Cosmetic Acupuncture FAQ's.
Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Did you know that we do Holistic Cosmetic Acupuncture? This is often termed a ‘natural botox’ as it has the effect of smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening and lifting the facial muscles, reducing scar tissue, reducing face swelling, and rejuvenating complexion. We take a holistic approach to the skin so it includes a full body treatment which will likely include herbal medicine if you choose to take it.
Here are some Frequently Asked Question's answered:
What is it? Cosmetic acupuncture is the insertion of fine stainless steel needles into specific areas of the skin to promote collagen production, improve blood flow and fluid metabolism and reduce scar tissue. A Chinese medicine holistic approach also considers the whole body as a mirror of the face (e.g. frown lines relating to the Liver, or forehead lines relating to digestion, or acne locations related to specific organs, sagging areas relating to the Spleen/digestion). Therefore, we use body acupuncture to compliment what we have done with the face.
How does it work? The insertion of needles to the appropriate depth in the skin stimulates the fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin which plump the skin to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. By causing micro trauma to the skin it brings blood flow and with that comes healing. Acupuncture can also be used to break up scar tissue and promote healing of scars. It does this by breaking up adhesions that hold the scar allowing it to ‘pop up’. It also stimulates collagen in the area and promotes skin healing.
How many sessions will I need? A minimum of 6 sessions over 6 weeks. Ideally 8 treatments over 8 weeks as the skin takes 28 days to fully regenerate and its best to work through 2 complete cycles of this. You should expect to see a general tightening of the skin, reduced facial swelling and improved skin tone within the first 1-2 treatments. Longer lasting changes mean more time, as these changes need to take place at a deeper level and the body takes time to heal. Follow up treatments can be 1-3 months later or you may choose to continue with monthly appointments to maintain results.
How many needles are used? 10-30 usually in the face. With up to 10 in the body too.
Will it hurt? The face is a sensitive area, so you will likely feel a slight pinch as the needle is inserted. Once it is in you shouldn’t feel it. It shouldn’t be extremely painful.
How long does it take? Once the needles are inserted you will be left for approximately 28 minutes. This is because it takes the body this time for a full circle of qi flow throughout the body.
How do I prepare? When you come to your appointment try to omit wearing any makeup as we will need to take it off anyway. We want to get an idea of what your skin looks like in its natural state so we can work with that. Make sure to also bring a pic or list of the current products you use so we can assess it.
When can I NOT have cosmetic acupuncture? It’s best not to perform cosmetic acupuncture premenstrually as the skin is more sensitive at this time. If you have facial herpes or active cold sores we will avoid doing acupuncture as it triggers the immune system. It is best not to be receiving any other form of cosmetic treatment during a course (the 8 weeks) of cosmetic acupuncture as it may cause inflammation and interfere with the treatment we do.
What to do after your appointment? Drink plenty of warm water. Follow instructions given by your practitioner (which may include products to continue using or which to change, a Gua Sha and Jade Roller routine, dietary and lifestyle advice).
Any other questions? Feel free to get in touch :)