with Matthew Richardson, R.Ac
Facial Acupuncture is a safe and painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging, swelling and redness. It uses very thin needles placed around the face and body to treat acne, remove puffiness, moisten the skin, and reduce swelling or darkness from around the eyes, mouth and jaw line.
Sometimes referred to as Cosmetic Acupuncture, it is much more than just a simple face treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can not only revitalize and nourish your complexion, but will also treat the internal issues that are the root or cause of your skin condition and health. The ‘local’ treatment will directly address any facial symptoms you may be concerned about, while the more internal aspect will address hormonal imbalance, digestive problems or emotional stress affecting your skin. This means, you will experience a more permanent, longer lasting change to your skin condition as well as feelings of increased energy, relaxation and well-being.
It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.
The two most common questions I am asked about regarding facial treatments are…
How does it work?
With anti-aging treatments (Ex., treating laugh lines on the forehead or crows feet around the eyes), the needles naturally stimulate the body’s production of collagen in the local area to lift up or push out the lines making them less visible, and removing them completely. In addition, the overall colour and texture of the skin will improve due to increased circulation or blood and body fluids to the area. This will brighten and tighten the skin for an overall vibrant and fresh look.
How long will it take to see some change?
The results are not as immediately dramatic as more invasive procedures but with a natural progression of positive change, you will see an incredible difference. Usually facial acupuncture is preformed as a set of 10 treatments once a week. In the beginning it can be useful to come twice a week for the first two weeks to create a quicker initial result.