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To understand how Cosmetic Acupuncture works, an understanding of the reaction of the skin to acupuncture is helpful. Facial Acupuncture is used to stimulate collagen production, treat muscle tightness or weakness, restore pigmentation and discolorations, treat acne and tighten the skin of the neck and décolleté (lower neck and shoulders). Beneficial side effects of Facial Acupuncture include treating Alopecia, TMJ, headaches and sinus pressure.
You've probably heard about the importance of collagen from dermotologists and friends. Collagen is found in the dermis layer of the skin. Collagen forms the structure in which the epidermis layer (the top layer) of your skin rests. Over time, collagen production can decrease, which breaks down the foundation of the skin giving the skin a tired, lusterless look. Cosmetic Acupuncture stimulates collagen production by needling the dermis layer directing allowing your skin to produce more collagen. Also, by needling certain acupuncture points, the body can produce more collagen.
Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
There are two major ways the skin around the neck, head and face can age. The facial muscles can either become tight or they can atrophy ("go to sleep"). When a muscle becomes tight there is a blockage of Qi and blood circulation. Acupuncture helps to relax those tight muscles. The needles break up the tightness while at the same time promoting Qi and blood flow. When the muscle atrophies or has "gone to sleep", it weakens and loses its tone. The muscle becomes dormant which weakens the skin and also creates stagnation. Cosmetic Acupuncture can wake up the skin, stimulating and strengthening the muscles. Through Facial Acupuncture the skin is revitalized by increasing blood, oxygen and Qi flow to the muscles.
Discoloration of the skin is another sign of aging skin. Some people without wrinkles will show signs of age due to skin discolorations. External damage to the epidermis and dermis layers and an imbalance of hormone production of the endocrine system are the common causes to pigmentation and discoloration. Acupuncture can help heal skin damage such as sun spots and repair cellular damage and stimulate growth of new cells. Pigmentation due to hormonal imbalance can also be addressed. The treatments will allow the body to balance its endocrine system, normalizing hormone release and function.
Neck and Décolleté (lower neck and shoulders)
When talking about beauty, one must remember the neck and décolleté area. The skin around the neck is delicate and thin and the neck muscles can easily lose its natural definition with age. The Cosmetic Acupuncture is the most effective way to lift the neck. Because the neck is so delicate, most procedures have an element of damage. However, with acupuncture, the skin becomes firmer, and more elastic, lifting the muscles of the neck and visibly reducing the sagging look around the face without causing damage.
Cosmetic Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation can also help fight acne. Acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance and sometimes bacterial infection. Acne is problematic not only because of the appearance, but because of excessive production of facial oil, retention of dead skin cells and blocked pores. Many treatments accessible today for acne burn away the top layer of skin to generate new skin. This procedure can be effective, but the side effects include scarring and loss of skin luster. Cosmetic Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation can naturally help alleviate acne without damaging the skin.
Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Cosmetic Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation can stimulate hair growth. Alopecia can occur for several reasons; immune deficiency, excessive medication, physical or psychological stress, and even traction to the hair can all cause excessive hair loss. Acupuncture applied to the local areas of the hair loss can increase blood and Qi circulation and increase the production of hair.
Other Cosmetic Procedures can be enhanced by Facial Acupuncture
For those who underwent facelifts, botox, or other procedures, cosmetic acupuncture can be very complementary. Cosmetic acupuncture can revitalize a facelift and help your botox or juvederm injections last longer. Studies have shown that cosmetic acupuncture can even increase the absorption of moisturizers up to 90%.
Usually side effects are what discourage us to receive treatments. The side effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation are minor bruising or discomfort from needling. Other than the temporary and mild discomforts, facial acupuncture also relieves headaches and sinus pressure. Migraines and TMJ have also been successfully treated with Facial Acupuncture. One could say the side effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture is relief of other disorders.
How the procedure works
The procedure takes about 1 and half to 2 hours. There are 3 steps to the procedure.
1) The first step is for the scalp, neck and upper back. The muscles of the face are connected to the scalp, neck and upper back. Treating these areas is essential to creating tighter, firmer facial muscles. Approximately 20 minutes.
2) The second step is for the face and the décolleté area. The needles will be inserted in and around the fine lines and also the acupuncture points. Discoloration will also be addressed with the needling. The procedure will be specifically designed for you and your skin so that your skin can regenerate and become more youthful. Between 25 to 35 minutes.
3) After the acupuncture procedure is complete, a soothing herbal mask will be applied. This mask has many moisturizing ingredients that will be absorbed deeply into the skin, soothing and hydrating. About 25 minutes.
Recommended times for treatment
Depending on the patient, results are noticeable from the first treatment. Others may take longer. For younger people without any specific concerns, 1 or 2 treatments a year may be sufficient. For those with more mature skin, weekly or bi-weekly treatments are recommended for several months. Together we can find a treatment plan that is right for you.