Cosmetic Acupuncture is a specialised form of acupuncture designed to enhance the appearance of the skin, primarily on the face. It increases blood flow and nourishment of the skin which reduces dryness and improves texture and promotes a healthy sheen to the skin. Cosmetic acupuncture stimulates collagen production in the skin, which can support skin tightening, enhance texture, and improve the appearance of fine lines. Unlike botox and cosmetic fillers, cosmetic acupuncture doesn’t inject anything into the skin. Cosmetic acupuncture also doesn’t leave people with the expressionless face that sometimes happens with botox. The immediate effects of cosmetic acupuncture take a little longer than either botox or fillers, but aims to create long term changes in the health of the skin rather than short-term fixes.
Cosmetic acupuncture works on three levels. At the first level, it stimulates circulation in the upper layers of the skin. Increased circulation supports delivery of nutrients and clearance of waste products from the cells, and promotes that ‘just had a facial’ glow. At the second level the acupuncture needles are used change muscle tone, either by encouraging tightening of sagging muscles or by loosening the tension in overtight muscles which are causing deeper lines like frown lines on the forehead, around the eyes and nasolabial area. At the third level cosmetic acupuncture works systemically to address underlying imbalances that contribute to various skin conditions such as dryness, sagging muscles or acne. Importantly, cosmetic acupuncture isn’t just about needles. Overall health is very important when improving the appearance of the skin. Depending on your individual needs, your session may also include needles in body points to assist overall health, dietary advice, or specific herbs or supplements. All of this works in concert to improve overall health. Every treatment will be tailored to your current needs and presentation.
Cosmetic acupuncture is unique, and is different to traditional acupuncture. The needles used are extra fine, sometimes having a diameter as low as 0.1mm. The treatment also involves gentle facial massage using a jade gua sha tool, a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique which is used to enhance surface microcirculation in skin tissue, increasing blood and lymphatic flow.
Cosmetic acupuncture has been well research for a number of specific skin conditions, ranging from facial lines and wrinkles [i], acne [ii],[iii], pigmentation conditions like chloasma and melasma [iv],[v],[vi],[vii], and rosacea [viii] and the research outcomes are very positive.
For the best outcome from your cosmetic acupuncture it is normally recommended to have a course of treatment once a week for 6 -10 weeks depending on your initial presentation. After that it can be reduced to maintenance sessions somewhere between 4-8 weeks apart.
Cosmetic acupuncture sessions at Well2 are only available with Daniel D’Cruz
Cost of cosmetic acupuncture sessions:
Initial session including consultation $110
Subsequent sessions $95
For bookings phone 8362 6622 or contact the clinic via our contact form
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