What is Facial Rejuvenation?
Facial Acupuncture, also known as ‘Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture’ or ‘Cosmetic Acupuncture’ is a relatively new introduction in the West. Offering a natural method of reducing signs of the aging process and is a safe and vitually painless alternative to invasive cosmetic surgery, chemical (glycolic) peels and botox fillers.
Chinese doctors have been using points on the face for thousands of years to help combat signs of ageing in men and women and to help skin conditions.
‘Acupuncture Facelift’ also featured on the popular 10 Years Younger TV channel 4 series,
What does Facial Acupuncture involve?
Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture is a painless, non surgical method of reducing the signs of the ageing process. Very fine needles are inserted into particular areas of the face and body according to the individual’s needs. Acupressure (gentle massage around the face) is incorporated into the treatment to further enhance the circulation and muscle tone.
What can Facial Acupuncture do?
Facial Acupuncture increases collagen production and blood and lymph circulation to the face. Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the flow of blood and energy to the face, thereby hydrating, boosting the skin’s supply of nutrients and oxygen, and thus reducing the signs of ageing. The effects include:
Combats loss of facial tone, puffiness, blemishes and shadows, effective for treating sagging skin, wrinkles and scars
Restores a healthy facial colour and tightens the pores
Reinstates healthy circulation of qi and blood to dull skin areas affected by tiredness and stress, bringing a fresh, healthy glow to the complexion
Can help correct overly dry or greasy skin
While not a replacement for surgery, Facial Acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement.
Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration there is no trauma from Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture. This procedure does not offer the instant gratification of botox, neither does it attempt to deny the true character of the face like more radical procedures, it allows you to look the very best you can for longer.
Does it really make a difference?
A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with a course of treatments. The effects included improvement in the elasticity of facial muscles, improvement in facial muscle tone, better complexion, and overall rejuvenation, not just confined to the face
Who would benefit from Facial Acupuncture?
Facial Acupuncture is for anyone concerned with looking and feeling young and slowing down the ageing process. Treatment is suitable for those with deep wrinkles, fine lines, bags under the eyes, sagging, puffiness, drooping eyelids, double chin, large pores or dry skin. The treatment is holistic and the whole person is treated and evaluated.
How many treatments will I need?
A facial rejuvenation series consists of 12 weekly or bi-weekly treatments. During the first few sessions, one will begin to see a brightening of the complexion. By about the 6th or 7th session an improvement in facial tone and diminishing of lines becomes more apparent. The results are not as dramatic as a surgical facelift. Rather, the changes are gradual over the course of several weeks. By the end of a series, the face is lifted and bright, wrinkles are diminished, and facial tone and color are markedly improve. Each person responds differently to treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions are required to prolong the results. The effects can last for years with regular treatment.
Facial Acupuncture is contraindicated for some pituitary disorders, heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, individuals who have a pacemaker or who have a problem with bleeding or bruising, former cosmetic surgery or within 6 months of a course of botox.
Another technique Leigh uses is facial Gua Sha (pronounced gwaw shar) which is a traditional Chinese therapeutic technique where oil is rubbed Into the skin and then a smooth, round edged 'Gua Sha instrument' (traditionally made of water buffalo horn) is firmly stroked over the skin either along a muscle or an acupuncture meridian. This technique stimulates and normalises blood circulation and helps to clear metabolic waste congestion by encouraging lymph drainage in the local tissues and muscles.
As a result:
Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished
Reduces sagging tendency around eyes and neck
Helps to eliminate facial puffiness by improving metabolism and eliminating excess fluids
Sagging eyelids can be lifted
Increases collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction
Tightening of the pores
Brightening of the eyes
Improved hormonal balance to help acne