When it comes to avoiding wrinkles, or preventing those tiny cracks of wisdom before they even occur, there isn't much that women-and hey, men too these days-wouldn't do. Nightly creams? Check. Injections? Sure, why not. The list of available modalities for saving sullied skin goes on…and on, and on.
That's why we're currently enamored by the idea of facial acupuncture-a natural, holistic therapy that rejuvenates facial skin without the need for expensive products or invasive treatments.
Licensed acupuncturist and certified health coach Toni King knows all about it. A Zeel Expert, Toni was kind enough to delve into details on how facial acupuncture, in some ways, has been utilized as an alternative to the age-old facelift. Here's what we learned.
What exactly is facial acupuncture?
There are a few different types of acupuncture that help with facial skin renewal and freshening. I prefer Mei Zen, which has been called an acupuncture facelift, even though it is not a surgical procedure. Its techniques are first mentioned in the Su Wen, an ancient text.
What can be expected during treatment?
Each treatment begins with a full acupuncture treatment. Correcting imbalances in the body brings renewed and vibrant health, which shows on the face! Next, tiny needles are placed in groupings on the face at specific acupuncture points to induce the production of collagen and elastin.
How many treatments yield the best results?
Two sessions per week for five weeks are needed for maximum collagen and elastin retention. (Ed. Note: That's still oodles cheaper than going under the knife!)
What kind of results can patients expect?
Many patients find that fine lines fade entirely, deeper lines are reduced in depth and appearance, rosacea and uneven skin tone revert back to a healthy state, and enlarged pores shrink back to normal size. The whole face looks fresher and tighter because of increased blood flow.
Of course, all results are individual, and no medical procedure can be guaranteed, but I have had great results with my patients. There is also a neck and abdominal protocol, but we generally start with the face, as the neck and décolletage tend to improve even when just the face is treated.
So, where do we sign up?