You are searching for this device because you are wowed by its purported benefits as featured on infomercials. Or perhaps you have seen it being featured by celebrity doctor Dr Oz. You may have doubts whether it really works as advertised.
As someone who has worked as a beautician for over 8 years and have experienced the benefits of high frequency facials (using large commercial machines) myself, the only question I had was whether the same benefits can indeed be experienced by someone using a handheld device at home. This is what I found after some research and investigation.
What is High-frequency Therapy & does it even benefit the skin?
First of all, high-frequency technology has already been around since the beginning of the twentieth century. A French inventor by the name of Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval first created the high-frequency current device that would be later known as the d’Arsonaval.
This device delivers heat and electrical energy to the skin via a glass electrode that receives a high-frequency AC current. As a result of the energy penetrating deeply into the skin, new cell tissue and collagen growth are stimulated.
Is this a just a fad? Apparently not. According to a recent study conducted by medical researchers in spain, high frequency skin treatment can result in increased collagen and elastic-fibre in the skin. What this means is repeated application of this technology can result in a fuller, tighter and more supple appearance of the skin.
Watch a very comprehensive video of how such treatments actually work:
So what’s the verdict?
Gathering many of the testimonials and feedback from forums and eCommerce sites, the general consensus on high frequency devices can be summarized as such:
- The good: Unlike creams and even microdermabrasion treatments that can only treat superficial layers of the skin, this device can really penetrate beneath the surface and ‘plump up’ the skin through the stimulation of collagen. Moreover, older users (even those past 60) have seen significant improvements in the elasticity of their skin after prolong use.
- The not-so-good: Some users claim that it took them many treatment sessions to see any visible results. Interestingly, older users (those above 40) seem to report seeing faster results on this device than younger ones.
What You Need to Know Before Making A Purchase
As we have seen earlier, high frequency facial therapy is neither a scam nor is it a new technology. It has been used by beauticians and dermatologists using large commercial machines for a long time. The difference here is that the Dermwand makes this technology safe for home use and also makes it more budget friendly for the masses. That said, because you will be going DIY, there are some facts you’d need to be certain of before you start any treatment.
Results to Expect
In terms of benefits, many users have seen an almost immediate reduction in their pore size. Many users also reported finding their skin feeling tighter and more ‘plumped’ up. After extended treatment many have also reported in a reduction in appearance of fine lines.
Each of us has a different skin type and a skin condition that is unique to ourselves. Factors like age, genetics, ethnicity and accumulated skin damage over the years (for example, through UV damage from exposure to sunlight) all add up to determine the effect this therapy will have on your skin. This is why you will not experience the exact result or benefit that your friend or even your relative will experience.
That said, it would still be useful to know what sort of results people of your skin type or condition are experiencing, to get a rough idea of the possible benefits to expect.
Non FDA Registered & Listed Home Use Devices
There are in fact many other devices sold in the market these days, but you should keep in mind that the Dermawand is the only FDA listed and registered high frequency skin treatment tool in the USA.
This means that these other tools are most probably not rigorously tested for compliance with prevailing safety standards for medical and beauty devices.
For these reasons, I do not recommend using these devices at the moment.
Health & Safety Issues Pertaining to High Frequency Therapy
Even though such skin treatments are generally safe, there are some instances when you should refrain from using it. Because it involves static electricity, people who have heart problems, especially those with pacemakers installed should avoid it. If you have epilepsy or suffer from other disorders pertaining to the nervous system, you should also avoid starting this sort of therapy. Pregnant ladies should also stay away from this treatment.
Areas of the skin to avoid applying high-frequency treatment include hairy areas, areas with open wounds, scars that have just healed or are in the process of healing, and skin that have substantial metallic fillers underneath.
If you are in doubt, please consult a physician before commencing any high frequency skin therapy.