What is cosmetic acupuncture?
A specialized program of Acupuncture treatments, targeted at facial rejuvenation through precise Acupuncture sessions. The techniques used are safe and gentle, and may help your body to soften lines, lift sagging areas, increase firmness, and promote circulation to boost the production of collagen and elastin resulting in bright, even, glowing, more youthful skin.
Additionally, by improving digestion and relaxation we often may see benefits in improving complexion.
How does cosmetic acupuncture work?
Your treatment is tailored to your individual needs - to target your face, your skin and your concerns. Sterile, ultra-fine needles are gently inserted at specific Acupuncture points to increase blood flow to your face, and retained for up to twenty minutes. Three needling styles may be used in cosmetic acupuncture.
Firstly, needles are used to produce micro-traumas along wrinkles and lines, and around scarring and pitting. Micro-trauma needling is most effective when done multiple times during the cells 28 day renewal cycle, which is why it is important to have weekly or even twice-weekly treatments over the full calendar month. Each time a micro-trauma occurs to the dermis, fibroblast cells produce collagen and elastin (the building blocks of youthful skin).
Secondly, in addition to the micro-trauma technique, I also needle precise muscular or 'motor' points in the face. Motor points are used to lift and tone muscles in the face, great for sagging necks, jowls, and to lift and tighten the brow.
Thirdly, Cosmetic treatments include a whole-body treatment, exactly the same as our regular Acupuncture treatments. Super-fine needles are used on body points such as the hands, feet and ears to address underlying health issues that may be contributing to problem areas on your face.
Application of facial needles is followed by a refreshing facial massage.
You may also bring your usual facial care to the appointment as after needling the ointments absorb much better due to increased blood flow to your skin.
Research on cosmetic acupuncture
- A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that among 300 cases treated in China with cosmetic facial acupuncture 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. Effects included: increased elasticity, reduction of wrinkles and overall rejuvenation and positive results reflected throughout their body.
- A 2013 issue of the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine regarding "the effect of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity" - concluded that the treatment showed - "promising results as a therapy for facial elasticity".
What results can I expect?
Cosmetic Acupuncture works to naturally bring back long-lasting, radiant, youthful skin whilst aiming to lift and firm areas without surgery, injections or side effects. There are no incisions, injections, sutures or peels required. This results in the stimulation of muscle activity, collagen growth and nutrient rich blood flow without the nasty side effects.
Since Cosmetic Acupuncture uses only your body's own healing systems, results cannot be guaranteed but visible results can be seen just after one treatment, for longer lasting results the course of treatment is recommended.
Why choose cosmetic acupuncture over other cosmetic treatments, such as derma-needling or injectables?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is completely different to other cosmetic treatments.
Derma-Needling (Skin needling, Needle-rolling etc.) works very superficially on the skin and is quite similar in nature to exfoliation. Acupuncture penetrates much deeper, re-training your muscles and helping your skin to renew from the inside out. This is why our treatments can produce such strong results.
Rather than muscle relaxers which commonly use neurotoxins to paralyze facial muscles, or fillers which stretch the skin using synthetic substances, Cosmetic Acupuncture offers a completely safe, natural and pain-free alternative to naturally healthy, more youthful skin and a glowing, radiating complexion without the expense, downtime and artificial 'look' of injectables.
Here are my facial acupuncture prices:
First appointment 1.5h £70 includes consultation and a detox treatment.
Single treatment 1h £60
Block of 6 treatments £330 (saving £30)
These treatments have to be prepaid in full and appointments booked in advance.
I’m my experience weekly treatments provide the best results as acupuncture treatments build up on each other, however I do understand that it may be quite challenging to fit in with a busy schedule. Perhaps you could try to book as many weekly sessions as you can and sometimes space them out a bit more (2 weeks or 1.5 weeks), alternatively you could do fortnightly treatments but you may need a bit more treatments to achieve desired results.
Having said that, everyone reacts to acupuncture treatments differently and you may be the lucky one who is very receptive to them and get lasting results relatively soon.