Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture – An Holistic Alternative To Conventional Cosmetic Therapies
What Is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA)?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA), also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture, has attracted much media attention in the last few years. Celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Cher have been instrumental in making this ancient technique very popular.
Looking younger and more vibrant is for many a winning goal. However, the notion of invasive treatments via surgery or Botox is not for everybody.
FRA is a natural treatment that involves using acupuncture to improve skin and fight the ageing process. Improving physical appearance with the help of acupuncture has a history that dates back over 800 years to the Song Dynasty in China. It was a way for the Emperor’s concubines to maintain their youthfulness.
How Does FRA Work?
FRA acts as an anti-aging treatment in part by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin (proteins that act as significant components of your skin).
As people age, their inner skin layer loses collagen and, as a result, becomes less supple and firm.
Several very fine single-use sterile needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points into the face, head and body to encourage blood and energy (Qi) flow.
All acupuncture energy pathways, called meridians, begin or end on the face or head. Therefore, any imbalance within your internal energy system can affect your facial appearance.
In Chinese medicine, Qi as the ‘life force’ regulates the body’s innate healing processes and invigorate the facial area.
What Are The Benefits Of FRA?
- Soften deep lines around the eyes and mouth
- Reduce deeper wrinkles
- Reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes
- Help to lift droopy eyelids
- Help the treatment of acne by reducing inflammation and formation of pimples
- Reduce pigmentation, broken capillaries
- Improve muscle tone in face and neck
- Help to stimulate lymphatic drainage of toxins from facial skin
- Increase moisture and elasticity in the skin
- Increase relaxation and decrease stress levels
What Can A Person Expect Regarding Treatments?
At Ondol Clinic, FRA is conducted by our practitioner Yasmin Scappin. She has been practising acupuncture for more than 16 years. Yasmin trained under Virginia Doran, a world-leading facial acupuncturist from the US, who was instrumental in introducing FRA to the modern Western culture.
The treatment protocol generally recommends 6 – 10 weekly sessions for best and long-lasting results. The initial appointment will be one hour followed by standard forty minute appointments. Following the initial course of treatments, intermittent maintenance sessions can prolong the results for several years. However, you may start noticing changes within a few treatments. For special occasions such as weddings or significant birthdays, a treatment series of only three or four treatments will be sufficient to provide you with a glow.
At the initial consultation, Yasmin will discuss with you your goals and lifestyle factors that may be influencing your skin. She might also provide dietary and skincare advice or prescribe Chinese herbal medicine to help maximise benefits. The treatments are holistic and always aim to balance the energy not only of the face but the whole body. In cosmetic acupuncture, the principle of ‘inner health/outer beauty’ is fully embraced.
Beside acupuncture needles, specific gentle facial tools will be applied like the Quartz- and Jade roller (dermal rollers) to increase facial blood circulation and to stimulate collagen and elastin.
The treatments are soothing and relaxing.
While the initial desire to look younger may be a simple case of vanity, the effects can be far more profound than merely improving one’s appearance. As practitioners of Oriental medicine, we always aim to help people to improve their health and lifestyle. Many people come looking for cosmetic acupuncture but return for the health benefits.
If you are interested, please give us a call on 07 3371 0100 or book directly online with Yasmin here.