What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is the application of fine filament needles inserted into the skin of the face and neck for a natural anti-ageing treatment that aims to rejuvenate overall elasticity & complexion. This is supported with body or ear acupuncture combined with other therapies such as LED Light therapy and our specialist cosmetics. Together this helps to improve general health of the body and skin in order to achieve more effective results.
How does it work?
The AcuRegen system combines traditional Chinese theory and practice with safe, gentle techniques using needles from our own developed Thrive range which have been specifically designed for the face. The needles range in length, the shortest being 3mm to the longest 6mm. This allows us to tightly pack needles into areas that need treating & open up micro-channels where areas of sub-dermal scaffold (the tissue that supports the epidermis) has weakened and collapsed. This action induces the body’s natural healing mechanism which encourages the production of collagen and elastin. This rebuilds the tissue scaffold by adding to the collagen levels that already exists and effectively “pack” the epidermis out reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Improvement of circulation is part of this process also enhancing skin tone and texture.
What results can be achieved?
A one off session is available to experience a combined acupuncture and facial treatment. Your skin will be refreshed and you will find this a relaxing, enjoyable treat. However to see improvements a course of treatment (6 to 12) is required. This is directly linked to cellular activity with a cycle of the skins natural renewal. This cellular renewal is less effective as we ‘age’ – things just do not work as efficiently. Over time our cells receive less blood and oxygen, this means that cells deep within the dermis are reaching the epidermis at a slower rate and are diminished giving the appearance of hyperpigmentation, oversized pores, un-even skin tone, sagging and production of fine lines and wrinkles. Our treatments enhance cellular function and the products we use support our clinical work.
Why a course of treatment?
Over a 3 month period the refreshed cells deeper in the dermis would have migrated to the surface with improved cells following beneath. Improvements with skin and the feeling of wellbeing have been reported after 3 to 6 weeks. This is similar to studies with acupuncture for pain. After the initial course, maintenance treatments are recommended (every 4 to 6 weeks) together with using Acuregen cosmetics to prolong and continue to give results.
As with any ‘training’ regime, lifestyle and a continued programme will affect outcomes. Our therapists will tailor-make your course of treatments and discuss your progress as well as giving you advice for your own home support.
- reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- lifts and tones sagging muscles and skin (this is often referred to as a natural face lift)
- reducing puffiness and bloating around the face
- improving complexion giving a fresher glow due to increased blood flow to the tissues
- improving skin discolouration (hyper-pigmentation)
- improving acne scarring and the pitting effect
- tightening pores
- hydrates and moistens skin
- reduced side effects as opposed to fillers, injections and chemical peels
This pampering experience will comprise of skin cleaning, toning and gentle massage. This, followed by expert needling using the finest needles with a prescription created just for you. Depending on the clinic you will receive a cocktail of our beautiful cosmetics, peptide infusion treatment mask, LED Light therapy and massage. Our courses may be punctuated by our Clinicare by Acuregen medical microneedling tool if recommended by your therapist. We are unique in how we combine this melange of techniques – many of which carry evidence base of effectiveness behind them.
Acuregen Cosmetics – The reason for their development
The cosmetic industry is motivated by their shareholders to maximise their profitability by keeping costs down. Ways that this can be achieved are to produce products containing fillers (such as SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – an engine degreaser that dries skin) to bulk up cosmetics and use ingredients containing parabens (hormone disrupting) as preservatives for longer shelf life.
There are long lists of other compounds used in make up and cosmetics, many from the petrochemical industry that are now reported to have potential harmful effects to our health and our skin.
Skin nutrition is as important as the food that we eat. The skin is our largest organ and not only does it breath but it acts as our protection from the environment. Some additives dry the skin, creating wrinkles and pigmentation. They also weaken its protective, immune system function and can create inflammation.
Following any skin treatment, particularly needling, the cellular uptake of cosmetics is massively increased and, therefore, the risk of the skin absorbing increased levels of harmful compounds is increased also.
Acuregen cosmetics contain no petrochemicals, parabens or agents that can harm us. They are not tested on animals as are chemicals such as SLS due to known skin irritation. Skin is hydrated, nourished, healed and soothed. We have noticed that common skin conditions are also improved with the use of our cosmetics – all this promotes a wonderful complexion which is how we perceive beauty.