Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation  Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation?

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a full body treatment that works to improve skin coloration, texture, and firmness.  It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to lift the face naturally.

What are the benefits of Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation?

The benefits of Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation may include:

Improved complexion

Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines

Leveling of deeper wrinkles

Improvement in beginnings of jowls

Reduction of acne/rosacea

Fading of age spots

Reduction of under-eye bags and sagging skin

Lifting of drooping eyelids

How does it work?

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation works by creating local micro-trauma on the face, which stimulates a healing response and promotes collagen and elastin production for more supple, firm skin.  Needling directly into fine lines reduces their appearance.  Dynamic wrinkles, caused by repetitive movements and facial expressions, are diminished by releasing tension held in the surrounding muscles.  Increased blood circulation to the face improves skin coloration and moisture, giving the face a healthy glow and luster.

Why do you treat the whole body and not just the face?

The skin is the only organ you treat from both the inside and the outside.  In order to be healthy and vibrant, the skin needs a healthy blood supply, adequate hydration, and ample nutrients obtained from proper digestion.  The balanced function of the internal organs shows up in the face.

The spleen and stomach are responsible for digestion.  These organs help metabolize the food we eat to make nutrient-rich blood, which nourishes the skin.  When the skin is undernourished, it can become dry and saggy and accelerate the signs of aging.  Improper digestion can also lead to bags and puffiness under the eyes.

The heart is responsible for blood circulation.  The skin needs adequate blood supply to have healthy luster and even coloration.  Dry, dull skin is often the result of blood not nourishing the skin properly.

The kidneys are responsible water metabolism and are also the organ most closely associated with the aging process.  Dark circles, puffiness, and lusterless skin are often related to deficient kidney function.

What should I expect in a treatment?

Each treatment is customized to the unique needs of the patient, but a treatment may include any or all of the following modalities: acupressure massage, body acupuncture, facial acupuncture, facial cupping, facial gua sha, and herbal consultation.  Customized prescriptions skin care, dietary therapy, Qi Gong, meditation, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications will be made based on each patient’s needs.  Custom herbal prescriptions and supplements are not included in the treatment cost.

How are the risks of Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation different than for plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures?

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a safe and effective natural alternative to plastic surgery, Botox, and dermal fillers.  The most common side effect of facial acupuncture is bruising and bleeding, which typically resolves within 1-2 days.  The recovery time for acupuncture facial rejuvenation is minimal to none, so there is no need to change life plans to accommodate for treatment.  In fact, many patients request treatment prior to special events to give their face a healthy glow!

The side effects of surgical facelift and other cosmetic procedures can be more serious.  Facelift procedures are associated with risk of infection, scarring, numbness, and complications of anesthesia.  Most facelifts also require additional procedures, such as fat injection, neck lift, eye lift, and/or implants.  The recovery time is upwards of a year and the procedure is costly.  Results are not permanent and usually need to be redone about every 10 years.

Although less invasive and with shorter recovery times, Botox and dermal filler injections aren’t without risk or side effects.  Botox injections are not permanent and need to be redone every 3-4 months for at least 2 years before treatment frequency can decrease.  The Botox brow lift procedures can cause weakness of the muscles that have been injected with botulinum toxin and may require the patient to take further action to correct the dysfunction and disfigurement, such as a surgical brow lift.  Drooping eyelids, dry eyes, blurred vision, and other eye-related issues are also side effects of Botox injection.  In addition, a 2010 study showed that Botox injections can lead to decreased intensity of emotional experience.

Dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Sculptra, Juvederm, and Radiesse, can cause swelling, bruising, pain, and itching, hyperpigmentation at the injection site, as well as acne and lumps in the skin.  Depending on the type of filler used, results can last from between 6 to 24 months.

What is the course of treatment?

A course of treatment depends on the individual patient.  Considerations for determining treatment frequency and duration include age, general health, current skin condition, current medication(s), and history of cosmetic interventions.  Generally, we recommend 10-12 treatments over the course of 5-12 weeks.  It takes around four weeks to build collagen and elastin, so patients may not observe noticeable changes until 4 to 6 weeks after starting treatment.

Are the results permanent?

No, unfortunately the aging process doesn’t stop with Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation treatment.  Maintenance visits are recommended for general wellness and to prolong treatment effects.

Is Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation appropriate for everyone?

Most people can benefit from Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation; however, this treatment is contraindicated for patients with hemophilia.  Patients with the following conditions need to be carefully evaluated prior to beginning treatment to ensure safety:

High blood pressure, Severe migraine disorders, Bleeding disorders, Diabetes mellitus, Immune disorders, etc.

How do I get started?

The best way to find out if you are a candidate for Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation treatment is to contact the clinic at (303) 499-1633 to schedule your FREE consultation and evaluation with Erin Hallstrom, MSOM LAc.

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