Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture For The Treatment and Prevention of Wrinkles and Acne Scars
Is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture New?
Facial rejuvenation has been practiced since the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD). Practitioners knew how important it was to treat wrinkles and elasticity from the inside out. Using acupuncture, they could both improve the the body’s function from the inside through improving digestion, sleep, and hormone production, as well as stimulate skin repair and collagen production.
Does it work?
*A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture* reported that in 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The documented effects included: improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles, leveling of wrinkles, and overall rejuvenation–not confined to face.
What is a Facial Rejuvenation Treatment like?
The treatment begins with 20 minutes of gentle facial cupping and guasha. Cupping and guasha serve to enhance your treatment and prepare your muscles and connective tissue/facia for insertion of the needles. Here is an article from the Huffington Post about one woman’s experience with facial acupuncture: Huffington Post . I use the highest quality, pre-sterilized, and disposable acupuncture needles. I use different needles for the face- they are smooth tipped needles that serve to prevent bruising (*please note that it is possible to bruise with facial acupuncture but it can be prevented with the application of arnica gel before the insertion of needles. You may also choose to take arnica pills for a week before your session to further prevent bruising.) The needles are inserted gently around the face, neck and scalp and retained for 20 minutes. Body points are also used to address underlying causes contributing to the aging process. Your body will begin to produce collagen in response to the stimulation from the needles. .
Each treatment is 1.5 hours long and it is suggested to have 10-12 treatments (weekly or bi-weekly). Maintenance sessions are scheduled according to the individual’s needs after the initial series. Usually treatment per month. You may see changes as soon as the first treatment is completed (and many do!), but each succeeding treatment builds on the last.
*Zhang Qi and Zhu Lan-xiu (1996). Meridional Cosmetology: Report of 300 Cases with Discussion of Underlying Mechanism. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, Vol 7, No 4.