Cosmetic Acupuncture, or Facial Rejuvenation, is a safe and effective anti-aging treatment dating back to the Tang dynasty in 7th Century China. The practice, which was originally reserved for royalty, takes a holistic approach to rejuvenating the skin. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the face is a reflection of the health and vitality of the body. Therefore care is taken to strengthen the health of the entire person as opposed to focusing exclusively on the face.
How does it work?
One of the earliest Chinese texts, the Neijing, states that as we age the numerous acupuncture channels that are in
the face begin deteriorating, leading to wrinkled, dull skin. By needling the face, qi and blood is returned to the area creating a younger-looking appearance. From a Western perspective, Cosmetic Acupuncture stimulates collagen production, helps smooth the color of the face and plumps fine lines and wrinkles.
What to expect?
The specifics of the treatment vary with the practitioner and style of Cosmetic Acupuncture practiced. Most acupuncture sessions, though, last around 90 minutes with needles retained for 30 minutes. For optimum results patients require 10 to 12 weekly or bi-weekly sessions. Results vary depending on the individual’s age and the condition of the skin, but most patients begin to see a change after the first few treatments. One of the earliest shifts is in the tone of the skin. By week 4, patients can begin to notice a plumping of fine lines.
Amelie de Mahy L.Ac, providing acupuncture and Chinese herbs to the communities of Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Danville, Concord and Pleasant Hill.