Facial rejuvenation acupuncture or cosmetic acupuncture 

Dr Maggie Ju is a pioneer of facial rejuvenation acupuncture specialist who interprets the cosmetic effects of acupuncture in scientific way based on facial anatomy and recent research findings. She helps many women to keep their youthful looking for many years.

 

How does the face age? Slow down aging with facial rejuvenation acupuncture. 

Everyone ages differently but there are certain general patterns. Visible signs of aging generally begin to manifest in thirties.

Understanding exactly how the face changes with age can help you determine what issues need to be addressed and which treatments will be most effective.

How does the face age?

The aging process involves both intrinsic and extrinsic influences.

Intrinsic (cellular and genetic) aging begins in our twenties as the production of collagen decreases, eventually leading to a loss in skin elasticity. Cellular turnover also gradually slows, leading to duller-looking skin.

Extrinsic aging consists of environmental and lifestyle-related factors which can speed up the aging process. These include diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure.

Everyone experiences these aspects of aging differently which lead to aging at different rates chronologically and physically.

Twenties are the most glorious year for the skin with glow of youth. Only towards the end of the twenties the skin may begin to look slightly duller than it used to. The early signs of sun damage, including wrinkles, enlarged pores and sun spots start emerging.

In thirties, skin dead cells become visible, the skin is duller; lines and brown spots begin to form and the skin starts loosing and losing volume.

In forties, aging signs become more noticeable: apart from further signs of dull and loose skin, lips are loose, face was dragged downwards, eye brows, eyes and mouth descend and jaw line slackens, face becomes empty due to loosing fat pad. Some age more than others because of variation in genetics, environmental exposure and lifestyle behaviors.

By adding additional ten years, facial changes accelerate more and more. The face loses its volume in the muscles and soft tissues. The skin is dull and loose because of loss of collagen and elastin. Women lose about one-third of their collagen in the first five years of menopause, causing the skin to become drier, looser and more vulnerable to inflammation, sun damage and stressors, such as pollution and underlying health issues. This is the time that the skin needs to be rescued, if it was neglected for years.

Beyond fifties, facial aging could be accelerated dramatically as time passes by.

With aging, facial expression muscles contract, collagen production reduces and skin cells change as well; the skin loses its ability to hold on moisture, makes less oil and has less ability to repair any damage. All of these contribute to the wrinkle formation. Exposure to the sun too much damages the skin. This accelerates the process of skin aging. 

How does facial rejuvenation acupuncture work?

Recently, cosmetic acupuncture or facial rejuvenation acupuncture has been introduced as an intervention for skin rejuvenation. It is a most natural and healthy way to look and feel years younger. 

10 Reasons why you should try facial rejuvenation acupuncture?

No1 It reduces wrinkles. As people get older, their skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic, and less able to protect itself from damage. This leads to wrinkles, creases, and lines on the skin. Facial expression muscles contract and create tension and wrinkles on the face too. Recently a research suggested that wrinkles were improved significantly after facial acupuncture treatment and facial elasticity was also improved in women aged 40 and 59 years.

No2 It lifts face up. With age, features that were previously round may sink; skin gets loose and sags.  Loss fat volume and muscle mass on the face makes the face loss its fullness. Fat pulls downwards and the skin becomes loose and sagging due to gravity and muscle force. Muscles are shortened and straightened. All of these drag the face down and corners of the eyes and mouth drop. Facial acupuncture helps to relax these facial muscles to stop the pulling force and lift the face up.

No3 It reduces sagging skin and tightens the skin. The skin can become sagging when it loses collagen and elastin. The most common cause of skin sagging is aging and the skin becomes thinner and looser. With aging the collagen and elastin production is reduced. Unfortunately, collagen and elastin molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin. So, no cream applied to the skin gives the skin more collagen. Facial acupuncture can increase skin collagen and elastin production by creating micro injury to the skin, reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation of the skin. As a result, the skin becomes tighter, firmer and not sagging.

No4 It improves skin dryness.

The skin becomes dry when it loses moisture. It shows noticeable tightness, roughness and even scaly, chapped and itchy. It makes the skin aging quickly and wrinkled. Acupuncture can help increase water and oil content for facial skin. This is proved by a research paper. In this research, water content and oil content of the facial skin were measured and compared before and after the first acupuncture session and before and after the five consecutive acupuncture sessions. The result suggested that cosmetic acupuncture increased the water and oil content of facial skin in a female participant whose water content and oil content were lower before receiving acupuncture.

 

No5 It makes the skin brighter and glowing. Skin blood flow significantly decreased with increase in age. Skin blood flow is 40% less at age 65 than at age 25. The aging skin looks pale and unhealthy. Research shows that acupuncture can improve local blood circulation, dilate blood vessels and increase local skin and muscle blood perfusion.This gives you the glowing younger looking skin.

 

No6 It reduces facial tension. Stress can cause facial tension. When stressed, you might tighten the facial and jaw muscles unconsciously. Tension in the face may be a natural response to emotional or physical stress. If the tension is persistent, it creates wrinkles and ages the face. Facial acupuncture reduces facial tension. Acupuncture can relax facial expression muscles, reduce muscle tension and tendon inflammation. As mentioned above it reduces the wrinkles.

 

No7 It reduces acne. Acne is a disorder that occurs in the hair follicles often in the face. Acne is thought triggered by hormone imbalance. Too much androgen secretion is the major trigger. Changing of hormone levels makes glands in the skin produce excessive amounts of an oily substance- sebum. Increased male hormone stimulates the oil gland attached to the hair follicles-small holes in the skin. Increased male hormone alters the oil production which causes the follicular pores clogged and hair follicles enlarged. Bacteria can access to the deeper layers of the skin through these follicles causing inflammation. Facial acupuncture reduces inflammation, balances the hormones and stimulates normal breathing of the skin and makes skin healthy and stronger to prevent infections and clogged pores.

 

No8 It reduces age spots. Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin caused by overactive pigment cells. The cause for this is not clear, but ultraviolet (UV) light (sun exposure, tanning beds etc) damages the skin cells and accelerates the production of melanin. Age spots appear when melanin becomes clustered or is produced in high concentrations. Facial acupuncture helps skin cells repairing and reduces age spots.

 

No9 It reduces dark eye circles. Dark circles under the lower eyelids are very common. They really make you look much older than your age and make you look tired. Aging is risk factor for those dark circles beneath the eyes. As one gets older, the skin becomes thinner and also loses the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken. Facial acupuncture reduces dark eye circles.

 

No10 No side effects. Is there side effect of facial acupuncture? There are no side effects of facial acupuncture apart from mild bruises which will go very quickly. A study has shown that the most commonly reported adverse event that was clearly attributable to the treatment was mild bruising (20/140 treatment sessions; 14.28%) at the needle site. These bruising will go very quickly without leaving any marks. No adverse events of scarring and nerve damage were observed.

Wrinkles on the face

Wrinkles on the forehead

The frontalis muscle (frontal belly) is the muscle on the forehead. They attach to the skin of eyebrow. The frontalis muscles lift eyebrows when looking up and wrinkle the forehead by pulling the scalp back. The antagonist muscle is orbicularis oculi muscle. 

 

Wrinkles at the corner of eyes (Crow feet)

The orbicularis oculi muscle is the ring like muscle surrounding the eye. It spread over the eyelids, temple and down to the cheek. Contraction of this muscle causes the eye to close or blink. It also causes the wrinkles at the out corner of the eye which are called crow feet. For example, as under the sun, the skin of the forehead, temple, and cheek is drawn toward the medial angle of the orbit, and the eyelids are firmly closed. The skin is folded especially radiating from the lateral angle of the eyelids. 

Wrinkles on the cheek

There are four muscles on the cheek: They are lying in the cheek from middle to lateral, from cheek bone to the upper lip: They are the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi, the levator labii superioris muscle, the zygomaticus minor, the zygomaticus major. They form the nasolabial groove, from the side of the nose to the upper lip. This line is deepened in expressions of sadness. These muscles draw the angle of the mouth upward and backward in smiling. These muscles’s contraction creates tension on the cheek, deep nasolabial groove, and gummy smile. 

 

Wrinkles around the mouth

The orbicularis oris muscle is the muscle encircling the mouth and it lies between the skin and the mucous membranes of the lips. Contraction of this muscle closes the mouth and creates vertical wrinkles around the mouth.

Research evidences

Research has shown that acupuncture reduces facial wrinkles

The forehead and the corner of eyes are the common place to get wrinkles. How to get rid of these wrinkles? Do you have to be under the knife or botox injection to look good? Facial acupuncture is a good alternative. It is absolutely natural and no severe side effects. All people who had facial acupuncture with me liked it. Do you have to see research evidence to show that it is effective to convince you? Here is the publications for it. This is a case report. 8 people (5 female and 3 male and age from 26 to 61) participated the study. Four for the wrinkles on the forehead, two for wrinkles between eye brows and two for crow feet wrinkles. They received 2 acupuncture treatments and the photos were taken three times, before the first treatment, before the second treatment, two to four weeks after the second treatment. The result has shown that the winkle reduction was found in all cases on all types of wrinkles; all participants were very satisfied with the results. The only side effect was mild bruise which went soon after the treatment.

References

The Acupuncture 2014; 31(2): 165-171.

Facial acupuncture improves facial elasticity

This research paper is from Kyung Hee University, Seoul. Beauty and skin health are important part of modern life. Acupuncture has a long history originated from China. It still contributes to modern life and is loved by peoples globally. Cosmetic acupuncture or facial rejuvenation acupuncture became popular in this century as one of the approaches for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments including facial wrinkles, facial muscle tone and elasticity. This study explored the effects of cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity in Korea. They hypothesized that facial cosmetic acupuncture affects facial elasticity by restoring resting mimetic muscle tone through the insertion of needles into the muscles of the head, face, and neck. Participants who were aged 40-59 years old received five treatment sessions over three weeks. Participants were measured before and after treatment. 27 participants completed five treatments. The result has shown a significant improvement of facial elasticity after cosmetic acupuncture treatment.

 

References

Younghee Yun, et al. Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013: 424313.

Published online 2013 Jul 28. doi: 10.1155/

Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study

Research suggests that facial acupuncture improves nasolabial folds and eye wrinkles.

People live longer and the standard of living has been increasing, the demand for beauty and healthy skin is increasing. Facial acupuncture is getting more and more popular. It becomes liking for many celebrities. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin to improve blood circulation and stimulate collagen and elastin secretion. Recently a research paper using DermaVision images to study the effects of Acupuncture on nasolabial folds and eye wrinkles before and after the treatment. 107 patients ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s participated this study. They were grouped into 20s, early 30s, mid-30s, late 30s 40s early 50s, mid 50s 60s and 70s according to their age. The result showed that Acupuncture treatment improved both nasolabial folds and eye wrinkles in all of the classified age groups

References

Cho JH et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:273909. doi: 10.1155/2015/273909. Epub 2015 May 4.

Natural facial skin care with facial acupuncture

What stress does to your skin?

Stress can affect your whole body including your face. It has a powerful effect on your facial skin. It accelerates aging process though the exact relationship of stress on aging is complex and isn't fully understood. Stress causes a chemical response that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It also causes skin dryness and dehydration which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. It causes tension of facial muscles which leads to deep wrinkles and facial pain. Stress causes an inflammatory response in the body and leads the pores to become clogged and break causing acne. Skin losses its radiance which is a result of skin blood flow slowing down. Skin also losses its elasticity and forms sagging skin. Take care of your skin to prevent from damaging and rapid skin aging. This will help keep your skin healthy and glowing and delay the natural aging process.

Natural skin care with facial acupuncture

Natural skin care using nature products is that you care the skin with naturally derived products however according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all ingredients are chemicals by definition. And also natural does not have medical meaning to dermatologists.

Facial acupuncture is putting acupuncture needles on the particular points on the face. Facial acupuncture is absolutely natural in facial skin care. It stimulates skin endogenous metabolisms and improves skin blood circulation and reduces stress.

Acupuncture improves skin blood supply

The skin contains a network of small blood vessels which provides nutrition to the skin. The blood vessel wall can contract and relax to regulate blood supply to the skin. If the blood vessels contract more than normal, less blood passes through them and the skin becomes pale and white. When the blood vessels are completely relaxed, this allows more blood to pass through the skin and the skin appear red. Improving skin blood flow will improve skin nutrition status.

Recently many studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood flow and microcirculation in the skin.

These are examples of the studies

Kuo TC et al Am J Chin Med (2004) 32:117-29

Mori H et al Acupunct Med (2014) 32:167-71
Hsiu H et al Microvasc Res (2013) 89:34-9
Kimura et al Acupunct Med (2013) 31:74-80

Huang T et al J Tradit Chin Med 92012) 32:40-4

Hsiu H etal Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2011) 2011:435928

Hsiu H et al ConfProc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc (2008) 2008:2916-9

Hsiu H et al Lasers Med Sci (2009) 24:353-8

Hsiao SH and Tsai LJ J Acupunct Meridian Stud (2008) 1:42-50

Kimura K et al Am J Chin Med (2006) 34:189-96

Sandberg M et al Eur J Appl Physiol (2003) 90:114-9

Zhang D et al Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue Za Zhi

Baloqun JA Disabil Rehabil (1996) 18:523-8

In these studies, different acupuncture points are tested and all are found increased skin blood flow. One of the studies measured facial skin blood flow and skin temperature and showed the skin blood flow was increased after acupuncture treatments.

These studies provided scientific evidences for the application of facial acupuncture to improve facial skin blood flow and nutrition. Acupuncture is potentially a new approach to contribute to anti aging.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture for pregnant women

Women have to stop their botox treatment when they are pregnant. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a good alternative. There is no side effects of facial acupuncture, no toxin; furthermore it promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety and improves circulation. 

To learn more here is her ebook about facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

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