What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions. It is performed by manipulating acupuncture points that lie along the body’s meridians (channels of energy) in order to improve the flow of Qi (life force) to achieve optimum health. Cosmetic Acupuncture, also known as Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging.
It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of thin needles into various points on the face. This increases local circulation and blood flow, and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
A practitioner specializing in Cosmetic Acupuncture is able to utilize the meridians that begin or end at the face to stimulate circulation and balance energy, while treating the underlying factors that can contribute to the aging process.
The result? Skin is nourished and oxygenated, resulting in a firmer, younger-looking and healthier glowing complexion.
What Are The Benefits?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can erase as many as 5 to 15 years from the face after a course of treatment. Anyone interested in reversing or delaying the process of aging and/or anyone who wants to look and feel younger can benefit from cosmetic acupuncture.
A study in 1996 in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and leveling of wrinkles, a fresher complexion and overall rejuvenation.
Cosmetic Acupuncture can:
Reduce or eliminate fine lines (ie. frown lines, crow’s feet)
Soften deep wrinkles
Help lift sagging skin
Reduce or eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles
Relaxes muscle tone
Evens facial complexion and tone
Why Choose Cosmetic Acupuncture Over a Surgical Face-lift?
Although not a replacement for a surgical facelift, Facial Acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is more cost effective and is a safe, virtually painless procedure. Unlike surgery which may have an extended recovery period due to swelling, pain and/or discoloration, Facial Acupuncture has no ‘down-time.’ It is a rejuvenation process that turns back the clock, safely and naturally, while improving overall health.
What Is The Course of Treatment?
A course of treatment usually consists of 10-12 sessions. It is recommended to have the sessions once or twice a week to achieve the maximum results.
Before beginning a course of treatment, it is important that your practitioner conduct a full health history to determine if there are any contraindications to treatment. Receiving acupuncture from a licensed health professional ensures that your health and well-being are thoroughly assessed and are a priority.
Results may be seen as early as the 2nd or 3rd session, but become more noticeable and lasting after the 7th or 8th session. Each person responds differently, depending on age, health condition and lifestyle choices. For these reasons, results for some may be more or less dramatic than for others.
Other strategies in addition to Cosmetic Acupuncture may be recommended to maximize the benefits of rejuvenation, such as nutritional advice, supplements and/or facial products that will bring out the best in you, both inside and out.
Following the initial course of treatment, monthly maintenance sessions can help to prolong the results for 5 to 10 years. The benefits of a monthly maintenance program are not limited to the face, but rather, improve the body’s overall health and vitality.
As body, mind and spirit are all connected, negative emotions and stress can change the overall appearance of the skin and face. Acupuncture can help by cultivating a person’s innate strength, vitality and health. Looking younger and feeling younger is the secret to a youthful glow!
Dr. Shamira Hudda is a practicing chiropractor and acupuncturist in Mississauga. Her passion for natural, holistic healing empowers patients to achieve optimum health. In addition, she is well-versed in nutritional and anti-aging strategies. For further information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org