What is High Frequency and Why Do We Use It?
High frequency (also known as the Tesla high frequency current) was first developed in the late 1800's by a renowned scientist Nikola Tesla. While it offers a number of functions, before the invention of "modern" antibiotics it was largely used for medical purposes such as in the treatment of strep throat and other infections. Today however it is now widely used by prestigious spas and professional salons throughout the world as an important component of many skin care treatment regimens, procedures and programs. Its many benefits range from treating acne, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark under eye circles, cellulite and even in some cases thinning hair.
There are many different variations of high frequency machines currently being used today. All high frequency facial machines function by using a glass high frequency electrode which comes in many different shapes and sizes to treat various contours of the face and body. When applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the neon or argon gas filled glass electrode causing it to submit a subtle glow and buzzing noise. The electrodes produce either a neon red/orange light or violet/blue light depending on the inert gas that they are filled with. Traditionally acne prone skin is treated with violet and aging skin has been treated with red, however recent studies show that both are effective regardless of skin care concern. During the high frequency treatment enriched oxygen molecules are produced which have an anti-bacterial action as well as a "natural" thermal tissue warming. That reaction causes a natural contraction of underlying blood vessels and in tiny muscle groups which push away toxins, while the cells in your skin are enriched with nutrients and hydrating volume. This in turn creates an increase in blood circulation and cell renewal that aids in the support of increased levels of collagen and elastin. The skin is left feeling instantly energized, rosy, firm refreshed and noticeably softer- even after just one treatment!
High frequency has been proven to be effective on almost any skin lesion from acne and burns, to waxing procedures and cold sores. It helps to quickly heal and restore the skins’ health. High frequency facials are considered a safe and gentle therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation. Always be sure to talk with your skin care provider first to be sure if high frequency is right for you as there are few contraindications.