What is Facial Acupuncture and Can It Give Me Back "The Glow?"
Facial acupuncture is the insertion of fine, filiform needles into select points in order to trigger a healing cascade and increase the cellular function of the skin and muscles of the face.
The goal of this “increased function” can be different things for different people. For some, it might be to break up the fixed tissue causing lines and wrinkles. For another, it might be to regain muscle function after the onset of Bells Palsy. For others still, it might be to tighten a jawline or increase cell turnover for a more luminous appearance.
So how does it work?
There are several mechanisms that come into play...
Inserting fine needles into the skin causes just enough micro-trauma to initiate an acute inflammatory response. Unlike chronic inflammation (not helpful), this acute inflammation initiates positive body responses such as local vasodilation which brings more blood and resources to the area. It also activates our cleanup crew - the macrophages. Macrophages are large white blood cells that detect foreign or damaged tissue, engulf and digest it. This is particularly useful when getting rid of damaged tissue that causes hyperpigmentation. Micro-trauma also stimulates the production of wound healing proteins such as collagen. Unlike scar tissue that forms in response to a larger trauma, collagen fibers are arranged in an organized fashion and mature into healthy, functional skin.
Micro-punctures help to break up scar tissue so that again, the acute inflammatory phase can kick-start cell renewal and clear away damaged (or not properly matured) tissue. Facial acupuncture needles are especially good at reaching inside the irregularly-angled border walls of box and icepick scars (almost impossible to reach with derma rolling or micro needling by the way. Best to use these modalities later on after those scars start to fill in).
Facial acupuncture is based on the same principles as regular acupuncture. You would never just throw a bunch of needles in the face and forget about the rest of the body. Individually selected acupuncture points are used to support an individual’s overall health. Acupuncture can improve functions such as digestion, elimination, circulation, hormone balance, quality of sleep, etc. - all of which affect the skin. This modality works to truly nourish the face from the inside out, both locally and systemically.
Acupuncture reduces stress, switching us over from sympathetic (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (rest and digest). This is really important as chronically elevated cortisol levels can disrupt hormones, reduce sleep, trigger more sebum (oil) production, slow wound healing, lead to chronic inflammation, and disrupt regular cell proliferation in the skin.
Facial acupuncture increases blood flow to the skin and facial muscles. This brings more oxygen and nutrients to the area, bathing the cells with the resources they need to function properly. It also imparts that post-treatment glow and increased radiance.
Acupuncture needles can stimulate the facial muscles. Increased blood flow and oxygen to the muscles along with the stimulation of the central nervous system can help enliven the muscles and prevent atrophy induced sagging. The same mechanisms of increased blood flow, oxygen, and CNS stimulation can also help relax muscles that are hypertonic such as in the case of jaw clenching or tension headaches.
These very specific mechanisms of action can be used to design custom treatments based on individual needs and goals.
One of my favorite aspects of acupuncture, however, is that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Facial acupuncture is a whole experience during which you should feel safe, relaxed, and cared for. It nourishes the mind, body, and emotions that nourish the face. Taking time out to honour your wellbeing and allowing someone else to care for you can be a treatment in itself!
MEI ZEN means, "BEAUTIFUL PERSON."
GROUNDBREAKING NEWS IN BEAUTY MEDICINE
What can be considered as simple aesthetic factors (wrinkles, cellulite, adipose deposition, skin sagging, etc.) is actually a consequence of a general imbalance involving the body's systems.
By recovering the physiological structure of the fat tissue, restoring the endocrine balance, detoxifying the extra cellular matrix, and promoting a correct metabolic functioning, can we expect to stimulate and repair the tissues' tonicity, to help soften wrinkles, reduce adipose tissue, skin sagging, cellulitis, and reduced vascularity? YES, we can - with the MEI ZEN Cosmetic Acupuncture System! Many people, including Oprah - in her magazine, O, believe that facial wrinkles are the most obvious sign of getting old with the corresponding decrease in youth, vitality and the consequent loss of self esteem. Apart from external beauty, the skin also reflects a person's troubles, anxiety and pain.
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Non-Surgical Facial & Cosmetic Acupuncture - A time-tested solution to an age-old problem
The non-surgical Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture procedure is a holistic, natural and comprehensive skin rejuvenation program designed to restore, rejuvenate and relax. Drawn from the ancient texts of Chinese medicine, the Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture is a relatively painless, natural technique. Small,, less than hair-width acupuncture needles are placed in a precise configuration just under the skin's surface to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. It is an excellent natural and safe alternative to cosmetic surgery face lift and Botox treatments.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE
The results of cosmetic acupuncture anti-aging treatments reflect not only a change in external appearance, but also an improvement in total body wellness. Specifically, you may notice:
More radiant, beautiful skin and the fading of age spots
Disappearance and improvement in the fine lines of the face and a diminshing effect on deeper wrinkles
Improved muscle tone and a firmer jaw line, as well as reduction in the beginning of jowls
Reduction or elimination of rosacea and acne
Moisturized softer skin and a more even skin tone
Reduction in puffinessdue to improved metabolism
Additionally, there are positive side effects to both the facial skin rejuvenation and abdominal cosmetic acupuncture procedures that include:
- A clearing of acne and rosacea
Fewer hot flashes and night sweats
Reduced Symptoms of Depression & Mild Anxiety
Better Digestive and sleep cycles
Enhanced overall appearance and health
For those who opt for abdominal acupuncture, benefits include: increased fertility and/or sex drive
THE BENEFITS OF MEI ZEN FACIAL REJUVENATION
Promotes blood and lymph circulation; increased circulation dilates peripheral blood vessels for better distribution of oxygen and nutrients as well as cellular regeneration.
Rehydrates the skin's external layers through stimulation of the secretion of the sweat and sebacious glands which encourages the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
Helps exfoliation, aids the proliferation of new skin cells, increases nutrition to the skin's surface, improves the quality of the skin and promotes a healthy glow.
Allows healthy "breathing" of the skin, increasing the skin's protective ability to ward off infections and clogged pores.
Increases oxygen consumption of the skin's external layer, speeding up the release of carbon dioxide and nitrogen at the cellular level, helping to keep skin deeply clean; contributes to reducing the accumulation of excess grease on the skin's surface.
Stimulates the production of elastin and 4 collagen proteins in the skin to reduce and soften wrinkles.
Reduces and relaxes the tension in the nerves and muscles from stress, thus improving the integrity of the skin resulting in improved overall facial appearance.
COMPONENTS OF THE COSMETIC FACIAL PROGRAM
A program is tailored to your individual needs incorporating:
Acupuncture, facial, neck, decolletage or abdominal, and overall balancing
Herbal Tonic Therapy to restore balance and overall health
Food Therapy to maximize results
Eastern Nutritional Counseling
Mind Body Therapies (Zyto, Biopuncture, and other modalities)
Organic Skin Care products (including Arbonne and Mei Zen)
Facial Massages to increase circulation
THE SUCCESS OF COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE & FACIAL REJUVENATION
How successful is cosmetic acupuncture? A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90% saw marked results after just one course of treatment.
How long your new look will last depends a lot on your lifestyle, and whether you are willing to address other areas that may need attention such as exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction. But at a fraction of the cost of other procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is a sound alternative that can restore your radiant glow both inside and out.
MEI ZEN REJUVENATION TREATMENT
A typical protocol begins with a consultation to determine your overall health and if you qualify for the procedure. We will also discuss your goals and which procedure you are interested in (facial vs neck/decolletage vs abdominal). This consultation runs 15-30 minutes and is free of charge. This can be conducted over the phone, as well. (Look for our postcard, coming out SOON - to a town near you!)
If you qualify for treatment, then a 1/5 hour session is scheduled to include a complete evaluation, diagnosis, ad overall body balancing treatment. We then schedule a course of treatments that run two times per week for five weeks. During this time, herbs, vitamins, and foods will be recommended that are specifically tailored for your overall health and your stated goals for facial rejuvenation. You will also be given qi gong exercises and recommendations for skin care.
PURE ACUPUNCTURE & NATURAL MEDICINE
Sheila Lynn Scott, MSOM, AP, Dipl AC (NCCAOM)
200 Waymont Ct., Suite 126-3
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
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Most insurances do not cover facial cosmetic acupuncture.