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By: Oriental Medicine  05/12/2011
Keywords: Rejuvenation

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face & body where needed.

This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions and illnesses. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been related to the manipulation of the energy points on the body to balance and to remove blockages in the meridians (channels of blood and energy), in order to achieve health and to prevent diseases.Cosmetic Acupuncture has attracted great attention in the last few years, especially in the big cities like New York City and Los Angeles. It used to be a treatment only for the rich and famous in Hollywood, but now everyone wants the royal treatment." A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include: The skin becomes delicate, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation. "

How does it work?

A practitioner specializing in Cosmetic Acupuncture is able to utilize the meridians that either end or begin at the face to stimulate and balance the energy and at the same time, treat the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. This involves the insertion of hair-thin disposable needles into specific areas on the face, ears, hands, legs and torso. The needles are inserted into the energy pathways or meridians to improve the flow of Qi (energy). As the movement of energy improves, a greater amount of energy and blood are circulated to the face, nourishing, hydrating, toning and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.

At the same time we are attending to the outside (what you see) we can use some additional acupuncture points (usually on the arms and legs) to work on the inside. In this way we are working holistically, namely on the physical appearance and on the underlying factors which influence that.

What are the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture? Cosmetic Acupuncture may take 5-10 years off your face. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, sagging skin, and dropping eyelids. Other benefits include: Relaxes muscle tone
Increases circulation, therefore oxygenates the skin
Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes
Keeps acne under control
Nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy complexion with a natural glowing, radiant, younger looking skin.
Moisturizes the skin from inside, and gives rosy cheeks to people with dull, tired looking skin
help minimize or eliminate fine lines;
help reduce a double chin;
help reduce frown lines;
help lift sagging skin, puffy or droopy eyelids;
increase collagen production;
brighten the eyes;
improve muscle tone and dermal contraction;
improve hormonal balance to reduce acne;
even facial colour and tone
soften scars
increase blood, energy and lymph circulation;
leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.


Can I do Cosmetic Acupuncture if I had botox? Yes, Cosmetic Acupuncture will maintain the effectiveness of botox, so it will save you a couple injections per year.

Why choose Cosmetic Acupuncture over a Face Lift? While not a replacement for surgery acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less expensive than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless and has no side effects or risk of disfigurement (slight bruising can occasionally occur). This is unlike surgery, which may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration. There is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and if it does not suit you then you can stop with no ill effects. Treatment protocols can be modified to suit individual patients. For example, it is possible to do face rejuvenation without needles (though not as dynamic) if someone is really needle phobic.

What is the course of treatment? The course of the treatment is between 10-12 sessions. This will be done 1-3 times a week for best results. Each individual will respond different to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 -7 sessions. Maintenance maybe needed once every month.Treatment lasts about 30-40 minutes.

Who should Not have Cosmetic Acupuncture?

There are various cautions including pacemakers, thyroid problems, blood disorders, damaged blood vessels and general hypersensitivity. However, it may still be possible to use some massage and alternative techniques in such circumstances. If you have concerns we can discuss these before commencing any treatment. Does it really make a difference?

Cosmetic Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years in China. As early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) Cosmetic Acupuncture was performed on the Empress and Emperor’s concubines. For centuries, the Chinese have known that beauty radiates from the inside out. If the internal body is nourished and the energy and blood are flowing smoothly, the external body will reveal this radiance.

A study in 1996 in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: the skin becoming delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and levelling of wrinkles, a ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation.

 

Keywords: Rejuvenation