What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a totally natural, non-surgical facial that more people are turning to as a viable and highly acclaimed alternative to invasive injections, fillers and chemical treatments. It involves placing tiny, painless acupuncture needles into various points on the face.
Mei Zen cosmetic Acupuncture/Facial rejuvenation Treatment
This is a 10 treatment protocol. Treatments are scheduled twice a week for 5 weeks. Each treatment takes from 45 to 60 minutes. That’s just a 10 hour commitment to looking younger!
A typical protocol begins with a consultation to determine your overall health and if you qualify for the procedure. We will also discuss your cosmetic and overall health goals. If you qualify for treatment, then a 1 1/2 hour session is scheduled to include a complete evaluation, diagnosis and overall body balancing treatment. We then schedule a course of treatments that run two times per week for five weeks. During this time, herbs and foods will be prescribed that are specifically tailored for your overall health and your stated goals for facial rejuvenation.
What can I expect at a cosmetic acupuncture visit?
On your 1st visit, which is approximately an hour, a history is taken to determine your candidacy for treatment. If you are not a candidate, then the consultation is free and steps are discussed about measures that need to be taken to become a candidate. An examination follows and pre- treatment pictures are taken. Acupuncture is then performed, using very fine facial needles that remain in for 20-30 minutes, depending on your needs. Post treatment skin care is then discussed, along with dietary recommendations. Follow up visits involve an examination, answering any questions you may have, making specific recommendations followed by acupuncture.
How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?
Cosmetic acupuncture involves the superficial insertion of very fine, single use, needles in the face and body where needed. Local circulation is increased in the face, stimulating collagen production, which will fill in fine lines and firm the skin. The complexion becomes healthy and glowing.
Skin becomes softer and clear, with a noticeable reduction of blemishes
Radiant glowing, younger looking skin
Reduction of wrinkles
Erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
Reduction of sagginess of the neck, mouth and eyes.
Lifting of droopy eyelids
Clearing or reduction of age spots
An overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face.
This means you’ll feel better all over and that your health has improved overall!
- Increased blood circulation encourages oxygenation, detox and lymph drainage.
- Improves skin tone and texture. Relaxes the tension in the nerves and muscles improving the integrity of the skin resulting in improved overall facial appearance
- Stimulates collagen to plump up the skin.
- Tightens muscles in the face and neck.
- Increases cell regeneration filling out and smoothing lines and wrinkles.
- Regulates and balances hormones – in acne-type, stress-related and menopausal skin.
The roots are in Traditional Acupuncture which heals and enhances the whole body. Cosmetic Acupuncture is based on these theories so improved sleep, energy and digestion are common positive effects. You will look and feel better.
The results of cosmetic acupuncture anti-aging treatments reflect not only a change in external appearance, but also an improvement in total body wellness. Specifically, you may notice the cosmetic acupuncture may help:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Deep laughter lines
- Sagging skin
- Drooping jaw line
- Sagging muscles
- Crows feet
- Drooping eye lids
- Eye puffiness or bags
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Dark/age spots
- Facial skin rejuvenation
- Oily, dry, dull skin complexion
- Redness or blotchy skin tone
- Facial acne, eczema, rosacea
Additionally, because your overall health is addressed in each visit there are positive side effects to cosmetic acupuncture procedures that may include:
- Reduced depression and less anxiety;
- Better digestion and sleep cycles; and
- Fewer hot flashes and night sweats.
Success of Cosmetic Acupuncture
How successful is cosmetic acupuncture? A 1996 study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90% saw marked results after one course of treatment, which is 2 sessions a week for 5 weeks.
How long your new look will last depends a lot on your lifestyle, and whether you are willing to address other areas that may need attention such as exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction. But at a fraction of the cost of other procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is a sound alternative that can restore your radiant glow both inside and out.
How long do cosmetic acupuncture results last?
Results, with proper after care, last from 3 to 5 years. Much longer than Botox and many other cosmetic procedures. Investment in your younger looking, beautiful face!
What “aftercare” is involved with cosmetic acupuncture?
Your skin reflects your diet. You literally become what you eat. Continuation of dietary recommendations is one of the keys to your continued success.
Recommendation is at least two “tune up” treatments per year (1 every 6 months) to help maintain your results and more youthful appearance.
What are the risks involved with cosmetic acupuncture?
Minor and temporary facial and neck bruising are the most common side effect of cosmetic acupuncture, with most bruising disappearing within 2 weeks. Recovery time is fast and there is minimal risk of infections, swelling or scarring.