Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe and painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging. Though Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can sometimes be referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift or Cosmetic Acupuncture, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture was originally developed for patients with paralyzed muscles from Bell’s Palsy or stroke. The result of treatment was so cosmetically pronounced overtime that it was transformed into a program for anti-aging and beauty.
What are the effects?
There are two aspects to the benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. One is the benefit of ‘local’ treatment and one is the benefit of ‘root’ treatment. Local treatment directly addresses facial aging symptoms while root treatment treats the underlying cause of facial symptoms such as hormonal balance, digestive problems or emotional stress. Both local and root treatments are performed in each session to provide the best and the longest lasting benefits.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may erase as many as 5 to 15 years from the face, with results apparent after a course of treatments.
Fine lines may be eliminated and wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improvement of hormonal balance to help acne and the reduction of stress. This brings out the innate beauty and radiance of an individual.
While it does not produce the dramatic results of some of invasive procedures, it does help the face look younger, healthier and more radiant without dangerous side effects. Facial acupuncture is much more effective than facial massage alone.
A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. These effects included: the skin becoming delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and leveling of wrinkles, a ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation not confined to the face.
Since the body/mind/spirit are all connected, negative emotions reflect in the face and change the appearance of skin texture, color and tension. Acupuncture can eliminate stress and bring out innate strength, vitality and health. You will not only look younger but also most certainly feel younger.
Why choose Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture over a surgical face-lift?
While not a replacement for surgery, Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. While Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture cannot reshape one's nose or chin, it is a more subtle rejuvenation that takes years off one's face safely and naturally while improving overall health.
In some people, slight bruising may occur, especially around the eye or neck area. This is nothing compared to the bruising, pain and swelling associated with a surgical procedure. These bruises will disappear in three to seven days.
Are there any contraindications?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is contraindicated for some pituitary disorders, heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, individuals who have a pacemaker or who have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or who currently suffer from migraine headaches. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture should not be done during pregnancy, during a bout with a cold or flu, during an allergic attack or during an acute herpes outbreak.
What is the course of treatment and cost of a session?
A course of treatment consists of 10-15 sessions (generally 12). We recommend that clients have the first 6 sessions twice a week and have the last 6 sessions once a week to get maximum result. This means that a full course of sessions takes 9 weeks to complete.
Some results may be seen as early as the 2nd or the 3rd session but the effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the 7th or 8th session. In some exceptionally difficult cases, the course of treatment may need to be repeated again. As in surgical facelifts, the actual outcome and how long the effects will last cannot be predicted. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her age, condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. For this reason, results for some may be more or less dramatic than they are for others.
Following the initial course of treatment, monthly maintenance sessions can prolong the results for 5 to 10 years. The benefits of a monthly maintenance program are not limited to the face, but rather, improve the body’s overall health and vitality. This, in itself, slows down the aging process.
Each session will take from 40 to 45 minutes and costs $100.00.
Payment is due at the end of each session. A patient may end treatment at any time.
My Experience with Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Recently I was having dinner with a friend who was looking very relaxed and younger than her years. When I commented on this she said that she had just completed a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture procedure with Daichan Shibata. On this recommendation I decided to treat myself to the same procedure.
My skin has always been very dry. However, after just a couple of sessions my skin was much softer and less dry. I no longer felt like it would crack when I smiled! For several months I had suffered from itchy, scaly patches on my forehead, diagnosed as a low-grade eczema. I had gone through a vast array of ointments and creams in order to gain some relief but to no avail. After just a couple of sessions the eczema completely disappeared and has not returned!
When I was undergoing the Facial Rejuvenation process I received some comments from people who, for the most part were unaware that I was having these treatments. I ran into a friend who I had not seen for a while who said, "You look younger every time I see you!" Another comment was, "My, you are looking so well." Another friend said to me, "You look taller."
I have found that many of the wrinkles have lessened and are not as deep as they once appeared. The skin on my face is both tighter and smoother. To my eyes I have a brighter and healthier appearance. The changes that I see are subtle but nevertheless obvious. The term "Facial Rejuvenation and Revitalization" matches both how I perceive myself on the outside and how I feel on the inside.
JOAN TYLDESLEY, AGE 63
RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER
Biography of Therapist
Masamichi (Daichan) Shibata is a Registered Acupuncturist in Vancouver, B.C. He studied acupuncture, moxibustion, western massage and shiatsu acupressure at Toyo Shinkyu College of Oriental Medicine in Tokyo, Japan from 1985 to 1988. He received his Western Massage and Shiatsu Acupressure Licenses in 1987 and his Acupuncture and Moxibustion Licenses in 1988.
Mr. Shibata is certified in the application of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. He has studied the theories and techniques of this procedure as taught by NYC's Virginia Doran, MS, LAc, LMT who is a well-known expert in this field at Bastyr University, Seattle, USA and by the prominent Chinese cosmetic acupuncture expert Dr.Jing Ling Yu, professor at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and vice president of the Chinese Plastics and Cosmetics division of MD Association in China. Mr. Shibata also incorporates Japanese Professor Kyoichi Kuroiwa’s Japanese trigger point acupuncture techniques with his facial rejuvenation treatments. He does not use electrical current in his practice.
Mr. Shibata has been practicing Japanese acupuncture and shiatsu since 1988. He applies the fine healing art of Japanese acupuncture and shiatsu to Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture to help the whole body look and feel younger.
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Masamichi (Daichan) Shibata, R.Ac.
#412–1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V6J 4S5
(1/2 block east of Burrard Street)