Cosmetic Acupuncture

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture is a facial treatment for reviving the face, neck and shoulder area. By increasing blood supply, oxygen and lymph fluids in the deep and external tissues of the facial skin/dermis, its appearance improves dramatically.

  • Various message techniques and thin needle insertion to the acupuncture points in the face:
  • Accelerate the natural metabolic process
  • Increase the natural production of Collagen and Elastin (two types of protein cells vital for building and maintaining the skin cells)
  • Tone facial muscles
  • Decrease puffiness
  • Cover up lines and wrinkles
  • Brighten skin pigmentation
  • Soften the appearance of scars
  • Treat acne

In Hebrew, the words “Panim” (face) and “Pnim” (interior) are very similar. Thus, it is evident that cosmetic acupuncture is more than just a simple beauty treatment. Eastern medicine holds that the facial appearance reflects the person’s innerness. In cosmetic acupuncture, we enlist the body’s inner resources and the result is a more radiant facial appearance, shining eyes, and an inner peace reflected in the facial expression.

Cosmetic acupuncture has become more popular in the last decade, especially among Hollywood stars. I first heard of cosmetic acupuncture from a friend who worked in with many Hollywood stars. Everyone wants to look younger and fresher and feel healthy and vital. More and more people are looking for natural treatments to improve their health and physical appearance without using traumatic and invasive treatments. That is why cosmetic acupuncture is on a rise worldwide.

Cosmetic acupuncture has been common in the East for thousands of years and during the Song Dynasty period (960-1279 BC), the emperor’s wives and mistresses enjoyed cosmetic acupuncture. In our days, a modern technique was developed in one of the hospitals in Beijing. Doctors who treated patients with facial paralysis with acupuncture and stimulation using an electro-stimulator, which transfers a mild and controlled electrical current via needles to the facial skin, have noticed that in addition to the health improvement, patients have also shown a cosmetic change in the form of healthier skin tone, covered deep wrinkles and concealed lines.

Cosmetic acupuncture:

  • Promotes increased blood and oxygen supply to the tissues
  • Accelerates metabolism in the skin cells
  • Drains toxins and helps create new skin cells
  • The treatment technique significantly improves the flexibility of the facial muscles, their strength and elasticity
  • Cosmetic acupuncture delays the aging process and improves the appearance of the skin by utilizing our body’s natural resources

How is the treatment applied?

Following a comprehensive questionnaire about the patient’s health condition, examination of the facial skin and stating the objectives of the treatment, the patient cleans his/her skin well and lies down on the treatment bed. The treatment always includes face and neck massage in order to get the blood circulation, oxygen and lymph going down the neck so it absorbs and drains all the toxins. Following that, I use two more techniques with some variation, so that each treatment employs a different technique, such as:

  • Gua she
  • Bella bachi – cupping glass
  • Roller
  • Mezzo roller or electric stimulator (see further on)
  • Face massage
  • Herbal bag treatment

Every cosmetic acupuncture treatment also includes therapeutic acupuncture treatment throughout the body for the following reasons:

  1. A lot of energy moves up to the head and face area during cosmetic acupuncture, and applying acupuncture to the body maintains its balance and prevents dizziness and a flighty feeling following the treatment
  2. Body acupuncture works on the organs or symptoms that were found to be problematic during the questionnaire.
  3. Body acupuncture supports cosmetic acupuncture by needling body points that help cool down the body, treat inner dryness, promote energy flow and add or drain moistness as necessary

Once all the needles are inserted into the body, the patient rests for 20-40 minutes. Patients usually enjoy a sense of overall calmness and experience deep and rejuvenating relaxation.
Expected results of cosmetic acupuncture treatment:

  • Improvement of facial skin tone
  • Creation of natural inner moistness due to increased circulation
  • Skin appears rejuvenated
  • Dramatic improvement in dry skin
  • Face lift and firming
  • Improvement of muscle elasticity and stretching
  • Clearing pigmentation and concealing age spots
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Improvement of double chin
  • Decreasing puffiness under the eyes
  • Concealing black circles under the eyes
  • Promoting natural production of Collagen
  • Reducing and concealing wrinkles
  • Shrinking skin pores
  • Brightens the eyes, reduces redness
  • Treats and prevents acne
  • Treats eczema and skin inflammations

Number and duration of treatments:

The recommended number of treatments is between 7 to 12 treatments, depending on the patient’s age and skin condition. The treatments lasts about and hour once or twice a week. In most cases, at the end of a series of treatments, we will continue with a maintenance treatment of once a month in order to ensure that results are long term. The length of the first series and the gaps between treatments depends on the facial skin condition and the skin’s response to acupuncture.

Side effects and incompatibility to treatment:

  • There may be tiny hemorrhages that will disappear in 4-5 days.
  • People who are prone to headaches may experience headaches on the day of the treatment, which will pass after a few hours

The treatment is not suitable for people with:

  • Heart problems, who have pace-makers, since the increase in blood supply may be dangerous
  • High blood pressure, who are not treated for it. If you are treated, you must bring a medical note stating a normal blood pressure.
  • Diabetes, who use insulin shots or medication
  • Pregnant women
  • A tendency for hemorrhages; they should not undergo this treatment