Galvanic treatments use a special machine that releases harmless galvanic current that can rejuvenate the complexion, remove impurities, minimize the appearance of fine wrinkles, and allow effective absorption of products into the skin. Meanwhile, the procedures are also used to revitalize the scalp in order to achieve a healthier and more vibrant hair.
While galvanic treatments are relatively safe and do not involve serious risks, pregnant women and patients with pacemakers, heart problems, cancer, and seizures are not recommended to have these procedures.
How the Machine Works
The galvanic machine works in two ways: when the negative current (-) button is pushed, the ball or roller electrode can provide a deep cleansing and anti-bacterial effect, making it ideal for treating acne-prone skin and areas that have been waxed; and when the positive current (+) is used, the device will allow water-soluble products to penetrate into the deep layers of the skin, making it ideal for hydrating the complexion.
(Note: A lot of med spas have galvanic machine since it can treat a wide range of skin problems, although some manufacturers are now also offering this device for home use. However, some professional aestheticians are skeptical on the effectiveness of the hand-held version.)
The Galvanic Deep Cleanse
After facial treatments (especially when treating acne-prone skin) and waxing or before microdermabrasion, the negative current is used due to its anti-bacterial effect and its ability to dissolve grease and soften sebum, whiteheads, blackheads, and open pores. But to achieve the best results, the ball or roller electrode is applied to different areas of the face using a downward movement to encourage the best facial lymphatic drainage.
During the procedure, some patients may smell or taste “metal” and experience a slight tingling sensation at first until their skin feels warm as the session progresses.
The intensity of the galvanic current can be adjusted during the procedure based on a patient’s level of comfort.
Penetration of Skincare Products
To allow water-soluble skincare products to reach the deeper layers of skin, the positive current is set and the roller or ball electrode is applied to the face, starting from the center of the face and then moving the device downward.
The positive current is also known to slow down oil production, soften the tighten pores, and aid for a better lymphatic drainage, resulting to a clearer and more youthful complexion.
For patients suffering from cellulites, a body contouring gel is applied on the treated area together with the roller or ball electrode to minimize the appearance of the “puckery” skin. However, it can take several weeks or months before they can see a noticeable improvement in their body.