Acupuncture facial rejuvenation is a gentle and natural procedure used to maintain and improve the skin. Acupuncture needles are used to relax and stimulate the muscles of the face resulting in higher productions of collagen and elastin and increased blood circulation. Desired results are achieved in 10 sessions (2x/week for 5 weeks). Although the results are less dramatic than those achieved after plastic surgery, this procedure has no risks or negative side effects.
During a session, acupuncture needles are inserted in acupuncture points in the face. Since small, thin needles are used, most patients do not feel much discomfort or pain. Needles are also placed in other parts of the body (usually the arms and legs) to address any underlying disharmonies. Needles are retained for 20-30 minutes. It is not uncommon for patients to feel very relaxed or fall asleep during the treatments.
After the needles are removed, tui na (Chinese medical massage) is done to further stimulate facial muscles and an arnica cream is applied to prevent bruising. The acupuncturist may also recommend an herbal formula, dietary or lifestyle changes based on the patterns.
Clients can expect the following results: a healthier glow to the skin, smoother skin, better skin tone, increased skin hydration and increased lymph drainage. Dark circles will improve, fine lines and wrinkles will lessen, bags under eyes will become firmer and any bags around the neck will also improve.
Secondary effects may include; decreased menopausal symptoms, less allergy/sinus symptoms, less acne/rosacea, stress reduction and better sleep. Although some patients may experience bruising after treatments, it is not very common.
This procedure is contraindicated for patients with uncontrolled hypertension, seizure disorders and migraines. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and people taking blood-thinning medications should not have these treatments.