“I use all the tools at my disposal from Chinese medicine to energy and body work to ensure the health and well-being of my patients. It is my goal to help you feel more balanced, healthy and pain free as quickly as possible. I see using Chinese medicine as an opportunity to peel back the layers which have lead to illness, ensuring that you are strengthened throughout your whole system to prevent illness or pain from returning and to live with greater conscious awareness. My cosmetic treatments also work holistically as they use many points in the face which connect to the rest of the body hence creating a sense of peace and well-being”
A bit of background
David studied acupuncture at the Integrated College of Chinese Medicine as well as under John Tindall at the Yuan Clinic and Conny and Zarig Cooper at the Yi Dao Clinic. Under the Yuan Clinic David has also trained in cosmetic acupuncture and offers a very effective 2 hour treatment for muscle toning and face lift acupuncture.
David has practice holistic healing for the past 15 years; his approach to treatment is practical and dynamic yet gentle and supportive, the aim being to bring all levels of a patient into balance at a physical, emotional and mind level.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic or Facial Acupuncture treatment concentrates on points and muscles of the face in order to improve the elasticity of your skin and general overall appearance.
Cosmetic Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and although relatively new to the West the Chinese have been using points on the face to combat the signs of ageing and to help with various skin conditions at least since the Song Dynasty (960AD – 1279AD) when the Empress and Emperor’s concubines received Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Unlike BOTOX®, which carries a large number of possible side effects, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural and holistic anti-ageing treatment that aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In contrast to BOTOX® it requires a course of treatment to show pronounced results.
As face body points are used together, patients undergoing Cosmetic Acupuncture often report a number of positive overall effect for their wellbeing from feeling healthier and sleeping better to having brighter eyes and complexion and feeling more content.
A course of approximately 6 to 8 treatments is recommended. Most patients notice a difference after one or two treatments, however, the effects become most noticeable and lasting after 6 treatments.
Although each person responds differently depending on their skin and lifestyle, results are long lasting; up to 5 to 10 years with a single maintenance treatment performed every 6-8 weeks.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural, safe and viable alternative to more invasive procedures which offers comparable benefits without the possible side effects. Ideal for dull, lacklustre complexions or ageing skin.
How does it work?
Cosmetic Acupuncture uses ultra-fine, single-use needles inserted into specific points in the face, scalp, ear and body to gently stimulate the circulation, improving collagen production, radiance and muscle tone.
The ultra-fine needles create micro-punctures in the skin that stimulates blood flow, encouraging the skin’s self-repairing mechanisms to activate the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen, the body’s natural ‘filler’ keeps skin looking plump and youthful, whilst the increase in blood flow helps to revitalise and nourish the skin.
The treatment targets the different levels of our skin and activates resurfacing and the production and replenishment of collagen whilst increasing elasticity and hydration levels. Wrinkles and skin imperfections will reduce and fade, minimising scars, large pores and fine lines. This treatment also works on lifting the face, particularly where the face begins to sag around the ‘jowls’ and the cheek area rather than simply targeting wrinkles.
What to expect in treatment?
At the first appointment, a full assessment of your medical history and any underlying health problems is taken. A discussion takes place as to which areas of the face you would like to improve or have concerns. The treatment involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the face and into specific wrinkles and lines that want to be reduced. Some body points may also be used to improve your general constitutional and support the facial treatment. The needles will be left in place for approx. 20 minutes while you unwind and relax. Once the needles have been removed a variety of other traditional techniques may be used to stimulate the circulation and bring blood flow to the face. These include effleurage facial massage which draws Qi into the face and increases blood circulation and collagen production restructuring the matrix and firming the skin from within. In addition to the massage advanced acupuncture techniques designed for the face may be used including cupping, jade rolling and gua-sha.
Many of the traditional Chinese meridians end or start in the face, allowing Acupuncture to not only work locally, but to simultaneously treat underlying factors that contribute to the ageing process.