According to dermatological experts, facial acupuncture is a safer alternative to Botox. This cosmetic treatment rejuvenates your skin, giving it a youthful glow. But it actually does more than that.
The treatment offers not only superficial correction but also overall skin health improvement. Approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), it’s shown to be safe.
For those of you familiar with micro-needling, facial acupuncture is a lighter version of that. A post from Forbes demystifies how this is different from other cosmetic treatments.
History of Facial Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture dates back to ancient Chinese medical practices in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It was primarily famous for its supplementary benefits. In ancient China, this would have been a luxury reserved for the upper classes of society.
In principle, it restores the body’s natural qi, or energy. Pathways, or “meridians”, allow energy to pass through. Unclogging any blockages along these meridians that may cause diseases, and alleviating “dullness” is the main focus of the therapy.
What is Facial Acupuncture?
Simply put, it is a twist to your ordinary skincare by incorporating alternative medicine methods. Facial acupuncture is used as a remedy to stimulate collagen production and improve skin health, heal acne and scars. Because it helps balance our hormones, it can tackle the root cause of problems that lead to skin acne.
Increased blood flow to the skin on the face improves health as nutrients are brought to the surface, and impurities are carried away. Essentially your skin is “jumpstarted” to increase collagen production.
As a result, it gets rid of aging lines by giving the skin more elasticity. Additionally, it works to detoxify your face and body.
Benefits of Facial Acupuncture
This comes with many advantages ranging from surface ones to internal healing. Here are some examples:
- By stimulating the production of collagen, the treatment rejuvenates the skin, making you look younger
- It minimizes age lines and gets rid of any that may have begun to form
- Your face will have a brighter glow
- It reduces any tension in your face, relieving a stiff jaw and easing body pains, headaches and even nausea
- It evens out hyper-pigmentation problems in the skin by addressing underlying causes
- It helps you relax
How the Treatment Procedure Works
The facial bit follows up a full-body acupuncture treatment for holistic treatment. Depending on your skin needs or goals, about 20-30 tiny, painless needles will be inserted in your skin, which will cause “positive micro traumas.” Don’t be alarmed, this is good.
Because your body is its own hero, it’ll quickly go into repair mode. The tissues in your face are stimulated to produce more collagen, and so your skin becomes firmer. With your circulatory and lymphatic systems stimulated, oxygen and nourishing nutrients are delivered to the surface.
It will also even out hyperpigmentation and give you a radiant look. It may cause minimal bruising, but that heals quickly and is nothing to worry about.
1. Consultation – Answer Questions about Your Health
Prepare for a thorough workout of your health history including your physical wellness as well as your mental and emotional health. Some of the questions will be about your daily routine to your sleeping patterns: whether you eat sitting or standing or on-the-go. Nothing is off-limits.
These are important because small things impact big things. And all these are reflected on your face and body. This helps create a suitable treatment plan for you.
2. Lie Flat on Your Back and Let It Begin
The needles are then inserted very shallowly into your skin (this is where collagen is produced). It may sound scary to some, but surprisingly most people describe acupuncture as being painless and relaxing.
The needles are placed at an angle, so they do not hit any sensitive tissue. You may feel a tiny bit of tingling when you move, which isn’t painful but is an acquired sensation.
3. Needle Removal
After usually about half an hour, each needle will be carefully removed. There may be a few tiny blood dots, as the skin on the face has many vessels near the surface, but each spot will be pressed and wiped with a cotton ball.
You’ll be briefed about lifestyle changes you may need to address and a prescription for anything recommended. You may need to add certain herbs into your routine or cut down on sugar.
We recommend not washing the face or putting any additional product on for a few hours post treatment. Initially, a consistent course of treatments to undo years of damage may be needed. After that, only occasional maintenance visits will be needed.
Facial acupuncture is more than just skin treatment, and you can leave with and understanding of what is causing the cosmetic issues you are experiencing. Often after a cosmetic treatment, other symptoms improve, such as soothed digestive issues and overall tension relief.