What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles designed to be used only for the face, into the groups of designated acupuncture points on the face & body where needed.
This superficial insertion on the face will increase the local circulation of both blood and energy (called Qi - pronounced; CHEE) to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and tighten the skin. It also tones all the targeted facial muscles which will give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.
Cosmetic Acupuncture has attracted great attention in the last few years, especially in the big cities like New York City and Los Angeles. It used to be a treatment only for the rich and famous in Hollywood, but now everyone wants the royal treatment. A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with a course of treatments. The effects were the skin becomes delicate, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, better complexion, and overall facial rejuvenation.
How Does it Work?
Siamak has been studying and researching to specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture for over 10 years. He is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Practitioners since 1995 and also holds two certifications in the field of Cosmetic Acupuncture. He is able to utilize the meridians that either end or begin at the face to stimulate and balance the energy and at the same time, treat the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. This involves the insertion of hair-thin disposable needles into specific areas on the face, ears, and hands. The needles are inserted into the energy pathways or meridians to improve the flow of Qi. As the movement of energy improves, a greater amount of energy and blood are circulated to the face, nourishing, hydrating, toning and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. At the same time he is attending to the outside (what you see) he can use some additional acupuncture points (usually on the arms and around ankles) to work on the inside. In this way he is working holistically, both on the physical appearance and on the underlying factors which influence that.
What are the Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture can take 5-10 years off your face. It helps to eliminate fine lines and make the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, sagging skin, and drooping eyelids. Other benefits include:
Can I Do Cosmetic Acupuncture If I Had Botox?
Yes, Cosmetic Acupuncture will maintain the effectiveness of botox, so it will save you a couple injections per year.
Why Choose Cosmetic Acupuncture Over a Face Lift?
While not a replacement for surgery, acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less expensive than cosmetic surgery and is much safer, virtually painless and has no side effects or risk of disfigurement (slight and very small bruising can occasionally occur). This is unlike surgery, which may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration. There is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and if it does not suit you then you can stop with no ill effects. Treatment protocols can be modified to suit individual patients schedule and time frame to prepare for big events, etc. We also provide a three month supply of all the necessarily supplements and organic facial creams included in the treatment package.
What is the Course of Treatment?
Treatments will be done 2 to 3 times a week to achieve best results, however can be modified to the individuals schedule. Each patient will respond differently to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results will be noticeable between 5 -7 sessions. Maintenance maybe needed depending on the individual patient, anywhere from once every month to 4 times a year follow-up sessions.
Each cosmetic acupuncture treatment lasts about 45-60 minutes with about 10 minutes of insertion time. Patients will be relaxing while listening to soothing music as our highly skilled acupuncturist is working on their face and body. Acupuncture, e-acupuncture (electro stimulation in conjunction with acupuncture), heat and light therapy, facial stimulation probes, and other tools and supplements may be used depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is traditionally done in 10 to 12 consecutive sessions within 4 to 6 weeks. We a have a great package at 2bwell for 10 treatments which you can take advantage of, it includes:
Does it Really Make a Difference?
Cosmetic Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years in China. As early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) Cosmetic Acupuncture was performed on the Empress and Emperor's concubines. For centuries, the Chinese have known that beauty radiates from the inside out. The results are obviously not as dramatic as a surgical procedure but for the amount of time and money you invest, and its low risk, it's a great alternative. It will make you look your best and between 5 to 10 years younger. The other benefit is if you continue with follow-up treatments (the frequency of follow-up treatments varies from person to person) you can hold on to the results and in a way slow down the aging process dramatically.
Cosmetic Acupuncture Packages
About 3 ½ years ago I completed the whole facial acupuncture treatment plan that Siamak has devised. Then I was 56 years of age and showing signs of it. I had been widowed 4 years before and was looking forward to my new life in my new marriage. My cosmetic acupuncture was perfect to complete my wedding day look. I felt so bright and my skin had a glow, my wrinkles were softened and my skin felt as if it had new depth to it.
I kept up with the treatments for about a year having them spaced according to Siamak's plan. With life changes and a move I let my treatments stop and my facial aging continued. I felt it was time to uplift my spirits and brighten my look. I was very curious to see if another treatment might give me some of the benefits I had enjoyed. Last week I had another facial acupuncture. I actually fell asleep on the comfortable table with a heat lamp shining down on me. The music was soothing and the atmosphere very relaxing.
It has been a week since my treatment and I wanted to say that, "yes", even though I didn't keep up with the treatments like I had planned, I was able to see the benefits the next day. There was that glow with a rosy tint to my cheeks. My upper lip wrinkles had softened and I did look brighter! I am very pleased to know that even if I had missed treatments the acupuncture provided by Siamak helped improve my appearance, yet again. Thank you, Siamak! In these hard economic times with all the doom and gloom it is still nice to look and feel good. I thank 2Bwell for my many health benefits.
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Siamak has been studying and researching to specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture for over 10 years. He is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Practitioners since 1995 and also holds two certifications in the field of Cosmetic Acupuncture.