Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture - A complete guide

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 muscle's 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. 

What can facial acupuncture help with?  

Facial acupuncture assists with skin and facial health issues, including: 
Acne/cystic acne 
Pigmentation or melasma 
Dermatitis or other inflammatory conditions, e.g. rosacea, eczema, psoriasis 
Hives 
Skin itchiness 
Sun damage/photo ageing 
Bells palsy or partial facial paralysis 
Facial issues resulted from cosmetic procedures 
Cosmetic acupuncture focuses on targeting skin aging aesthetic concerns, including: 
Relaxed-saggy skin 
Droopy eyelids 
Fine lines and wrinkles 
Eye bags and dark circles under the eyes 
Relaxed jowls 
Neck skin relaxation 
Stretch marks 

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. 
 

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. 
 
It holistically facilitates better energy and blood circulation by regulating acupuncture meridians and blockages that contribute to premature ageing. During the session, John Tsagaris addresses overall health and facial concerns in an integrative way to maximise the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. The energetical nature of the method elevates the session into a wellness experience. 
 
Cosmetic facial acupuncture addresses skin structural changes on a topical level as it triggers the skin to stimulate more collagen production. In addition, it enhances the skin’s ability to resist environmental aggressors, including photo-ageing and pollution. 
 
Beauty facial acupuncture encourages skin microcirculation by supporting healthier and stronger capillaries. It is an effective treatment for inflammatory skin conditions, including rosacea, or irritated and sensitive skin. The optimised circulation helps with sluggish facial lymphatic performance and provides more oxygen and nourishment. 
 
The treatment of facial acupuncture enhances skin renewal by triggering skin growth factors essential for natural skin regeneration. In addition, by creating a positive micro-trauma, the skin responds by increasing growth factors to heal and revive. 
 
Dr John Tsagaris has a wealth of experience treating facial medical concerns that affect the muscles and appearance of the face with acupuncture. 
 
He treats the patient working on specific pressure points, incorporating special methodology such as acupuncture, stretching, acupressure, cupping, ear acupuncture, electric stimulation and other individual focused acupuncture techniques as appropriate, for as result oriented approach to restoring energy balance and health. 

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 it's 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 use blood-thinning herbs, 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. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where do I find information about Cosmetic Acupuncture Training online? 

As a world renowned educator, Dr(TCM) John Tsagaris delivers a complete facial acupuncture training course . To view the course content and to register please click the button below: 
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Beauty acupuncture works to improve skin firmness and elasticity, alleviate skin ageing concerns and promote overall health and wellbeing. Injectable muscle-relaxing treatments are topical methods of affecting the facial muscle groups treated to minimise contraction that form wrinkles. These methods have a preventative nature; however, they do not assess structural skin damage or promote skin health. 
 
Both treatments are compatible and can be synergetic because they affect the face and the skin differently. 
 
A cosmetic acupuncture session is highly recommended after an injection-based procedure to reduce recovery time. It also improves derma-filler or mesotherapy results. Skin resurfacing methods are also compatible with facial acupuncture, especially before the interventions, including micro-needling, derma pens, lasers, to promote healing and skin collagen activation. 
 
Complications and side effects are said to be minimal to none. Very occasionally, a superficial localised bruise from the acupuncture needles may occur, which is the case for any needle or injectable handling treatment and appropriate care and advise during and after the treatment will be provided. Usually this happens when the skin is sensitive or the patient is taking medication that encourages bruising. This treatment is quick, relatively painless without downtime. Aftercare will be proposed according to the individual. 
 
The treatment is able to address skin conditions such as melasma, pigmentation, rosacea, acne as well as for conditions such as, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia and corrections for aesthetic injectables, quicker post surgical facial surgery and noticeable enhancement of aesthetic procedures such as mesotherapy, fillers, hyaluronic acid treatments and skin photo-stimulation. The treatment is also very effective for issues with tight jaws, grinding teeth, snoring, sinuses congestion and breathing problems. The medical concerns are addressed in a specific manner according to the purpose and concerns of the session. 
 
The treatment offers a complementary LED light therapy which activates skin cells to stimulate more collagen and elastin, address skin health related issues and reinforces it's resistance to the ageing process or a soothing mask according to the needs of the individual at the time. LED Phototherapy is a non-invasive facial treatment that uses narrow band, non-thermal LED light energy to trigger the body’s natural cell processes to accelerate cell rejuvenation and promote skin health balance. It’s recommended and used for skin rejuvenation, sun damage, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, sensitive and inflammatory conditions, wound healing and scarring as well as anyone looking to restore skin’s radiance which makes it a perfect addition to the overall treatment. 
 
A Clinical Acupuncture Journal has published (1996) of 300 cases treated in China with cosmetic facial acupuncture, where 90% had marked effects with just one course of treatment. The clinical outcome was: improvement in skin texture and complexion, increased elasticity, reduction of depth of wrinkles and overall sense of wellbeing. 
 
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