Isn’t Traditional Chinese Medicine About Health and Wellness… So Why Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Well, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and if you are not well, your skin shows it.
A typical session starts with your practitioner looking closely at your face, and you may find it uncomfortable to have someone staring at you that intensely. Actually, we use the condition of your skin and face in all of our diagnoses to help us determine your level of health.
One of the things I like about Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it is always about taking a holistic approach to your body’s health and wellness, and in this case, when your body systems are functioning properly, your skin is brighter, plumper, and more elastic and your energy flows more vigorously.
Some Tell-Tale Signs on Your Face
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sagging and drooping
- Dull and dry skin
- Dark and puffy eyes
- Pigmentation and dark spots
- Tension in the face
We work with your body for your external appearance
You know those dark circles and puffiness under your eyes? That’s a possible sign that your kidneys are not properly moving your fluid, so attention at kidney and spleen points on the body may help your energy to move properly. Wrinkles are often a sign that your stomach energy channel (which runs through your face) is not moving energy effectively, so attention at those points helps send energy. Sagging jowls and skin suggests that your spleen channel needs help to get moving so that it can enrich your blood to nourish your skin and muscles. And breakouts and blemishes may indicate that your large intestine and liver channels need help to move energy and clear out toxins.
So the face may explain the internal cause of your symptoms. The tiny acupuncture pins used for cosmetic acupuncture are inserted on your face after the main channels in the rest of your body have been stimulated. The precise and correct insertion of the tiny pins tells your body to send extra energy to these specific areas and stimulates a healing response. These are special stainless steel single use pins which are not reused.
Cosmetic acupuncture works on the underlying deficiencies and may complement your existing skin care and facial regime.
It is also very much about your choices for exercise, lifestyle and good nutrition… the sooner you start looking after yourself, the younger you should feel at every stage of your life.
Please note – we will never inject anything into your face!
Cosmetic fillers and anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox involve the injection into the face of a Schedule 4 drug classified under the Poisons Schedule. Australian doctors have treated a patient who has gone permanently blind from having dermal filler injected into her face. internationally, there have been 98 documented cases of blindness caused by fillers.
Work on Your Skin from the Inside-Out
All of our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interventions increase your vitality and natural beauty to some extent simply because of our focus on removing energy blockages and stimulating any organs in your body which may not be functioning at optimum effectiveness. It’s rather like the effect that cleaning your water filters or heating ducts has on the quality and quantity of water or air that flows through them, so it makes sense that an acupuncture session can positively affect your appearance and skin texture. So you really need to appreciate the art and science that goes into cosmetic acupuncture. Cosmetic acupuncture demands knowledge and understanding of TCM and precision in placing the needles as well as discernment as to which other areas of the body should also be treated in order to enhance your overall wellbeing, as well as your appearance. Chinese herbal medicine formulas and some dietary mofifications are often recommended to further enhance your results.
Unlike ordinary skin clinic and beauty treatments that focus largely on surface appearance, cosmetic acupuncture (like all TCM treatments) focuses on improving your skin from the inside out. This results in long-term improvement in the evenness and texture of your skin. Clients (both men and women) may comment on the observable improvements in their appearance after general acupuncture treatments and ask ‘Why?’ Realise that one of the first things everyone sees each morning is a reflection of their own face in the mirror, so bright eyes and clear skin could help them set a positive tone for the day.
Clients walk out of their sessions feeling relaxed and their skin feels and looks smoother and more even. They are surprised to discover that they do not have to hibernate for 2-3 days while the redness and swelling goes down because the skin is stimulated both internally and externally rather than being traumatised. I am fascinated by the results I see, and hear so many positive comments on these treatments.
Glowing from the inside out with facial rejuvenation
Cosmetic acupuncture focuses on energy points that are directly related to your face.This is a natural way of working with your skin and your face, with no botox, harsh chemical peels, fillers or plastic surgery. In your session your practitioner will do a thorough assessment of your general health from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective and then work on moving any energy imbalances, blockages and stagnation, with the aim of having you glowing from the inside out. It’s all about the free flow of Qi Energy through the meridians of your body because the face is simply an extension of the energetic pathways through the body. For example, some digestive issues may possibly be reflected in the cheek area. We help your whole body to heal and balance itself, and empower you with positive things that you can do with our deep understanding of TCM. For example, self acupressure massage techniques may be shown to patients to do at home in order to reinforce the benefits of the treatment.
Everyone is unique and different. So your treatment plan will be personalised and tailored especially for you and your needs, which may change over time. We will discuss all of this with you after a thorough health assessment at your first consultation, and you are welcome to ask as many questions as you like, and talk about any of your concerns.
Beauty is more than skin deep
What we love about facial rejuvenation is that it’s looking at the whole person from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective and the internal imbalances that may cause symptoms of puffiness under your eyes, wrinkles, sagging, and uneven colouring. It is also very much about your choices for exercise, lifestyle and good nutrition… the sooner you start looking after yourself, the younger you should feel at every stage of your life.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture uses tiny and very fine acupuncture needles or pins which are carefully inserted into specific points in the face. All of the needles are single use only and made of sterilised stainless steel.These should not hurt and be relatively painless, with no swelling or recovery time. The body responds to this “micro-trauma” stimulation by sending energy to these points to rejuvenate and enliven the skin from the inside with healthy tissue and improved blood flow. Facial needling can also work with the many muscles in the face which tend to weaken and sag with age. The carefully placed acupuncture needles can help to strengthen and tighten certain face muscles, which in turn can lift different areas of the face to improve appearance.
Traditional Chinese medicine may be also able to assist with stress, pain relief and management; with obvious benefits for your overall health, disposition, inner wellness and appearance. Harmonising the body can also relieve the tension in the face. By feeling better, you should ideally look better too. Chinese herbal medicine may be prescribed to balance and harmonise the body. Chinese Dietary Therapy may help you to achieve better results based upon your body and skin type.
Facial rejuvenation relies on a natural and holistic approach. Everyone is different, so results are going to vary from person to person because cosmetic acupuncture works in gradual increments.
Other ways to look after your skin
- Use natural organic products that are not chemicals. Always read labels.
- Eat lots of fresh leafy green vegetables.
- Drink lots of water, at least 7 to 9 glasses a day.
- Avoid excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays. Early morning and later afternoon sun is best.
- Include walking, yoga and deep breathing exercises in your lifestyle.
- Get a good night’s sleep with 7 to 8 hours of rest.
Cosmetic Acupuncture and Collagen
Your skin is the biggest organ in your body, and, like everything else in your body, its condition may deteriorate with age. Collagen is a natural protein which makes up over 80% of your skin and provides strength and stretchiness. Healthy skin breaks down old collagen, repairs your cells, and makes new collagen automatically – so your skin is supple, well-hydrated and glowing.
You can improve the external appearance of your skin with creams and lotions, botox, or even surgery… but this is really just a superficial fix. It is much more effective to stimulate the production of healthy cells at a deep level so that you don’t just look better, but also feel more energetic, focused and relaxed! Obviously, this is also linked to a healthy lifestyle, but cosmetic acupuncture may reduce existing wrinkles, discolouration and other signs of ageing, and slow down future effects as well.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
It involves the placement of very fine needles into the face, creating a tiny micro-trauma. This promotes blood circulation and increases the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, the muscles become tighter, wrinkles are reduced, blood carries more nutrients and oxygen to the skin smoothing out the texture and evening the skin colour – and your skin feels smooth and hydrated.
Cosmetic Acupuncture with TCM
When cosmetic acupuncture is combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), although the treatment does focus on the face, it also addresses sluggishness in your overall system and energy blockages. Your skin health provides indications of which major energy channels in your body need to be stimulated (or calmed). Your cosmetic acupuncture session will, therefore, leave you feeling more relaxed and energised so that it’s not just your skin that looks better.
Since our facial muscles are closely connected to our neck and shoulder muscles, using acupuncture to relax and stimulate the neck and shoulders also lifts your facial muscles and promotes blood circulation and hydration in that area.
Cosmetic Acupuncture versus Micro-Dermabrasion
We’re often asked about the difference between the Cosmetic Acupuncture we offer, and the treatments offered by skin clinics. Many beauty therapists offer micro-dermabrasion with a roller or a fine needle puncture. These also operate on the basis of creating micro-trauma which stimulates new cell production. The two biggest differences are: –
- Cosmetic Acupuncture also addresses the deficiencies in your system which are showing up in your skin; and
- Micro-dermabrasion is applied across the entire face and can be quite painful. It also leaves your skin red and inflamed for 24-48 hours. Cosmetic acupuncture is more localised and focuses on key points so it is both relaxing and less acute.
How Many Cosmetic Acupuncture Clinic Sessions Will I Need?
Everyone responds slightly differently depending on overall health, body constitution, collagen and elastin levels, stress levels and age.
In general, men typically require fewer sessions than women of similar age. Younger clients may also need fewer sessions than more mature clients. For more accurate estimation of how many sessions that you may need, it is better to contact us directly.
Cosmetic Acupuncture without Needles – Cupping and Tuina for Better Health
“Your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body, and similarly what is going on inside your body can be influenced by how you treat your skin.”
They say that beauty is only skin deep, but your skin is an amazing organ and stimulating it can have a positive effect on your health, just as using acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine like acupressure and cupping can have a healing effect on your skin.
Acupuncture is a strong treatment, but many people don’t like the idea of needles, especially on their face, so a combination of tuina (or acupressure) and facial cupping is a very satisfactory alternative.
In Cosmetic Acupressure the fingers are used to stimulate specific points on the face which causes the muscles to relax, excess fluid to drain, and the skin to appear more taut and even. When acupressure is used in conjunction with facial cupping this dramatically increases the circulation of both blood and qi energy, which relieves muscle tension and promotes healing at a deeper level of the skin.
Facial cupping uses a different type of cup to those used on the rest of the body. Facial cups are smaller in diameter, made of silicon, and the sliding technique is used on the face to stimulate the skin and underlying tissue without leaving any marks. The suction created by the cupping oxygenates and stimulates the layers of skin creating micro-trauma that leads to healing of the skin.
During the session, your practitioner will also use regular acupuncture or laser acupuncture to simulate other qi energy points on your body because the condition of your skin is also a reflection of internal imbalances and deficiencies.
Recently, one of my clients was suffering from Bell’s Palsy which affects the function of your facial muscles. After just 3 session of cosmetic acupuncture he felt that his muscles were working more normally and his skin was also looking clearer.
My clients and I love the fact that when they walk out of their session they can see and feel the difference and there is no unsightly redness or inflammation.
Facial Acupuncture with Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) is a gentle, natural and holistic option to look and feel your best.
TCM seeks to restore and maintain your body’s natural harmony.
As we age skin loses volume and elasticity due to increased collagen breakdown, decreased collagen production and epidermal thinning, which leads to dullness, sagging and wrinkles. We all want to look and feel more alive and energetic, and be more resilient to life’s challenges. If you feel and look tired then facial acupuncture is perhaps what you need.
Amazing things can happen when the body and mind are balanced. Many people think of acupuncture in terms of improving health – and they are quite right. Everything that we do to help our body’s energy to flow freely contributes to our health. Facial acupuncture is about treating the whole person, including the face.
Cosmetic acupuncture (also known as facial rejuvenation or facial enhancement acupuncture) uses a whole-of-body approach, to treat the symptoms as well as the causes, and is not merely “cosmetic”. By treating the cause and the symptoms together, the goal is to achieve better, longer-lasting results. Your treatment will begin with some acupuncture needles along the body to reduce stress and internal imbalances. The facial acupuncture mainly uses super-fine needles (far smaller than the acupuncture needles normally used on other parts of the body) to stimulate energy flow in very specific parts of the face, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. Circulation improves which enhances skin tone and texture. Normal acupuncture needles are used on other parts of the body. The needles stimulate the body to begin the natural healing process and the needles are left in place for 20 – 30 minutes. The sessions can be very relaxing and many patients often fall asleep. You won’t see an overnight transformation because the treatments are cumulative and build on each other. The healing process is gradual, so don’t expect results straight away. Polishing a diamond can take time.
Your face is the mirror of your health
Your face reflects your inner health, so facial acupuncture also works on your inner health. In the TCM view, a person’s face is affected selectively by his or her internal organs and it is the balance between the two sides of the body’s composition – the yin and yang – that maintains our inner health and outer beauty. With Chinese medicine the belief is that a wrinkle will occur in an area of weakness long before it will occur in a healthy area. Therefore, attention must be paid to the location of early lines and deep wrinkles and the underlying disharmony treated simultaneously with the wrinkle treatment.
You also need to realise that your lifestyle and diet are required to support your inner health. It is important to understand that even though aging is a natural process of life, your choice of what you eat and how you live can accelerate or slow down the process. You cannot expect to look younger if you continue to punish your body with insufficient sleep, bad habits and poor nutrition. It is really about enhancing your overall health naturally.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine formulas may also be recommended to help address any health issues that might be affecting your quality of life and the appearance of your skin – to further assist your body’s return to balance. This can accelerate and help to maintains results, as well as having the added bonus of leaving you feeling healthier and happier.
At the heart of Bing’s Natural Health is the belief that you can take charge of your own health, and that your body has more power to heal itself when you listen to it and support its natural healing processes.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facial Acupuncture
Why facial acupuncture?
The alternatives are unnatural, harsh cosmetic treatments such as injections, micro dermabrasion, chemical peels and cosmetic surgery, which may involve long recovery times, dangers to the body, complications from repeat treatments and costly high expense.
Does facial acupuncture hurt?
There is minimal discomfort because the practitioners are fully qualified and experienced. The tiny needles used on the face are very fine,
I’m scared of needles. Is this for me?
Absolutely. Please read the section above Cosmetic Acupuncture without Needles – Cupping and Tuina which involves the use of acupressure(tuina), facial cupping and laser acupuncture without the use of needles.
Are the acupuncture needles ever reused?
Definitely not! These are high quality, single use, sterilised, stainless steel needles which are only ever used once, and are then disposed of hygienically. Your practitioner only uses brand new needles every time.
Why isn’t it called Acupuncture Facelift?
Because there are no incisions, sutures or acid peels during the acupuncture procedure, and it will not produce sudden, drastic changes in underlying structures.
When can I commence facial acupuncture?
In the late twenties and early thirties when the first signs of ageing appear. The skins natural renewal process declines after the age of 28, therefore the more time that passes after that age until treatment is sought, the less the results that may be achieved. Treatment is for both men and women.
What happens in my initial session?
Firstly your practitioner will look at your health history, assess your current health, discuss your skin concerns, and physical and emotional well-being. You will gain a deeper insight into your internal imbalances. The treatment will then include cosmetic acupuncture and holistic acupuncture. Chinese herbs may be prescribed if required. You will also receive diet and lifestyle guidance.
How many sessions will I need and what will they cost?
Healing does take time. Every individual is different with varying underlying health conditions. So your practitioner will do a health assessment and then discuss the options with you. The first session normally lasts 90 minutes and subsequent sessions can each be 60 minutes, depending on your individual needs. The number of treatments are going to vary from patient to patient depending on a number of factors. Please refer to Our Fees and Prices.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. Side effects might include slight bruising or spot bleeding at the needle site.