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Chinese Medicine has been used since the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279AD) to help increase longevity and to assist in reducing the visible signs of the ageing process.  Originally the reserve of Chinese nobility and the Emperors’ concubines, this time-honoured wisdom has only recently been introduced to the West.  Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock are all converts, and it has been reported that Sandra Bullock has it written into her contract for each movie that she is provided with a “Wellness Centre” on set with her own licensed acupuncturist. Since 2002 she has glowingly reported that Cosmetic Acupuncture is her “secret weapon”.

How does it work?

The skin is our largest organ and reflects the state of our internal health. Chinese medicine seeks to balance the whole body-mind continuum – the foundation of Oriental Medicine – by treating any underlying conditions that may be accelerating the ageing process and promotes a more youthful you, by bringing better health to the whole body.  With ageing, blood flow to the dermis decreases and this in turn damages collagen and elastin.  Additionally, the turnover of healthy new cells decreases as we age.   Cosmetic acupuncture may help encourage the circulation of blood and lymph to the face and boosts oxygenation of tissues, relaxing tension which may result in a more radiant and youthful complexion.

Possible mechanisms

Cosmetic acupuncture aims to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, address certain skin concerns and to deal with the underlying causes of these facial blemishes.

For example, one reason that lines and wrinkles appear is because collagen production decreases as we get older. Collagen is a vital part of the connective tissue that keeps the skin firm and supple.

Collagen is a group of naturally occurring protein found in the flesh and connective tissue and is the main component of connective tissue (the glue that holds our body together).  These tissues from a framework or extracellular matrix for the body and are composed of collagen and elastin.  Collagen supplies the structural support for your tissues and provides strength and firmness while elastin provides flexibility.  Collagen is found in skin, muscles, tendons, cartilage, teeth, bones, lungs and other internal organs.  The dermis (middle layer of the skin) is about 80% collagen.  In our mid-twenties collagen production slows along with the rate of turnover of skin cells, contributing to aging – fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.  Habits such as smoking, sun exposure, poor sleep and bad diet also accelerate skin ageing.  The goal of most skin rejuvenation treatments is to stimulate new collagen development.

Acupuncture may help to facilitate collagen production by painlessly inserting very fine needles into specific points of the face, neck and head. The skin cells at these points are stimulated and the circulation of energy, or qi, improves, which in turn increases the production of collagen and elastin (Kingston, A. 2011. “True Cosmetic Acupuncture Still Has Its Roots In Traditional Chinese Medicine”. Journal of Chinese Medicine).

A study by Kim et al, 2013 reported cosmetic acupuncture may be effective for preventing facial skin from ageing and wrinkle increase by mechanical stimulus on facial muscles. (“A Study on Cosmetic Acupuncture Through Anatomy and Physiology Interpretation”. Korean Journal of Acupuncture (Vol.30, No.3, pp.171-177, 2013).

What can facial acupuncture help with?

Facial acupuncture may also help with conditions such as Bell’s palsy, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia. These conditions can involve symptoms such as ptosis of the eyelid, loss of facial muscle function, pain, neuropathy and allodynia. Using acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, motor points, transverse sub-muscular needling, facial cupping and full-body acupuncture may treat the underlying condition, help restore function and help relieve pain for these conditions (Gellis, M. “A Multifaceted Approach to the Acupuncture Treatment of Neuromuscular Facial Conditions”, Journal of Chinese Medicine, No. 110, February 2016).

What is the procedure?

Your anti-ageing treatment involves a detailed health history and diagnosis according to the principles of Chinese Medicine. Treatments are completed as part of a series, usually 10-12 treatments.

We begin with a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether cosmetic acupuncture will benefit you.

Results may vary according to age, previous sun-damage, diet and lifestyle.