Cosmetic Acupuncture is a safe and drug-free way to improve the look, texture and health of your skin. Acupuncture benefits include softening of expression lines, reducing inflammation and fluid storage, increasing blood flow and brightness, and stimulating collagen growth and cell renewal.
During the intake I will ask you about your concerns and goals for your treatment. I’ll then ask specific questions to help determine what other internal imbalances you might have. In traditional Chinese medicine facial analysis is used to determine internal imbalances. For example, frown lines between your eyebrows point towards an imbalance with liver energy, dark circles under your eyes can lead us to ask questions to determine the health of your kidney energy. Beauty is the exterior manifestation of interior health, and you may not look your best when you are feeling unwell. The key to facial rejuvenation acupuncture is to focus on your overall health and beauty will follow closely behind.
Once your TCM pattern has been determined and specific acu points have been chosen for your treatment, very fine needles will be inserted into points on your body as well as your face.
After resting with the needles for 30 minutes I’ll remove the needles and perform a brief facial massage, followed by cupping or gua sha, and an application of Vit C serum. Acupuncture facial gua sha or cupping is a simple and gentle massage technique that increases the circulation and lymphatic flow in your face. The tools allow me to get deeper into the fascia than by massaging with fingers alone. Cosmetic acupuncture leaves you looking and feeling your best.
*Since serotonin, as well as other hormones, are released during acupuncture, a treatment is quite relaxing, as the body shifts from flight/fight into healing/nourishing.
As the whole body is treated, people often find that other issues clear up as well, such as digestion, sleep, stress/anxiety etc.
How many treatments are needed?
Typically, visible results can be seen after the first treatment. Dramatic and long lasting changes generally occur with a series of 8-11 sessions.
Typically a series of 8-10 treatments is recommended. I like starting with treatments 1-2 times a week in the beginning, then once a week after that.