Who administers Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture?

The treatment should be performed by a Licensed acupuncturist, trained in the specialisation of Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture. Not many acupuncturists are specially trained in facial revitalisation acupuncture. Optimally, one should seek out a practitioner trained by an expert in this field.

Louise Whittington is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Member of the British Acupuncture Council, with a BA(Hons) in Traditional Acupuncture and is trained and Certified in both Facial Revitalisation acupuncture and Facial Massage.

Is Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture a new technique?

Not at all. For thousands of years, the Chinese have known that beauty comes from the inside and from the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) Acupuncture Revitalisation practices were employed for the Empress and the Emperor's concubines. The Chinese discovered and utilised ways to change the energy flow within the body to initiate the healing process for revitalisation. According to a famous Chinese axiom, "Where qi goes, blood flows." Even for those unfamiliar with the principles of Chinese Medicine, it is known that increased circulation helps the body to look and feel better. Common sense would tell us that treating the underlying cause of why someone is aging is preferable to masking the outward symptoms and allowing further decline and dysfunction to continue within the body.

Why choose Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture over a surgical face-lift?

Whilst not a replacement for surgery, Acupuncture Facial Revitalisation is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, does not involve chemical injections or surgery, is virtually painless, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture, though minor bruising may occur in some cases. While Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture cannot reshape one's nose or chin, it is a more subtle revitalisation that is safe and natural whilst also working to improve your overall health.

Are there any contraindications?

Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture is contraindicated for some pituitary disorders (such as tumours), heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, dizziness, tinnitus, individuals who have a pacemaker or who have a problem with bleeding (haemophilia) or bruising, or who currently suffer from migraine headaches.

Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture should not be done during pregnancy, during a bout with a cold or flu, during an allergic attack or during an acute herpes outbreak.

Bruising is minimised by delicate insertion of the sterile needles and by careful removal with pressure and application of organic helichrysum italicum hydrosol or essential oils if required.

How much does it cost?

£75 for the consultation and first treatment (which may last up to 2 hours to include medical/lifestyle history taking).

£60 per subsequent treatment (may last up to 1 ½ hours).

Course of 10 treatments £550 payable in advance (treatments may last up to 1 ½ hours).

Facial Revitalisation

What is Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture?

Facial enhancement acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to cosmetic surgery, botox injections and other more invasive treatments. It improves facial muscle tone and minimises lines and wrinkles making you look younger and fresher.

Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Though Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture can sometimes be referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. It may also support the underlying conditions which may be contributing to facial problems, such as stress, emotional imbalance and other factors which may lead to poor diet and work/life balance which ultimately show on our faces.

Facial Revitalisation principles accord well with 5 Element Acupuncture for health and wellbeing, as a diagnosis is made of any underlying (root) conditions and treatment for these is incorporated into the Facial Revitalisation treatments though to a lesser extent than 5 Element Acupuncture for health and wellbeing. As with 5 Element Acupuncture, the Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture treatment is based on the principles of Oriental Medicine and involves the delicate and precision insertion of hair-thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, body and legs along channels or meridians of energy called Qi (pronounced chee). Specific points are chosen to manipulate the movement of energy in the body according to the individual's needs. Thousands of years ago the Chinese discovered that many meridians either begin or end on the face while some have internal branches that go to the face.

What are the effects?

Increased Qi and Blood circulation to the face resulting in relaxing or firming of muscles and addressing underlying physical, mental or emotional problems which may be causing visible problems such as double chins, facial lines, facial puffiness and dark bags under the eyes, sagging jowls, small scars and facial marks, sculpting cheekbones and lifting eyebrows. By bringing Qi energy to the face and problem areas in particular this may help to moisturise the skin by increased blood and lymph circulation and it is believed also to increase or stimulate collagen production. Traditional Acupuncture is always good for the spirit which acupuncturists perceive through a brightness of the eyes and this may also be a benefit of this treatment protocol – it allows your inner beauty to be seen through a brightening of the eyes. It is also believed that hormonal imbalances can be treated by Acupuncture and therefore problems such as acne and acne scars may be helped.

The effects vary according to a person’s age, health condition and lifestyle so it is difficult to predict for each individual but from 5 to 15 years reduction in age appearance may be achieved.

Please note that Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture may not be suitable for everyone and I am happy to provide a free 15 minute consultation if you have any doubts or questions. Please see contraindications below.

Who would benefit from Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture?

Anyone concerned with being able to express their inner beauty more clearly on the face (but see contra-indications below). Some patients have Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture as a preventative aging treatment.The decision to begin treatment may be professionally or personally inspired or a combination of both. Different methods or facial areas are emphasised and specific points stimulated according to how an individual is aging and the root causes of any early signs of aging. A person with excess puffiness, for example, would require a different treatment from someone with dry skin. The whole person is treated and evaluated on the body-mind spectrum – which is the foundation of 5 Element Acupuncture.

What is the course of treatment?

It is recommended to have a course of 10 or 12 treatments which should be undertaken twice a week for the first 6 treatments, though this can be adjusted to suit each person’s needs and availability. The effects become most noticeable and long lasting from about the sixth or seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. It is often recommended to supplement the Facial Revitalisation treatments with a healthier diet and increased consumption of water.

Does it really make a difference?

Many sources indicate that acupuncture has been used for almost 5,000 years to treat a wide range of conditions. Having proven itself with literally billions of people, Acupuncture has survived the test of time. The use of Acupuncture in Cosmetology–especially in preventing and reducing wrinkles–has already attracted great attention in Japan, Hong Kong, and Sweden. The effectiveness of Acupuncture is due to its direct manipulation of the body's energy system–balancing, removing blockages or adding energy when necessary. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: the skin becoming delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and levelling of wrinkles, a ruddier complexion, and overall revitalisation–not confined to the face.

References:

Zhang, Q. and Zhu, L. (1996). Meridional Cosmetology: Report of 300 Cases with Discussion of Underlying Mechanism. The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, pp 401-405.

Doran, V. (2007). An Introduction to Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture [Electronic version]. The European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(5).