial tightening.
I'm new to this board and this is my first post! I'm 46 and have been researching various ways to tighten my sagging jowls. For months I had been saving up for Thermage but after reading this board, NO WAY am I having it done. I'd also considered the Gentle Yag Laser but no one seems to have had it done on this board, and since it is a laser it might have some potential for pitting and/or scarring. But the microcurrent system intrigues me!
I also checked out the FDA website and found no complaints for microcurrent facelifts--that's a good sign.
I just checked the FDA complaints website on the FaceMaster machine and found two incidents: earlier this year, someone used it on the wrong setting and suffered headache, tinnitus and some eye injury. (The solution to that is simple: be careful, and use the correct setting!) The other incident, in 2002, sounds more serious: someone suffered severe fat loss on their face, major pain, etc. According to the FDA's report, the mfr was very surprised and was eager to investigate the matter as much as they could, and said no one else had ever had this kind of experience as far as they knew.
I just thought you'd like to know what I found. I don't think this would keep me from using the FaceMaster; I would just be very careful and start out very gradually on it.
I've decided to go and have a few microcurrent treatments done at a local spa, and then use a home machine for upkeep--you are right; at $95 a session, it's expensive to keep up with maintenance treatments! The spa I'm going to recommends six initial treatments, but I was told I would see a difference after the first treatment.
My first treatment is Friday morning. I will post my results and hopefully they will be positive!
Thanks for getting back to me Avelon, and good luck with your FaceMaster! I look forward to hearing how it works.
Well, I had my first microcurrent treatment on Friday, and I can't see any improvement in skin firmness yet. My skin looks good, but that could be because the woman first cleaned and exfoliated my face, then put a collagen mask on me after the procedure. Hopefully my skin will begin to tighten after a couple of more treatments.
The procedure did hurt a little, and the aesthetician said that's because I have very sensitive skin. She offered to turn the current down if it hurt too much, but the pain wasn't bad enough for that.
The spa recommends an initial six weekly treatments, followed by monthly maintenance treatments. I think I'll give it four weeks (four treatments) and if I don't see an improvement by then I'll give up on it.
Avelon, did you see an improvement in tightness after just one spa microcurrent treatment? Also, how is your FaceMaster working?
I didn’t see anything until about the 3rd treatment, by then I was questioning as well. I had the most improvement under my right eye (big baggy there). After each treatment under my eyes twitched for a bit then settled down. I can say though, that after about 7 weeks of no treatment the effect was lost, hence the facemaster.
I had to stop the facemaster for a bit as I am seeing my PS on the 3rd of November, so I want him to see it with out the treatments.
While I was using it though I noticed an overall effect, better tone etc. As soon as the 4th roles around I will be back to using it.
Btw I have about $1500.00 to spend at the PS office on other things they are willing to do x2 lower titans for $1500 and change.
Reading the reviews I'm convinced this is a great working product and safe. I was scared to try incase my face got some sort of paralysis or stroke, but I think it's safe. I think I might just buy it. Im so excited.
I just don't want to lose any face fat. How can I prevent that?
And most important can it plump my very thin lips?????cause that would me awsome.
I have tried both Linda Evans "Rejuvenique" and Suzanne Somers "FaceMaster" and would totally recommend Suzanne's FaceMaster, it's a lot more controllable with the intensity and the effects afterward are a lot more noticeable. I also own the older version (http://www.facialtoningsystem.com/) which I have had for about 3 years and it's still working great!
I have had the salon microcurrent treatments before: thighs, face, upper arms. They are very expensive, so much so that I stopped because the benefits did not justify the costs. When Suzanne Somers' FaceMaster came on the scene, I could not believe that it would be as good as a salon version with all its buttons and lights.
My first session was very comfortable and relaxing. I finished with the built-in feathering session, using the Collagen Enhancing Serum. Diretly after that I visited a lovely lady who had just experienced a tragedy in her life. After trying to comfort her, she leaned over and asked, "How do you make your skin so beautiful?" I was 69 at the time.
My family passes the Genetic Jowls from generation to genration. I had a neck and jaw lift nineteen years ago. It was a success but eventually some sagginess returned. The FaceMaster has corrected this plus firmed the area around my eyes, chin and mouth. I use it nearly every day. I am now 73 and get loads of compliments on my appearance every day. The truth is that the skin needs firm underlying muscles to look its best. Skin creams alone won't do the job.
I am a fan and love the fact that you don't have to break the bank in order to look good, no matter what your age! Highly recommend the FaceMaster.
I have been using the FaceMaster for the last 2 years and absolutely love it. No one can believe that I'm 50yrs old and I'm on the chunky side. Whenever I go out with my sons people think they are my partner. You do have to use it at least twice a week and it is well forth the cost. I used to do the salon treatments but it was expensive and had to find the time to drive there and wait, etc.
I just made up my mind to set aside 30 minutes a day for myself. Usually before I go to bed and do the FaceMaster and my moisturizing routine. I sometimes do the feathering or erasing steps in addition to the other two days I do the FaceMaster. My pore size diminished considerably since I started using it and I have no crows feet or frown lines. The jowls are harder to tighten as they are fat deposits. When I was thin at age 47 my face didn't have sagging jowls but as soon as I gained substantial weight they it started to sag, so if you are not overweight then you will see better results.
Love, Love my Facemaster and would recommend it to anyone, just make sure to follow the instructions.
I recently purchased the Facemaster Platinum and used it for the first time (=Day 1). I followed the DVD exactly and started around my eyes first with the intensity setting at 3. The zapping electrical current was uncomfortable so I turned the setting down to 1; I still felt the current, and on a psychological level it felt intuitively "wrong", so I stopped for a few minutes and tried again with a lighter touch barely making contact with the skin. The zzztttt-zzztttt sensation from the electrical current was bearable on the absolute lowest setting so I continued using the hand wands on the rest of my face as instructed. When I was working around my temples and the middle of my forehead I felt a twitching along the center (crown) of my head from front to back...it was a little startling but didn't hurt; again I had a "this is not right" psychological reaction so I stopped and decided to surf the internet to find out if anyone else has had similar experience using the Facemaster or other microcurrent home systems? So far I've only found the post from Gina mentioning that she "saw the electrical currents" but I can't seem to find anyone else mentioning the zapping sensation even when the unit is on the lowest setting (PS: I also just sent an email to the Facemaster contact, so hopefully I'll have an official answer Monday). Do any of you experienced Facemaster users have advice to share on this subject?
I know this was posted long ago, however; I feel the need to add some information. I too did my own research before purchasing and found a lot of interesting facts. Most are not made in the US. In fact a lot of the ones you order today will be sent from places like Japan and you'll be charged an extra fee (typically around $50) once it goes through customs. Another is that these so called "FDA approved" microcurrent machines, are only approved as "massagers" (such as the NuFace). They're not even medically approved. Many others have pathetically doctored with Photoshop and creative lighting before-and-after photos.
The one I purchased and trust is the Myotone Home Toning Device. They manufacture everything in the US, are the only US patented microcurrent device, have been in business since the 90s, have not only a home device but also a spa/medical machine, and have a wide array of customers (including myself) who have seen dramatic results and will never go back to anything different.
I highly recommend doing extensive research before making such an important purchase. Buying the wrong one will just be throwing away money and time.
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