Electroporation, or electropermeabilization, is a microbiology technique in which an electrical field is applied to cells to boost permeability of the cell membrane.
In the case of skin treatments, the skin is exposed to a light chemical field, which reduces the cell’s wall resistance, making it easier to introduce DNA, RNA, chemicals or drugs into the cell. Chemical peels are made much more effective with the use of electroporation. Electroporation makes use of electric pulses.
How does electroporation work?
- The current stirs the external skin layer cells which generate an opening and variation of spaces.
- Through these openings, the product or substance can be spread throughout the skin layer.
- Since the method uses alternating currents, there is a physical skin-cell rearrangement, and this creates new pores and channels while the current is active.
- Unlike micro needling, electroporation is a non-invasive and painless alternative. It allows for topical drug application and is used to treat a variety of facial skin problems.
Conditions can be treated with electroporation
- Facial skin resurfacing
- Lines of expression
- Acne scars
- Pre and post plastic surgery treatment
- Face and neck firming