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
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
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.
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