For the past 20 years, since Botox was approved by the FDA, facial freezing injections have been the industry’s gold standard for treating wrinkles and fine lines. Today, Emface is a non-invasive technology that combines high-frequency and high-intensity electrical facial stimulation (HIFES) to stimulate collagen and elastin, tone the skin, reduce fine lines, and essentially lift the skin. So I’m switching my focus to facial care. Muscles work in the name of facial rejuvenation.
The first time I learned about this treatment was on social media. And I was both intrigued and almost confused by it. My thought was that if I applied a device that stimulates muscle movement to my face, every movement would create wrinkles instead of lifting and shaping. After doing some research and trying it myself, my thoughts couldn’t be more wrong.
Below, keep reading to learn the basics of Emface and see what happened when you tried it.
What is an eface?
If you’ve heard of the Emsculpt or Emsculpt Neo body treatments, note that the Emface uses similar technology, but is applied to the face instead of the abdomen or buttocks. Both are manufactured by BTL Aesthetics, but Emface is specifically designed for delicate facial muscles, says Yael Halas, M.D., FACS, a double-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. Stimulation of the muscles is done by placing adhesive electrodes in “the frontalis muscles of the forehead and the zygomatic muscles of the cheeks,” says Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a prominent cosmetic dermatologist and owner of PFRANKMD in New York City. talk. Specifically, the frontalis muscle is responsible for raising the eyebrows, while the zygomaticus major, zygomaticus minor, and zygomaticus muscles in the cheeks help lift the midface and corners of the mouth, adds Dr. Halas.
Three adhesive electrodes placed on the face (one on the forehead and one on each cheek), plus an additional “grounding pad” [is placed] Lie on your back [that allows] It utilizes radio frequency energy to optimize the electrical stimulation pulses delivered. [these] specific facial muscle groups. This HIFES technology is performed in his 4 weekly 20 minute sessions. ”
Dr. Harraas likens Emface to a form of strength training, which works the muscles of the face. “Just like weightlifting strengthens your skeletal muscles, exercising your facial muscles will increase muscle tone and restore cheek volume for a more lifted appearance. are all uniquely located on the same fascial plane, the SMAS. [superficial musculoaponeurotic system]As the muscle tone improves, the jawline and neck are lifted to some extent, and the eyebrows are lifted back to their natural position. ”
As Dr. Frank points out, the device is clinically proven to stimulate and improve muscle tone, skin thickness and structure across the face, with virtually no pain or downtime. Virtually painless and no downtime. When it comes to facial treatments, these two things that many of us can get right into are known to be painful, or of some sort.
What it feels like to have an Emface
For my Emface treatment, I went to The Body Boutique in Manhattan. There you will find some equipment from BTL Esthetics. Then I met Evelyn Ramirez, LME, a licensed medical esthetician and owner of Evelyn Aesthetics Medi Spa in New York City. I am having the procedure. At the time, I was experimenting with a variety of beauty treatments, and was excited to try this much-talked-about technology, especially since it was the only one that targeted facial muscles. I thought Emface was the missing piece in my overall anti-aging regimen.
First, Ramirez explained that I would put a grounding pad on my upper back to optimize the high frequency energy emitted by the device. As I lifted my shirt and slid my bra straps down, she padded it. She then lay down to prepare for the procedure. Dr. Ramirez removed the sunscreen and makeup from my face so the adhesive electrodes placed on my forehead and cheeks stayed on my face throughout the 20 minute treatment. She then stuck her 3 sticky electrodes to my face. One of hers on the forehead and one of hers on each cheek.
Ramirez warned that although it’s not painful, it can feel a little strange as the muscles in your face move, but you’ll get used to it quickly. She started with a lower intensity to get me used to the feeling. Her goal was to eventually increase strength to her 100. By the end of the 5 treatment sessions, I’d say I’ve reached a level of about 80 or a little higher.
During the 20-minute treatment, I endured the heat emanating from the high-frequency pads, plus a strange sensation of facial muscle movement that changed patterns every few minutes. The movement felt like a continuous muscle spasm every few seconds. I spent the first few minutes of treatment laughing. Because the sensation of that movement was completely involuntary and unlike anything I’d ever experienced with my face. My eyes twitched shut at the uncontrollable movements of my face. During the first session, I picked up my phone and recorded a video just to see how stupid I was. I giggled while watching it too.
Twenty minutes flew by and it was time for Ramirez to remove all the padding from my face and back. It was really easy. When I got up, she said most people experience a noticeable difference in one session, but you need at least four to see full results.
Excited, I got up from the table and ran to the bathroom to look in the mirror. I was a little red from the heat, but my skin was firmer and smoother, and my eyebrows and cheeks looked lifted. I was really impressed with the effect after just one session. I feel that the things I’ve been doing to take care of my skin are producing better results than I thought.
I went for the En Face treatment once a week for the next 4 weeks for a total of 5 treatments (one more than recommended). My experience with Emface was similar. The only difference is that Ramirez has increased the intensity of my treatment with each visit. With each session, my tolerance to treatment increased. This was mainly because we knew what to expect. With each session, the results got better and better.
The great thing about Emface is that you can go back to your normal life immediately after treatment. There is no need to change skincare or discontinue active ingredients before or after treatment. Plus, there’s no downtime, so we recommend waiting 24-48 hours between his Emface treatments if you’re getting Botox treatments. For dermal fillers, Dr. Harras recommends waiting two weeks for the dermal fillers to settle and heal, only if they are applied to the area where the Emface electrode applicator is placed. Lip fillers are not affected by this. If you’re planning a filler, it’s best to get him two weeks before your Emface session, or right after your last session.
For maintenance, four sessions every six to 12 months are recommended, says Dr. Nazanin Saedi, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist at Plymouth Dermatology in Philadelphia. However, the frequency of sessions will depend on your initial results, skin characteristics and lifestyle.
Is Emface Worth It?
With an average cost of $4,500 for a four-session package, Emface will be paying a lot. Depending on your age and goals, you may not feel it’s worth the price, especially since the results aren’t incredibly dramatic, but it’s certainly a very noticeable effect. But with the benefits of maintaining facial muscle and skin integrity and increasing facial volume, these small but significant wins will be worth it down the road. For me, the results were worth it.
Emface After Photo
“Emface results are natural, allowing the body to naturally remodel the skin and reshape the lines of the face. It takes 6 to 12 weeks to see the final results,” says Dr. Harraas. Masu.
After 6 weeks of treatment, I saw a gradual but noticeable change in my face. My cheeks have more volume and my eyebrows look lifted. Also, I was already over my third month of Botox injections when I went for treatment, but M-Face’s treatment, especially on my forehead, allowed me to wait a few more weeks for Botox injections. It was very satisfying. All in all, I highly recommend this treatment if your time and budget allows. We plan to return in 6 or 12 months, depending on the continued results of treatment.