Cosmetic acupuncture, also sometimes called facial acupuncture, aims to improve your appearance.
For example, you may have
Sometimes it can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars.
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However, this kind of acupuncture is not magic! It does require a number of treatments, typically 10. Often you notice improvements after just the first treatment, but don't stop there because subsequent treatments consolidate your progress.
When you see Jonathan, he'll want to know about your general health as well. Treatment to help you feel better, eg 'traditional' acupuncture, makes your cosmetic acupuncture work faster.
If you have an ongoing health problem it may undermine the effect of cosmetic acupuncture.
In that case, it is better to have other treatment, (eg traditional acupuncture) to improve your health first. When that starts to improve you can be more confident that cosmetic treatment will work and last better.
Well, usually, one helps but 10 or so provides long-term results. (And to encourage you to persist, we give a 20% discount if you pay in advance for 10.)
But you must use them up within 120 days! Each cosmetic acupuncture treatment reinforces the next. It would not work so well if you only came once a month for 10 months.
Definitely not! Botox treatment injects a poison into your skin and your body reacts by seeming to puff up a bit, making it look younger. Not to get too technical, but every medication or drug, being so concentrated, has a primary and a secondary action. The primary action is what you want. The secondary eventually follows if you take enough of the stuff, and few of us like it.
Acupuncture works on an entirely different basis. The ideas behind traditional acupuncture include 'Qi' and 'Blood'. (Click on the words to find out more, but be aware some of the ideas are very different to those of normal 'Western' medicine!)
The theory behind this particular form of acupuncture is that the needles encourage Qi to stimulate your Blood to nourish and heal the area needled. Re-nourished, it looks younger and fuller.
Traditional acupuncture, on other parts of your body, arms and legs - even your ears! - helps this work better.
But nothing is injected. So your body won't have to detoxify itself of any stuff injected.
On the other hand, your body may - after receiving traditional acupuncture - go through a natural process of detoxification, clearing out the old and encouraging the new.
Consequently we strongly suggest you drink lots of water for a few days after the treatment. This helps your body wash out old stuff and the new fluids also help your Blood.
The needles for cosmetic acupuncture are usually very thin and short.
They are inserted individually into specific acupuncture places on your skin, sometimes with a small spring-loaded device to push them in quickly.
(We also use it when we do Japanese acupuncture, which we may use to help you detoxify.)
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NB All our needles are only ever used once. You'll hear the packet being opened during your treatment. They are all guaranteed free of infection on opening. After use they go in a Sharps box for disposal.
If you usually wear a lot of make-up, we recommend (though do not insist) that you wear as little as possible, or no make-up, on the day of your treatment. The reason is that although the risk of infection is minute, the more 'matter' there is on your skin the more places there are for undesirable elements to linger.
Once the needles are in, you lie there, listening to music, and relax, rather like during a facial!
Often people go to sleep for a while.
You can book for a first consultation and treatment here or buy a discounted 10-treatment plan for a reduction of 20% when paid in advance. After the first of your ten treatments, we'll book the other nine so you know when to come.
Click to find out more about Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott who started practising in London in the 1970s, then moved to Edinburgh in 1983.
Since then, he has treated many thousands of people. You can read why they recommend him here.
He's also written various books, one of which, on Qi Stagnation, usually helps people who wish to look better. See below.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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