Facial Rejuvenation

Over the past few weeks, I have been learning about and using acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation is an excellent option for patients who are looking for a natural approach and want to avoid costly surgery or harmful chemicals like Botox. The treatment involves a series of needles that are placed in the hands, wrists, feet, and ankles for detoxification. Another set of needles is used on specific acupuncture points on the neck and face. The final set of needles is contoured to the wrinkles on the patient's face. When the treatment is complete, there are about 40-50 needles that are used. It's a very complicated procedure, but the results patients have are great!

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For patients who have never had an acupuncture treatment before, it is important to start with a tonifying or "four gates" treatment. This is a combination of points in both hands (LI4) and points in the feet (LV3). This is used to promote general qi circulation and relaxation. Some patients feel a sensation of tingling as they are undergoing the four gates therapy.

After the patient receives the four gates treatment or if the patient has had acupuncture before, the practitioner starts with the full facial rejuvenation protocol, which is described above. After the needles are removed, a facial massage is performed on the patient. This is an important step as it is not only relaxing for the patient but it also reduces the chance of bruising.

The first questions that most patients have are: Does it hurt? What results can I expect?

Some of the needles might be sensitive when inserted, but most of the patients do not even feel them going in. The two areas I have found that are most sensitive on patients are the upper lip and nasal area. As for results, the first thing people notice after treatment is the improvement in tone and texture of their skin. After a few more treatments, patients come back saying that their friends have noticed that, they are "looking well", but they can't put a finger on what has changed. And after more treatments, patients see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, pores tighten, there's more color in their face, and a better facial skin tone.

I plan on making this a part of my practice, and I hope it is a big part. I have really enjoyed learning about it, practicing it, and hope to learn a lot more as I practice.