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Cosmetic Acupuncture in New York City

By Katie Duffy - Jun 7, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Have you always wanted to try Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture but you're not sure how it works? Have you wondered about natural alternatives to botox, fillers, and surgeries? Then keep reading, because we’ve got all the skin care info you need.


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THE HYPE:

You knew that Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture was going to blow up when Gwyneth Paltrow started rhapsodizing about it on Goop and Kim Kardashian started posting selfies from her acupuncturist’s table on Instagram. But Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is definitely not just for actresses and reality stars.

THE REALITY:

Cosmetic acupuncture is not a new concept. In fact, facial rejuvenation techniques were used as far back as the Western Zhou period in China (in 1121 B.C.) and combined herbs, acupuncture, and dietary therapies for aesthetic purposes.

 Today, your acupuncturist might select points on the body, hands, and feet to support internal imbalances that might be causing wrinkles, sallow skin tone, saggy jawlines and bags under the eyes, or other conditions like acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, or even TMJ and Bell’s Palsy. Then she will follow up with tiny, thin needles all over the face to target problem areas.

 The needles produce “micro trauma.” This means the numerous tiny punctures can stimulate skin cells to produce more collagen to fill in tiny lines, and attract qi and blood to the face to clear blemishes, rashes, and dull skin.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Some facial acupuncturists incorporate facial masks, e-stim, massage, facial cupping, dermarollers, and a technique called “Facial Gua Sha,” where a small tool (often made of jade or rose quartz) is used on the face to break up muscle adhesions. This allows the skin to lie smoothly over the relaxed muscles. Facial Gua Sha is a fantastic alternative for those who are hesitant to allow so many needles near their face!

HOW MUCH DO I NEED?

Like other forms of acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation works best when it is performed in a cumulative series. Most people will start to notice results after 4-5 sessions, and have optimum results after 10 visits. Your facial acupuncturist will let you know how often you should schedule your sessions, which will vary with your age, skin quality, and which conditions are being addressed.

WHO IS IT GOOD FOR?
    Facial Rejuvenation can be great for those with wrinkles, dull skin, blemishes, and dermatological conditions. However, people with a history of migraines, uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, or infectious skin conditions will want to forgo this approach in favor of something a little gentler - facial acupucnture moves a lot of qi upwards in the body and that's not always the best thing for these conditions. Similarly, pregnant women will want to make their acupucnturist aware of their condition so a gentler, lighter approach can be used.
SOUNDS GREAT - BUT HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The complexity of the treatment contributes to the price of Facial Rejuvenation, which can be pretty steep. The range in New York City goes up to $500 a session and beyond, but averages around $200 per session. At City Acupuncture, we incorporate organic cleansing and serums, facial and full-body needles, facial gua sha and facial massage, but our pricing is a steal thanks to our communal setting.



Could you use some lifting? Want to rejuvenate tired skin, reduce wrinkles or work on improving rosacea, dermatitis or another dermatological condition? Give Facial Rejuvenation a try! Our Facial Rejuvenation practitoners would love to answer any questions you might have.



 

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