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Our British Acupuncture Council member Susana Pires offers Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA); a treatment that has snowballed in the last few years as research confirms acupuncture’s success while problems with chemical and surgial methods are raised.
Susana is also one of the few acupuncturists in the country to have expertise with Low Level Laser therapy which, like traditional acupuncture, naturally boosts collagen production and stimulates other body processes to provide short, medium and long-term benefits for facial rejuvenation without pain or drugs.
Her unique experitse and skills in a wide range of therapies, including naturopathy to degree level, ensures she is able to offer a blend of holistic care not found elsewhere.
Natural, effective, long-lasting
Like acupuncture itself, FRA has only recently begun to receive the interest it deserves. While it cannot reshape your nose or chin, it can give you a more radiant skin, reduce fine lines and lift sagging skin, while at the same time improving overall health. It has been described as a safe, cost-effective alternative to a surgical face-lift as FRA works by stimulating normal processes.
How it works
Although treatment has many positive effects to your general health, FRA generally works in several key ways. By boosting the circulation to the skin and muscles it ensures that the flow of nutrients is maximised, and at the same time the toxins that are naturally produced over time are removed and broken down. The lymphatic system (the network of tiny drainage vessels important to the skin, muscles and immune system) is also stimulated ensuring that the drainage vessels are pumping more efficiently. Importantly, FRA also stimulates the production of new collagen, the natural protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic. It can also be used to relax some facial muscles and help tone others, reducing problems such as eyelid drop. The results of all of these effects is to produce facial features that are tighter, smoother, brighter and healthier and reduces and minimises the appearance of fine lines. A study by the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture found that among 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. Further independent studies are currently being conducted to investigate the wide-ranging effects.
Is it painful?
No one would ever come back if it were! Acupuncture itself is rarely more than a dull ache, if anything at all. It’s usually described as deeply relaxing due to the release of endorphins and the side effects are few. The needles used are ultra-fine and not hollow (unlike those used to give analgaesic injections or to take blood samples) and there is generally only a small risk of bruising. If this concerns you, or you are still a little anxious about the thought of needles, then please contact us before making a booking and request the laser be made available. Low level laser therapy uses light and tiny amounts of power to provide acupuncture without needles, without drugs and without any pain whatsoever.
Is it safe?
Yes. Both FRA and Laser Therapy are safe. It does not involve the complications of surgery, the complications of collagen injection, or the side effects of botox, such as flu syndrome, eye drooping, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing. It does not involve surgery, but has been described as a safe equivalent of a non-surgical facelift.
In your first session Susana will assess your medical history, skin care regimen and lifestyle in order to tailor your facial acupuncture treatment, which is then given at key points.
We expect that by four treatments the effects of treatment will be obvious as the process is a gentle one. As the body ‘gets into gear’ to stimulate collagen production the effects build upon each previous treatment, so the effects are amplified.
We are all unique, and so, too, are our responses to treatment. We suggest a course of 6-8 treatments should be sufficient to produce very positive results.
We take photographs of problem areas and attached them to your electronic record, before and after, so both clients and practitioner can judge the changes subjectively, objectively and accurately. Improvements will be reassessed at regular intervals to monitor your progress, but ultimately you, your friends and your family will be the best judges of the long-term benefits. We hope that when they see the changes and the overall effect on you they will become our future recommended customers.
Please give us a call with any enquiries regarding our exciting services.