What is Facial Acupuncture?
Facial Acupuncture, otherwise known as ‘Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture’ is a new introduction in the West, and offers a natural alternative to surgery, offering a painless, non surgical method or reducing the signs of the ageing process. Chinese doctors have been using points on the face for thousands of years to help combat signs of ageing and to help skin conditions. More people are now having Facial Acupuncture as a viable and highly acclaimed alternative to invasive injections, chemical treatments and fillers.
What does it involve?
Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture is a painless, non surgical method of reducing the signs of the ageing process. Very fine needles are inserted into particular areas of the face and body according to the individual’s needs. Acupressure (gentle massage around the face) is incorporated into the treatment to further enhance the circulation and muscle tone.
What can Facial Acupuncture do?
Facial Acupuncture increases collagen production and blood and lymph circulation to the face. Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the flow of blood and energy to the face, thereby hydrating, boosting the skin’s supply of nutrients and oxygen, and thus reducing the signs of ageing. The effects include:
- Combats loss of facial tone, puffiness, blemishes and shadows, effective for treating sagging skin, wrinkles and scars
- Restores a healthy facial colour and tightens the pores
- Reinstates healthy circulation of qi and blood to dull skin areas affected by tiredness and stress, bringing a fresh, healthy glow to the complexion
- Can help correct overly dry or greasy skin
While not a replacement for surgery, Facial Acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration there is no trauma from Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture. This procedure does not offer the instant gratification of botox, neither does it attempt to deny the true character of the face like more radical procedures, it allows you to look the very best you can for longer.
Does it really make a difference?
A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with a course of treatments. The effects included improvement in the elasticity of facial muscles, improvement in facial muscle tone, better complexion, and overallrejuvenation.
Who would benefit from Facial Acupuncture?
Facial Acupuncture is for anyone concerned with looking and feeling young and slowing down the ageing process. Treatment is suitable for those with deep wrinkles, fine lines, bags under the eyes, sagging, puffiness, drooping eyelids, double chin, large pores or dry skin. The treatment is holistic and the whole person is treated and evaluated.
How many treatments will I need?
The course of treatment is between 6 – 8 consecutive weekly sessions. Each person responds differently to treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. The effects become more noticeable and lasting on or about the sixth session. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions are required to prolong the results. The effects can last for years with regular treatment.
Facial Acupuncture is contraindicated for some pituitary disorders, heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, individuals who have a pacemaker or who have a problem with bleeding or bruising, former cosmetic surgery or within 6 months of a course of botox.