PHOTO REJUVENATION SYSTEM
It's A Matter of Balance.
The MC-2. The reimagined update to our MC-1 classic.
The newly modeled revamp of our original MC-1 Micro-Current Head, now resculptured into a form-factor case style that's won an International IF Design Award. Described as "sensual" in its feel, it nestles into the palm with complete grace. And it includes a new, more powerful and recessed Med-Grade LED between the probes.
Yes, with true pro-level microcurrent machines often running between $5,000 ~ $10,000, we could have developed, produced, and sold an entirely new package involving a whole new console to drive the head. But we didn't. We didn't have to.
But Fully Regulated Micro-Current Coming Out of a 'Light Machine'? Yup.
For the longtime DermaWave enthusiasts who were paying attention, we've long told you about our 'open architecture' designs - ones that were never quite 'complete' until you plugged in a head and changed the very nature of the console's circuitry. Many of you may remember the graphic we published, back when, describing our 'Dynamic Feedback Loop' that allowed entire circuit parameters to be changed - automatically - depending upon the head in use. After all, none of our head designs are actually the 'final link' like in every other 'Electro-Spa' machine on the market of any kind. By making them 'mid-stream insertions' every head - of every type - could be complete circuit modifiers ...
This, in no way, should be confused with so-called 'Combo' machines that often simply tether ... whatever head ... back to a shared power supply ...
In what would be a 'Send' and 'Return' loop in the 'middle' of the open architecture circuit design, a number of internal parameters could be 'redefined'. And when we developed proprietary advances - such as photo-optical sensing - they could plug right into the older console designs and create something completely updated ... without having to purchase a whole new machine console. That was full backward compatibility. But viewed from our end, it also offered forward compatibility for the visions in our heads - those "sketched on cocktail napkins". And we knew the DermaWave circuitry could accommodate and deliver a number of 'visions' - those not even relating to light. Things like ... MicroCurrent ...
... And a head that contains its own, dedicated internal circuit as something akin to a 'machine-ette', in its own right, that works in tandem with the circuitry operating within the DermaWave console.
Five years (on and off), eleven working prototypes
- and electronically "mapping" dozens of faces to chart their own
innate electrical resistance, capacitance, and surface impedances
... here's what we ended up with as just one example in the final design-tweaking
QUICK NOTATION: The camera was inadvertently closer in the before shot to the right - and the head is poised a bit lower in the frame, so the amount of 'chin lift' wouldn't be as dramatic as it might seem at quick glance. But we wanted to present Leslie's photographic comparison exactly as she presented it to us. Still, the 'trends' can be easily seen - as well as something Leslie didn't label: A far better skin texture and tone. Wonderful.
So, what's with the face's own, innate electrical parameters? Resistances? Capacitance? Surface impedance? They represent the 'electricity' - as well as the resistance to the same - that's already in your body. It, in part, is what allows 'touch screens' (such as that of an iPhone, say) to work in the first place. And in mapping those parameters in dozens of face locations, one can 'chart' the parameters that all faces have in common. Thin ones. Fat ones. In-between ones - where, for example - all faces have less electrical resistance at the cheek bones, relative to the more fleshy area just below them. Same for the forehead. And the chin. The jaw line.
And with that 'map' one can then potentially automate the output of microcurrent probes on the basis of where they're placed - at what location ... even as they move. And those very same output probes, in between output phases, can measure the skin's surface impedance as an input to the console ... that 'directs' or 'orchestrates' the output. In short, automation - requiring one to set nothing. Or worse ... having to 'guess at it'. For while many people still see our DermaWave console 'outputs' as "output jacks", we've always called them 'Smart Ports' - as access points in the 'Feedback Loop', capable of accepting an 'input' (such as that of a photo-optical sensor in the DermaWave LED heads).
Moreover, imagine having the electrical resistance between the probes being modulated dynamically - the very thing that happens when one probe is gradually moved away from another stationary probe, as in other microcurrent systems. Only our probes have the capability do that electronically - with the spacing between the probes remaining physically stationary and constant. Imagine that. We did, after all - while others ... seemingly did not.
By the way ... the DermaWave MicroCurrent Head requires NO conducting gels, whatsoever. In fact, we ask that the face be clean and relatively oil free. So, no - you won't have to buy what are often expensive jars of 'goop' from us, month after month. It's just not necessary for our design - and the way we 'lay down' currents.
Our user manual simply shows you the direction to move the head at different face locations. The rest of the "training" is already 'engineered in'. You just move the head - with it's 50mm (2 inch), laboratory-grade stainless steel bar probes - and let the system do its thing. Done. Simple.
Still, this is a professional system, boys and girls - not some at-home Chinese consumer gadget sold on late-night TV or various places along your the internet journeys. Our MicroCurrent Head just works as simply.
And that very 'feature' can mask complexities ...
Imagine ... With DermaWave consoles (since 2002) being able to produce up to 64,000 pulses per second we can use these 'micro-pulses' to form the essence of yet other waveforms. For example, a simple 'square wave' can be made up of a thousand of more shorter (narrow) pulse waves. With this, essentially two (or more) 'waves' can be delivered in the very same instant. In some sense, that's how digital recording and playback is created. On a CD - or digital download - 44,100 thousand on-off 'pulses' (samples) can create all of the (sound) waves of an entire symphony orchestra ... at once. At DermaWave, we have the resolution of 64,000 pulses to play with ...
In the waveform analysis shown here, those familiar with waveforms may see it as a variant of a 'saw-tooth' wave. It kind of is ... but we more accurately created - in this one example - what we call a 'ramp and hold' wave. And that wave is made up of multiple pulse waves. That's two dimensions happening at once. And notice how the smaller 'waves' (below) slightly vary in 'width' and relative 'spacing'? Yeah. That's deliberate. And that's a 'third dimension'. Moreover, all of this can happen in a fraction of a single second. And the very same theory can be applied to ... square waves, triangle waves, sine waves ... or even 'custom waves', as shown in the example.
And, in the space of a mere second or two, the probes have the capability of running through a whole host of waveforms - faster than you can turn around to change 'programs', hoping you're using the right one. Our probes can deliver it all - without you having to refer to the manual because you 'forgot'.
You ... don't even have to think about it. No more than when you load a 'multi-waveform' song into your 'music player'. And here, the 'music' is already in the 'player' - and changes 'the song' as you move it around. Even its 'loudness', sweeping all the way down, in theory, into the nano-current range, as it sees fit.
This kind of technical description may make your head hurt. But using it ... won't.
Final Analysis in Brief (because entire books are written about it)
So ... in the final analysis, this is what you get: First know that normal cellular reactions (that include 'currents') slow down as we age. By electro-stimulating the skin cells in a variety of ways and increasing the production of 'Adenosine Triphosphates' (ATPs) within those cells, there can be - net result - the reduction in fine lines and much better skin texture - as well as offering the electro-impulse 're-training' of facial muscles. So yes, the process has lifting potential - that which most separates it from LED treatments (which have their own, unique benefits). But outright 'turkey necks'? Eh, modest improvements, depending upon severity. Alas, some things still do require surgical procedures. Still, some nice lifting potential in other areas, jaw bone to cheek bone, and above. Other positive changes take place, as well - such as improved circulation and even an increase in metabolism. Most of you here are professional users and you already know the deal. That's why we've dedicated most of our time here explaining our specialized and unique technological approaches to delivering the procedure.
Making it easy.
Beyond that, we've included a sizable, optic-driven photo-rejuvenation LED that lays down a 20mm spot size between the probes. But know that it's not the equivalent of our dedicated LED heads. Those are larger, have photo-optical sensors - and are more powerful, surely. We simply have added a remarkable LED with a rather large projected spot size as a 'Booster' that gives a 'light dose' of photo-rejuvenation during the MicroCurrent process. Consider it as 'value added' for you ... and your clients - not a spot-on equivalency. Okay?
In fact, if you're just starting out, we'd recommend our LED systems first - with our MicroCurrent head as a great companion that can be added at any time, naturally. That's our opinion. LED first. Then consider MicroCurrent. But yes - as some of you might wonder - one can just buy a DermaWave console and a MicroCurrent head without an LED head, just for MicroCurrent treatments. That's up to you.
Treatments & Sessions
We've seen many recommend - as a 'course' - a series of anywhere between 8 ~ 12 sessions. We say, at least with our head, 6 sessions (much like photo-rejuvenation). Then assess. It will naturally depend upon the severity of what's laying before you. Sessions may be once or twice a week, say, and are often dependent upon the weekly affordability to the client. Touch-up sessions ... monthly, say. This will be somewhat variable, depending on lifestyle, inclusive of sun exposure (much like Photo Rejuvenation, again). Using it more frequently will do no harm, certainly.
A face session would typically take around 20~30 minutes. Add 10 if you want to treat the neck as well. This assumes using one head ...
Some of you may wonder ... Can I use two of the MicroCurrent head 'in stereo' like I use your wand-style LED heads? Yes ... you can ... as long as it's a DermaWave console with two separate channels. That would include anything from the 'Petite' model of 2004, forward .... thru 'The Atmosphere' up to any current DermaWave console, naturally. Only the older, single (switchable) channel PL-100 models should use only one head at a time - at least for things to go right (even if using a 'Y' adapter). And for those who are particularly coordinated, it is possible to run an LED head in one channel and a MicroCurrent head in the other - at the very same time (for all DermaWaves since 2004). This would refer to the wand-style LED heads. For the large Planar Head of the Cubic 7, there'd be little time advantage. The Planar Head treatment is pretty fast as it is. Which bring us to ....
Which comes first for 'twin sessions' - LED or MicroCurrent? In theory, it doesn't matter. But in practice, we'd do MicroCurrent first with the LED session as the follow-up. We say this because MicroCurrent can momentarily cause a bit of redness in some people. The LED session will bring all back to normal (even a couple of minutes of it).
And with that, we hope this page has enlightened ... more than it's confused ...
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