Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
What is facial rejuvenation acupuncture?
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a holistic natural anti-aging technique. Fine filiform acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the face and throughout the body. The aim is to slow down the aging process and make you look more vibrant, supple and youthful whilst also improving your general health and wellbeing.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by activating the flow of oxygen (qi) and blood to the face. This can result in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. In specific terms, acupuncture can increase muscle tone by way of improving facial elasticity. The increased localised circulation that results from needle insertion can lead to capillary dilation giving rise to more production of collagen and elastin. “A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture postulated that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include: skin becoming more delicate, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation.”
Zhang, Q. and Zhu, L. (1996). Meridional Cosmetology: Report of 300 Cases with Discussion of Underlying Mechanism. The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, pp 401-405.
More about acupuncture
As many are aware, acupuncture is a holistic form of medicine. This means that for acupuncture to work in its entirety and for you to get the best results, a thorough and comprehensive history will be taken and any subtle or minor imbalances found will be treated. In essence, the treatment works as 2 in 1 benefit for YOU the client. Points on the face treat the specifics of collagen and blood flow as stated above and other points (usually on the limbs) will be added to help balance your general health and thus assist in achieving long term benefits.
What is involved in the treatment?
We will take a comprehensive health history to begin with and determine the best acupuncture point prescription for you based on your specific needs.
Acupuncture needles will be placed at multiple points around wrinkles and parts of the face that require treatment. There will also be needles placed on the peripheries of the body. Peripheral points will mainly function to re-balance your body, in some cases to remove toxins and other cases to increase whole body blood flow.
You will be in a relaxed horizontal position with the needles in place for 20-30 minutes.
How long until I can see results?
We recommend a course of ten treatments. As this is a natural approach to slowing down the ageing process, progressive treatments are recommended. To achieve optimum results, we encourage twice weekly treatments for the first two weeks, followed by weekly sessions. You should start seeing some pleasing results after four to five weeks when the imbalances are corrected, toxins have been removed and better general qi and blood flow have been increased. It usually takes this time frame for new collagen to be produced and for fine lines to start to diminish.
Acupuncture can assist with sleep disturbances, increase energy, boost immunity and lift your mood. All of these general health benefits will assist your treatment goals for reduction in wrinkles and a more youthful and glowing complexion. Beauty most definitely comes from within.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Acupuncture is almost entirely risk free. Perhaps it is fair to say that the only risk is that you will look and feel great. Sometimes there is some minor bruising or redness that develops at insertion points post- treatment, however this is temporary and will not impact on the effectiveness of the treatment.
Almost anyone can benefit from facial rejuvenation acupuncture. However, if you suffer from severe migraines, have high blood pressure, or if you are on blood-thinning medications or pregnant, cosmetic acupuncture is not recommended.
Ten facial rejuvenation acupuncture sessions constitute a course. For optimum results, it is recommended that an entire course be completed.
Recommended strategy is two sessions per week for the first two weeks; then one session per week for the next six weeks.
Gradual improvement should be noted between each of the sessions.
Results last between two to five years.
Lifestyle factors will influence results. For example, heavy sun exposure, sleep deprivation, smoking and high alcohol consumption will reduce the beneficial effects of treatment.
$100 a session, which incorporates a discount to assist with limited budget.
Purchase ten treatments in advance and receive one free treatment as an added bonus.
Can I claim with private health funds?
Yes. You can claim the same way you would for regular acupuncture. Amounts vary depending on your particular choice of plans. We do have HICAPS available. Most are able to claim on the spot and only pay the gap fee. Please note you will need to bring your Health Fund card to the clinic to do this.