Acupuncture

 

MEI ZEN COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE
Wrinkling is caused by loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture is the only cosmetic procedure that is actually good for your whole body. The points used are chosen to benefit your skin overall and balance your entire body. This procedure works best on a person who is already in balance, so if needed, we can work together to bring your body into better balance before starting the series. Cosmetic Acupuncture does not have the risks involved in more invasive procedures-no cutting, no injections, no toxic chemicals.

WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture consists of ten treatments given twice a week over 5 weeks. It takes about a month for collagen and elastin to begin to develop. I would need to see you first to evaluate if you are a good candidate for the procedure and whether you may need some regular treatments before starting the procedure. The needles used on the face only go about 3mm into the skin, which is the dermal layer where we want results to happen. Some systems of cosmetic acupuncture thread long needles under the skin, which greatly increases chances of bruising.


WHAT RESULTS MIGHT YOU SEE FROM MEI ZEN COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE?
Reduction in fine lines – they may even disappear
A leveling of deeper lines
Beginnings of jowls can be minimized
Improvement in acne and rosacea
Skin gets softer and more vibrant
Cheeks get smoother
Overall skin tone becomes more consistent
Age spots may fade
Wrinkles on décolletage become less pronounced
Puffiness decreases


HOW DOES IT WORK?
From a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, the treatment is balancing your overall Qi, thereby improving your general health. What you see on your face is indeed, at least in part, due to the state of your general health. From a physiological point of view, the needles are causing micro traumas in the skin. Since the body perceives that as an injury, it sends fibroblasts, which are cells that can form collagen and elastin, to those sites to heal them. The wound healing process may have the effect of balancing the dispersal of collagen so that the results are overall, not just limited to the needling sites. All of this would explain why the skin tone improves, the skin lifts and is more supple.

 

NOT EVERYONE IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE.
There are some people for whom Cosmetic Acupuncture is contraindicated:

Migraine sufferers
If you are on blood thinners
Have a seizure disorder
Are pregnant
Are a smoker- you must quit first
Heavy alcohol drinkers. Sugar makes the skin sag
Uncontrolled hypertension or high blood sugar

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can be very helpful in addressing these imbalances and you may want to consider working on your overall health first so that the procedure will work much better for you.

MY EXPECTATIONS OF YOU:
Use a skin care regimen
Use sunscreen
Dietary changes if needed
Keep all of your appointments
Take prescribed herbal formulas


POSSIBLE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS:
Bruising, taking homeopathic Arnica helps reduce this. Could bring on a headache in people prone to them.


POSSIBLE POSITIVE SIDE EFFECTS:
Better sleep
Better digestion
Better energy
People asking you what you are doing because “your skin is glowing”!
Reduction in hot flashes
Elimination of mild depression and anxiety

FOLLOW-UP MAINTENANCE
Two sessions in one week 3 months after finishing the series is recommended. At minimum, get two sessions 6 months after the series. Alternatively, you could get one treatment each month. It’s also great to repeat the entire procedure once a year. Fall is a wonderful time to do this since the dryness at that time of year hits the skin especially hard and you want to look your best for the Holidays!

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
This procedure will not produce results like a surgical facelift, but it also doesn’t have the very serious possible side effects, steep cost or long recovery, either. It is most appropriate for women who want to age gracefully and healthfully. The best age range to begin this procedure in is the 30’s, when collagen production begins to slow down. It is so much easier to prevent than to fix wrinkles. It still shows good results on healthy women of all ages.


COST
$85 per treatment for a total of $850. The cost for cosmetic acupuncture is not covered by any insurance. Regular acupuncture treatments may be covered by insurance IF your insurance covers acupuncture.

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