Acupuncturists recognise that the inner wellbeing and health of a person is reflected in their complexion and the condition of their skin. Facial lines and creases can develop for a number of reasons; mental stress can cause tension in our jaws, frowning can create lines between our eyebrows, joy can cause laughter lines around our mouths. These are all natural expressions of life! However, many of us want to look as healthy and glowing as possible. When we feel good about our facial appearance, it can help to boost our general wellbeing.
Cosmetic Acupuncture aims to create a stimulus in order to encourage the skin's natural repairing, as these processes generally slow down as we age. For facial acupuncture, very fine (thin) needles are used. These needles stimulate collagen production, increase blood flow to the face, and help to relieve the emotional tension held within our facial muscles. Some needles may be threaded under the skin to soften expression lines. Skin is left plumped and rejuvenated in order to bring a natural glow and to let the spirit (Shen) shine through in the face.
Alongside the facial points, some balancing body acupuncture points are needled to help with general wellbeing and to create a relaxing experience. The needles remain in the face for 20 minutes before they are carefully removed. Then a cooling jade stone is rolled over the face to help seal the skin and to complete the healing process. This roller is a complimentary gift for you to take away and use at home.
The results are not as instant (or dramatic) as a cosmetic procedure like Botox, but after six treatments you should look like a rejuvenated and healthier version of yourself, as if you have just returned from a relaxing holiday. Results accumulate over several sessions, and vary between individuals, but lasting changes should be noticeable after three treatments. Skin will appear softer and more plumped, and the face muscles will be more relaxed. Ideally treatments should take place weekly for the first two or three sessions, spreading out to every three weeks, and then moving on to top ups every three or four months. Because of this, a series of six sessions is recommended to see lasting results.
Because of the amount of fine blood vessels on the face, bruising is more common than elsewhere on the body. Nicola therefore doesn’t recommend a treatment the day before an important event. Arnica cream will be applied to any bruising, which should fade over a day or two.
Ideally no make-up should be worn (mascara and eyeliner is fine). Nicola has an organic cleanser for patients needing to remove make-up in clinic. Disposable headbands are supplied during a treatment. Evening appointments are particularly suitable for this type of treatment as most people feel very relaxed afterwards.
Facial acupuncture may not be suitable if you are on blood-thinning medication or have very high blood pressure. If you have previously had Botox or silicone injections please wait six months before booking a Cosmetic Acupuncture appointment.
Initial consultation and treatment (90 mins) - £50
Follow up treatments (45/60 mins) - £40
5 Session package (paid upfront) - £180
Initial Consultation and Treatment ( 90 minutes and includes a jade roller) - £70
Follow up treatments - £50
5 session Facial continuation (paid upfront) - £225
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