Advanced Cosmetic Acupuncture
The quest for youth, longevity, rejuvenation and beauty is universal and has prevailed throughout the ages. This preoccupation of youthful rejuvenation and beauty is certainly not exclusive to the modern era alone. The earliest evidence for this in China dates back 50,000 years ago from relics and material found believed to be for make-up and visual enhancement.
With so many surgical and non-surgical options available to further one’s quest to look and feel younger, it can certainly be confusing to know which method is right for you!
To many people’s surprise, Oriental Medicine can provide a safe, effective, natural and relatively painless solution to reducing the signs of aging. Cosmetic Acupuncture is a non-surgical method for those who not only want to maintain beauty, radiance, and vitality in the face, but also improve their overall health and well being. Popular in China, Cosmetic Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years to bring out inner radiance. It used to be exclusively available only to the Empress and Emperor’s concubines and the noble class but over the years and more so recently, the use of acupuncture for ‘cosmetic’ purposes has become much more popular. It has attracted a great deal of attention by the media, who have reported a number of celebrities using this form of anti-aging treatment.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural, holistic, and comprehensive skin rejuvenation treatment designed to revitalise, restore, and refresh. The term “cosmetic” is used simply because we expect an aesthetic outcome. However whilst the treatments will improve the production of collagen and elastin to reduce wrinkles and eliminate fine lines, the focus is to balance and improve your overall health and vitality.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have known that beauty originates from within and therefore addressed the subject accordingly. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that one’s external appearance is both a symptom of, as well as a reflection of, one’s internal health. In Chinese acupuncture, health is dependent on balance and harmony. If we aren’t healthy, it is difficult to keep our face and skin vibrant and glowing, regardless of how many surgeries and injections we may have. The skin reflects and reacts to our entire being—physical, emotional and spiritual. Furthermore, as we mature and experience the stresses of our daily lives, the blood and energy circulation of the skin and underlying facial muscles slowly begins to decrease, resulting in a loss of support, elasticity, nourishment and moisture. The Chinese discovered that many of the meridians (energy pathways) either originate or terminate on the face with many others having deeper internal branches that nourish the face and therefore Cosmetic Acupuncture is designed to be a very effective process to help the whole body both look and feel younger by the precise insertion hair-fine, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles into areas of the face and body to stimulate blood flow and collagen production to the face, while balancing the whole body.
The skin exists of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the sub-dermis. The dermis contains the highest concentration of collagen fibres and elastin which give skin its elasticity and resilience. Wrinkles are formed by continued facial expressions cause by worry, anger, joy etc, by damage to collagen by free radicals, ultraviolet light, heat and environmental pollutants causing damage in the fibre appearing as wrinkles. One of the many explanations of the various mechanisms by which Cosmetic Acupuncture works is that with needle insertion,, the body endures a micro-trauma that in turn stimulates the injury repair system within the body. It is this natural healing process that stimulates the production of collagen at the site of the needle insertion. Regeneration of the dermis and the epidermis produces new collagen and elastin proteins.
What are the effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Certainly, this method is not a replacement for surgery, as acupuncture cannot reshape a nose or chin, but a 1996 report in the International Journal of Chinese Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated in China with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatments. The effects included: improvement in skin texture and colouring, increased elasticity, reduction of wrinkles and overall rejuvenation, not merely confined to the face.
The effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture vary according to the prior condition and lifestyle of the patient. Although one cannot promise or guarantee results, Cosmetic acupuncture may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with some results as apparent as early as the first treatment. The effects of acupuncture are however cumulative and hence the results continue to progress throughout the course of treatments.
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture may include:
- Improvement of fine lines with a reduction of larger wrinkles on the face.
- Reduction and elimination of puffiness and bags beneath the eyes and around the face.
- Improved facial muscle tone, elasticity, and dermal contraction;
- Increased circulation to the face resulting in improved facial colour and radiance, while reducing the appearance of discolouration (age spots, acne, rosacea, etc.) and dryness;
- Increased collagen production and tightening of pores.
- Reduction of stress which reflects on the face.
- Whole body revitalization
As with regular acupuncture, the results are manifold and include the improvement of circulation, and digestion. Acupuncture is known to have a neural-endocrine effect hence affecting and balancing the hormones. For many women, oestrogen levels decline with age, accelerating the aging process of the skin. Establishing hormonal balance will benefit many aspects including skin conditions such as hormonal acne and dry skin the frequently accompanied menopause.
By addressing the spirit (shen) of an individual, the eyes brighten and the skin develops a glow not possible by allopathic means. Treating the emotions and at the spirit level allows the innate beauty and radiance of an individual to be brought forth for all to see.
What to expect from a Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment.
Prior to your first visit you will be emailed or sent forms that you will need to read and complete before we can commence any treatments. An initial consultation will be carried out which gives us the opportunity to analyse and determine your overall health and wellbeing so that we can customise your Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment. It also gives us a chance to talk about your own expectations of treatment.
The first treatment will involve having a close-up digital photograph taken of your identified problem areas. We call this your “Before” picture. At the end of the course of treatments we take another photograph – your “After” picture. Comparing both photographs allows you see the transformation.
During the course of the treatment, specifically designed needles for maximum effect are inserted in to the face. Where, depends on the problem areas. You will also have super fine needles inserted into other areas of the body in order to address any underlying imbalances identified during the consultation.
Our cells are made up of a protective membrane whose job is to let good substances into the cell and allow waste substances out. They can only do this though if the substances are small enough. Most of the beauty products, anti-aging creams, masks, etc that we apply to our skins, actually don’t penetrate deep enough to make a real difference since their molecules are just too big to be absorbed in to the cells. Science has however shown that when a needle is inserted the cells undergo a change which allows them to become more porous. It is because of this fact, we maximise the anti-aging effect of our treatments by applying high quality, paraben free, natural cosmetic products during the actual treatment itself.
All of our Cosmetic Acupuncture patients receive an easy to follow, custom designed, home facial rejuvenation plan to enhance the effectiveness of your treatments. Your plan will include recommended skin care protocols and acupressure massage protocols.
How many treatments are required?
A course of twelve treatments is recommended. How this is scheduled depends on the patient’s availability. Optimally, it is better to have more treatments scheduled closer together initially. Twice a week for the first three weeks and then once a week for the next six weeks would be more effective but if this is not possible then once a week for twelve weeks will still produce good results. In most cases aesthetic benefits are usually observed in the first session but the benefits are cumulative and become significantly more noticeable and lasting as the course progresses.
Following the initial course of treatments, maintenance sessions scheduled seasonally or monthly will prolong the results for many years. Exactly how long the effects will last is difficult to know and will depend on the quality and quantity of treatments carried out, but also on the age, lifestyle, emotional state and internal health of the patient.
Safety of treatment
For the vast majority of prospective patients, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a safe and beneficial treatment. However, there are specific conditions that are contra-indicated for this treatment. They are listed below.
- High Blood pressure
- Severe migraines and/or migraines that occur more than once every 3 months
- Recent plastic surgery of the face
- Recent laser resurfacing of the face (must wait at least 3 weeks)
- Recent Microdermabrasion (must wait 1 week)
- Acute cold, flu or Herpes outbreak (must wait until acute condition has resolved)
- Acute allergic reaction (must wait until acute condition has resolved)
- Acute emotional panic, fright or trauma (must wait until acute condition has resolved)
- Hangover or intoxication of any sort
- Keloid Scarring
- The face is highly vascular and there is a very small chance that bruising may occur however great caution must taken with the use of blood-thinning medications or supplements, as they will cause increased bruising.
Preparing for Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments
Wear comfortable clothes or bring shorts and a short sleeve top. Stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin or excessive doses of Vitamin E two weeks prior to reduce the potential for bruising (unless you have been advised by your doctor to take additional Vitamin E or aspirin).
Do not wear make-up to the treatments. Your skin should be clean. Avoid saunas, hot tub, or hot showers for one hour before the treatments.
Do not wear sunscreen before the treatments, but do wear it after the treatments.
Archna Patel is a truly talented and professional acupuncturist. She has treated me successfully for physical issues (foot and back injuries), and also deeper emotional issues (stress, anxiety). The Acupuncturists clinic location near Green Park is super convenient and easy to find. I can’t recommend Archna highly enough and only wish I could give her more than 5 stars.
I came to Archna with severe pain in my right arm due to golfer’s elbow, which was having a great effect on my ability to play tennis. From one session, Archna was able to both identify the cause of the issue and provid an effective treatment. Within days I was able to play again without any pain and have not had any recurrences! This being my first acupuncture session, I had some trepidation. But Archna’s calm manner and expertise put me immediately at ease. I cannot recommend her highly enough!d
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“I have really enjoyed my experience going to Archna I was hesitant at first having never tried accupuncture before but have found it to be a very effective compliment to other treatments. Archna has treated my for stress, lower back pain and allergies. I was surprised how effective acupuncture can be and what a wonderful practioner Archna is. The location is very convienent I can go right after work.”
“Sitting in the office all day and working without much movement during the week, my neck and back have bothered me for months. I was recommended accupuncture with Archna and after initial skepticism of needles and acupuncture in general, I made an appointment with Archna. My experience was excellent and she has relieved my of my aches, whether in neck, head, back, hips etc. I am a regular with Archna now and very happy! Highly recommend her!”
Jerome de Sadeleer
“I went to Archna initially with a very painful bursitis which couldn’t be treated with physiotherapy apart from steroid injections. She managed to treat my shoulder in a few sessions and I started to feel so much better. What I love about Archna is that she is very professional and she explains exactly what she is doing. She has an amazingly calm energy which helps you relax into the treatment and the session. I am a regular client now as she has helped me with many other issues from digestive issues to tension and even emotional imbalance. I look forward to my sessions as I leave feeling so relaxed and very light which are a result of the acupuncture but also Archna’s magical touch and energy.”
“My experience at the Acupuncturists was wonderful, every time since I have started seeing Archna over two years ago. She is a fantastic practitioner, really knowledgeable and very focused on providing the best treatment possible. She is very professional and knows how to adjust each treatment so that when you leave you feel much better then when you arrived. She has helped me with stress, back pain, shoulder tension, digestive issues and common cold relief. I would highly recommend Archna to anyone looking to receive treatment.”
“Archna is the most professional, knowledgeable and caring acupuncturist I have seen so far. I will get treated by no one else in the future. Archna not only has over 20 years of acupuncture experience, but in addition she is the only practitioner in her field who I have met, who takes a holistic and much more thorough approach for treating her patients. Archna is efficient, to the point, and extremely skilled. I have recommended Archna to several friends, who are all as happy as I am. I cannot recommend Archna enough and wish I had found her earlier! Thank you Archna!”