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CACI Microlift Review Update

Just finished my treatment for today.

I really think this device is great for a quick top up, I find it really easy to using for lifting before breakfast, and my skin feels very firm after the treatment, not any major results, as yet. I can’t use the release action, I find it too fiddly and I am used to two sets probes which are built for the job, the wrinkle eraser routine is very easy to perform, but I think the treatment time is a little short for the product to be absorbed into the skin.

Only on treatment 4!



CACI Microlift Review Update

I am now on my second treatment. The CACI manual is really well written and easy to follow, and I went through the pinching movements, and my face felt nice and firm and I could see a nice lift in the cheek and upper eyelid area. I then experimented with some other well established lifting movements I have used for many years, and these worked well with the device.

I am still struggling with the release movement, which is fiddly, as the device is fairly small, and trying to pull it apart smoothly, is something that will need some practice, back to the mirror!

I am aiming to get that non-surgical face lift!

Will report back tomorrow will my progress.


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Most salon microcurrent treatments, non-surgical face lifts – which the press tend to refer to them, with a decrustation phase which can help to remove blackheads and is used on congested skin/pores.

After this part of the treatment which is using galvanic current, the current is reversed and the Iontophoresis part of treatment is performed, and why I am rambling about this therapy is the new CACI Wrinkle treatment is based on the theory of Iontophoresis treatment, and you can read an excellent overview of how this works by Tim Weston.  

I hope this helps you to understand what these devices are doing to your skin and making you look beautiful, we hope!




CACI Microlift Review – without the device!

Latest review – click here

The good news is, I have a CACI Microlift manual, but I don’t have the device yet, but that has never stopped me from reviewing a new device, so here goes based on the user manual.

The CACI Microlift comes with a battery charger, treatment buds which contain a serum, user manual and the device itself.

The device is built in two halves and hinged, the two parts are identical with the exception that on the front of device there is a LCD Screen to control the device, and on the back there is the battery cover and the Mute Switch, to turn of the beeps which you are used during the treatment.

There are five controls, a Programme button which switches between the two treatments which are Toning and Wrinkles.  The Mode button which control the power levels which start at Low and move up to High. There is a Start/Pause control, a Mute Switch and a Slide Lock which locks the two halves of the device together when using the device in Wrinkle mode.

The LCD Screen let you know when you are in the various modes of use, battery indicator, the normal things.

To start the Toning treatment you need to insert four serum buds into the probes on the device and unlock the probes using the Slide Lock, this then allows you to use the device like a pair of ice cube tongs – with the ability to pinch the skin between the two sets of hinged probes, without hurting you, as you control the pinch and cotton buds are very soft.  The aim of this Pinching Technique is to shorten the muscle, which has a lifting affect on the face, focusing on muscles that over time stretch, and this can cause the skin to sag, this pinching action during a normal microcurrent treatment is used on the cheek, jaw and above the eye areas to re-educate the muscle into the new position, this needs to be done at least twice a week for 5 to 6 weeks depending on your age, and repeated once a month, CACI suggest 12 treatments over 4 weeks with a regular top-up treatment, as the muscles has to be reminded to stay in the new position.

The microcurrent output is aiming to work on the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) and every muscle has one, and this receiver of electrical current determines the tone and length of a muscle. The brain sends information to these data centres (GTO) and your microcurrent is sending a similar message to the belly of the muscle to tell it to either tighen/lengthen, lift or relax the muscle you are working on.

The CACI Toning Treatment then moves onto the Release Technique, so if you think about the ice cube tongs opening across the skin instead of pinching, this movement lengthen the muscle, relaxes the muscle and smooths an area where there is muscle tension and this is used on your eyebrows, forehead and eye areas.

The treatment should take about 5 minutes and there 24 steps to the process.

I have assumed CACI have used a square wave output for lifting and to the lengthen the muscle and a low frequency output  (0.3Hz to about 1.0Hz) with a current output of about 300uA to 900uA based on the machine’s setting, and the intensity selected by the user.

We now move onto the Wrinkle Programme using the CACI Eraser Technique which looks just like in practice, you are making a zig-zag movement with the device in the closed position, so you are using all 4 probes/buds as a wrinkle eraser over the areas forehead, eyes and eyebrows, based on the manual, I have assumed this treatment is using something like a  Pulse wave, with a 300Hz to 100Hz frequency.  This treatment is intended to soften wrinkles, improve circulation and inject moisture into the skin from the serum buds, which contain Acetyl Hexapeptides which is proven to soften wrinkles.  This technique is normally called feathering and the treatment is based on the principle of Iontophoresis.

Another benefit of microcurrent is as Cheng (1982) identified, microcurrent can cause ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) levels to increase by 250 – 500%, ATP, which is referred to as the power house of our muscles providing fuel to them and enabling them to stay toned, firm and healthy.

That is a very quick overview of what the devices can do, I hopefully will be able to try this out on a real machine in January 2013.

I have a lot of experience of microcurrent devices and hope to share resources, ideas and techniques on how to get the best of devices in the future. I have also used a CACI salon machine so have the experience of what the salon device can offer.

If  you check out the resources section of my blog you will find a link to the CACI Microlift web site.


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CACI Microlift released in November 2012

I have just read this article:


It looks like CACI is producing an at home device due to be released in November 2012 to be sold via John Lewis.

Quoted from newspaper:

CACI Microlift

Launching in October, the Microlift is a home facial toning device from the salon brand CACI, which claims to provide “non-surgical facelifts”. The Microlift uses a tiny electric current to tone facial muscles and, it is claimed, combat signs of ageing. It looks a bit like a small cordless phone with four spiky knobs on top.

Expert’s verdict “CACI or any other micro-current therapies are unlikely to do much harm but it’s hard to know the exact points to press that will stimulate muscles in the correct way to achieve a balanced result. Beauty therapists take a five-day intensive course before they practise CACI in salons.

“CACI is pretty safe but shouldn’t be used if you have had Botox in the past three months, as it could cause migration of the botulinum toxin around the face. You could end up with brow droop.”

Tester’s verdict “CACI salon treatments are well loved and I wanted this to be effective. Maybe it was the instructions, but I felt that I was simply poking my facial muscles with no idea if I was doing it correctly. I was so perplexed, I’m afraid I have new frown lines.”

I haven’t used or seen this device yet, so can’t comment on its performance against the salon machine, which I have used.



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