Your face is the mirror of your health
Your face reflects your vitality and the underlying state of your health. Chinese medicine reads the face to diagnose a number of health imbalances. Skin tone, discolourations, blemishes, the location of fine lines and even moles give the Chinese medical practitioners health information and even reveal personality traits.
The energy meridians of Chinese medicine carry energy around the body from head to foot in a way that’s similar to the circulation of the blood, but more subtle. This circulation of energy is vital to health and well-being. The meridians connect to the organs of the body, so if there is a health problem with any organ it becomes clearly visible in the face.
Different areas of the face correlate to specific internal organs, so that the face is a precise diagnostic tool. So if you have a problem that repeatedly happens in a certain area of your face, it indicates an internal health problem. When that internal imbalance is restored, your facial appearance improves and so does your health.
What is the best age to commence facial rejuvenation treatments? Is it for everyone?
Treatment can be started at any age. In your late twenties/early thirties for example, treatment can prevent the signs of ageing. Later in life, it may take longer for the body to come back into harmony, but the benefits are immense, not just for your facial appearance, but for your overall health.
Cosmetic acupuncture helps you age better because its benefits accumulate over time. Because it works by bringing your internal organs into balance you will look better for your age than your peers. You may not notice this immediately, but as the years progress it will become obvious.
It can benefit anyone with facial lines, pigmented skin, scarring, dark circles or puffiness under eyes or any other skin conditions such as acne and hormonal imbalances.
What are the short and long-term effects?
At the Acupuncture and Beauty Centre, patients observe an increased glow to the complexion after the very first treatment. This is the result of increased qi and blood flow to the face. The face appears more open, with increased clarity in the eyes (clear Shen), and the person seems more rested; wrinkles lessened and the skin more toned.
A significant difference in appearance can be seen following the fifth to seventh treatments, with an even more marked reduction in wrinkles and improved skin tone. The impression of relaxation and calm becomes more pronounced; patients look as if they have just come back from holiday. Lifting of the jowls, neck and the eyes is often noticeable. With continuing treatment, constitutional issues like digestive complaints subside.
How many treatments are needed?
Results are best gained when done as a series, twice a week. A series of 10-12 treatments is recommended, with two treatments per week if you are just noticing fine lines or minor problems, and have no major health concerns. If you have already developed significant wrinkles or other skin issues it is recommended that you complete 15 treatments as there will be significantly more internal imbalances in the body requiring more comprehensive treatment.
Once the course is completed, occasional additional treatments may be needed for maintenance.
Treatments are offered as a package of 10 sessions or as single treatments. Intensive treatments are also offered for special events.
By the end of a series of treatments, the patient should look and feel 5-15 years younger. Results may vary slightly depending upon how well the patient has taken care of themselves during the process, and afterward. Booster treatments provide ongoing support within a normal process of aging.
Are there any side-effects to facial rejuvenation acupuncture?
In a nutshell, no. There may be some very slight bruising at the site of the needles but these subside by the follow day. Arnica tablets can be given to prevent bruising if clients are sensitive.
As very fine, high quality, one-use needles are used, facial acupuncture is safe and painless. The may be a slight twitch response to some points.
Cosmetic acupuncture versus cosmetic surgery
Cosmetic acupuncture is a very different procedure from traditional cosmetic surgery. A traditional facelift performed by a skilled surgeon can produce striking results, lifting sagging skin on the neck, cheek area and jowls and even erasing some of the lines and deep wrinkles on various areas of the face. However, the result can also be that the patient doesn’t look like the person they were before, or can even end up with an appearance that surprises others.
Moreover, traditional cosmetic surgery is not without risks. Undergoing general anesthesia, the risk of infection and a protracted recovery period (typically anywhere from two to four weeks) are just some of the potential downsides. Scarring and pain can be issues, and for smokers, plastic surgery may be inadvisable due to the poor wound healing. The skin can even become necrotic through poor blood supply.
For those who are considering botox or have had botox treatments, there are many undesirable side effects. Please download the pdf for an article on the side-effects or botox.
By comparison, cosmetic acupuncture is virtually risk-free and can improve your overall health significantly, which traditional cosmetic surgery cannot claim to do.
Contact Eli Huang if you have any enquiries or to book an appointment today.