Cosmetic Acupuncture

(Facial Rejuvenation)

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Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. Cosmetic acupuncture has become one of the most frequently requested services at spas and clinics alike because of its proven effectiveness. Cosmetic acupuncture is also known as acupuncture facial rejuvenation and acupuncture facial renewal. The treatment involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face along wrinkle lines, on facial acu-points and at specific locations on facial muscles. This superficial insertion increases circulation to the face and stimulates collagen and elastin production, which fills out the lines and gives firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. 
Depending on the results desired and the individual client a practitioner may use as few as a dozen or as many as 60 needles in total on the face and body. Herbal applications and creams may be administered and diet and skin care issues are likely to be discussed as well. 
For clients who don’t want or need cosmetic surgery, facial acupuncture is an appealing alternative. Cosmetic acupuncture may sound trendy, but it’s based on solid fundamentals of Chinese medicine. Facial acupuncture is a unique and exhilarating experience, one that combines ancient wisdom with modern techniques. 
It is commonly understood amongst professional acupuncturists that a person’s face reflects the health of their internal organs. An acupuncturist will first diagnose the organic strengths and weaknesses of the client within the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine and give him or her the appropriate whole-body treatment; so in essence you receive a medical, as well as a cosmetic, treatment simultaneously. For this reason it is vitally important that you seek out a registered acupuncturist to administer your cosmetic acupuncture treatments.

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

The face “lifts” itself through the muscle’s rejuvenation and tightening action. The body’s energy is stimulated, as well as blood and circulation, which improves facial color and enhances collagen production. Fine lines may be entirely erased, deeper lines reduced and sagging around neck and eyes firmed.

Benefits:

  • Delays and reduces the affects of facial aging
  • Reduces fine lines, frown lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes ‘crows feet’ around the eyes
  • Tightens pores and improves muscle tone
  • Lifts sagging skin and drooping eyelids
  • Increases collagen & elastin production
  • Reduces dark circles and puffy eyes
  • Brightens and “opens” the eyes
  • Improves hormonal balance to reduce acne
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Improves elasticity of facial muscles
  • Restores a youthful glow

Other Benefits:

  • Retards hair loss and hair graying
  • Increases local blood and lymph circulation
  • Reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being
  • Boosts immunity and hormone balance

After the first treatment, one usually observes an increased glow to the complexion, the result of increased Qi and blood flow to the face. The person’s face appears more “open”, there is clarity in the eyes, and the patient appears to be more rested; wrinkles start to lessen and the skin appears more toned. 
A significant difference in their appearance can be ascertained following the 5th to 7th treatments; even more marked changes in wrinkles, skin tone, etc. The impression of relaxation and calm is more pronounced; they appear as if they have returned from vacation. Lifting of the jowls, neck and the eyes has begun and is usually noticeable. With continuing treatment, constitutional issues like digestive complaints may been ameliorated or have subsided. 
By the end of a series, the patient should look and feel 5-15 years younger. These results may vary slightly, depending upon how well the patient has taken care of themselves during the process, and afterward. At this stage, booster treatments provide ongoing support within a normal process of aging and continue to enhance the affects of the original treatment coarse.

What Makes Cosmetic Acupuncture Different?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a risk-free way to see immediate results in your skin’s appearance. Best of all it is a non-surgical procedure requiring no drugs or injections and produces minimal unwanted side effects.

How Many Treatments are Required?

The course of the treatment is between 10-12 sessions. Sessions should be done 1-3 times a week for best results. Each individual will respond differently to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results are typically noticeable after 6 -7 sessions. Maintenance treatments are recommended once every month for optimum results. Once the procedure is completed it can last to up to 5 years, if the patient takes care of their face and lives a healthy lifestyle.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No. A very gentle needling technique is used. In fact the procedure is much less painful than most other types of facial skin treatments. The needles are very tiny and they are inserted very shallow in the dermal layer of the skin. The needles are individually packaged at the manufactures and, of course, completely sterile. Used only once, they are discarded after each treatment.

Will I need special products to take care of my face?

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture works without any special products, but the results will be faster and will last longer using good products such as Skin Food Therapy. 
Skin Food Therapy (SFT) is a customized treatment mask that will enhance the effectiveness of cosmetic acupuncture. This personalized herbal mask gently detoxifies, clarifies, tones and tightens skin to achieve a healthy glow. SFT is a wonderful treatment for all skin types and is designed to nourish the skin. This beauty therapy uses completely natural and high quality herbs like ginseng, green tea, Vitamin C (which is rich in anti oxidants), licorice root, pearl powder and other herbs. This has a very calming effect on the skin and will visibly relieve signs of inflammation and sensitivity.

Is This Treatment Covered Under By Insurance?

If you have private/extended benefit coverage for acupuncture services and a duly certified acupuncturist provides your treatment then yes, insurance coverage should be applicable. The level of coverage will depend on the limits set out by your insurance company. Most insurance companies offer coverage for acupuncture treatment; check with your plan administrator to find out your entitlement or to ask for coverage if you are not yet covered.

Cellulite Acupuncture

Cellulite is the name given to lumpy, irregular fatty deposits that appear as dimpled skin around women’s hips, buttocks, and thighs. Acupuncture is a safe, natural way to help eliminate cellulite. Even though cellulite affects your outward appearance, it appears in the deeper layer of your skin. That’s why external treatments like topical creams cannot effectively deal with the problem. 
Acupuncture deals with cellulite at its source, by nourishing connective skin tissues from within. This is an intensive treatment designed to cleanse and improve circulation, as well as, firm and improve skin tone focusing on problem areas. With the help of acupuncture you will notice smoother feeling legs and a firmer looking appearance in your skin. 
According to Chinese medical theory Cellulite is related to a condition of excess dampness or mucous in the body. Deficient spleen energy, causing poor digestive function, is often the root cause of both over-weight and cellulite. The Chinese medical approach to this problem involves strengthening spleen energy with acupuncture and herbs, although the treatment must be individually tailored since each person will require a different balancing of energies. 
A combination of dieting and exercise is a good strategy to eliminate cellulite, but cellulite deposits are locked away and cannot be readily used for fuel. This is why acupuncture is such an important solution in fighting against cellulite.

Benefits of Cellulite Acupuncture:

  • Improves metabolic function
  • Detoxifies tissues
  • Relieves stress
  • Promotes elimination of fat and cellulite
  • Smoothes and firms skin
  • Activates fluid circulation
  • Helps to eliminate “orange peel” appearance of the skin

How Many Treatments are Required?

The course of the treatment is between 10-12 sessions. Sessions should be done 1-3 times a week for best results with each session lasting about one hour. Each individual will respond differently to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Each session consists of approx. 30-40 minutes needling time once all the points have been set and is finished with a few minutes of deep tissue massage to help push the toxins released during treatment out of the tissues. It usually takes four to five sessions to see results. Maintenance treatments are recommended once every month for optimum results. While acupuncture will improve the appearance of cellulite, it does not remove it completely. After a session, the skin actually looks firmer as if you’ve been working out.

Is This Treatment Covered Under By Insurance?

If you have private/extended benefit coverage for acupuncture services and a duly certified acupuncturist provides your treatment then yes, insurance coverage should be applicable. The level of coverage will depend on the limits set out by your insurance company. Most insurance companies offer coverage for acupuncture treatment; check with your plan administrator to find out your entitlement or to ask for coverage if you are not yet covered.