03 Oct An EmFace Review from PopSugar
An EmFace Review from PopSugar
Heard of Emsculpt? The latest offering from this company is Emface, and it works just like its predecessor. At RefinedMD, we understand that sometimes state of the art technology sounds too good to be true, but in this case it’s backed by science (and honestly it just makes sense). Word of mouth remains a great way to ensure that you’re getting what you pay for, and today’s version of this is often online reviews—like from PopSugar’s Taryn Brooke. She underwent the high-intensity facial electrical stimulation (HIFES) treatment that’s renowned for kickstarting elastin and collagen production. This, in turn, tones the skin, reduces lines and wrinkles, and gives the face a lift with no needles, pain, or downtime.
Brooke, like many others, says she first heard about Emface from social media. She says she was both intrigued and confused. Her first concern is that if there’s a machine manipulating facial muscles, wouldn’t that actually cause more wrinkles rather than reduce them? She did some research before booking an appointment and says, “I could not have been more wrong in my thinking.”
Emface shares a lot of similarities with Emsculpt but is designed specifically for those delicate facial muscles. Electrodes are attached to the frontalis muscles of the brow as well as the zygomaticus on the cheeks. These electrodes are not attached to muscles that pull the face down or cause wrinkles (thus why it works!). The frontalis muscles is in charge of elevating the brow while the three zygomaticus muscles lift up the midface and the mouth. In total, three electrodes are adhered to the face (via a soft, sticky substance). Clients get one on the forehead and one on each cheek. There is also a “grounding pad” on the back so that radiofrequency (RF) energy maximizes the electrical pulses to the face. Most clients require a total of four 20-minute sessions, once per week, to set a foundation for a more lifted appearance.
Emface is also very similar to resistance training—but for the face. Kind of like face yoga. We often lift weights to strengthen muscles on the body (or use Emsculpt!), and the same concept works for Emface. The face is unique because the muscles are all on the same fascial plane (the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS), so when you improve the muscle strength and tone here, you can lift the forehead, mid-face, and even the jawline and neck to some degree. Plus, Emface has been shown to help thicken facial tissue, which is a good thing. Thinning skin is one of the most common signs of aging and emphasizes lines, wrinkles, and volume loss.
One Woman’s Emface Journey
For Brooke, she saw Emface as the missing ingredient in her antiaging regimen. She was warned that although the treatment is painless, Emface does force facial muscle contractions and can feel “a little weird.” Her treatment began on a lower intensity so she could get used to it, with a goal of increasing intensity to the maximum (100). Brooke made it to 80 by the end of her treatment series. She describes the sensation as a “strange feeling of muscle movements in my face that changed their pattern every few minutes or so, in addition to heat emitted from the pads from the radiofrequency.” According to Brooke, it felt like muscle spasms and in the first few minutes she laughed simply because the feeling was so odd. “The feeling of the movement was completely unvoluntary [sic] and unlike anything I had felt before in my face. The uncontrollable facial movements made my eyes twitch and close,” she says. Like many clients, she recorded some reels for social media because of just how “ridiculous” those movements made her look.
Brooke says the 20-minute sessions passed quickly. For those seeking immediate gratification, most people do notice an immediate improvement. For Brooke, she says her skin looked a little flush but her eyebrows and cheeks were definitely more lifted. She loved the results after just one session, but was committed to the full series. Brooke says that the results are not incredibly dramatic, “but they are indeed very noticeable.” She also opts for Botox, which can complement Emface. However, she says Emface has the added benefit of actually strengthening facial muscles and skin integrity, making Emface totally worth it.
If you would like to learn more about Emface, schedule a consultation or appointment, contact RefinedMD today by calling the office or filling out the online form.