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Celebrities have been using acupuncture as part of their beauty regimen for some time now, however facial enhancement acupuncture has not been very accessible to everyone else because it is quite a specialised market.
But….you also deserve to look and feel your best! Acupuncture & Wellness is here to give you a safe and effective option!
You can use facial acupuncture alongside your other beauty regimens but it is a safer and natural alternative to more invasive procedures such as Surgery, Botox, Chemical Peels, Dermal Fillers, Resurfacing and Restylane. In contrast to the immediate results of these interventions, acupuncture will start to show results building naturally over the period of your treatment plan. The effects can be felt straight away and are usually clearly visible after the 3rd treatment
Personalised facial rejuvenation plans
Perhaps you want to deal with fine lines, dark circles, poor skin tone and a dull complexion? Or you want to tackle an ongoing acne problem?
After completing an assessment I will recommend a treatment plan that will help you reach your skincare goals. We are all individual with individual challenges, so results vary from person to person.
Changes are usually evident after just three treatments with lasting changes to skin tone, complexion and improved muscle toning and tightness after 10 treatments. Follow-up treatments every month or 6 weeks are encouraged to maintain results and keep that youthful appearance.
The Science: How does it work?
In simple terms, acupuncture promotes the natural production of Collagen and Elastin
Collagen and Elastin are protein fibers found within the skin cells that are responsible for the skins structure and elasticity. Tiny acupuncture needles such as intradermal needles penetrate the skin just enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production, without permanent injury to the skin. With regular treatments, this natural “filler” often makes fine lines diminish or disappear completely.
Improving the complexion
As blood circulation improves, the complexion becomes more rosy and the lymphatic system performs better, this means that puffiness in the skin especially around the eyes will dissipate. Acupuncture relaxes tight muscles and strengthens elongated muscles. This restores the natural function of the muscles and results in a more lifted and toned appearance.
Exactly how collagen induction therapy works has been studied extensively by western medicine. In order for collagen to be stimulated the needles must be long enough to affect the dermis, the layer below the epidermis. Hair thin needles are threaded horizontally into a wrinkle and left in place for 15-30 minutes and then removed. Although there is no visible sign of a wound, there is micro trauma in the dermal layer. During the healing process, skin cells within a 1-2mm radius around the area treated release growth signals to undifferentiated cells known as skin stem cells. These signals also stimulate rapid growth of new fibroblasts and other wound repairing cells. Many cell types including fibroblasts rush to close the wound by migrating to the point of intrusion. These new fibroblasts then transform into collagen fibers which integrate with existing collagen in the upper dermis. The new collagen fibers thicken the skin, fill in the wrinkles and encourage growth of healthy new cells.
There is a lot of clinical evidence available to read, a 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that in 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The documented effects included: improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles, leveling of wrinkles, and overall rejuvenation–not confined to face. Here is an in depth layman terms review of facial acupuncture from Huffington Post.