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What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture or Acupuncture Facelift, is a virtually painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Although it is often referred to as a facelift, the benefits are much more than just cosmetic. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. It is more than a cosmetic procedure in that it improves the mind and body by building the individual from the inside out.

The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment is based on the principles of Oriental Medicine. It involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into particular areas on the face, ears, neck, hands, arms, trunk, legs, and feet along specific energetic pathways (meridians) to balance the individual’s Qi (pronounced chee) or energy. Specific points along these meridians are needled based on the individual’s health issues at the time of treatment.

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered that many meridians either begin or end on the face or have an internal branch that connects to areas of the face. Doctors of Oriental Medicine practicing Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture know how to revitalize the face while simultaneously resolving the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process.

What are the effects?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face with results apparent after just a few treatments. Jowls and double chins can be firmed up. Fine facial lines can be eliminated and deeper wrinkles can be reduced. Eyelids and eyebrows can be lifted, puffiness can be eliminated, and bags under the eyes can be reduced.

Local blood and lymph circulation is increased bringing moisture and a glow to the skin. Age spots can be reduced or eliminated. Collagen production is increased helping with muscle tone and skin tightness. Pores can be tightened to look smaller. Hormonal balance is achieved to help improve acne. Stress, which shows on the face, fades away. The entire body is worked on to bring it into balance. Patients report the feel of energy running through their body and an uplifting feeling of the mind, body, and emotions. And, of course, they report firmer and younger looking skin.

Who would benefit from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Anyone concerned with looking and feeling younger and slowing down the aging process is a candidate. Anyone who wishes to improve his or her physical and emotional health in addition to looking better would benefit. Anyone with sagging, puffiness, wrinkles, drooping eyelids, double chin, acne, or dry skin would gain from Facial Rejuvenation.

Facial Rejuvenation is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless, and has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. There is no extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, nor is there trauma. While Facial Rejuvenation cannot reshape the bones of the face, it can take years off the face in a safe and natural way while improving your overall health.

As with any procedure, some patients may have contraindications such as pregnancy, high blood pressure, or serious illness. Your Doctor of Oriental Medicine can discuss any concerns with you.

Does it really make a difference?

Acupuncture, which has been around for thousands of years, has survived the test of time. The use of acupuncture in Cosmetology, especially in preventing and reducing wrinkles, has already attracted great attention in Japan, Hong Kong, and Sweden.

A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles, reduction of wrinkles, a brighter complexion, and overall rejuvenation (not just confined to the face).

What is a treatment course?

A course is between 10 and 15 treatments, with the average being 12. The effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the 7th session. Each person responds differently, depending on condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. Following the initial course of treatment, monthly maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years.

Who administers Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

The treatment should be performed by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine with training in the specialization of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Not many acupuncturists are specifically trained in this procedure. Kathleen Mathews is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbs (NCCAOM), and has been trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture by Virginia Doran. Please see Ms. Doran’s referral list at Luminousbeauty.com.

As a licensed D.O.M., Kathleen has demonstrated proficiency in the strict procedures for equipment sterilization. In order to assure your complete confidence, the finest pre-sterilized, disposable needles are used.