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Many Paths but One Goal
December 13, 2007
By NORA ISAACS
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JUST as varieties of yoga exist, so do styles of facial acupuncture, each with a different emphasis.

MEI ZEN This system, developed by Martha Lucas and Denise Ellinger in 2003, uses shallow needling techniques with Korean face and hand needles. A treatment plan may also include herbs, qigong exercises and burning the herb mugwort to stimulate qi. Find a practitioner at www.cosmeticacupunctureseminars.com.CONSTITUTIONAL FACIAL In 2000, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield created this style based on traditional Chinese medicine. Her spa-like approach uses a few Japanese needles all over the body. www.chiakra.com/referrals.htm.FACIAL REJUVENATION Virginia Doran, who trained Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, has done facial acupuncture for 13 years. Her approach uses many Japanese needles at once for better results, she says. www.luminousbeauty.com.ACUPUNCTURE WITH MICROCURRENTS This style incorporates microcurrent stimulation on acupuncture points to supposedly rejuvenate the muscles. Some practitioners don’t even use needles, believing that gentle electrical currents can have the same effect as needles; www.eastwestmed.com or www.peterhansonmd.com

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-  USA Today

"With cosmetic acupuncture, 90% of clients have marked improvements in thgeir faces and experience an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to the face.  This is a good reason to call Cosmetic Acupuncture procedures "Anti-Aging Treatments."

-Journal of Clinical Acupuncture

WHO USES COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE?

Up until recently, Cosmetic Acupuncture had remained one of the best kept secrets of Hollywood's rich and famous.  This changed with celebrities such as Madonna, Prince William, Cher, Angelina Jolie, Claudia Schiffer and Gwyneth Paltrow, a spokeperson for the effectiveness of Cosmetic Acupuncture.  Specialist clinics now exist in Ireland and the UK devoted to acupuncture facial rejuvenation. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT & HOW MANY TREATMENS WILL I NEED?

Your treatment will begin with a complete Chinese medicine diagnosis and a discvussion about what areas of your face you most concentrate on.  Very fine needles are then placed in points on your face and body.  Your treatment also includes facial massage, usiong massage techniques applied to various areas of the face and neck, especially at key acupressure points along the meridians.  Facial rejuvenation is best with completion of 12 treatments which can be given once or twice a week, with the effects being noticed usually at each session.  Before and after pictures will be taken at your first treatment and upon your last week of treatments.  However, all people respond differently.  Much depends on their condition and lifestyle prior to the start of Mei Zen.  Remember that it took decades of stress, sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins for your skin to reach this state and damage will not be instantly undone.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture can help you look and feel younger by slowing down the aging process.  With the Mei Zen system, most patients should expect to see and feel:

    • Improves muscle tone and dermal contraction
    • Increases collagen production
    • Helps reduce and eliminate bags under the eyes
    • Helps to eliminate fine lines and reduce deeper wrinkles
    • Wrinkles on the decolletage can fade
    • Improves hormonal balance to reduce some forms of acne
    • Moisturizes the skin and cheeks get smoother
    • Increases circulation of blood and lymph to the face
    • Overall skin tone becomes more even
    • Age spots fade
    • Tightens the pores
    • Brightens the eyes
    • Improves facial color
    • Helps to lift drooping eyelids and reduces jowls
    • Reduces stress evident in face
    • Promotes overall health and well being
    • Brings out innate beauty and radiance
    • More ENERGY and QI!!

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

Results ca last 3-5 years with regular maintenance of once-a-month follow-up treatments.  Once every other month is good, but once a month is better.  Twice in one week every 6 months is the minimum possible for maintaining the effects of the Mei Zen.  The less frequent the follow-up treatments the less time the resulte may last.  Keepiong a diet that supports you skin's health, wearing sunscreen, and following a good skin care regimen with quality products appropriate for your skin type can also assist in maintaining the results of your Mei Zen treatments.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR FACIAL REJUVENATION?

If any of the following do not apply to you, then you may be a good candidate for facial rejuvenation:

    • Frequent migraines
    • Any seizure disorder
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
    • If taking any blood thinners
    • Pregnant
    • Smoker