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What is Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Acupuncture techniques as well as a variety of Chinese medical treatments and Chinese herbal supplements are used to erase years off of your face.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to rebalance the body, mind and spirit. With the insertion of very fine, solid needles into precise points on the body, circulation and energy flow can be adjusted in order to heal imbalance, promote optimal health and increase longevity.
Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation has been used for millennia to treat the skin of the Empresses, Emperor’s concubines, and other members of the Royal Court in China with accounts dating back as far as 960AD. The procedure involves body acupuncture as described above, along with the insertion of even finer needles over the face to stimulate skin healing, relax or tonify underlying strained musculature and increase circulation to the face. Because each person has unique skin and internal health, each protocol is unique – no two individuals will have the same treatment. When done properly, the treatment is painless and very relaxing; needles are retained for approximately 20-30 minutes, and patients notice a more revitalized appearance immediately after treatment. Over the following few days, the appearance of the skin will continue to improve, as well as general health.
When acupuncture is used over the face in conjunction with points over the body, there is benefit not only to the face directly, but also to the entire system – which translates to a more rejuvenated, youthful complexion from within. In my practice, I take a thorough history for each patient, which allows me to address underlying conditions that could be showing up in the face; this may include digestive concerns, fatigue, immune issues, to name a few.
Depending on the needs and current skin condition of the individual, cosmetic acupuncture will be done 1 or 2 per week for a series of 10 treatments. Facial cosmetic acupuncture should be avoided over areas of the face that have been injected with botox or filler within two weeks. Patients of all ages can benefit from these treatments; depending on age and the state of the skin, it may take longer to see improvement.
The Initial Consultation
When a patient enquires about Cosmetic Acupuncture for the first time, we generally like to meet them for an initial consultation where we can discuss their expectations of treatment and also their commitment to a treatment program. This initial meeting is crucial to the ongoing patient/practitioner relationship, similar to a traditional treatment plan in the more mainstream acupuncture sessions.
It is advisable to have the patient commit to a series of treatments. Although they will benefit from a one-off procedure, the effects of this treatment are cumulative and the results will really start to show after 3-4 treatments.
We can achieve some staggering results using Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, but there is obviously a limit to anything that we do.
We tend to create a special atmosphere with relaxing music playing in the room and a subtle scent of the candles. During the procedure, our patients feel very relaxed and often fall asleep.