Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture
The use of Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture has gained popularity worldwide, as a way of promoting a more youthful look without resorting to expensive and invasive surgical procedures.
Many of our clients come to Nuwa Natural Health, concerned about common signs of ageing: lines and wrinkles, sagging/drooping skin and loss of firmness, dryness or dullness of skin, pigmentation or uneven skin tone, facial tension, and pimples, acne, or acne scarring.
What to expect during your Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture treatment
Your acupuncturist will discuss your concerns with you, and factors such as previous procedures or surgery, general health status, skin type, and lifestyle, before commencing treatment.
At Nuwa Natural Health, your cosmetic facial acupuncture session will include:
· A cleanse and scrub
· Facial needling (with fine delicate needles)
· Head, neck and shoulder massage
· Followed by a facial massage incorporating gua sha, jade roller and facial reflexology to further stimulate the qi and relax the mind.
Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture may be of interest for those with:
- Dark circles or puffiness
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, dark circles under the eyes can be a result of energy depletion from the Kidneys or Liver, or from impaired or stagnated qi and blood circulation. Puffiness under the eyes (and other parts of the body) may be caused by impaired fluid metabolism. Stimulating specific acupuncture points promotes fluid metabolism, to minimise the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
- Pigmentation or dark spots
Pigmentation or dark spots (called melasma) are said to be caused by stagnation of Liver energy, which effects the movement of qi and blood throughout the body. Acupuncture around the area of pigmentation is thought to help improve the flow of energy and blood, so that melasma are less pronounced in colour and size.
Scarring occurs during the process of skin repair and is the result of abnormal healing. Scars can appear in many ways but often present as hardened, discoloured, and raised. They can also develop as indentations in the skin.
- Acne and pimples
There are several factors which can contribute to the presentation of pimples and acne. Your therapist will go over your general health including your diet and exercise habits, to better understand what is contributing to breakouts: there may be poor digestion, a build up of toxins, heat in the body, inflammation, or poor circulation.
If the circulation of qi, blood or lymph is poor, then swelling and blockages may occur at skin level, causing deep painful cystic pimples.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, when combined with dietary and lifestyle modifications, may help to improve digestive function, reduce inflammation and redness, swelling and painful pimples, and bring your body into harmony.
Why try Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture?
Treatments at Nuwa Natural Health are designed to help with:
- Blood and lymph flow - which is thought to ease congestion, promoting an even skin tone and improved complexion.
- Moisture and hydration - evidence suggests that cosmetic acupuncture increases water and oil content in the facial skin (1).
- Softening tense facial muscles - with a busy and active lifestyle comes stress. We are all exposed to it, and some hold that stress physically in muscles more than others. Over time the tension in finer facial muscles can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Through the use of motor points (neuromuscular junctions - where nerves enter the muscle) your therapist aims to reduce the activity of muscles which are holding tension - and less tension means a more youthful appearance.
- Reducing stress and promoting health and wellbeing - by focusing on your individual health needs in relation to your current dietary and lifestyle factors, your therapist can assist you with general health and wellbeing. Our cosmetic facial acupuncture treatments are combined with pampering oils and relaxing massage techniques, to encourage any stress to slowly melt away.
Frequently asked questions:
- Is there any downtime after a treatment?
There is no reason you cannot go back to your normal daily routine following your facial acupuncture treatment. However we do advise that you be gentle and allow your body to rest - so maybe put off your gym visit until tomorrow!
You may notice a slight flushing of the face immediately following your session, as the area has been stimulated, however this usually subsides fairly quickly. Cosmetic acupuncture is generally considered to be safe but occasionally (as with many health treatments), individuals may experience an adverse reaction.
- Can I get facial acupuncture while pregnant?
Speak to your acupuncturist before booking your facial acupuncture treatment. Because the sessions are focused on moving qi and blood, this can be a precaution during pregnancy. It will depend on your current health and stage of pregnancy.
- What if I have a headache or migraine?
It is best not to have facial acupuncture if you are experiencing a headache or migraine as it increases blood and qi circulation in the area.
- Can I have facial acupuncture if I have recently had Botox injections or fillers?
Because facial acupuncture helps move qi, blood and lymph in the face, this may counteract the effects of Botox and shorten the results of injections. Facial acupuncture may be used to target other areas free from Botox. If using fillers, it is recommended that you avoid stimulating the local area and dispersing the fillers.
- I’m on blood thinners, will this affect my treatment?
Please be aware that if you are on any type of blood thinning medication that this will increase the risk of bruising. This also includes the use of medication such as aspirin, nurofen and ibuprofen.
- Can I come in if I have my period?
You can still get facial acupuncture during menstruation, although you may notice increased sensitivity.
- I have regular peels and laser. Can I still get facial acupuncture?
Both laser and peels increase the sensitivity of skin. Consider having acupuncture before going in for these types of treatments.
Facial acupuncture treatments with Jessica Hewett are health fund claimable