The following article was written by Kelly Atterson for Allure on May 15, 2015.
A few months ago, I learned the name of a woman who does microcurrent facials out of a small studio in Beverly Hills. The space isn’t anything fancy, but whispers about Mila Morgan’s transformative anti-aging treatment have been quietly (seriously, I’ve seen women get into fights about whether or not to share this secret) spreading through Los Angeles. I finally went to meet this miracle worker, whose reputation travels only via word of mouth, to find out about her process and experience the facial for myself.
What’s your background? “I have four degrees in the sciences and anesthesiology and a master’s in psychology. Before I attended my anesthesiology residency, I was the head nurse of a level-one trauma ICU. Later, I trained at the Mayo Clinic as a nurse anesthetist doing mostly neuro, facial plastics, general, pediatric, orthopedic, and cardiothoracic anesthesia.”
How does your device work? “It provides a current through the applicators that I apply to the face. Because of aging, the environment, diet, sun, smoking, medical issues, and more, the body slows down. This is a ‘reboot’ of the electrical system. In 1991, research at the University of Washington found that microcurrents could stimulate the production and storage of collagen and elastin. Also, it was shown that the quality was better—10 percent thicker collagen and 45 percent stronger elastin.”
What are some of the most impressive results you’ve seen? “Consistently, dark circles and swelling under the eyes improve, fine and deep lines diminish, pores get smaller, eyes and brows lift, cheeks sculpt, the jawline tightens, and skin looks bright and dewy. I have a 75-year-old client on the dating scene, and she loves microcurrents! She had some loose skin and deep lines around her mouth and crow’s-feet. When she walked into the studio at the six-month mark, I thought she had gotten filler. She my poster child for my work! She easily looks 15 years younger.”
Morgan’s treatment doesn’t involve the typical cleansers, extractions, or masks. It’s just a solid hour of facial massaging. She slathers on a conducting gel and then works two wands with opposite currents over your face. She also tells you what you might expect: a sensation that your hair is being pulled at the hairline, twitching, and a mild metallic taste in your mouth. But as odd as it all sounds, I never experienced any pain during my sessions, and I surprisingly drifted into a semidream state every time. And here’s the best part: Now that I’ve completed my series of treatments, my face looks rested, full (in a youthful way), and—drumroll—the lines that were settling above my lip are noticeably better! All I can say is if there’s ever an at-home version, I will use it every single day.
Honolulu Spa & Wellness is one of the few spas in Honolulu that offer Microcurrent facials. Microcurrent Facial has been proven to increase cellular energy (ATP) to muscle cells by 500% leading to increased muscular tone. It also leads to 12% increase in natural collagen production, 48% increase in natural elastin production, and 39% increase in blood circulation.