One of less well known applications of acupuncture in the West is
that of facial rejuvenation (sometimes referred to as cosmetic
acupuncture or also F.RA.). For thousands of years, the Chinese
have known that beauty comes from the inside. As early as the
Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD), facial rejuvenation acupuncture
was used on the Empress and on the Emperor's concubines.
The Chinese discovered and utilised ways to change the energy
flow within the body to initiate the healing process for rejuvenation.
The principle of facial rejuvenation acupuncture (cosmetic acupuncture) is that - using the Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts - it rebalances the body’s motivating energy (Qi). The face is the direct mirror of what is happening on the inside. As we mature, the quantity of Qi and blood in the skin and underlying facial muscles slowly begin to decrease, causing a loss of nourishment, support and moisture.
Some of the most obvious signs of ageing may be due to the lack of nourishment and/or deficiencies in some of the meridians. For example, sagging skin or poor skin tone may be due to Spleen Meridian deficiency or/and Blood deficiency.
The face having a high number of acupuncture points, specific areas of the face can be targeted: many meridians either begin or end on the face, while some have internal branches that go to the face. This means that even if an acupuncturist were not to use any points in the face but his more ‘traditional’ acupuncture points on the body, his treatment would affect the face too, treating the underlying factors that contribute to the ageing process.
If he were to use facial points as well as body points, he would increase the efficacy of his treatment, increasing the flow of blood and energy through the skin in that area, also hydrating, plumping up and boosting the skin supply of nutrients and oxygen, thus decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. Facial acupuncture also stimulates the cells to lay down new collagen fibres under wrinkles, thereby filling them in. The overall result gives you a more youthful appearance.
While not a replacement for surgery, facial rejuvenation acupuncture cannot obviously reshape a nose or a chin, it is however an excellent alternative: far less costly, not painful at all, SAFE, no bad side-effects or risk of disfigurement (temporary slight bruising can very occasionally occur but do not last).
Here are some of the results you may expect from an Acupuncture face lift:
- Skin becomes more delicate and fair
- The elasticity of facial muscles improves (also helps prevent wrinkles from forming!)
- Reduction of wrinkles
- Erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
- Firming of bags
- Reduction of sagginess
- Lifting of droopy eyelids
- Minimization of double chins
- Clearing or reduction of age spots
Besides, as the practitioner is working on channels in the face that also travel through the whole body, the recipient’s health generally improves alongside the reduction of his/her wrinkles.
Treatments last about 45 minutes. Ideally a minimum of 6 weekly treatments, depending on age and skin condition, are required, followed by regular monthly top-ups. The more frequent the treatments, the better the results. For very deep lines, you may require up to 25 treatments to see lasting results. In the US, stars like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cher are reported to use F.R.A. very regularly.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture