29 June 2020 - HOW IT WORKS
Cosmetic acupuncture is often seen as a safe and natural alternative to Botox, as the two treatment methods have a similar effect in firming the skin around the face. Cosmetic acupuncture helps with anti-ageing, acne and pigmentation. 

Anti-ageing
Acupuncture needles are inserted along lines in the face and cause the skin to produce collagen and elastin to rebuild the skin in the areas that the needles are placed. Collagen provides the skin with firmness, while elastin keeps the skin tight; collagen and elastin are abundant in young skin, but start to break down with age and exposure to sunlight. In addition, facial needling can also assist with hydration of the skin by encouraging blood to flow to the face, enhancing moisture retention.

Acne
Facial needling encourages blood flow to the skin and assists with removing blockages such as pimples and acne.  However, cosmetic acupuncture should be used in conjunction with diet and lifestyle modification in order to be wholly effective in the treatment of acne. Cosmetic acupuncture may also assist in fading the scarring left by acne, by increasing circulation of blood to the face and allowing new collagen to be produced.

Pigmentation
Cosmetic acupuncture can assist with moving stagnant pigments on the skin, reducing dark spots and discoloration. 

WHAT TO EXPECT
A cosmetic acupuncture appointment may consist of: facial acupuncture, as well as acupuncture to other areas of the body that may be appropriate, such as acupoints that balance hormones; needles are usually left in for 20 minutes, where the client is encouraged to relax. In addition, a light facial massage is given with rose quartz Gua Sha tools, which enhance blood flow to the face and assist with lymphatic drainage; facial massage with Gua Sha tools is also incredibly relaxing.

Greatest results are usually expected after 8-12 weekly sessions, however differences can usually be noticed after 6 consecutive weeks of treatment. Lines will begin to soften, and facial tissue will feel and look plumper and softer. However, each client is different and therefore length of treatment can vary depending on age, skin type, current health etc. After this time, maintenance sessions every 6 weeks are recommended.

All consultations are between 45- 60 minutes in duration.
Initial consult: $ 95 / return appointment: $ 85.

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