Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and although relatively new to the West, the Chinese have been using points on the face to combat the signs of ageing and to help with various skin conditions for many years. It was in use as early as the Song Dynasty (960AD - 1279AD) when the Empress and Emperor's concubines received Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that involves using acupuncture to improve skin and fight the ageing process. Proponents claim that cosmetic acupuncture can help reduce wrinkles, diminish fine lines, remove age spots, and lift droopy eyelids.
While facial acupuncture can refer to the treatment of acupuncture points on the face for varying health and wellness concerns, cosmetic acupuncture specifically relates to the use of acupuncture for aesthetic purposes.
Unlike Botox, Cosmetic Acupuncture requires a course of treatment to show pronounced results. However, the whole face is treated along with body points which can assist a patient's health and wellbeing greatly by undertaking a series of treatments. Facial patients often report that they feel healthier, sleep better, have brighter eyes and feel more balanced.
The acupuncture points and the way that they are used in a Cosmetic Acupuncture session have all been chosen specifically with this overall achievement of wellbeing in mind.
HOW DOES FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE WORK
Cosmetic acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen. The insertion of the tiny needles is perceived by the body as a type of “micro trauma” which initiates a healing response. This increases the flow of blood bringing red blood cells, white blood cells and stimulates the production of collagen in order to rebuild the skin.
Collagen supplements can be helpful, however the body distributes this collagen to where the body needs it the most – bones, cartilage, muscles & tissue. Cosmetic acupuncture causes the collagen to be produced in the face and not redistributed elsewhere.
Along with facial needles which are retained for roughly 20-30 mins, you will also receive 2 types of facial massage. The first involves a warm heated roller which feels relaxing and nurturing. This is followed with facial Gua Sha using a jade stone tool as pictured above. This technique is designed to release tension in the facial muscles which can contribute to frown lines and creases. It also acts to boost the circulation and drain the lymphatics with in the face.
Please note that although I may use some acupuncture points for general wellness, I am unable to treat health concerns during a facial acupuncture session, for this you will need to book a regular acupuncture session.
A full list of the products used during the treatment can be found below. If you have any allergies please check the products ingredients and let me know before your treatment.
Facial acupuncture is not a quick fix like botox and does require a few sessions to see more lasting change, but the benefits affect not only your face but also your overall wellbeing, plus there are no toxic chemicals inserted into the body in the process.
If your aim is to see more dramatic change it is recommended to have between 6-10 weekly sessions initially with follow up treatments monthly. We offer pre-payment packages that save you money, see our prices page.
If you are just wanting to treat yourself to a pick-me-up every now and then, you can have them as and when you desire.