Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac Registered Acupuncturist
Who should get Cosmetic Acupuncture?
What should you expect?
- A full health intake on the first visit. This includes going over your skin type, concerns, goals and expectations for the treatments
- We also discuss your general state of health - including sleep, digestion, energy and lifestyle.
- Once we make an assessment, a treatment plan will be suggested in order to get the best results.
- Each visit includes body acupuncture as well as facial acupuncture.
- Expect to have needles placed in and around the feet, lower legs and hands as well as on the face. Depending on the assessment and treatment goal we may also place needles on other parts of the body such as ears, scalp and torso.
- Acupuncture needles are typically left in place for 20-40 minutes, depending on the treatment. Each visit is customized based on what is required for that individual.
- Other aspects of a treatment may include acupressure, facial and scalp massage as well as using natural products such as essential oils and hydrosols for specific conditions.
- Recommendations for diet and self care protocols to follow at home are often a key part of extending the effect of treatment.
How often do I have to come in?
Results can vary based on an individual's lifestyle and overall health. Noticeable improvements to skin tone and wrinkle appearance can last 6 months or longer, especially if kept up with recommended monthly maintenance visits.
Who is not a good candidate for Cosmetic Acupuncture?
- Smokers – smoking has a huge impact on skin health and the formation of lines/wrinkles. If you are ready to quit, we can help – with acupuncture as part of the plan. Once you are smoke-free the cosmetic acupuncture will have much more noticeable effects.
- Fertility issues – if you are having trouble trying to conceive it is recommended to first seek out help with this issue. Acupuncture can be very effective as part of fertility treatment, and it's best to direct energy to this aspect of health first.
- Chronic headaches or migraines – facial acupuncture directs a lot of energy and blood to the face and head. If you suffer from frequent headaches it may actually make them worse. We can help treat the headaches first, then once this is resolved you can safely move on to Facial Rejuvenation.
- Pregnancy – likewise, it is not recommended that so much energy and blood be directed to the face and head during pregnancy. The body naturally needs this energy for its main concern, which is maintaining a healthy, growing baby.
- Botox – we do not recommend combining Botox and facial acupuncture during the same time period. It is best to wait at least 4-6 weeks after Botox (or other injectible treatments) before getting Cosmetic Acupuncture.
What else is good to know
- Do you bruise easily? We recommend taking Arnica just prior to each visit – it can help avoid bruising. Needling and facial massage are very gentle, but bruises can still happen occasionally.
- Big party tonight? Save Cosmetic Acupuncture for a time when you do not have a big event coming up.
- Drink water! Acupuncture improves blood and oxygen flow to the face and body, and keeping hydrated is a big part of maintaining good results.
- Keep moisturized and apply a physical sunscreen as usual.
- Get ready for the good side effects: improved sleep, digestion and better management of stress are just a few of the healthy 'side benefits' of getting Cosmetic Acupuncture.