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What is Facial Acupuncture?
Facial Acupuncture is no new fad, it originates from China (960-1279 AD) where it was used on Emperors’ Concubines as an anti-aging technique! Facial Acupuncture aims to treat the condition of the skin through addressing underlying imbalances within the body. Currently Facial Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular as a natural alternative to Botox which accounts for 39% of non-surgical treatments in the UK.
For those looking for an alternative to invasive procedures, Facial Acupuncture has numerous benefits. The key to looking and feeling better long term lies in taking a holistic approach that goes beyond the superficial by addressing the underlying, internal causes throughout the body and how they manifest externally on the face. Dark circles, fine lines and dull, congested skin are not an inevitability of ageing and could in fact be indicators of an imbalance in the body; such as a sluggish digestive system or over-worked kidneys.
How does it work?
The treatment involves the use of ultra-fine, sterilised, disposable needles which are inserted at particular points in the face. Not only does this help improve blood flow and circulation, it also encourages the skin’s self-repairing mechanisms, stimulating the production of collagen (the protein that keeps the skin looking plump and youthful) as well as promoting increased cell-turnover both of which can result in a reduction in lines and sagging.
Facial acupuncture is the only anti-ageing treatment that improves overall health in addition to appearance. Treatments improve circulation throughout the entire body creating a more efficient delivery of oxygen and nutrients. Patients often report an improvement in other health care concerns including sleep and digestion.
Are there any risks?
Facial Acupuncture is a chemical-free, natural approach to anti-ageing without the side effects, risks and downtime of more invasive cosmetic procedures.. There is no downtime, no swelling or redness and you never have to worry about allergic skin reactions. Although the majority of patients do not experience any complications, a small amount of bleeding, bruising or puffiness may occasionally occur.
Who is a candidate for Facial Acupuncture?
A detailed consultation will take place prior to your first treatment to ensure you are a suitable candidate for Facial Acupuncture. Most men and women looking for a natural, alternative approach to reducing the signs of ageing and improve overall wellness are suitable. Those who are not eligible for Facial Acupuncture include pregnant women, those with haemophilia or contagious skin diseases, those with a severe deficiency, or those who have undergone other cosmetic procedures such as injections and surgical procedures in the past 8 weeks.
How long does a treatment course last?
Prior to your Facial Acupuncture Treatment I will do a detailed consultation with you and will recommend a personalised treatment plan that will help you reach your skincare goals. The average treatment course includes a total of 6-12 treatments, and treatment twice a week are recommended initially. Results vary from person to person, but you’ll likely notice subtle changes to your skin tone and fine lines after just three treatments. Deeper wrinkles will normally start to vanish after about six treatments, with lasting changes to overall complexion, skin tone and texture and improved muscle toning and tightness after 10-12 treatments. Follow-up treatments are encouraged to maintain results.
How much does treatment cost?
Block of six (90 minute) sessions: £500
Block of ten (90 minute) sessions: £800
Individual (90 minute) top-up sessions cost £85.
To achieve optimum results, courses are highly recommended. Facial enhancement acupuncture treatments are booked and paid for in advance blocks to encourage regularity of appointments and better results.