Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture: A Complete Guide

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An Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture investigates the body’s natural healing resources to heal and self-regulate itself. The method uses stimulation through needles, aiming to affect the body’s biological systems by addressing symptoms and underlying causes to treat disease.

Other Chinese medicine elements include Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina (meridian bodywork), Cupping, Gua Sha, Chi Gong, nutritional therapy, and internal cultivation practices. The method has evolved as a health care system for thousands of years in China and worldwide.

Acupuncture is a practical, proven treatment for pain, migraines, headaches, premenstrual tension, joint pain, hormonal issues, infertility, insomnia, post-cancer care, digestive issues, and skin problems.

Since ancient times, acupuncture has evolved into a scientific health care system with promising prospects in modern aesthetics and anti aging. Facial cosmetic acupuncture is a specialisation method that focuses on three key elements:

  • To improve facial skin health and regeneration
  • Contribute to the patient’s health and energy levels and
  • Enhance overall wellbeing

What is Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Facial cosmetic acupuncture has different effects from any muscle relaxant injections. These kinds of injections affect only the facial muscles’ mobility without having a biological impact on the skin. By maintaining long-term rigid muscle tone, they prevent skin from breaking, therefore controlling wrinkle appearance.

On the other hand, beauty acupuncture strengthens skin structure and overall skin health to prevent and treat wrinkles/lines in a non-invasive manner. It has noticeable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory skin benefits.

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What are the benefits of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Facial cosmetic acupuncture addresses underlying health factors that contribute to premature ageing and targets specific facial aesthetic concerns. It treats the face and the whole body working on different areas, such as the ears, the hands, the abdomen, and the legs, to deliver a holistic approach and noticeable results.

Facial cosmetic acupuncture works by strengthening the skin structure and encourages vital skin functions. The treatment is a non-invasive and holistic approach that addresses skin aesthetic and health concerns. It can be used to treat conditions such as acne, pigmentation, rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis.

External ageing factors such as photo-ageing and environmental aggressors can also be addressed with cosmetic facial acupuncture. It can be used to identify and address internal factors that may aggravate the skin’s ageing process, such as digestive intolerances, inflammation, hormone changes and oxidative stress.

Beauty acupuncture focuses on boosting skin appearance. It enhances its laxity, uneven texture, supports skin firmness and elasticity, increases collagen and hydration levels, and rejuvenates the skin. It addresses skin structural changes-fine lines, and wrinkles. It also triggers the activation of the skin’s own regeneration process, improves skin firmness and signs of ageing, and improves microcirculation.

The main benefit of facial acupuncture is that it is a natural way to improve skin health and appearance. It contours facial muscles and rejuvenates and firms the skin with special needle techniques combined with modern cosmetic technologies. This treatment complements many aesthetic methods and enhances their results.

Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture: A Complete Guide

How does Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture Work?

Facial acupuncture doesn’t just use needles. The specialised practitioner will use Chinese medicine tools such as acupressure massage, Gua Sha, facial cupping, derma rollers, and derma stamps to enhance the experience and optimise the treatment outcome. Microcurrent or light therapy may complement and enhance the natural skin regeneration process.

How will I feel after Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Usually, the patient feels quite relaxed or even sleepy during the treatment, triggered by the change of brain activity and neurochemical response from the needles. The body temperature slightly drops, giving a pleasant, cosy feeling.

According to the treatment’s purpose, the patient may maintain this relaxed state for a few hours later or feel very energetic and clear-headed afterward.

Are there any risks associated with facial cosmetic acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a very safe and result-oriented treatment. Some people may feel a tiny prick, especially on sensitive points, but there is no pain associated with the practice. Usually, any needle sensation is momentary, and it serves its purpose. Any other side effects are rarely seen, including short-lived sleepiness (from the relaxed state of mind).

People with sensitive and fragile skin may notice localised bruising caused by a superficial puncture of a capillary or vessel with no further complications, which will fade away in a couple of days. The potential of tiny bruising applies to all treatments involving injections or needles of any kind. To minimise the chances of bruising, it is advisable not to blood-thinning herbs or supplements are recommended for a couple of days before the treatment.

Before facial cosmetic acupuncture, the patient should avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other toxifications agents.

How many sessions do you need for noticeable results?

The benefits of facial acupuncture treatment are immediate and noticeable; from the first treatment, the accumulative results build up within a month following the skin’s regeneration process. However, depending on the patient’s individual needs, a course of treatment is recommended to achieve measurable results, which applies to any medical or non-medical therapy.

Cosmetic acupuncture is a holistic, non-invasive and result-oriented approach to skin health and beauty with benefits beyond facial aesthetics.


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