Cosmetic Acupuncture or Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture has been practised for a thousand of years. It is gentle, relaxing and naturally restores the skin’s lustre and vitality. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture aims to increase the circulation of blood, fluids and energy to the skin of the face. The aim after 4 sessions is to tone, lift and firm areas that make you look worn and tired. We would also envisage softening those lines you see in the mirror. Cosmetic Acupuncture also aims to balance the internal organs and meridians of the body, as healthy skin is a sign of a healthy person.
How does it work?
The acupuncture needles create a barely perceptible, micro-trauma to the local area. This microtrauma causes the body to react, leading to an increased qi (blood, body fluid and lymph) circulation to the face. The increased circulation allows nutrients, oxygen and hydrating fluids to reach the skin’s various layers. It also allows toxins to be removed, which build up in the tissues from the cells metabolic processes. The needle also stimulates fibroblasts, which increase collagen and elastin production. Fibroblasts are cells which synthesise the extracellular matrix and collagen, which are the building blocks of the skin. The collagen takes around four to five weeks to accumulate in the skin. Results for fine lines and wrinkles therefore tend to take longer than results for other issues such as dry skin and acne which may resolve much quicker.
What to expect in a cosmetic acupuncture treatment
Firstly you will be given a full Chinese medicine assessment which aims to address any underlying problems and health concerns you may have. You will then lie down comfortably on your back and receive a lovely Jade stone massage (Gua Sha) of the face and scalp. The Gua sha not only feels great but also brings blood and nutrients to the face and scalp. It also activates the lymphatic fluid in the local area. Acupuncture points on the body that aim to restore balance to the internal organs and meridians are purposely selected. Next, specially made, high-grade facial needles will be inserted into areas of the face which are dull, dry, wrinkled, sagging or non-functional. They are left for around 25min and then withdrawn.
How long before results show and how long do they last?
When restoring lustre and vitality to dry skin, results may appear in as little as a few weeks. The treatment aim of quickly bringing the fluids and nutrients to dry lacklustre skin happens faster than building collagen. For the treatment of lines, wrinkles and drooping, results may show after five weeks as collagen takes time to accumulate and be produced by the skin. A course of between ten to twelve treatments over 6 to 10 weeks is ideal and the best way to achieve lasting and consistent results. You should not need treatment for at least two years after the initial set of treatments. Conditions such as Acne and TMJ may quicker to resolve and a treatment plan be will be devised on a case by case basis.