Facial Enhancement Acupuncture is a natural treatment, which used regularly, can help to improve muscle tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Treatment can also help to tone sagging jowels, improve skin circulation, even out skin tone and tighten the pores.
As the treatment is completely natural, it provides a great alternative to medical and chemical treatments.
Improvements can be evident after the first session, although significant changes are usually clearer after a minimum of 3 treatments.
It is up to the client how any treatments they would like – from a few treatments in the run up to a special occasion to regular treatments throughout the year.
I offer appointments both at the Little Escape in Crystal Palace and as a home visit service, enabling you to relax and enjoy treatment in the comfort of your own home.
I am a member of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK, which is the professional practitioner network.
What will happen at my initial session?
As a qualified Acupuncturist I will use our first session to undertake a thorough consultation so as to gain an understanding of your overall health. This will enable me to tailor the treatments to you personally, so you gain maximum benefit from them.
Alongside points on your face I will use a few well chosen body points, which will help to address any underlying disharmonies which could be contributing to any facial issues such as sagging jowels, redness, dark circles, acne, dry skin etc.
Following the consultation I will insert needles into points on the face, which are left in for 15-20 minutes. Once the needles have been removed, a hydrating serum (usually Hyaluronic acid + B5) and a rich moisturizing cream will be applied. The treatment ends with a relaxing facial massage, where I will incorporate tools such as a jade roller and guasha stone.
Does the treatment hurt and are any risks involved?
The needles used for Acupuncture are hair thin, sterile, single use disposable needles. Sensation is minimal, although a mild stinging sensation may be experienced on some occasions. Generally the whole treatment is a relaxing and restful experience.
There is a small risk of bruising on removal of the needles.
How does it work?
Facial Acupuncture works in two ways:
Firstly, needles are used to lift the facial muscles, which can have the effect of retraining them over time.
Secondly, the insertion of needles creates a micro-trauma to the skin. Collagen (which strengthens and plumps up the skin) is produced to repair this ‘injury’, helping to fill out fine lines. As these tiny perforations remain open for a short while, any skin rejuvenating serums and moisturising cream used at the end of the treatment are absorbed into the upper layers of the dermis.
Can you treat me if I’ve had botox or fillers?
Whilst it would be possible to work on areas that have not been injected, I generally prefer to wait for a minimum of 3 months after these treatments before starting Facial Acupuncture treatments.
What do I need to do to prepare for a session?
It is helpful to eat a light meal shortly before your Acupuncture session and to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing.
Whilst I will cleanse your skin thoroughly before the treatment, it is helpful if you avoid wearing make up to the session.
It is best to avoid booking a treatment for the day of a big event, as I advise staying make up free for the rest of the day post-treatment.
What are the contraindications to Facial Acupuncture?
I am unable to perform facial acupuncture on those experiencing any of the following:
Chronic migraines, uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer; those actively trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding; those with a pacemaker fitted; during a cold, flu or herpes outbreak; during an allergic reaction or if someone has an issue with excessive bleeding or bruising.