Questions and Answers regarding Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture
What is Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture?
Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles just under the skin on the face and body where needed.
This specific insertion creates tiny “micro-traumas” on the skin’s surface which stimulates the production of elastin and collagen and increases oxygen and blood circulation to the skin which helps fill out fine lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions and illnesses. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been related to the manipulation of the energy points on the body to balance and to remove blockages in the meridians (energetic pathways), in order to achieve health and to prevent diseases.
Skin Rejuvenation Acupuncture has attracted great attention in the last few years, especially in the big cities like New York City and Los Angeles. It used to be a treatment only for the rich and famous in Hollywood, but now everyone wants the royal treatment.
A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with acupuncture for skin rejuvenation, 90% has marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: more delicate skin, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles and tone, brighter complexion, and overall rejuvenation.
How does it work?
A practitioner specializing in Cosmetic Acupuncture is able to utilize the meridians that either end or begin at the face to stimulate and balance the energy and at the same time, treat the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. This involves the insertion of hair-thin disposable needles just under the skin at specific areas on the face and body. The needles are inserted into the energy pathways or meridians to improve the flow of Qi (energy inherent in all living things). As the flow of energy improves, a greater amount of energy and blood are circulated to the face, oxygenating, firming and toning the skin to diminish fine lines and improve overall skin tone.
What are the benefits of Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture?
Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture may take 5 to 10 years off the appearance of your skin. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It also firms and tones the skin to help reduce sagging along the jaw line and drooping eyelids.
Other benefits include:
- Improves muscle tone
- Increases circulation and oxygenation of the skin
- Tightens the pores
- Helps reduce acne outbreaks
- Nourishes the skin for a healthy natural more radiant glow
- Brightens the skin to reduce dull complexions
- Minimizes fine lines
- Increases collagen and elastin production
- Evens facial color and tone
- Increases lymph circulation
- Leaves skin refreshed and rejuvenated.
Why choose Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture over a Face Lift?
While not a replacement for surgery, acupuncture is an excellent alternative for someone who does not want to undergo a surgical procedure. Skin rejuvenating acupuncture is a much more subtle procedure (which can be a good thing) and does not have the risks involved with surgery. It is also far less expensive than plastic surgery and is virtually painless and has no side effects or risk of disfigurement (slight bruising can occasionally occur). Surgery may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration.
What is the course of treatment?
The course of treatment is between 10 to 12 sessions administered 2 times per week for the best results. Results may vary for each individual depending on various factors including but not limited to age, lifestyle habits, genetics, sun damage etc. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 to 7 sessions. Maintenance will vary per individual from once a month to a couple times per year. Results have been shown to last 3 to 5 years. A treatment takes about an hour.
Who should not have Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture?
There are various cautions including bleeding disorders, persons on blood thinners or persons with hypersensitivity or untreated high blood pressure. In such cases, the non-needle technique using our Jade E micro-current machine would be the preferred treatment.
Does it really make a difference?
Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years in China. As early as the Sung Dynasty (960 A D – 1270 AD) acupuncture was performed on the Empress and Emperor’s concubines. For centuries, the Chinese have known that beauty radiates from the inside out. If the internal body is nourished and the energy and blood are flowing smoothly, the external body will reveal this radiance.
A study in 1996 in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Skin Rejuvenating Acupuncture, 90% reported marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: the skin becoming more delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and leveling of wrinkles, a bright complexion and overall rejuvenation.