Earlier this year I became certified in a style of cosmetic acupuncture called Facial Rejuvenation. Have you ever heard of an acupuncture “face lift”? Think of it as the natural approach to better skin care. No Botox, fillers, threading, harsh chemicals, or peels. I wanna tell you the what, how and why but also give you some more practical information to help you decide if it’s best for you. (Plus give you a deal at the end!).
How is Facial Rejuvenation different than a regular acupuncture session?
It is similar in that we go into your health history and then explore other systems in the body to see if there are any other imbalances that may be affecting the face. I will do acupuncture points on the body as well as the face. The face is a mirror to what is going on internally in the body – we can see worry, stress & anxiety on the face, we can see digestive and hormonal imbalances, we can see dryness and more, which is why we can’t only needle the face (plus you just feel weird if we do that!). Regaining balance doesn’t work that way!
What do you do in a session?
After our talk and I do some needling on parts of the body to rebalance your internal system, I will then place tiny intradermal needles along wrinkles, crow’s feet, bunny lines and other areas that may have sagging, puffiness, redness, or dryness – I address what you want me to address so that we can see lasting change together. Then, at the end of the session, I will use natural 1-2 ingredient oils (often Argan oil) to do cupping, gua sha, jade rollers and then finally massage. I may add a serum to your face as well if you like! When you leave, your skin will be glowing and you will feel relaxed.
Facial Rejuvenation can help with:
· Smoothing out wrinkles – furrows in your brow, lines across the forehead, bunny lines, frown lines
· Regenerating skin more quickly such as acne, acne scarring or other scars
· Reducing redness
· Evening out skin tone and lighten darkness or markings in skin (like liver spots)
· Reducing puffiness
· Prevent sagging and lifting the face
· Tightness in the jaw, forehead and temples (or anywhere really)
· Increasing circulation in the face and help with lymphatic congestion
The cool thing about this list too, is that by also doing balancing of the entire system, it may affect other things like allergies, digestion, sleep, mood and hormones. If stress, digestion, hormones or other factors are affecting your skin, I may recommend dietary changes, lifestyle changes or give you herbal medicine.
How many visits until I see results?:
This is a tricky question because sometimes we see immediate results where, let’s a say a wrinkle, looks slightly plumper right after the visit, but it won’t last. If you have a specific goal, like getting rid of your worry line, it may take 12 or more visits, plus some facial exercises, tools or topicals to help with this. I recommend 1-2 times a week for 12 weeks are needed to have lasting results, and then once monthly follow-ups to keep things glowing. You also can experience relaxation in one session, but won’t get long-lasting benefits.
What would prevent me from doing Facial Rejuvenation?:
There are some factors that might prevent you from coming in. If you have had facial surgery, Botox or other procedures – you need to wait a few months, unless your performing doctor gives you a go and contacts me. You should not get cosmetic acupuncture if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant, or have any other serious health condition. I am happy to have a consult with you before if you are curious.
What is the difference between the type of cosmetic acupuncture you do and what other people do?:
The type of cosmetic acupuncture I learned is called Facial Rejuvenation as taught by Michelle Gellis. It uses a moderate amount of needles in the face, but I personally modify this to every patient. My colleague, Maria Portnaya at Ageless Acupuncture, studied a different style which involves facial masks, which I currently do not do. Other styles, like my colleague Jacqueline Bailey, include lighter Japanese techniques where needles are barely inserted. I personally have experienced several different styles, and received tremendous benefit from all of them. I think for you, as a patient, it is important to connect with your provider, feel relaxed and comfortable during and after a treatment, and set realistic expectations about what you want for your face. You have to remember that we can only do so much, as even though the treatments are amazing, we are also fighting age, gravity, environmental stressors and internal imbalances! That being said though, you can still look and feel amazing!
Last question, why is it more expensive than regular acupuncture?:
There are a few reasons for this! We use more needles than a traditional session and they are more specialized, plus the use of special facial products such as oils and serums, and also the manual work on the face (gua sha, cupping, etc.) takes quite a bit of time (sometimes over 30 minutes of the session!). So, it’s worth it!
Pricing & timing:
First visit is $145 and 90 min, follow-ups are $120 and 75 min
*Insurance does not cover this!
Back to School Package deal! Valid until Jan 1st, 2020:
6 visits for $707 (save $38)
12 visits for $1,318 (save over $146!)
Just mention this when you book your appointment! Full payment is due at time of service.