BENEFITS OF FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE
- Improves muscle tone and dermal contraction
- Increases the supply of blood and nutrition to the muscles and various tissues
- By releasing muscle spasms in the neck, it promotes the free flow of qi and blood to the tissues of the face
- Helps to tone the muscles under the chin and reduces double chins
- Benefits TMJ and neck problems
- Helps balance sebum to aid overly dry or excessively oily skin and acne
- Removes toxins and cellular waste from the skin
- Moisturizes the skin by increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face
- Improves facial colouring by the increase of peripheral circulation
- Has a beneficial effect on lifting drooping eyelids
- Helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles of the face and neck
- Helps to break up scar tissues and adhesions
- Reduces inflammation
- Stimulates nerve endings
- Reduces stress evident in the face
- Contributes to overall health and wellbeing
- Encourages skin cell renewal
- Helps delay the hard turning grey and loss of hair associated with aging
- Benefits eyes, ears, sinuses, thyroid earned brain.
CONDITIONS THAT CAN ADDRESSED AND RELIEVED BY FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE
- Skin dullness/dry skin
- Muscle Pain/Tension (ie: TMJ syndrome, tension headaches…etc)
RELATIVE CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR FACIAL REJUVENATION MASSAGE
- Acute infection, nausea, fever
- Skin disorders such as dermatitis, rashes or poison ivy
- Former cosmetic surgery
- Pituitary tumors
- High blood pressure
NOT TO BE ADMINISTERED DURING:
- Acute hepatitis
- A cold/flu
- Acute herpes out break
- Acute allergic reactions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- How long is a series of treatments?
- Generally 10 treatments administered 1-2x/week, up to 3x/week. Maintenance or “booster” sessions can be administered as desired.
- Does it hurt?
- The initial tap of the needle penetrating the dermis can provide a quick prick sensation, but it usually very mild. It is normal for the needle to cause a feeling of pressure, or tingling upon insertion as we do want to stimulate the area we are working on, but should not cause an immense feeling of pain or discomfort. Most people barely feel the needles.
- How long does a session take?
- The first session is usually 90 minutes as it takes some time to insert all the needles. We usually insert the needles slower the first time if you have never had acupuncture before. If you have had acupuncture before and are comfortable the usual time for a session is 60 minutes.
- How big are the needles?
- The needles range in size from 30 mm to 2 mm depending on the area of focus.
- Are there any side effects?
- When working on a very vascular part of the body, there is always the chance of bruising to occur. However, in my experience this is a very rare potential side effect. There is also the risk of potential irritation in the area of insertion. However, this is also extremely rare.
- What usually occurs in these sessions?
- We usually begin with facial massage, continue on to facial acupuncture, then finish the session with a five minute phototherapy session.
- How does it work?
- Facial acupuncture works by utilizing both Chinese Medicine theories to promote smooth flow or energy in the form of Qi, and by stimulating your local physiological responses to be upregulated due to the micro-trauma occurring with the introduction of a foreign substance to the skin. Acupuncture has also been shown to interfere with the opioid receptors, which decrease the sensation of pain.
- Is this procedure similar to micro-needling that is performed at a Medi-Spa?
- Micr0-needling is the use of many small needles repetitively and actively rolled across the skin’s surface to cause micr0-trauma to the skin. This is used to stimulate blood flow, break up scar tissue and rough patches, and promote the production of collagen. Micro-needling is a more intensive procedure than facial acupuncture that can provide similar benefits, but lacks the energetic component related to Chinese medicine, as well as the deeper, muscular benefits. Another major downfall is that you can not have micr0-needling performed when you currently are suffering from acne lesions as it can spread bacteria across the face potentially worsening the condition. However, I definantly support micro-needling and I usually recommend this treatment after acne has resolved with facial acupuncture to further address scarring if there is any remaining.
** There are more muscles in your face than anywhere else in the body.**
**The principles of facial massage and acupuncture are to relax and tone the facial muscles just as botox does, without the injection of a foreign substance.**