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. We will take you through the experience step by step. Once you have experienced your first cosmetic acupuncture session you will realise how relaxing it is.
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.
The usual disclaimer
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.