Try It or Skip It: Microcurrent Facials

Do these trendy devices really firm sagging skin?

The Claim: You can firm facial skin that's beginning to sag with a handheld device (for at-home or doctor's use) that emits very low-level electrical currents.

Oz Says: Spending time with these machines could lift your skin a bit if you use them regularly. "The current can help your skin produce collagen and minimize the appearance of wrinkles," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. They're less invasive than injectables like Botox, but the results are also less dramatic. You may notice some filling in of lines around the eyes and possibly even of wrinkles on the cheeks — "similar to what you'd get with several weeks of using a strong topical anti-ager like retinol," Dr. Zeichner says.

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Want more? You can use these devices — at-home versions run about $200 — along with injectables and lasers. You don't have to choose one or the other. The feel of the current is not too strong, says Zeichner — like mild pinpricks.

The Verdict: TRY IT

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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