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Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation–An Alternative to Revitalize Your Appearance

Author: 10 June 2017 No Comment

Acupuncture vs injectables

In these days of quick fixes, many are turning to surgery or “injectables” to relax wrinkled foreheads, lift a sunken cheek and fill in creases and folds on the face. These methods are very effective and typically results are seen quickly. However, they may not be for everyone.  Individuals with certain health conditions, allergies, or health history (herpes, diabetes etc.) may not be a candidate for neurotoxins such as Botoxtm or fillers such as Restylanetm.  And many may not want the risks or downtime associated with surgery.  For individuals who are looking for a safe, natural, holistic form of rejuvenating their appearance, Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is an effective, safe alternative.

Have you ever wondered why in certain countries the women (and men) have such pristine skin? In many parts of the world, acupuncture has been used for centuries as a natural method of keeping the mind and body healthy. But what many do not know, is that it has also been used as a way to revitalize the skin, lift sagging jowls, brighten dark circles and relax a wrinkled forehead.
Acupuncture facial rejuvenation works in five ways to rejuvenate the skin:
1)     Painless, hair-thin, sterile acupuncture needles are placed in acupuncture points on the face, neck and scalp, which provide a lifting effect on the face.
2)     Tiny .25mm long intradermal needles are placed directly along the wrinkle to stimulate collagen at the site of insertion.
3)     Acupuncture needles are used to relax muscles in areas such as the forehead in a way similar to Botoxtm, but without any chemicals. This is done through a specialized technique, which encourages the muscle to relax on its own.
4)     Acupuncture needles are used to gently stimulate lax muscles, such as in the neck area to assist in lifting the neck, jowls and cheeks
5)     Body points are used which correspond to different organ systems in the body, thereby creating overall health effects. An example of this would be treating the liver, thereby reducing the appearance of dark spots, or a deficiency in the kidneys, which can contribute to darkness under the eyes.
A few acupuncture points are used for the sole purpose of anesthetizing the face and relaxing the patient. With acupuncture facial rejuvenation, nothing is put into or taken out of the body (besides the needles). The needles are left in place for about fifteen minutes during which time my patients typically fall into a deep state of relaxation. After the needles are removed, facial cupping and facial gua sha are used to invigorate the blood flow to the face, reduce inflammation (puffiness under eyes), and smooth deep fines such as on the forehead.

Not every patient is treated in the same manner. Treatments are designed according to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether it is a furrowed brow, fine lines around the eyes or lips, or a saggy neck, acupuncture can be the alternative to injectables or surgery that you are looking for!
As one of a handful of individuals in the country who is qualified to train acupuncturists in the art of facial rejuvenation, I know first hand that there are many acupuncturists who believe they can learn these techniques from a book or just wing it. Please check your practitioner’s credentials to make certain a qualified professional has trained them. You can contact the NCCAOM for more information.


Gellis Acupuncture
(301) 725-8927