Michelle Bullard, MS, LAc

Berkeley Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a non-surgical anti-aging system for rejuvenating the face and revitalizing the whole body. Founded on the principles of Chinese medicine, it is a natural, noninvasive method of addressing both the outward manifestations of aging and its inner root causes. Chinese medicine has been refined, tested, and perfected over the course of thousands of years. Today if offers a richly beneficial approach to achieving natural beauty.

  • Eliminate finelines
  • Reduce larger wrinkles
  • Lift sagging jowls and eyelids
  • Reduce puffiness in the face and around the eyes
  • Reduce dark circles around the eyes
  • Increase collagen production
  • Moistens the skin
  • Reduce double chins
  • Tighten pores
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Reduce the evidence of stress in the face
  • Bring forth a brighter, more youthful complexion
  • Promote a more radiant, youthful appearance
  • Improve overall health and well-being

How does it work?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is based on the Chinese medicine concept of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is a life-giving energy that circulates through the body along specific pathways. Using the ancient principles of Chinese medicine, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture taps into these pathways and stimulates the body's own internal resources of Qi. Slender, hair-thin needles are placed lightly into specific areas of the body to shift the flow of Qi, sending nourishment, moisture, and lifting energy to the skin and muscles of the face and neck. The treatment awakens and enhances the body's inherent healing and rejuvenating abilities, promoting overall health and well-being as it restores your youthful radiance.

What are the effects?

Chinese medicine strives to address the whole system to promote health. Thus, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture promotes a naturally more beautiful you on the outside and a revitalized yet relaxed you on the inside. By encouraging the flow of Qi to the face and neck, it helps to:

  • Improve muscle tone, giving the skin a noticeable lift
  • Increase collagen production, firming the skin and filling out wrinkles
  • Enhance the metabolism to reduce puffiness
  • Ease tension and smooth out frown lines
  • Improve the complexion and return the healthy glow of youth

Does it really work?

A research study published in the Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that, in a clinical trial of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90 percent saw marked results after one course of treatment. My own experience suggests similar results, with the majority of patients reporting improvements in their appearance in just a few sessions.

What is the course of treatment?

For most people, I recommend twelve Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture session. Depending on each individual's needs, treatment may also include herbs, nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle counseling, and facial massage. While results are often noticeable after just a few sessions, a full course of twelve sessions allows deeper, more lasting results to occur. I also recommend maintenance visits after the initial course of treatment to help sustain the beneficial effects in the long term.

How long will the benefits last?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture causes genuine healing and rejuvenation to occur, encouraging your skin to repair itself and improve its appearance from the inside out. While Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture cannot prevent aging, with maintenance visits its beneficial effects can last five to ten years or longer. Eventually, it may be necessary to repeat the initial twelve sessions to gain the maximum benefit.

What else can I do to look younger?

Herbs, nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle counseling, and facial massage can enhance the effects of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and further improve your health, well-being, and youthful appearance. As part of your overall Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment such complementary therapies may be recommended.

Herbal medicine is a truly traditional aspect of Chinese medicine that continues to grow through scientific research and modern clinical experience. Chinese herbs are known to have been used for longevity and beauty, as well as many other health conditions, since at least the first century. When herbal medicine is used to complement Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment, herbal formulas are customized individually to address the specific conditional needs of each client.

Nutritional supplements, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids necessary for the skin's health assist in rejuvenating the body from the inside out. Some supplements protect skin from pollutants, while others help to increase collagen production, for example. They also provide essential nutrients often missing from our diet. Nutritional supplements can assist in returning the healthy, youthful glow to your skin.

Addressing diet and lifestyle factors that impact our beauty can help to enhance the effectiveness of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture sessions. Adequate protein, for example is essential for collagen production and overall energy. Sufficient sleep and proactive stress management also have a positive effect on our appearance. As a holistic approach to health and beauty, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture includes an overall evaluation of your needs in order to develop a specific, personal course of treatment for each individual.

Your treatment may also include facial massage, using specific massage techniques applied to various areas of the face, especially at key acupressure points. Stimulating acupressure points on the face relaxes the mind and can have a positive effect on the entire body.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is safe, effective, and beneficial to both mind and body. I look forward to helping you discover how Chinese medicine can enhance your own natural beauty.