|Cosmetic Acupuncture Commonly Asked Questions|
1. What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a method of treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which uses the principles of TCM to improve and restore overall health to the body which are accompanied by visible improvements to the appearance. There are several recognized methods of treatment in Cosmetic Acupuncture. The method used by Jennifer Crumpton is the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System TM method developed and taught by Martha Lucas, Ph.D, L.Ac. and Denise Ellinger, L.Ac.
2. How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?
Cosmetic Acupuncture addresses the internal causes of aging as well as minimizing its outward signs. Following the principles of TCM, acupuncture needles are inserted into special points on the body and on the face in order to balance the body's Qi or energy for improved overall health and to bring more Qi to the face for a more youthful appearance.
Another explanation for the visible changes in the face is that inserting the needles into the skin causes tiny micro-traumas that stimulate the body's healing process and improve cell health. As a result, cells that form collagen and elastin fibers are drawn to the needling sites and lay down new collagen fibers. A revitalization and tightening action occurs as a result. The needles also stimulate blood and circulation which improves color. Dead skill cells slough faster which brightens the skin.
A series of 10 one-hour treatments is recommended.
3. Is Cosmetic Acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and are inserted with extreme care. Most patients report the treatment to be a relaxing experience followed by improved sleep and noticeable feeling of well-being. Unlike more drastic cosmetic procedures, there is no down time for recovery from surgery, laser or chemical burns, or reaction to injections of foreign substances into the face.
4. How long do results from Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment last?
Although results vary, with adherence to good health practices (see below) the results of cosmetic acupuncture may last up to two years. It is also possible to have periodic maintenance treatment to prolong the result.
5. What else will I have to do?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is based on the premise of general good health and balance. Common sense advice regarding life-style and diet apply. This means: no smoking; no sun without adequate protection; and drinking enough water each day to maintain hydration for your internal organs and your skin. Other things that can be done to maximize and maintain the results of cosmetic acupuncture treatment are moisturizing the skin; eating a diet rich in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids; eating a well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, and lean protein. Drinking green tea is also recommended.
In some cases, a Chinese herbal formula may be appropriate to support the acupuncture treatment and to prolong the results. Specific information on diet and herbal therapy is provided on an individual basis.
And last, but certainly not least, is the reduction of stress in one's life. Engaging in meditation or low impact exercise such as QiGong can also be beneficial in reducing stress and improving relaxation and physical fitness.