What is facial rejuvenation acupuncture and how can it help me?
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is also known as 'cosmetic' acupuncture and it's a wonderful natural 'age-gracefully' therapy I use in practice. It's commonly used adjunct to or as an alternative to Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers.
Acupuncture is a natural and safe way to help improve facial muscle tone, elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also improving general complexion. If you want to shave some years off your face, it's time to chat with me, Dr. Jess!
Essentially, what's going to happen is I'm going to insert fine (hair-like thin!) needles into your face and body. I also incorporate intradermal needles into fine lines and wrinkles to 'plump' them up, naturally! You'll notice improved muscle tone (to reduce sagging skin) and a filling and depth reduction of your wrinkles as we work on your face! Thanks to my naturopathic medical training, I will also incorporate full body acupuncture to improve complexion discrepancies such as rosacea or redness. Acupuncture can also support reduction in facial acne and eczema!
How does it work?
The intradermal needles that are inserted into your wrinkles are inserted into the layer of your skin that has your collagen producing cells. As we create microtrauma and stimulate this level - we promote the natural production of collagen to repair the microtrauma to the skin (read: plump. that. skin!). The body acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points relevant to your case in particular to help increase blood flow, assist in the sloughing off of dead skin cells, and both reducing muscle tension where needed and improving tone in other areas. Many of the other needles will help stimulate the flow of Qi or 'energy' as many acupuncturists would describe it, and this is key to treating your particular issues that are impacting your skin and facial health.
Acupuncture, specifically cosmetic acupuncture, is a great way to support dry skin, acne, scarring, rosacea, dull complexion, and even improve mood. Ask me if you could benefit from facial rejuvenation today!
How often should I see you?
A great question! It's highly dependent on your ability to react and make collagen post session - but also on the depth and intensity of the work we need to do.
On average, I'm finding it's important to see me twice a week for a few weeks and then start spacing out your appointments. Some people need twice weekly treatments for longer and others have done well with only a couple weeks.
It's great to be honest with my patients - you will need to commit to visits twice a week until we start to see plumping consistently. I often note visible improvement by the 3rd or 4th session but encourage my patients to do 8-10 visits before turning to maintenance. If your wrinkles or sagging is much more severe please accommodate the likelihood for 15-20 sessions in total.
After about 10 sessions you are able to come in simply for maintenance once a month or every other month.
A sample treatment plan is below for Jane Doe, 57 year old female, moderate wrinkles and lines between eyebrows:
Week 1-3: 2 sessions/week
Week 4-6: 1-2 sessions/week
Weeks 7-10: 1 session every other week
Weeks 11+ (maintenance): 1 session every other month ongoing, Jane Doe also decides to add in a supplement protocol to try to space her maintenance appointments apart by 2-3 months.
Total of 12 sessions + maintenance ongoing as per patient request