Facial Rejuvenation Cosmetic Acupuncture(FRCA)
FRCA, also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture or Acupuncture Facelift, is designed to correct signs of aging and treat the underlying causes related to the specific ways an individual is manifesting the aging process. It is a gradual, non-invasive process that is designed to promote longevity, beauty and balance. FRCA is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of preventive, energetic medicine with a holistic foundation designed to treat the whole body. Thus the protocol involves the insertion of very fine, needles into specific points of the face, head, ears, neck, trunk and the extremities. Therefore, it brings about amazing results that are more than just skin deep.
Though this method is not well-known in the U.S., it dates back thousands of years to the Song Dynasty (circa 960-1270 A.D.) Ancient Chinese physicians understood that beauty comes from within, and that enhanced circulation assists the body to look and feel better. They used their knowledge and expertise to discover ways to change the flow of energy in the body to initiate the healing process for rejuvenation. Their services were sought out and employed by members of the Royal Family and the wealthy to enhance and prolong their lives and physical beauty.
While not as visually dramatic, or intended to be a replacement for cosmetic surgical procedures, e.g. Laser, Botox, or Acid Peels, numerous “healthy” side-effects occur that have a more dramatic impact. FRCA is a healthy option among the cosmetic improvements that are currently available. It works from the inside out, as it harmonizes internal imbalances that result in signs of premature aging and skin problems e.g. Acne, blackheads, dryness and Rosacea. It is the only cosmetic procedure that actually improves your overall health.
While it can’t reshape the nose or chin, FRCA, in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, may erase years off the appearance of the face and skin. It provides a safe, natural remediation for the skin once it reaches a crisis state after decades of:
- Stress overload
- Insufficient sleep/rest
- Neglect and/or abuse (poor nutrition, airborne pollutants, environmental toxins, sun damage
- Virtually Painless
- Less Costly
- No Incisions
- No Sutures
- No Scarring
- No Burning
- No Sucking
- No Risk of disfigurement
- No Post-op treatment downtime or recovery
There are no negative side-effects:
Note: While bruising can occur, a bruise can hardly be classified as a disastrous event accompanied by lasting distress.
- Softer, smoother, firmer, more vibrant supple skin
- Tightening and shrinking of enlarged pores
- Reduction/leveling of deeper wrinkles
- Possible elimination of finer wrinkles
- Improvement of jowls
- Increased circulation of Qi, blood and lymph
- Enhanced structural integrity of the skin: Increased production of collagen, elastin(proteins in the skin responsible for keeping it supple and firm) and muscle tone (resulting in a healthy, radiant facial glow)
- Brightening of the eyes that restores a youthful sparkle
- Stabilized emotions and decreased evidence of signs of stress on the face
- Increased energy and an overall sense of well-being
- Better quality sleep
- Improved digestion
- Reduction of hot flashes, night sweats, and other gynecological problems
According to TCM, the insertion of acupuncture needles dramatically stimulate the amount of Qi and blood flowing to the face, thus nourishing the cells of the skin, muscles, and fascia (connective tissue).
From a modern, Western medical point of view, acupuncture needles cause micro-traumas in the skin. The body perceives them as injuries and stimulates the immune system to prevent infection, and send fibroblasts (protein cells that form collagen and elastin) to each site to repair the damage and heal the wounds.
Note: Only very fine, whisker-like, sterile, one-time use, disposable needles are used.
As we age, at around age thirty, collagen production begins to decline and the skin loses its ability to replace damaged collagen. The needles are inserted through the epidermis or outer layer of the skin first, far enough to reach the dermis (the second layer, aka the “brain” of the skin). Skin cells in the dermis must be stimulated before fibroblasts are called into action. Needling only into the epidermis may help the skin to look different temporarily, but it has no regenerative properties. Any cosmetic procedure claiming to have “permanent” results must have an impact on collagen. Aging is natural and unavoidable. No matter what anti-aging method we choose, the clock keeps ticking, and changes occur. So, we need to have procedures to help boost collagen repair. Cosmetic Acupuncture reduces collagen breakdown and increases its supply, thus minimizing wrinkling and sagging. Our goal is to get long-lasting results.
Thirties = Primetime to focus on PREVENTION
Forties = Dermis begins to thin; treatments slow the process
Fifties = Time for wattle prevention; dermis continues to thin resulting in deeper lines/wrinkles and sagging. Dramatic skin care is required; consult an esthetician and add products with Retinol (Vitamin A: Helps replenish and restore mature or sun-damaged skin)
Sixty and Over = It’s never too late to look and feel your best. Results may be subtle, but those in this age group may get the most dramatic results!
Note: The collagen molecules in many cream are generally too large to penetrate the epidermis and make it to the dermis below.
- Uncontrolled Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Those taking blood-thinning medications (including aspirin)
The following concerns decrease one's chances of getting maximum results:
- Sun damaged skin (causesphotoaging: saggy, drier, rougher skin; liver spots)
- Alcohol users: High sugar content causes sagging
- Smokers (including 2nd hand) Chemicals in tobacco are bad for general health and the skin
- Migraine headache history
- Chronic Fatigue patients
- Fibromyalgia patients
- Chemotherapy patients
- Foods eaten
- Rest and exercise
- Excessive coffee drinking (1+ pots/day) Caffeine is a diuretic that dehydrates the skin
- Harsh soaps
- The best schedule to get MAXIMUM results is a series of 10 treatments.
- Treatments should be scheduled 2 times a week for 5 consecutive weeks with 2 days between treatments.
- Individuals under 40 years of age only require 1 treatment per week for 10 weeks.
The body needs time for collagen and elastin to repair and rebuild (at least 4 weeks).
Significant changes may be noticeable between the 5th and 7th weeks. FRCA is a gradual, organic process that requires consistent appointments for best results. Treatments are 90 minutes long. The first treatment includes a consultation, health history intake, a TCM exam and a body balancing acupuncture treatment (NO facial needling) to determine your treatment expectations/goals, why you chose acupuncture, and if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Note: Some patients may require a few more treatments to get the desired results
- Skin condition/health
- Amount of wrinkling and/or sagging priorto treatments
- General state of health (associated with diet, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition)
- Once a month for optimum results
At the very Minimum, 2 treatments in the same week, after about 6 months of completing the original procedure.
It may be recommended that some patients take Chinese herbal medicine during and possibly after treatments. Information about TCM Food Therapy, nutritional supplements, skin care guidelines and exercises for the face may also be discussed. All are designed to help you attain and maintain good results during and after treatments.