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FAQ'S - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Microcurrent Anti-Aging Cosmetic Procedures?
Microcurrent face and body treatments emit subtle electrical frequencies that mimic the body’s own electrical signals, sending familiar messages to the muscles and the cells in the skin.  In numerous research studies, these signals have proven to be effective in slowing the normal aging process and even reversing it by increasing elastin and collagen production, increasing blood supply to the skin, increasing the cellular food - ATP, increasing lymphatic drainage, tightening and toning the muscles producing a "natural lift"to the face and neck, as well as the body.

2. Why does our skin show aging?
Your skin is made up of three layers: The Epidermis, the Dermis, and the Subcutaneous Layer.

The Epidermis is the thin outer protective layer, and consists of epithelial tissue in where rows of cells resemble bricks in a wall, with new cells produced at the base.

The Dermis is just beneath and contains connective tissue, small blood vessels, sweat and oil glands, nerves, and cells that produce collagen, called fibroblasts. Scientists formerly thought that fibroblasts were little more than scaffolding on which more important cells would climb. But University of Rochester Medical Center scientists have discovered that certain fibroblasts have highly specialized duties and play a major role in how scars form, fat accumulates, and harmful inflammation arises in humans. They also appear to be metabolically active. Two fibers, collagen and elastin, weave through the dermis, giving skin flexibility and firmness.

The Subcutaneous Layer is beneath the dermis and consists mainly of a type of connective tissue called adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is more commonly known as fat and it helps cushion the skin and provide protection from cold temperatures.

With aging, all skin cells begin to produce excess amounts of free radicals - unstable oxygen molecules that under ideal circumstances, are removed by naturally occurring antioxidants within the skin's cells. In aging skin cells, antioxidants are in short supply. The free radicals generated are left unchecked and cause damage to cell membranes, proteins, and DNA.

These free radicals eventually break down collagen, and release chemicals that cause inflammation in the skin. It is a combination of these cellular and molecular events that leads to skin aging and the formation of wrinkles.

In simple terms, as we get older, two components of our skin - collagen and elastin - degenerate, setting the stage for the appearance of wrinkles, creases, folds, and furrows. The breakdown of these components, accelerated by such things as exposure to UV rays - Photoaging, gravity, pollution, smoking, lack of exercise, and/or a consistently poor diet, results in the more visible signs of aging on our skin.

Years of facial expressions trigger small temporary folds in the skin to form where our muscles move; with age, depleting levels of collagen and loosening elastin fibers develop a memory of each line and crease. The Epidermis also becomes thinner and the connective tissue weaker.

Combined with the lack of tone in aging facial muscles, the Epidermis begins to sag and droop, while natural folds become unnaturally pronounced by fatty cheeks, neck, and chin. Reduction of blood circulation and restriction of blood vessels lead to a loss in youthful hue and manifests in a dull grayish color to the face.

3. What is Microcurrent?
Microcurrent is a modality providing electric current in millionths of an ampere, called Microamperes. It is the closest known electrical current that can be delivered on a near identical magnitude as the electrical current the human body naturally produces on its own; it is therefore perceived by the body as physiologic and safe.

Microcurrent is subsensory – below the level of sensory perception; so most clients feel nothing, or just a pleasant tingling. Microcurrent modalities are different than TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), which is a form of electrical current measured in Milliamperes commonly used as a therapy to block pain. Microcurrent is from 10-100 times less powerful than TENS, and should never cause muscle contraction or be uncomfortable during facial or body sculpting procedures.

Microcurrent is part of the TENS current range; however, Microcurrent provides accumulative healing affects, whereas TENS blocks pain but has virtually no healing effect. The Microcurrent modality used in medical healing is referred to as MENS, but its use for our treatment is termed Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Sculpting or Facial Toning.

Because of its close proximity to our body's own electrical signals, Microcurrent works on a more cellular level to aid in the healing process. It is upon this initial cellular healing platform that we began our research and development into the use of Microcurrent for Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation, and Regeneration.

4. How is Microcurrent used for Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation, and Sculpting treatments; and why is it so effective?
The short answer: As we age, our body loses much of its natural electrical energy, much like a battery gradually losing its charge. On a cellular level, this causes a breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin. This breakdown leads to sagging and unevenness of skin’s texture, and lines, wrinkles, and folds are the inevitable result. Beneath the skin, the facial muscles become increasingly contracted through years of habitual facial expression; and the affect of gravity, causes the overall “lift” of our face to decline and fall. 

The Beautiful Image Microcurrent machine emits subtle electrical frequencies that are the closet to the normal electrical signals that our body produces at a cellular level.  These signals increase the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells) by as much as 500%. 

Increased ATP levels speed cellular metabolism; the result is a detoxification that increases the rate of waste and impurity elimination. Protein synthesis and cellular membrane transport are also increased, as well as the reconstitution of collagen and elastin.

The results of these processes can be seen in improved skin tone and coloration, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and the firming of sagging areas of the face and body.

Besides the increase in ATP, protein synthesis, and cellular membrane transport, clinical studies have consistently shown that Microcurrent causes the following:

• 35% increase in blood circulation 
• 40% increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose) 
• 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis 
• 50% increase in the length of the elastin fibers 
• 10% increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissue 
• 35% increase in the number of blood vessels 
• 28% increase lymphatic drainage

All of these combinations are key factors in the effectiveness of the Beautiful Image Microcurrent Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation, and Facial Sculpting treatments. The body is literally being recharged back to a more youthful electrical state, as though a draining battery were plugged into a charger. 

With each treatment, ATP levels are stockpiled or stored, which is why Microcurrent Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation, and Facial Sculpting Treatment results are cumulative and become better as a series of treatments progresses

Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting will show good results with only one treatment; however such results may last only 48-72 hours in the initial treatment, then 3-4 days as you reach your 4 th or 5 th treatment. By the 6th or 8th treatment, muscle memory takes over and progress becomes more rapid and longer lasting, until only a booster treatment is needed every 4-6 weeks to maintain the results. This is called “muscle re-education.”

The dramatic increase of ATP levels allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions for longer periods of time. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as well as underlying tissue.

Compare that to any “skin resurfacing” procedure which only stimulates collagen by wounding the dermis. Microcurrent does not rely upon wounding, nor does it require a healing process to show results.

The long answer (including clinical studies and technical details): Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting emits Microcurrent which passes through special wands to manipulate 32 of the 53 muscles of the face by isolating traditional acupuncture points. The direct effect of this is called "muscle re-education.”

Muscle re-education can be accomplished to a limited degree without electrical current, such as in massage therapy; however when done using Microcurrent the results are extraordinary. In technical terms, facial muscles become increasingly contracted over years of facial expression and gravity. Microcurrent recharges those muscles into a shorter state. This widely-accepted concept was coined as the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) by George J. Goodheart Jr., DC, in the late 60's and is still accepted today.

In 1982, a landmark study performed by Ngok Cheng (now referred to as the Cheng study) found that a delivery of 50 to 500 microamperes of Microcurrent caused an increase in mitochondria, protein synthesis and that the Aminoisobutyric Acid uptake increased dramatically which led to a 30-40% increase in protein synthesis and Gluconeogenesis (biosynthesis of new glucose). 

The study also found a 300-500% increase in ATP levels (Adenosine triphosphate). ATP molecules, known as the "energy of life", are the storage and distribution vehicles for energy in the body and drive a number of biological processes such as photosynthesis, muscle contraction, protein synthesis, and membrane transport. ATP increase has been an attributing factor in the use of Microcurrent to speed the healing of wounds and injuries for over 60 years.

The idea that ATP can be stockpiled or stored is the reason why Microcurrent treatment results are cumulative and become better as a series of treatments progresses. The dramatic increase of ATP levels allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions for longer periods of time. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as well as underlying tissue.

Emil Y. Chi, PhD, director of the University of Washington 's Department of Pathology, performed clinical studies using Microcurrent equipment. He notes, "The fact that this technology works in harmony with the body is evident. Examination of skin tissue treated with Microcurrent showed a 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis, and the length of the fibers on average doubled. The collagen thickness in connective tissue increased 10%, and the number of blood vessels increased by 35%. The application of Microcurrent to skin and tissue produced a firmer and tighter feeling on the skin surface."

Chi's study further notes a 35% increase in blood circulation in tissue treated with Microcurrent, as well as remarkable Iontophoresis (delivering medication or cosmetic product with electrical current) that allows superior penetration of products into the skin. Other notable results concluded from the study were that redness, irritation and inflammation of surgically traumatized tissue could be decreased significantly, and the build up of hardened collagen that makes up scar tissue was noted to be three to five times less in tissue treated without Microcurrent.

Lymphatic drainage, an often over-looked treatment in aesthetics, has been gaining momentum in recent years. Clinical studies performed using Microcurrent at Hong Kong 's Tuen Muen Hospital in 1988 indicated that lymphatic drainage was increased by 28% on post-cancer patients suffering from lymphodema.

5. What is Microcurrent Facial Rejuvenation and Facial Sculpting?
The Beautiful Image Microcurrent Facial Rejuvenation and Facial Sculpting is a PAINLESS, SAFE, EFFECTIVE, and AFFORDABLE way to look and feel years younger without surgery or other invasive procedures that damage the skin making it go through a healing process in order to get any results.

Using our patented “Magic Wands” and a conductive cream, we gently combine a relaxing facial massage, an acupuncture treatment, with the delivery of Microcurrent into the deeper layers of the skin. 

This wonderfully relaxing experience is described as euphoric, and involves NO PAIN, NO SWELLING, NO REDNESS, and NO DOWNTIME. 

Some of the many benefits include:
• Diminishes and eliminates fine lines, creases, and wrinkles 
• Hydrates and revitalizes, making skin smoother and softer 
• Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage 
• Rejuvenates the "pink glow" of youthful radiance
• Visibly firms and contours, lifting drooping features
• Tightens sagging jowls, double chins, and fatty cheeks 
• Reduces dark circles and puffiness under the eyes 
• Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite 
• Reduces scarring and dimpling from laser resurfacing 
• Reduces symptoms of Acne, Eczema, Melasma, and Rosacea.
• And much, much more!

6. How is the Beautiful Image Facial & Body Sculpting™ different than any other Microcurrent Facial Treatments?
While other manufacturers were quickly trying to get their product to market before this technology burst into the American mainstream, Beautiful Image, Inc. decided to take its time to develop a Microcurrent Facial Rejuvenation Treatment that would represent a hallmark not only in its technological field, but among any and all nonsurgical procedures. 

After more than a decade of clinical research and development - utilizing a NASA engineer, along with several physicians, and technologists from the aesthetic industry, we introduced the Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting technology and quickly became the industry leader. In a very short time, we developed the reputation for getting twice the results in half the timecompared to any other Microcurrent Facial Treatment available anywhere in the world.

The secret to our age defying results is our eight waveforms specifically tuned to pulse in a precise, calculated series. It took Beautiful Image, Inc. 10-years of clinical research to tweak this pattern so that you will get the best possible results; and achieve a dynamic and lasting change to both your face and your body!

Beautiful Image Facial & Body Sculpting™ is the preferred choice of thousands of satisfied clients because of our ability to get noticeable results on anyone, in just one session… and that includes our body sculpting on the buttocks, stomach, arms, legs, and back. 

With Beautiful Image Facial & Body Sculpting™, you can get a complete makeover in a short period of time, so you can look your best for that special event (wedding, class reunion, bathing suit season, etc.).

Put our Microcurrent Facial Treatment beside any other in the world and you will see twice the results in half the time in a side-by-side comparison. Others require 20 treatments at two per week to get similar results as ours, often turning their current strength up to uncomfortable levels - and even then, they cannot get noticeable results in just one treatment each and every time, much less in two to three sessions.

If you are a massage therapist, aesthetician, or licensed Professional, pleaseclick here to learn how you can add a new Profit Center to your business with the Beautiful Image Facial & Body Sculpting™ and we will Guaranty Your Success!

7. How popular is this Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation, and Sculpting technology becoming in the United States?
Microcurrent Facial Treatments have been in the United States for several years, but just like other trends in anti-aging and cosmetic treatments and fashion, it seems to start overseas and then makes it way to the U.S. via celebrities. For last two years in a row, Hollywood insiders reported that this treatment was one of the hottest among celebrities in the weeks before the Academy Awards; in fact, this year it was featured on Extra during an episode on “Pre-Oscar Makeovers.” 

A few of the Hollywood celebrities that are currently known to be fans are: Goldie Hawn, Jamie-Lee Curtis, Mel Gibson, Liv Tyler, Meryl Streep, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Susan Sarandon, Rene Zellweger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jane Fonda, and Cliff Richard.

Industry experts and media moguls are predicting this treatment to be as popular as Botox and Microdermabrasion by the end of 2008. In fact, many Cosmetology schools are already training their students on the technology in preparation for these predicted industry demands.

8. What age range is this treatment suited for?
Since it preserves and maintains the youthful elements of younger clients, and acts as a rejuvenating treatment for older clients, the Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting™ is recommended for adult clients of all ages.

Our clients find it very relaxing as it nurtures, hydrates, and rejuvenates the skin at a cellular level. You will see a difference in just 1-session.

It is Fast, Safe, and Affordable and best of all What age range is this treatment suited for?
Since it preserves and maintains the youthful elements of younger clients, and acts as a rejuvenating treatment for older clients, the Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting™ is recommended for adult clients of all ages.

Our clients find it very relaxing as it nurtures, hydrates, and rejuvenates the skin at a cellular level. You will see a difference in just 1-session.

It is Fast, Safe, and Affordable and best of all NO NEGATIVE SIDE-EFFECTS, NO PAIN, NO SWELLING, NO REDNESS, and NO DOWNTIME!

9. What direct benefits should I expect from Microcurrent Facial Sculpting™?
A Beautiful Image Facial Rejuvenation and Sculpting session is way beyond a simple cosmetic facial treatment. The microcurrent stimulates the release of beneficial Neurotransmitters (endorphins and other helpful brain chemicals), causing overall relaxation and central nervous system stimulation, which reduces stress and has positive effects on your overall health and well-being. So, you will look better, and you will feel great!

Additional direct benefits include:
• Diminishes or eliminates fine lines, creases, and wrinkles 
• Hydrates and revitalizes skin, making it smoother and softer 
• Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage 
• Rejuvenates the "pink glow" of youthful radiance 
• Visibly firms and contours, lifting the overall droop 
• Tightens sagging jowls, doubling chins, and fatty cheeks 
• Clears up or reduces acne 
• Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite on the body 
• Reduces scarring and dimpling from laser resurfacing 
• Reduces dark circles or puffiness under eyes 
• Reduces symptoms of Sinusitis, Rhinitis, and Rosacea
• Stress reduction and enhanced relaxation 
• And much, much more!

Microcurrent emits subtle electrical frequencies that are the closest to the body’s own electrical signals, these signals are what keeps the cells youthful and healthy. The microcurrent waveforms stimulate an increase in ATP - adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells, by as much as 500%, speeding up cellular metabolism. The result is a detoxification that increases the rate of waste and impurity/toxin elimination. Protein synthesis and cellular membrane transport are also increased, as well as the reconstitution and increased production of collagen and elastin.

Besides the increase in ATP, protein synthesis, and cellular membrane transport, improved skin tone and coloration, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, the firming of sagging areas of the face and body, and stress reduction.

Numerous clinical studies have consistently shown that microcurrent causes the following:
•  35% increase in blood circulation 
•  40% increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose) 
•  45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis 
•  50% increase in the length of the elastin fibers 
•  10% increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissue 
•  5% increase in the number of blood vessels 
•  28% increase lymphatic drainage

All of these combined are key factors to the effectiveness of Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. The body is literally being recharged back to its more youthful electrical state, as though a draining battery were plugged into a charger. With each with each Beautiful Image session, ATP levels are stockpiled or stored, which is why Microcurrent Facial Treatment results are cumulative and become better as the series of treatments progresses. 

The dramatic increase of ATP levels allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions for longer periods of time. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as well as underlying tissue.

Compare that to any “skin resurfacing” procedure which only stimulates collagen by wounding the dermis. Microcurrent does not rely upon wounding, nor does it require a healing process to get results.

10. How long has Microcurrent technology been around?
The discovery that electrical current in the body is disrupted by wounds occurred In the 1830's when Carlos Matteucci proved that an electrical current was generated by injured tissue, but it wasn't until 1843 that the existence of wound currents was first experimentally observed by Dubois-Reymond. 

Nearly 100 years later, the Japanese would rely upon this discovery to use Microcurrent on the its soldiers during WWII, as Japanese physicians found that small electrical currents promoted the mending of non-healing bone fractures, reducing the time it took to heal.

The first commercial device outputting microcurrent stimulation was the Dermatron, developed in the 1960's by Dr. Reinhold Voll of Germany . Mainstream use would eventually find the technology treating a variety of nonunion fractures and bone implants as an accepted procedure among orthopedic surgeons. The technology further progressed to treating pain in burn patients and sports injuries.

Medical doctors, physical therapists, acupuncture physicians, and chiropractors have since relied upon Microcurrent for decades, but its use in cosmetic treatment is fairly recent, born out of one physician successfully treating Bell's palsy patients for paralysis, noticing that the facial lines were much softer, the face more lifted, and the eyes less droopy. It is used in the treatment of Bell’s palsy patients to this day. 

Other successful uses of Microcurrent in the medical community have achieved results include: Tempero-mandibular joint Dysfunction, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Macular Degeneration, Scoliosis, Tinnitus, Tic Doloreaux, and even clinical depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

11. Are there any harmful side effects or pain during or after the treatment?
None. Not only is our treatment painless, but clients look forward to the relaxing experience. Our waveforms are very inducing, and many fall asleep during the session.

Afterwards clients feel euphoric, as though the just experienced the most fantastic hour-long massage; however, 15-20 minutes later, they describe themselves as feeling invigorated and alert. 

Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting™ does not rely upon a thermal energy source like a laser; therefore there is no inflammation or redness, no need to heal before seeing results, and absolutely no downtime. Just reapply makeup and go on with your day. 

Many procedures using lasers advertise themselves as "lunchtime facelifts" requiring no downtime, but who wants to resume their day with a red swollen face? Microcurrent facial treatments are by far the safest and most effective nonsurgical treatment available today.

12. How soon will I see results?
While other Microcurrent Facial Treatments proclaim individuals may see some minor change after 3-4 sessions, and significant change only after 15-20 sessions, Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting™ will produce noticeable changes on your first session. Further changes will be even more effective and lasting as your facial “memory” is achieved and sustained at 8-10 sessions.

13. How many sessions are recommended for the full treatment and how often?
Most clients need 10 treatments to achieve a maximum benefits. Clients with greater aging effects such as severe neck sagging, deep creases, or distinguished “crow’s feet” at the brow, may need up to 15 sessions. Clients need a minimum of 2 sessions their first week, then one per week there after until treatment is complete.

Those who are on a short timeline (preparing for a wedding, accepting an award, etc.) may be treated twice per week in order to complete their treatment quicker. After your 10 sessions, your look is maintained by receiving booster treatments every 4-6 weeks.

14. How long should I expect the results to last?
Your cosmetic investment is preserved as long as you are receiving booster treatments every 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment span. If you stop booster treatments, you risk losing the muscle memory after about 6 months and will have to start a new treatment span again to regain the original youthful look.

15. What other areas of the body is Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting™ effective on?
Besides the face and neck, clients also receive treatment on the stomach, legs, hands, back, arms, and buttocks with exceptional results. The buttock lift is perhaps the most popular, especially as the bikini season nears.

16. Are there any indirect benefits to this treatment?
Although this treatment is intended to reduce or ward off the effects of aging, many who are treated mention other beneficial effects.

These may or may not include: 
• Menstrual cramps relieved 
• Menopausal discomfort alleviated 
• Fat reduction (in areas treated) 
• Back and neck pain relieved 
• Depression decreased 
• Digestive discomfort and constipation relief 
• Increase in energy levels 
• Insomnia alleviated

17. How long has your company been around?
Beautiful Image L.L.C., is headquarters in Tampa Florida. Our roots began in aesthetic technology over 30 years ago.  Beautiful Image Arizona is a dba for Vital Image Beauty, Health, and Wellness L.L.C. founded in March 2007.

18. What type of specialized training and certification is needed to perform this treatment?
Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting™ is used by Chiropractors, Dermatologists, Acupuncture Physicians, and Cosmetic Surgeons, but you’ll also find its use in Med Spas and Day Spas.

The minimum licensing required in most states is that of an Esthetician; in fact, many Cosmetology schools are training students to use our procedure in order to better equip them for the increasing demand. Any medical licensing will cover this professional treatment, but most states allow for Licensed Massage Therapists and Cosmetologists to also perform the treatment, since it is completely safe and noninvasive

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