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  • Dr. Maggie Ackert ND

Rejuvenating your skin with facial acupuncture

Updated: Apr 14, 2019

What is Facial Rejuvenation/Cosmetic Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy wherein practitioners place hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to encourage and stimulate healing.

In cosmetic acupuncture we use 3 needling techniques to rejuvenate your health, skin and complexion.

1) Treating from the inside out.

The natural glow and beauty of our complexion comes from the inside and our general state of health will always have an effect on our outward appearance. This is why, with cosmetic acupuncture, we use points on your limbs and body to target sleep, digestion, stress and any other concerns which could be affecting your skin and overall health.

2) Intradermal needling.

Tiny needles are placed no deeper than 4mm into the skin around scars and into wrinkles to elicit a healing reaction from the body. The “micro-trauma” created by the needles stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and increases blood flow to the skin.

3) Toning facial muscles to “lift” the skin.

Specific acupuncture points on the head, face and chest are used to target and tone the muscles responsible for facial expression and lifting the skin. This is why cosmetic acupuncture has been coined the “non-surgical face lift”. Furthermore, this style of needling can help reduce the heat that is produced by tight resting facial muscles which may reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity.

What to expect:

Initial Visit (60-90 min): Your first appointment lasts 1-1.5 hours and includes an assessment and discussion of your goals and areas where you would like to focus treatment. An individualized treatment plan will be devised to address your specific dermatology (skin) needs and which health concerns (Jaw pain, headaches, digestion, anxiety, sleep etc.) can be treated simultaneously. This initial visit includes your first treatment.

Follow-up visits (60-80 min): Each visit begins with a brief discussion of your week and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan before targeting the traditional non-facial acupuncture points. We then move on to a gentle gua sha treatment and facial massage to relax your muscles and promote blood flow. Once relaxed, we insert the facial needles which will remain in the skin for 15 minutes before we finish the treatment with a jade roller for cooling the face

Protocol and Rates:

Rates: 160$/treatment, 8 -10 treatments recommended.

*Most extended healthcare plans cover naturopathic medicine.

An initial course of treatment (10 sessions over 6-8 weeks) is recommended for lasting results. Although you may experience a refreshed complexion after 1 treatment, to elicit maximal benefit and lasting change, your muscles and skin require repeat stimulation. As it takes skin around 30 days to completely renew itself, we allow at least this much time for results to appear.

After your initial course of 10 treatments, a maintenance treatment is recommended every 1-3 months.

Should I try it?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture yields subtle, noticeable results. Skin tends to look smoother and brighter leaving you with a more rested and relaxed appearance. This treatment provides a natural and holistic alternative to surgical procedures or Botox injections that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Patients are encouraged to come for a complementary 15 minute consult to meet, ask questions and to determine if they are good candidates for this procedure.

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