Are you looking for a healthy, natural and youthful glow?
Are you selective of the skin-care products you apply? If you are, you need to know about facial cosmetic acupuncture. As the natural beauty industry grows, so does the excitement and popularity of rejuvenation acupuncture…and for good reason!
What? Cosmetic acupuncture involves the precise and careful insertion of tiny, thin needles along wrinkle lines and in the delicate muscles. Anything involving needles in the face may seem incredibly painful, but it’s not. These needles are carefully designed to elicit minimal sensation upon insertion, while protecting the integrity of the skin.
Why facial acupuncture? The 45-min procedure safely and effectively reduces fine lines and wrinkles of the face and neck. Furthermore, needles directed into specific muscles stimulate skin tightening to help ward off the sagging effects of stress and aging.
How does it work? Collagen is an important protein found in skin tissue. Unfortunately, aging, stress and chemical-rich products can damage this essential building block. Facial acupuncture works to stimulate your body’s natural collagen production by introducing multiple micro-traumas at individual needle sites. As the body repairs itself, a newer, plumper collagen replaces the old.
What can facial acupuncture help you with? We’ve established the benefits related to wrinkles and skin tightening, but it doesn’t stop there. Cosmetic acupuncture can help reduce hyperpigmented areas, redness, bags under the eyes and can be helpful in the treatment of chronic skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Are there risks? Relative to other conventional skin treatments like plumpers and paralytics, facial acupuncture is a low risk procedure. There are a few contraindications to treatment, but you will be assessed for any health concerns prior to beginning. Bruises are a possibility as the skin is extremely vascular, but generally they quickly resolve on their own accord.
How many treatments do you need? Treatments are most effective at a 2x/week frequency for the first few weeks of a new protocol. However, it is most important to work within a schedule that makes sense for you. I have patients on a schedule ranging from 2x/week for 3 weeks, to once every 2 weeks for 4 months, all of whom experience benefits. It really is up to you!
Who is qualified to perform facial acupuncture? Don’t let just anyone stick needles in your face. The practitioner should be a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, with additional training in facial cosmetic acupuncture.