In recent years it has been reported that many famous faces have regular facial acupuncture to slow down the effects of time. But this treatment is not just another new fad, in fact as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1270AD), facial acupuncture was used on the empress and the emperor’s concubines.
Facial acupuncture can be a very effective treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, helping you to feel and look rejuvenated without the need for invasive surgical procedures. The treatment may stimulate the laying down new collagen fibres, and the needles relax tense muscles eliminating puffiness, sagging and the common signs of ageing.
Whilst not as invasive as botox or surgery, and much safer - minor bleeding or bruising can occur, but serious side effects are extremely rare- the results will be more natural but may not be as dramatic. Often people will assume you’ve been on holiday, or on a diet, or maybe just happy!
Facial acupuncture is not only effective as a beauty treatment however. There are treatments that can help to reduce the appearance of scars, treat psoriasis and eczema, acne and rosacea. Perhaps the greatest strength of acupuncture is in treating each patient individually and holistically, to restore and maintain healthy balance in the body.
Since each person is unique, the number of treatments required will vary, and will depend on your age and overall health, as well as the condition of your skin. Most people report at the least a greater sense of well being and feeling more relaxed after only one session. More significant changes can take up to five sessions to show and I would recommend a course of treatment of 10 sessions. Sometimes two courses may be required for more lasting results with difficult or older skin problems. Usually weekly treatment sessions are best at the start for good results for the face. Your treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you at the first session and kept under review at each visit.
Facial Acupuncture treatments were recently reviewed in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture which researched the effects of the treatment on 300 cases. Of these cases, 90% had marked effects over one course of treatment, including: improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles; levelling of wrinkles; and overall rejuvenation. (A course of treatment being 10 sessions)