‘Facial’ or ‘Cosmetic’ Acupuncture is a modern way of using an ancient healing therapy. It can be used to reduce wrinkles, and considerably reduce the signs of ageing.
Facial acupuncture reduces wrinkles by increasing collagen production and aiding in its dispersal, which helps to firm the skin and fill out wrinkles. This effect is reinforced by improved muscle tone and dermal contraction. These effects normally become apparent within a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles will be significantly diminished.
The facial acupuncture treatment consists of hair-thin needles inserted into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs. The size of the needles and the technique used ensures that it not an unpleasant procedure, and in fact is normally deeply relaxing and energising.
Working from the inside, facial acupuncture can improve the metabolism, reducing puffiness. By regulating hormones, conditions like acne and dry skin can be considerably improved. By regulating blood circulation the complexion improves, healthy facial colouring can be restored and there can be a tightening of the pores. Habitual expressions are transformed resulting in a remarkably younger, calmer, and less worn looking face.
Because the acupuncture treatment helps to balance the internal environment and regulate the hormonal system, it also reduces stress and anxiety and improves circulation, helping you to look and feel more relaxed, calmer, and more confident.
Using acupuncture in this way is not a new idea – at least as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) Acupuncture rejuvenation practices were being used for the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines. Much more recently, the effects of Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture have been studied in detail, with positive results. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment.
Facial acupuncture procedures are quite specialist, and require specialist training. If you are considering facial acupuncture, be sure that you find a practitioner who has had the advanced training required.