The Taoist theory says that Yin and Yang gave birth to Five Elements - the major system of classifying everything. The idea of the Five elements Theory is that the element determines the underlying imbalance, which is treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
China has a long history of beauty traditions, ancient manuscripts (45-221 BC) have many herbal treatments which people used not only to solve skin problems but also for anti-aging.
The facial acupuncture developed under the Song dynasty and became very popular in the top level of the royal family. Next dynasty Ming added the jade roll to their daily routines.
Acupuncture is used to promote longevity, beauty and the most important health for centuries.
Now many celebrities have their facial rejuvenating treatments regularly and you can join the natural way to reverse the signs of aging.
Aside from the holistic point of view and general improvement of the skin condition because of the increased blood circulation, acupuncture works on face muscles, lines and wrinkles of the skin.
We have many different muscles on the face and with aging some of them become tensed and some relaxed. Naturally we have a tendency to contract muscles. Acupuncture is simply used on this purpose - to relax tensed and to stimulate overrelaxed (balance).
Acupuncture needles are very thin and with a round point (not sharp as needles for injections). So, the needle does not damage the skin be cutting it, just moves it apart.
When I insert a needle, there is a very small skin injury. The normal body reaction is to produce more collagen to repair it. As The needle is inserted to the wrinkle intradermally, it helps to fill out the line.
Secondly, a lot of small perforations created by needles will remain open for a time which is a very good for rejuvenating serums and moisturisers application.
First time I will see you for consultation, and we could do the treatment right after that.
On the consultation we will discuss your complaints and what would you like to improve in your face. Also, it is important for me to know if you have had any injections or undergone any surgery on your face. Do not worry, all information is confidential. Your general health is a point of my interest too, I should be aware of any chronic diseases and if you have any pain in your body.
I will ask you many questions about your life style so I could recommend to have changes if it is needed.
After the consultation, the treatment begins.
You will lay down on the coach, I will remove your make up and clean your skin. Then I will apply a local anaesthetic cream on the areas of higher attention.
As we will treat not only the face but the body as whole, I will place needles to your arms and legs accordingly. And only then we will put needles on your face.
Normally the needles are left for 20-30 minutes.
When I remove all needles from your face I will apply facial mask for calming the skin and for additional moisturise.
After the treatment it is NOT recommended to have any alcohol drinks, coffee, avoid smoking and do not expose to the sun.
Inserted needles affect the concentrations of the naturally occurring opiate substances: dynorphin, endorphin and encephalin. Endorphins are natural pain-killing chemicals, so the pain level in any part of the body will decrease.
Also, the insertion of the needles affect the part of the brain that governs serotonin, which is a brain chemical involved with mood, so your perception of the pain will be different.
And of course we all have individual level of pain tolerance.
I can tell you that it might be uncomfortable on the first session. Also, I use a numb cream.
The needle goes for about 2-3 mm into the skin and I normally do not insert it near vessels. However, there are a lot of capillaries and we still make a penetration, so, yes, tiny bruises could appear after the session. That is why I do not recommend you to have the first acupuncture session right before an important event.
You won’t be surprised if the answer is that we all are different and we get results in different time. Approximately the first changes appears on the fifth session, but some of my clients feel changes after the second session already!
The most notable benefit of acupuncture is that the process continues even once the sessions are over. The skin becomes better and better, strengthening it’s tonus and volume, recovering after a long time of low oxygenation. Sometimes it is recommended to have maintenance sessions every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your skin condition.
A well balanced diet is important when you are taking a facial acupuncture treatment. As you know, before starting any acupuncture treatment I will ask you many questions about your body and health. If you don’t have any restrictions, normally I would recommend you to eat more food rich in collagen (meat, soups with bone broth etc) and food rich in vitamin C.