"Heather’s training and technique make facial rejuvenation using acupuncture a must for anyone who would like a more healthy and glowing complexion. Fine lines and wrinkles became much less prominent and the texture of my skin greatly improved! I am so happy with the results! Side benefits were increased energy and better sleep, too! Be sure to complete all 12 treatments for the best results. And ask Heather about the special creams and tools she has for maintenance!" - Mary Beth D
"After a series of treatments, I noticed my skin tone evened out, the wrinkles on my forehead diminished greatly, my cheekbones became more pronounced like they used to be and my face was less puffy. Thanks Heather!" - Gloria S
"Heather Sullivan performed 12 facial acupuncture treatments on me. Heather always treated me with compassion, tender care (which I really appreciate) and expertise. After viewing the before and after treatment photos, I notice the remarkable difference the acupuncture has made to my face: toning different areas and bringing consistent color (blood flow) to my face and as a secondary result more blood flow to my brain! Thank you, Heather, for your acupuncture skills" - Anita S
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA), sometimes referred to as “acupuncture facelift”, "facial enhancement acupuncture" or "cosmetic acupuncture", is a wonderful timeless beauty technique used by the Chinese since the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD).
It is an effective, non-surgical yet painless way of lessening the appearance of fine lines as well as deeper wrinkles. It also revitalizes the face by improving muscle tone and dermal contraction, eliminating overall puffiness and sagging around the jowls, tightening the pours and moisturizing the skin, improving facial coloring and eliminating skin tone as well as slowing the aging process in the face. It can balance out hormones that trigger facial acne and redness, brighten the eyes, improve eye sight, lift drooping eyes, reduce stress evident in the face and promote overall health and well-being.
Today it is sought after by both celebrities and others alike to restore vibrancy and youthful glow to one’s face. Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are some celebrities who swear by it.
To get the full and lasting effects of FRA, it is recommended to seek out a series of twelve treatments. The first six treatments are to be done twice a week with the remaining six treatments to be done at least once a week. It is advised not to skip more than a week between the treatment series. Patients will start to notice toned skin and reduce puffiness after the first treatment and marked-improvements after the sixth treatment. After the twelve treatments are done, FRA can last up to three to five years (although it is advised to get one follow-up treatment once a quarter for maximum benefit).
Each treatment begins with needling the body before needling the face. The needles used are very fine and painless, especially on the face. After thirty minutes of rest with the needles to allow them to set, the patient is treated to twenty minutes of guasha and facial massage. Guasha is a technique involving gentle “pushing/pulling” on the facial muscles with a soft-edged board. It helps to tighten facial muscles, reduce puffiness/edema and flush toxins from the face. The treatment ends with a twenty minute rejuvenating facial mask made up of superior anti-aging Chinese herbs. Moisturizures used through the treatment come from Nefeli which utilizes Chinese herbs known for their healing powers to hydrate, firm and lift skin and are hypoallergenic.
Patients who experience the following conditions are advised not to get FRA as it may exacerbate their symptoms: migraines, high blood pressure (even if it is controlled with medication), cancer, epilepsy and seizures, diabetes mellitus, aids, coronary disease, currently pregnant, acute herpes outbreak, problems with bleeding or bruising. Patients who want to try FRA should note that temporary facial bruising may occur, though it is rare.
FRA is the third largest sought out service in acupuncture today because of its profound effects on the face. Below are some before and after pictures of patients who have done FRA. Call today to schedule your first exam and treatment!