Some would see spending 20 minutes with 60 or so needles embedded in your face as self harm—not self-healing. Yet your skin is a living organ and gives a clear projection of what is going on inside. Inserting acupuncture needles in the face stimulates collagen production and activates the facial muscles, making your skin look younger and plumper.
The wisdom of Chinese medicine is to use and optimize the resources of the human body and allowing it to ‘do the job.’ “Facial acupuncture works from within as it accelerates the anti-inflammatory activity and removes accumulative toxins from the skin,” explains Tsagaris. “By using a half-inch prick thin needle on the face (up to 180) and penetrating all layers of the skin, we are releasing huge chemical reactions and ultimately changing the skin’s architecture, addressing the loss of facial volume and preventing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
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“If you go lifting weights in the gym, the next day you will be in pain as you have torn and broken muscle fibres” continues Tsagaris. “The body is designed to prevent further injury by self-improving itself so after a day or two, the broken fibres will be replaced by bulkier ones as your body prevents further injury by self improving itself.”
With acupuncture, the needles going into the face trigger the skin to go into 'healing' mode. Inserting them breaks down old, dry and dehydrated collagen fibres and the skin responds by sending tremendous amounts of anti inflammatory agents, oxygen, red and white blood cells to cope with the ‘injury.’ On a mechanical level, acupuncture reconstructs the fibre network of the skin and enables the broken fibres to be replaced with plumper ones to protect from injury. It also boosts the production of collagen to tighten and smooth the skin creating a firm and radiant complexion and enhancing skin tone.
The biological cycle of skin cell production is around 28 days, but with age this turnover becomes lazy and skin renewal is less frequent. Facial acupuncture accelerates the tempo of this biological response by reminding the body to renew and revitalize itself as it did when you were younger. The insertion of the needles isn’t painless and is accompanied by a faint burning sensation throughout, but your skin will instantly glow as it would after a tough workout.
“This isn’t a pampering facial as we are changing the actual structure of skin, stimulating the production of collagen making it firmer, plumper and facilitating the blood and energy circulation to the face giving you more energy overall.”