We are all different… our faces , our complexions, our bone structures. It’s a simple fact of life. One thing that we all have in common is that as time passes, lines begin to appear on our faces. Somehow, many of our famous celebrities seem to avoid the onset of age, but this is often due to very clever use of aging techniques or ‘rejuvenation procedures’.
There are many publications on the various rejuvenation procedures. Perhaps the most familiar technique is surgical face lift . But before the scalpel there are other forms of treatments to consider: Botox or perhaps Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. So what are the pros and cons of these techniques?
In this procedure a toxin called botulinum is used. This toxin is applied to treat a wide range of medical conditions including severe muscle spasms, torticollis , blepharospasm and even irritable bladder, but being a toxin it has to be handled with caution. It has been licensed for use in aesthetic medicine in the USA and by many European countries for some years.
It is usually injected in 3 different areas on the face and the results are visible in just a few days . Once you’ve had this treatment, you will be unable to frown excessively , wrinkle your forehead and you will lose your ability to produce “craw feet ” around you eyes when laughing . Your face should look younger and the benefits should last for up to 4 months.
This is a beauty treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, intended to make you feel beautiful and healthier both on the inside and out.
In this procedure lots of tiny needles are inserted into specific points on your face and body .The idea is to treat the various body imbalances which can reflect on the face. It requires taking a full history and assessment of your tongue and pulse and the practitioner then treats you holistically with a particular emphasis on your face .
The modern explanation of Acupuncture is that the tiny needles cause micro injury in the skin which stimulates circulation which in turn brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin, resulting in an healthier and younger looking complexion. The needles also stimulate collagen production, so the fine lines on your face might reduce or even disappear. Other benefits include an elimination of puffiness in the skin and muscle tension being reduced.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
This is a remarkable treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is an holistic treatment which uses acupuncture, focusing on individual symptoms and problems, to reduce facial aging. It increases facial glow, tightens muscle tone, reduces wrinkles, increases moisturisation / hydration of the skin and reduces bags under the eyes. This is as a result of improving microcirculation to the skin, increasing blood supply and lymphatic drainage and increasing production of collagen and elastin.
Is Acupuncture part of a healthy lifestyle choice ?
There are numerous studies confirming the positive effects of acupuncture on a range of our health issues but there is particularly strong evidence of its benefits in:
- reducing anxiety and stress, depression, insomnia,
- helping with pain relief,
- reducing nausea,
- helping with fertility,
- headaches, migraines,
- overactive bladder symptoms,
- menopausal symptoms and pregnancy related problems.
Acupuncture works by releasing groups of endogenous substances like endorphins and serotonin. My personal view is that acupuncture is highly beneficial; it has the effect of relaxing and energizing and help’s one to cope better with everyday stresses and challenges. Acupuncture has certainly helped me, many of my patients, my friends and my family.