CACI Facial: Non-Surgical Facelift Review
As I wrote in my article on the amazing Omnilux non-surgical face lift, I tried the CACI electronic facelifting system in my forties, and was disappointed. However, I'm now in my late fifties and the sag is advancing—so, when I saw a beauty salon offering a CACI/Omnilux package deal, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a second chance.
Don't get me wrong—I'm still very happy with red light phototherapy. But although phototherapy does plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles, it can't stop the muscles sagging. So, I decided it was time to try adding another weapon to my anti-aging arsenal.
What is CACI?
A CACI therapist uses hand-held wands to transmit microcurrents through your skin and facial muscles.
CACI isn't the only non-surgical facelift system that works by electrical impulses, but other systems generally operate at mill amperage current, which is stronger—you'll feel your face twitching. You can't feel CACI's microcurrents working, but the makers claim that makes them more effective, not less, because they work at a much deeper level in the skin.
Does CACI Work?
Is it a facelift? Is it anti-aging?
There is clinical evidence CACI works. A study at the University of Washington showed microcurrents can increase elastin by 45%, collagen by 10% and the number of blood vessels by 35%. Elastin and collagen are what keep your skin plump and firm, and good blood flow will give you a glow.
The trouble is, those aren't the results I'm looking for! I thought CACI could lift sagging facial muscles—and although some CACI therapists claim it does, I couldn't find any clinical evidence of that.
Facelift or Anti-Aging?
Before my research, I assumed the CACI facelift worked like an EMS (TENS) machine, which is used in physiotherapy to strengthen injured muscles. Pads are placed either side of the muscle, the current is turned on and the muscle contracts and relaxes hundreds of times a minute. It's like condensing hours of exercise into minutes, and it tones and shapes as well as strengthening. You'll find it in some weight loss salons used as a toning system, and there are at-home versions as well.
However, CACI is not the equivalent of a TENS machine. The microcurrents of CACI are too weak to cause meaningful contractions in the muscles. For that, you need a Faradic facial, and few beauty salons offer them these days.
So, Did It Work?
As you might expect, based on that research, I didn't notice any reduction in sagging during my second course of CACI—except for one treatment.
That was the day my regular operator was off sick, and the salon owner did my treatment instead. It felt like she used a stronger setting—I could feel my facial muscles twitching—and afterwards, I thought I could see more definition around my jawline. I found myself wondering what the results would've been like, if she'd done the whole course instead of her assistant!
Since then, I've had several comments on this article from readers and the more comments I get, the more it seems that CACI can lift sagging muscles—but results depend on the skill of the operator as much as on the machine.
I am now considering giving CACI yet another try, if I can find a good operator. The question is how? The salon I went to was an upmarket one which boasted highly trained operators—so that's no guide. I'm reluctant to waste money by making the wrong choice again. I'll let you know if I find a solution!
© 2010 Kate Swanson