Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
“Where qi goes, blood flows”.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have known that beauty comes from the inside. It was then around 960AD-1279AD during the Sung Dynasty when facial rejuvenation acupuncture practices were performed only for the Empress, the Emperor’s mistresses and the Royal Court. How it works? Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture works according to the following principles: 1- Systemic Effect: Regulate Qi and Blood in the meridians and balancing the organs 2- Localized Effect:
One of the many explanations of the various mechanisms by which acupuncture works is that with needle insertion, the body endures a micro- trauma that in turn stimulates the injury repair system within the body. It is this natural healing process that stimulates the production of collagen at the site of the needle insertion.” Virginia Doran. Facial Revitalization Acupuncture. The European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 2007;5(5).
Recent researches have shown that sagging of the skin and wrinkles are actually not due to muscles flaccidity but rather to their contraction. Therefore, Acupuncture here plays a significant role in restoring facial muscles integrity through needling the trigger points. When the muscle is released, it relaxes and increases in length which will consequently spread out and lift the skin along according to its original function.
Each patient will require a different treatment approach depending upon their specific skin condition, overall health, and treatment goals. This safe and effective form of therapy is a natural alternative to conventional cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers and plastic surgery. While the effects may not be as dramatic as these more invasive techniques, results tend to be more of a long term, more natural in appearance and produce none of the unwanted side effects. This process is truly a holistic approach towards not only bringing youthfulness to the face but rejuvenating and revitalizing the whole body and achieve wellness, a younger look, and a younger spirit while slowing down the aging process.
Each session of our facial rejuvenation acupuncture always consists of acupuncture points on the body as well as the face. An individualized treatment of acupuncture points on the body targets the internal imbalances that may be contributing to the signs of aging on the face. Other modalities to enhance the treatment are incorporated during the session, such as: facial cupping, massage, micro current and a jade stone facial gua sha. In addition to the visible benefits of cosmetic acupuncture to the face, patients may also experience improvement in more generalized areas, such as reduced anxiety, improvement in sleep quality, digestion and metabolism, and a greater sense of energy and well-being. The recommended course of treatment is between 10 to 15 sessions, depending on lifestyle, age, and constitution, and can produce a 5-10 years younger look. Although twice weekly sessions are recommended, if this is not possible for the patient, one session per week is also acceptable. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions (once/month) can prolong the results for five to ten years. In general, patients tend to see noticeable changes around sessions 4 to 6. However, depending on individual constitution, it is not uncommon that many patients report changes after just 1 or 2 sessions.