Is facial cosmetic acupuncture – a holistic approach to skin rejuvenation – an alternative to injectable wrinkle smoothing treatments such as Botox, fillers or cosmetic surgery?
You may have seen a 24 carat gold facial acupuncture treatment recently on TV’s “Real Housewives of Cheshire” and been intrigued?
According to traditional Chinese medicine the body is made up of a network of meridians and acupuncture points. If you can imagine the meridians running through the body like an electronic grid. Along these meridians are junctions; the acupuncture points.
Precise stimulation of these points with super-fine, sterile, single use needles, stimulates the body to restore health by bringing the whole body into balance.
This can be achieved by just using facial points – many meridians start or end on the face – making them powerful points. However some body points are also used in facial acupuncture treatments.
Before treatment is given there is an in-depth consultation, with tongue and pulse diagnosis and photograph are taken of the face.
The consultation helps determine which points to use. Many super-fine, sterile needles are used during a treatment. Once the needles are in place they are gently stimulated or turned periodically. Depending on the client’s muscle tone sometimes electro acupuncture is also used.
Facial acupuncture is most effective when taken as a course of treatments for long lasting results – ideally two treatments per week for 6 weeks. A noticeable result is generally seen after the 6th or 7th treatment.
How does Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture work – does acupuncture reduce wrinkles?
As well as re-balancing the body energetically through the meridians, the insertion of the needles creates micro trauma. This stimulates the body’s healing process to produce new collagen. This is how a wound is stimulated to heal.
Over the course of treatment there is an improvement in tone, texture, tightness and elasticity of the skin and a reduction in eye bags and pigmentation. How much improvement is dependent on the condition of the skin to start with but can be supported with an appropriate skincare routine.
Treatments for facial acupuncture are usually 1.5 hours.
Compared to treatments such as derma roller or peels there is no downtime, occasionally a small bruise may occur. Following acupuncture treatment the skin looks more radiant, eye bags appear reduced and the client has a sense of well being.
Acupuncture is lifestyle friendly
Studies published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture in 1996 showed that of 300 people who received Facial Acupuncture, 90% demonstrated marked results after only their first treatment.
Can facial acupuncture help skin conditions like acne, rosacea or Bell’s Palsy, facial paralysis, TMJ syndrome, headaches or migraines?
Acupuncture can help Acne, Rosacea, thread veins, headaches, migraines,TMJ jaw pain to name but a few.
“Clinical trials suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as corticosteroids and may improve recovery in patients with acute facial palsy, either used alone or in combination with drug treatment”
At present there are numerous scientific studies being carried out on the efficacy of facial acupuncture. while these studies are targeting conditions such as facial palsy as opposed to cosmetic acupuncture. It is been taken seriously by the medical profession.
Acupuncture treatments are provided by our experienced, award winning Aesthetic Nurse of the Year – Nurse Practitioner Clare Deaville Dip Ac, MBAcC, RN NIP
To find out more about acupuncture treatments for face or body please visit our website or call us to arrange a consultation on 0161 796 1169