- What is Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture?
- What are the effects of treatment?
- What to expect during a session
- Is it safe?
- What we offer and where
What is Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture?Facial revitalisation acupuncture is also known as facial acupuncture, and it is sometimes referred to as an 'Acupuncture Facelift', or a non-surgical facelift.
Facial acupuncture is a safe, natural alternative to Botox and surgical procedures, and many women are increasingly choosing it as a way of facial enhancement.
Facial acupuncture has been used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Eastern countries for thousands of years, to restore, promote and maintain good health. Despite being used in China for cosmetic purposes from as early as the Sung Dynasty (AD 960), facial acupuncture has only been available in the west relatively recently.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health and vitality is dependent upon the body's motivating energy, moving in a smooth and balanced way along a series of channels called meridians. Many of these meridians either begin or end on the face. The state of our health and lifestyle is therefore often reflected in the face.
In 1996 the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that in a clinical trial, 90% of 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture, showed marked improvements after one course of treatment.
What are the effects of treatment?Acupuncture may erase as many as 5 - 10 years from the face with results apparent after just a few treatments. Facial acupuncture has been shown to increase collagen production and aid in its dispersal, thus helping to smooth out wrinkles and firm the skin. Bags around the eyes, drooping eyelids and sagging skin around the face and neck can be significantly reduced and toned up.
The treatment stimulates local circulation of blood and lymph to the face, improves muscle tone, encourages tightening of the pores and brightens the eyes. It greatly reduces stress evident in the face, bringing out the beauty within.
Facial acupuncture treats the whole person; it slows the aging process from within and brings out a person's innate beauty and radiance. This is not just a facelift but a holistic treatment which aims to restore balance.
Many patients notice other health benefits such as reduction in stress levels, fewer headaches, better appetite and weight regulation, more energy, better sleep and a brighter outlook on life.
What to expect during a sessionAt the first appointment, a discussion takes place as to which areas of the face you would like to improve, or have concerns with. The treatment involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the face. Some body points may also be used to improve your general constitutional energy and health.
The needles will be left in place for approximately 20 minutes, and the process is both virtually painless and very relaxing. Following this the needles are removed and a variety of other traditional techniques may be used such as using a derma roller or a 'tiger warmer' to stimulate the circulation.
Derma rollers can be used around the eyes to reduce dark circles. To finish the treatment, a facial massage is given to maximise the stimulating effect of the acupuncture. The whole procedure is extremely relaxing and therapeutic.
A course of approximately 6 - 12 treatments is recommended. Most patients notice a difference after one or two treatments, however, the effects become most noticeable and longer lasting after 6 treatments. Each person responds differently, depending on the condition of their skin and lifestyle prior to treatment.
Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance treatments of once a month can prolong the results for five to ten years.
Appointments last 1½ hours and cost £60.
Is it safe?Facial Acupuncture is a very safe treatment, as it has none of the side-effects that invasive procedures such as surgery and Botox have. However, it must be noted that on rare occasions slight bruising may occur at the site of a needle, although this usually disappears within a few days. Facial Acupuncture is also not suitable for people with high blood pressure, or people who bruise or bleed very easily or who are on any blood thinning medication.
What we offer and whereOur clinics in Cambridgeshire and London offer Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Injury and Deep Tissue Massage treatments for an extensive range of conditions.
Our Sawtry clinic covers a wide area from Peterborough to Huntingdon and St. Neots, while at the Steeple Morden clinic we receive patients from Baldock and Royston, plus Ashwell and all over North Herts.
From Deeping St James, our most rural clinic attracts patients from Stamford, Spalding and Peterborough.