“You know, that Frankenstein tool you use with the electricity and the glowing lights.” -(beloved client). “Oh you mean my High Frequency machine?” Time and time again I have used a tried and true tool that my clients gush over and love. I call it my Frankenstein tool because just like in the classic story by Mary Shelly, I use it to spark new life back into the skin, this tool is my High Frequency Machine!
High frequency (also known as the Tesla high frequency current) was originally developed in the late 1800's by renowned scientist Nikola Tesla. While it offers a number of functions, before the invention of "modern" antibiotics it was used for medical purposes such as treatment of strep throat and other infections. Today high frequency is widely used by prestigious spas and professional salons throughout the world as an important aid in many skin care regimens. Its abundant benefits range from treating acne, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark under eye circles, cellulite and even in some cases improving thinning hair.
High frequency facials have given estheticians the option to offer a safe and gentle alternative to more invasive and expensive skincare treatments; however, just like with many facials high frequency has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect; however, continued application will provide more cumulative long-term results for clients overall. When it comes to using high frequency acne sufferers have found improvements in their complexions after only a few days of high frequency use. For anti-aging purposes, results may vary by individual anti-aging will be gradual and does not occur overnight; however, long term use will benefit clients over time in a visual way! The main difference between these protocols depend on the type of electrode used in the skin care treatment.
Lets dive into the difference and Benefits Between Argon(Violet) VS Neon High Frequency Electrodes.
Traditionally an Argon electrode is selected by an esthetician in order to treat acne prone skin. An extremely small amount of ultraviolet light is emitted when the violet electrode comes into contact with the skin. Such brief and low level UV exposure is considered safe and non-damaging while providing thorough anti-bacterial and healing benefits. These benefits comes forth due to the fact thatArgon is denser than air and displaces oxygen, this is part of the reason why after using high frequency the sparked bacteria is eliminated and emits an Ozone smell.
Orange electrodes (Neon) are generally sought after for the treatment of aging skin because they direct more warmth to the treatment area therefore promoting blood circulation, encouraging cellular turnover rate and improving product penetration. Liquefied neon is commercially used as a cryogenic refrigerant (‘natural preservative’). Therefore the application of such gas into the pores has shown an ability to ‘preserve youth’ or reduce signs of aging by stimulating fibroblasts and collagen production.
There are also various electrode shapes made to further improve the effectiveness of treatments. For example a Point electrode is best used for the eye area, small targeted points, and cystic acne spots. Next is the Mushroom tip with the ability to cover a larger surface area this tip is the most beneficial to use for cheeks, forehead, neck, chest, and back. The Spoon electrode has a unique curve which makes an easy reach tool for cheeks, forehead, neck, and scalp. Lastly we have the Comb electrode which marvelously benefits the scalp, and stimulates hair in order to reduce thinning.
So what should we as Estheticians know about high frequency electrodes in our treatment room? High-frequency treatments kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, hence the acne-fighting benefits. High-frequency also increases circulation to stimulate collagen, making the treatment an effective anti-aging and glow-boosting tool. Each electrode has a designated use whether for fighting acne (Argon) or stimulating anti-aging (Neon). Using the proper electrode needed for a facial treatment could be what creates that major difference for the client that keeps them coming back time and time again. We all want young clear skin that hides our age so why not become doctor Frankenstein with a goal to bring back life to the skin! Having this sophisticated tool in your treatment repertoire can do just that!