"Being natural is not a statement. It is the closest I can get to being myself."
Facial Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Acupuncture
Do you want your outer appearance to reflect your natural beauty in the best way possible?
Are you looking for a safe, gentle and natural approach to bringing out your beauty?
Are you interested in seeing a reduction in fine lines, puffy eyes, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and saggy facial features?
With facial rejuvenation acupuncture --> your beauty will be addressed by more than the level of your skin alone. Your naturopathic doctor (ND) will assess your health, help you balance body systems that impact your visual appearance such as; optimizing nutrition, improving digestive function, stress resilience, sleep cycles and hormone balance. Not only will you be bringing out your natural beauty into your appearance from the inside out with naturopathic healthcare, but you will also get treatments to the facial skin and muscles directly to improve the look of your fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and colour. with a certification in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture technique, your ND will be able to act locally to improve the look of your fine lines and wrinkles by using tiny acupuncture needles and specialized rejuvenation techniques.
Dr. Melanie Hudson is a certified practitioner in the technique of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA) (in addition to the 4 year traditional Chinese medicine philosophy and acupuncture training that was part of their Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree).
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How Does It Work?
Each treatment involves a mini facial massage, a cooling and lymph draining smooth roller technique using Jade stone tools, shallow insertion of small acupuncture needles into body acupuncture points (balancing your health) and face points (improving the tone of your facial muscles), and very fine intradermal needles placed directly into troublesome areas and wrinkles.
The Benefits to Your Health and Appearance:
FRA improves muscle tone and dermal (skin) contraction
It increases collagen production; filling in fine lines and wrinkles
Increases circulation to the skin helping to slough off dead skin
Reduces stress evident in the face
Improves facial colour by the increase in peripheral circulation
Balances sebaceous gland secretions so balances oil production
Promotes overall health and well being by balancing yin, yang, qi and blood
Slows the aging process from within by balancing yin, yang, qi and blood
Balances all body systems with individualized constitutional acupuncture body points indicated by your unique health status and concerns that your naturopathic doctor will interpret and help to treat.
Does it Hurt?
With the tiny acupuncture needles used for facial rejuvenation techniques, you'll feel no pain or very minimal discomfort on insertion. This technique uses the best possible needles (SIREN brand) from Japan for painless acupuncture experiences. Very tiny needles inserted along wrinkle lines are so small our NDs will use tweezers to insert them. Some areas of the face can be more sensitive then others (i.e. upper lip lines); our doctors will use small amounts of Emla (medical grade numbing cream) on any areas that you feel sensitive about to reduce discomfort if needed.
How Many Treatments Until I See Lasting Changes?
The series of FRA is a 10-12 series treatment plan. Usually after 7-8 treatments is when you will start to see lasting changes. The general structure of treatments is to schedule 2x per week if possible, or at the furthest apart, weekly. You will see changes after a single treatment but each treatment builds on the last to create subtle yet beautiful (and natural looking) changes in your overall skin health. Quarterly or seasonal booster treatments are recommended after the full series is complete as maintenance of improvements and overall prevention. Many women will repeat the series every year or two to stay on top of their health goals.
A Celebrity Trend For a Good Reason
This traditional Chinese medicine approach to beauty has caught on in the Western world quickly especially with celebrities trying the technique and bringing awareness to mainstream public through their experiences. Here's a quick peak at an article highlighting high profile celebs like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cher for their interest and use of cosmetic acupuncture.