Who should get cosmetic acupuncture?
The best time to treat a wrinkle, sagging skin, acne, or thinning hair is the first time you notice it. The younger you are, and the less time you’ve had a concern, the fewer treatments it will take to fix it. I tell my family members to start when they turn 30, or sooner if they have a concern.
Is cosmetic acupuncture suitable for me?
One of the reasons for a consultation in the beginning is to make sure cosmetic acupuncture is suitable for you, and to make a customized plan. Very few people are not good candidates for cosmetic acupuncture and nano needling. We typically avoid strong cosmetic treatments during pregnancy and cancer treatment, and if you have any health conditions or concerns, please address them with your practitioner. Please fill out all of your paperwork completely so we can make the best decision for your health.
What will my first session be like?
The first treatment will be a cosmetic acupuncture session. During this treatment, we will assess your skin, listen to your skin concerns, take “before” photos, so you can see the results later on, and do a treatment with special Thrive brand needles, which are extremely tiny, high quality needles developed by Amanda Shayle specifically for cosmetic acupuncture. We will finish with the appropriate serum for your skin condition, both as a treatment, and to see how your skin responds. Since cosmetic acupuncture is a holistic treatment, we will also use Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostics to choose body and ear points based on your specific needs. Beauty is a reflection of the body’s overall balance and health, so we use all of the tools in our toolbox to make you the best you possible (or something like that).
How long before I see the results?
It takes at least 4 treatments to see big changes, but you should see mild changes as soon as the first treatment. The treatments build upon one another, and create change in the structure and function of your skin and connective tissue. That is why the results from cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling can last for up to 3-4 years. These treatments actually nourish and repair the skin, making it not only appear more like younger skin, but actually becoming and behaving more like younger skin. How is cosmetic acupuncture done?
All types of cosmetic acupuncture involve inserting short, very thin needles into the epidermis (0.1 -0.15mm deep) and dermis (.5mm deep) layers of the skin. For certain conditions, such as scarring, or for body acupuncture and microneedling, we will use longer needles.
Who can perform acupuncture and microneedling?
Acupuncture, including microneedling, can only be performed legally by certain types of health professionals. These regulations vary by state. In MA, only Licensed Acupuncturists , Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, and Medical Doctors may perform acupuncture. Nurses, no matter their level of education, and estheticians are prohibited from performing acupuncture (including microneedling), in the state of MA, irrespective of who is supervising them.
Why not get botox?
Botox works by paralyzing the muscles it’s injected into. Yes, you stop making the expression causing the wrinkle, but what happens to a muscle you stop using in your arms or legs? If you’ve ever seen an elderly relative who has been confined to bed for a while, their muscles shrink, and their skin hangs off of their bones. Moving our muscles keeps blood and nutrients flowing to the cells of the muscle. The need for fillers is decreased when our faces move, because there is still healthy muscle and fat under the skin. We are not “against” Botox, it just makes more sense to us to nourish the entire body, including the face.
What if I already had botox?
You can still be treated with cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling, we just need to wait for 4 weeks after botox and avoid areas where you’ve had fillers. Fillers eventually migrate on their own, but we do not wish to accelerate this process.
How long do the effects of cosmetic acupuncture last?
The results from cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling can last for up to 3-4 years. These treatments actually nourish and repair the skin, making it not only appear more like younger skin, but actually becoming and behaving more like younger skin. Most people like to come in for a touchup periodically, but the results do not require upkeep or wear off in a matter of weeks the way some other treatments do (cough, cough, Botox – that’s a little side note for you guys).
What does cosmetic acupuncture treat?
Cosmetic Acupcunture treats wrinkles, sagging, dryness, acne, age/sun spots, hair loss, scars, reduces open pores, Reduces puffiness, improves moisture balance, side effects may include: better sleep, decreased stress response, improved digestion, more energy Which is right for me? Microneedling or Nanonedling? If you are concerned about fine lines & wrinkles, swelling, or sagging skin, then nano-needling is for you. If your skin care concerns include deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks or deep acne scars, than micro-needling would be the treatment for that.
How does microneedling work?
The premise is simple – create a small wound and the skin will respond with collagen production and new skin cells. Depending on the depth of the needle penetration, this can offer skin rejuvenation levels from the simple enhancement of product absorption to the clinical treatment of scars and wrinkles. These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin.
How does nanoneedling work?
Nano-Needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .15 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin.
Can I get just one treatment?
Of course you can! In fact, we offer a new patient special so you can try 2 of our most popular treatments all in the same day for just $195. If you choose to book a package, we’ll deduct that price from the package cost. All of our treatments can be booked as single treatments, but the best results are achieved from one of our signature programs.
Who should not get Microneedling:
- Pregnant women.
- Local infection such as warts, please tell your practitioner if you have any areas of local infection and we will avoid those areas.
- Patients with moderate to severe chronic skin disease such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Patients with Blood dyscrasias, patients on anticoagulant therapy.
- Patients with extreme keloidal tendency.
- Patient on chemo/radiotherapy.
Does acupuncture hurt?
There may be a pinch upon the initial insertion, and once the needle is in you may notice a dull, achy sensation, but it is not painful. Acupuncture needles are much smaller than the hypodermic needles you have experienced at the doctor’s office.
Are the needles re-used?
No. All needles are single use, disposable needles.
What is Cupping and does it hurt?
Cupping uses suction cups on the skin to release stuck connective tissue that may be adhered to the muscles. It also brings fresh blood and nutrients to the area, which stimulates natural healing processes. Cupping can feel like pressure, or a deep massage, but if it ever feels too painful, let your practitioner know, and the suction can be immediately adjusted.
How many Body Contouring sessions are recommended to see results?
Most people notice a significant difference in their body’s appearance in only 6 sessions. It takes about 6 sessions to shrink the fat cells significantly.
Should I do anything special before or after my session?
You should eat 1 to 2 hours prior to acupuncture and drink plenty of water before and after your treatment.
Do the herbs contain pesticides and heavy metals?
All herbs that I use are purchased from companies within the U.S. that do extensive testing for purity and quality of the herbs. Upon request I will be happy to refer you to their websites so that you may see their quality control standards for yourself.
Is it ok to take Chinese herbs with my other medications?
That depends upon the medications and the herbs. This will be carefully evaluated. Please be sure to inform all practitioners of medications and supplements you are taking.