Gabriella Doran
London Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture

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'As you grow older don't envy the fresh blossoms of spring' *

It’s true that we can’t turn back the clock and become younger than our years, but cosmetic acupuncture can help reduce signs of the aging process, helping us look fresh, healthy and glowing.

You may have been tempted to try treatments such as botox or fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or considered some form of cosmetic surgery to ‘lift’ your face. No method can offer a permanent solution and people often find themselves on a path that leads them further into invasive and potentially harmful treatments to enhance their appearance.

Cosmetic, or Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture as it is widely known, is an increasingly popular way to achieve similar results, without the undesirable side effects associated with other forms of cosmetic enhancements. It works by stimulating important facial acupuncture points, which among other things help to strengthen slackening muscles and stimulate the skin’s production of collagen.

Here are just some of the effects you could experience from a course of cosmetic facial acupuncture:

  • improved muscle tone and dermal contraction
  • increased collagen production and dispersal – it helps to eliminate fine lines and has a diminishing effect on larger wrinkles
  • increased facial circulation, promoting skin rejuvenation
  • reduced bags under the eyes – helps to eliminate puffiness by improving metabolism and thus eliminating excess fluids
  • decreased tendency to sagging and jowls – reduces or eliminates double chins and helps lift drooping eyelids
  • improved hormonal balance and hormone-based skin conditions
  • improved facial colour by increase of peripheral circulation
  • balancing of sebaceous secretions thus improving dry skin and oily skin/acne
  • tightened pores
  • brighter eyes

If you are interested in having a course of cosmetic treatment, call or e-mail Gabriella to discuss suitability. While cosmetic acupuncture is a very safe treatment, there are a few conditions that are contraindicated and it is advisable to treat these first with Five Element Acupuncture before embarking on your Facial Acupuncture course.

* From: Inner Peace, Outer Beauty: Natural Japanese Health and Beauty Secrets Revealed
by Michelle Dominique Leigh

Before and after images

Here you can see that after just one treatment the forehead is smoother, the jaw line is lifted, the cheeks are somewhat plumped out and the nasolabial folds are softened. In this treatment the eye area was not specifically addressed. All round the result is a freshened, more energetic glow.

before and after one treatment of facial rejuvenation.

After eight treatments it could be said that the effects are subtle yet the transformation is clearly evident. The cheeks appear lifted, and youthful, as well as the lips. The overall quality of the skin is softer and the tone is more even.

before and after 8 treatments of facial rejuvenation

Note: no makeup, special lighting or post processing has been used on any of these images.

What will happen when I come for cosmetic acupuncture treatment?

Cosmetic treatments take longer than Five Element sessions, so you'll be in the clinic for up to two hours each time. Very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the ears, feet, hands and finally the head and face. You will hardly feel the insertion of the needles and it's a very relaxing session. After the needles have been removed, the treatment session may end with a calming facial massage, depending on individual requirements.Ancient parchment diagram of meridians of the face.

Treatment consists of a course of between 10 and 15 treatments, which must be at least once a week for the first six to eight weeks. The average course is around 12 treatments, and the effects really start to take hold from around the 7th treatment. It is advised to visit regularly for maintenance once your course has finished, around once a month. When treatment is followed up in such a way the effect will be more long lasting.

It's important to note that you will be required to lie on your back for the length of the session, so if this is difficult for you it may not be possible to go ahead with treatment. It is also important to be aware that some bruising may occur. The majority of times this isn't the case, but it is always a possibility. If bruising does occur, it is normally small and will most times disappear within a few days.

Can anyone have cosmetic acupuncture treatment?

There are a few conditions that are contraindications to commencing a course of cosmetic acupuncture. It is possible, however, to look at treating them with Five Element Acupuncture with a view to starting cosmetic treatment once they have improved. Do call Gabriella to discuss your individual circumstances and suitability for treatment. The following is simply a guideline:

  • Problems with bleeding (a supplement may be recommended prior to treatment that can help with this)
  • Tendency to bruise excessively
  • Pituitary tumours
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus

If you have a past history of any of the above but are not currently experiencing them, treatment could still go ahead. Do call, as a discussion can easily determine whether you are suitable to start a course of cosmetic acupuncture now. Cosmetic acupuncture is also not recommended during pregnancy, during a cold or flu, or during an acute allergic reaction.

Can I have cosmetic and five element acupuncture at the same time?

As the two disciplines have different purposes, both types of treatment should not take place on the same day. It is of course fine to have both treatments running alongside each other, as long as they are on different days of the week.

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