What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture rejuvenation, is aimed at improving the skin naturally.
Cosmetic acupuncture is an alternative to conventional cosmetic treatments such as botox/collagen injections, fillers, micro-dermabrasion, photo rejuvenation, chemical peels and other harsh processes designed to ‘reverse the signs of ageing’.
Cosmetic acupuncture is natural, non-toxic and usually painless. And unlike other methods, it aims to work from the inside out, giving you a healthy glow as well as restoring body disharmony. Cosmetic Acupuncture is performed by Eli Huang a qualified Acupuncturist and Beauty Therapist.
How does cosmetic acupuncture work?
Cosmetic acupuncture aims to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, address certain skin concerns and to deal with the underlying causes of these facial blemishes.
For example, one reason that lines and wrinkles appear is because collagen production decreases as we get older. Collagen is a vital part of the connective tissue that keeps the skin firm and supple.
Acupuncture aims to facilitate collagen production by painlessly inserting very fine needles into specific points of the face, neck and head. The skin cells at these points are stimulated and the circulation of energy, or qi, improves, which in turn increases the production of collagen and elastin. True Cosmetic Acupuncture Still Has Its Roots In Traditional Chinese Medicine (Kingston, A. 2011. Journal of Chinese Medicine)
In Korea, clinicians have used facial cosmetic acupuncture to enhance facial elasticity by restoring resting mimetic muscle tone by inserting needles into head, face, and neck muscles. Louarn et al. 2007, conducted an MRI study on changes in the contour of facial mimetic muscles in patients of different ages. They found that facial mimetic muscles gradually straighten and shorten with age as a result of increased resting muscle tone. Based on these findings, facial cosmetic acupuncture could be used to improve facial elasticity with needles inserted into the muscles of the head, face, and neck, resulting in restored muscle tone. Another study (Yun Y. et al 2013) on the use of cosmetic acupuncture on improving facial elasticity showed promising results.
Cosmetic acupuncture was also shown to increase the water and oil content of facial skin in
female participants whose water content and oil content were lower before receiving acupuncture (N. Donoyama et al, “Cosmetic acupuncture to enhance facial skin appearance: a preliminary study,” Acupuncture in Medicine, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 152–153, 2012.)
Acupuncture also improves local blood supply to the face which also reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates better muscle tone and improved facial colour. Cosmetic acupuncture also improves lymph and blood circulation in the body as a whole.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is effective for preventing facial skin from ageing and wrinkle increase by mechanical stimulus on facial muscles according to Kim, M. “A Study on Cosmetic Acupuncture Through Anatomy and Physiology Interpretation” Korean Journal of Acupuncture (Vol.30, No.3, pp.171-177, 2013.)
Every client at the Acupuncture and Beauty Centre is offered a personalised treatment for their specific skin concerns, and this includes looking at their overall health issues. A diagnostic regimen involving medical history-taking, pulse-taking, and examination of facial features among other things, reveals underlying issues to Chinese practitioners. When your underlying health is boosted, it’s reflected in the condition of your skin. Cosmetic acupuncture focuses on creating beauty from the inside out.
(NB. There have not been any recent studies conducted on facial cosmetic acupuncture within the last 5 years. However we are looking foward to hearing newer research in this developing field)
What can facial acupuncture help with?
Facial cosmetic acupuncture together with other beauty treatments and a proper skincare regime may assist in problems of the skin such as fines lines and wrinkles, ageing skin, puffiness, crows feet, dry skin, sun damaged skin, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, open pores, acne skin and scarring.
It may also help with conditions such as Bell’s palsy, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia. These conditions can involve symptoms such as ptosis of the eyelid, loss of facial muscle function, pain, neuropathy and allodynia. Using acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, motor points, transverse sub-muscular needling, facial cupping and full-body acupuncture can treat the underlying condition, restore function and relieve pain for these conditions (Gellis, M. “A Multifaceted Approach to the Acupuncture Treatment of Neuromuscular Facial Conditions”, Journal of Chinese Medicine, No. 110, February 2016 )
What’s involved in Cosmetic Acupuncture?
As with any acupuncture, the practitioner takes a full medical history so that treatments can be individualised to each patient.
Treatment begins with sound therapy (tuning forks) for relaxation. Then the face is cleansed, and acupuncture is given to the body and the face, depending on the client’s health needs, requests and concerns. Then bioptron photo light therapy is used to even out the skin tone, tighten pores and improve complexion.
Once the facial needles are removed, a mini facial massage is performed to improve circulation where we may incorporate the use of organic essential oils (lavender, rose, Vitamin E, rosehip, geranium) and other creams on the face followed by a customised facial mask depending on the skin type and concerns. An anti-ageing moisturiser and light acupressure massage follows and finally, a facial spritz is applied and jade rollers are used to cool the skin and tighten the pores. Click here for more information about jade rollers and to purchase a pair.
From the first treatment, patients can see the wonderful glow of improved circulation and energy flow in their faces and can feel the relaxation in their bodies.
Patients experience best results when treatments are completed as part of a series, usually 10-12 treatments.
We begin with a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether cosmetic acupuncture will benefit you.
At the Acupuncture and Beauty Centre, we like to make our treatments as accessible as possible, we offer on-the-spot health fund rebates for your convenience. We also offer a 10-session discount so you get the full benefit of long-term treatments.
First consultation and treatment (approx 1.5 hrs) – $220
Subsequent treatments (approx 75 mins) – $180
Package of 10 Treatments (+ 1 free Treatment) – $1800 (Save $220)
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