Cosmetic Acupuncture

The Face

It starts with the face. Our first impressions, many of which are unconscious, happen in the first seconds of looking upon someone’s face. A few Asian cultures have a highly developed practice of being able to read an individual’s past and present personality traits as well as physical conditions just by looking at the face. Fortunately, they have also developed techniques of correcting the imbalances they see by working on reflex areas on the face.

In this image you can see how many meridians there are on the face.

It is because there are so many meridians close together on the face that we can have so many different kinds of face issues if any of them are out of balance. Yet, these meridians go to the rest of the body and this is how you can influence the whole body by working on the face. The opposite is true as well. In cosmetic acupuncture treatments we include points on the body because different types of complaints on the face indicate certain systemic issues best addressed with body acupuncture.

What to expect in a session

Step 1: Your session will begin with any combination of facial Gua Sha, facial cupping, and manual techniques to relax the neck and and promote circulation to the face. Cupping is beneficial for drawing blood towards the skins surface and releasing fascia adhesions that contribute to wrinkles and sagging. Gua Sha breaks adhesions and promotes circulation and lymph drainage which is beneficial for puffy skin around the eyes and wrinkles.

What to expect in a session

Step 2: Body acupuncture points will be selected based on your diagnosis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is based on the belief that the face is a reflection of your overall health.

Step 3: In the final step acupuncture points on your face will be selected based on your needs. These points will have the benefit of releasing local muscular tension, promoting local circulation and healing, and supporting collagen production. In this step the Celluma light (which you can read more about below) may be placed around your face while you continue to relax for 15-20 minutes.

Cosmetic Acupuncture achieves the best results when done weekly for 8-10 weeks.

Celluma (LED) Light Therapy

Light Emitting Diode (LED) phototherapy is the application of light energy to tissue to obtain therapeutic benefits.  The energy is used to improve cellular performance.  Phototherapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and has a variety of applications across many medical fields.  

Research has shown that phototherapy can: increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, decrease wrinkles, decrease inflammation, improve skin tone, wrinkles, texture and clarity, ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm and arthritis, neutralize acne contributing bacteria, and much more.


How Does Light Energy Work?

Specific wavelengths of light energy, when properly absorbed, up-regulates compromised cells. The light (photons) energy is absorbed by photoacceptors in the mitochondria and used to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP produced then stimulates various metabolic processes which can result in the repair and regeneration of cell and tissue components.

In an article, “Therapeutic Light” – by Chukuku S. Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM, he wrote “other reported mechanisms of light-induced beneficial effects include modulation of prostaglandin levels, alteration of somatosensory evoked potential and nerve conduction velocity, and hyperemia of treated tissues. The resultant clinical benefits include pain relief in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, ankle sprain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, and post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as tissue repair in cases of diabetic ulcer, venous ulcer, mouth ulcer, fractures, tendon rupture, ligamentous tear, torn cartilage, and nerve injury.”

Follow the links below for more information on photobiomodulation therapy.

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