Puffy eyes  in children

Puffy eyes in children

The term “puffy eyes” often is interchangeable with “swollen eyes.” Swollen eyes are generally used to describe an immune response to allergy, infection or injury, whereas “puffy eyes” is more likely used to refer to the external physical characteristic of swollen eyes from water retention, lack of sleep or genetic traits like dark circles under the eyes.

Children often have swollen eyelids, commonly caused by trauma, infection and allergies. Because these conditions can be serious, consult your child’s pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to avoid damage to your child’s eye or vision. Puffy eyes generally result from a variety of factors, including:

  • Overconsumption of salt, which causes fluid retention
  • Allergies that can cause inflammation and swelling
  • Sinus problems
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue and lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Crying
  • Aging
  • Inherited facial features

To find the best solution for puffy eyes and dark circles, it’s important to identify the underlying cause. If you have the same puffy eyes as your mother or father, you probably inherited the trait – so you can blame your parent! In this case, you will need to learn to live with the look or consider cosmetic options that might help reduce the puffiness. You might want to discuss with your eye doctor or cosmetic surgeon some of the available options to address your eyelid concerns. These options include chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing procedures, certain cosmeceuticals (prescription skin products) and eyelid surgery known as blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty involves removing extra fatty tissue and excessive skin from upper and lower eyelids, as well as tightening skin and muscles to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

Many temporary remedies can help reduce the swollen look around eyes, such as:

  • Using eye drops for irritation caused by allergies, if appropriate
  • Drinking ample fluid to prevent dehydration
  • Applying iced compresses when your lids are swollen
  • Applying cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes
  • Using creams and other skin products specially formulated for use around the eyes
  • Reducing salt in your diet
  • Eating potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, to eliminate excess fluids in your body
  • Splashing cold water over your face and eyes
  • Getting plenty of sleep and rest

A baby can receive acupuncture treatments from birth and continue them all through childhood. There is no fixed age to start to benefit from acupuncture and traditionnal chinese medicine which in some cases can minimize the need for medications and more invasive medical interventions.

Acupuncture for kids is virtually painless. Pediatric acupuncturists are trained to use a special needling technique using needles so fine they are about the size of a strand of hair. For young children a rapid needling technique is used, where the needle is inserted and immediately taken out. Babies and children do not have to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time.






Acupuncture for Children

Treatment of Eye Dark Circle

Treatment of Eye Dark Circle

Fatigue is the most common cause of dark circles under your eyes. Sometimes, what appear to be dark circles under your eyes may merely be shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging. Some of the most common causes of true under-eye circles are:

  • Sometimes genetics may be to blame for the thin or fair skin under your eyes. Blood pools there, and you’re left with fragile capillaries that stretch and leak.
  • Allergies can cause your body to release histamine, a chemical found in some of the body’s cells. And that can inflame blood vessels, causing swelling.
  • This chronic skin condition causes patches of skin to become inflamed, dry and often intensely itchy and can affect the skin under your eyes.
  • Scratching or rubbing your eyes. The skin under the eye is very sensitive, so the more you irritate it, the more it will react.
  • Sun exposure. That causes your body to make more melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. And when you expose your skin to the sun, you’re promoting the breakdown of collagen (the substance that holds the body together), which thins skin and makes veins more obvious.
  • Pigmentation irregularities. These irregularities are common in people of color, especially Asians and African Americans.
  • Your skin loses collagen and thins as you age, making veins more conspicuous.
  • Contact dermatitis. Soaps, cosmetics, hair products, jewelry and other things can cause an itchy, red rash when they contact your skin.

Treatment of eyes dark circles

  • Apply something cold. Wrap a bag of frozen peas in a soft cloth or apply a cold compress beneath the eyes. It will help decrease discolored and dilated blood vessels beneath your eyes.
  • Sleep with extra pillows. Prevent puffiness that occurs when fluid pools in your lower eyelids by elevating your head with two or more pillows.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can make you look paler. And that can spotlight any circles you have.
  • Take allergy medicine. If allergies are causing your under-eye circles, consider taking an over-the-counter or prescription oral antihistamine to control the histamine’s effects.
  • Protect your skin and eyes from the sun. That means wearing sunscreen and sunglasses daily. These measures will help prevent the skin near your eyes from wrinkling and sagging, not to mention help prevent skin cancer.
  • In acupuncture, if any of your body organs are not functioning optimally, it obstructs the proper circulation of blood and oxygen, causing a build-up of energy that is unable to flow through your body. In the case of your eye bags and dark circles, these definitely may be caused by poor blood and oxygen circulation, causing nerves around your eyes to bulge and bodily fluids to leak and get stuck under and around your eyes.



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Facelift with acupuncture

Facelift with acupuncture

Facial acupuncture is a holistic approach that involves gently tapping super-fine needles in specific areas of your face as well as ears, neck, hands and legs. It doesn’t hurt – you just feel a slight tingle as each needle sinks in. In fact, as British Acupuncture Council member Rhiannon Griffiths says, ‘the needles are the width of a human hair or even thinner, so patients may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache, but treatment is so relaxing many falls asleep on the treatment table. To begin, the therapists perform a diagnosis of the patient. One of the therapists will be in charge of cleansing and preparing the skin and décolletage for the treatment using beauty products of the highest quality and deriving from natural extracts, whilst the other therapist applies acupressure on the rest of the body. Facial acupuncture is applied whilst the other therapist drains the lymphatic system. To continue, a relaxing facial treatment is applied whilst the second therapist continues once again with acupressure on the legs and feet.

Facial acupuncture reduces wrinkles, eliminates fine lines, lifts sagging skin, promotes collagen production and improves skin tone and texture by releasing energy and endorphins, improving blood flow and stimulating cell re-growth. After a treatment your face should look more lifted, dark circles and puffiness should be reduced, fine lines softened, and sagging skin should be less baggy. This treatment aims to rebalance the internal body’s state and as a result, influences the different factors that affect the appearance of the skin: colour, smoothness, luminosity and facial expressions. The skin is treated from the inside out and on all levels.

Everyone can benefit from Lifting Facial Acupuncture, as it re-establishes the body’s internal state of balance and increases skin luminosity. However, once you reach a certain age, the skin requires more care and attention. Therefore, this treatment is very beneficial for those who are noticing the effects of aging. It is also highly recommended for people who suffer from stress and imbalance in their life.

A typical acupuncture facelift lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. Patients sometimes report no pain following a cosmetic acupuncture treatment. Conversely, some cosmetic acupuncture patients experience a stinging sensation or minor pain or discomfort after treatment.

Ultimately, an acupuncture facelift offers no guarantees. For those who want to reduce visible signs of aging in the face and neck, a facelift performed by globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon is ideal.



What is Facial Lifting Acupuncture?

Does an Acupuncture Facelift Really Work?

Cheek augmentation with acupuncture

Cheek augmentation with acupuncture

High cheek bones and fuller cheeks have always been a sign of youth and health in our society. As people age, they may lose some of the volume in their cheeks and some skin elasticity. This results in the appearance of hollow eyes and cheeks as well as sagging of the cheek itself, leading to deeper laugh lines and a tired look in the face. Restoring volume in the cheeks gives the effect of a mid-facelift, leading to a more youthful appearance and a lessening of visible nasolabial folds (laugh lines). There are many ways to lift and fill the cheeks, such as a mid-face lift, traditional face lift, placement of an implant, the injection of fat to the area, or a filler injection.

With a non-surgical cheek augmentation, we use fillers such as Juvéderm VOLUMA, Radiesse, or Restylane to restore volume to the cheeks and eyelid junction. Non-surgical cheek augmentation is much safer and less costly than traditional cheek implants or a surgical facelift. There is no significant recovery time with non-surgical cheek enhancement, and most patients can return to work immediately after their treatment.

To minimize the risk of bruising, Dr. Haiavy, Dr. Tower, and Dr. Florin use special blunt needles for the injection and sculpting of the cheeks. There is some mild swelling, and you may feel sore afterward, but soreness will typically dissipate within a few hours. Swelling resolves within a day or so, and if bruising occurs, it is usually gone in a matter of days.

Facial rejuvenation with acupuncture is complementary to aesthetic plastic surgery as an adjunct or alternative to other procedures. Many younger patients and established patients needing maintenance do not require major surgery and can greatly benefit from such a noninvasive approach.


Non-Surgical Cheek Augmentation


Treatment of Facial Wrinkles

Treatment of Facial Wrinkles

Facial wrinkles can range from fine lines to deep creases and folds and can appear anywhere on your face. Most wrinkles begin in the areas where you make repetitive facial expressions – the vertical lines between your brows, horizontal lines on your forehead, and series of lines that radiate from your lips.

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and gets thinner and dryer. UV light contributes to this phenomenon by breaking down the elastin and collagen in your skin, causing your skin to become weaker and droop. Of course, sun damage, poor nutrition, dehydration, smoking, and other factors can increase your chance of getting wrinkles or make the wrinkles you have, worse.

What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Wrinkles on Your Face?

  • Get Enough Sleep: Studies have shown that women who get less sleep have more wrinkles. In fact, women who slept only five hours per night had twice the wrinkles of those who slept seven or more hours.
  • Add Your Omega-3s: Studies show that women who eat diets high in these acids or supplement with over-the-counter Omega 3 pills show increased collagen and elastin fibers in their skin and delayed onset of wrinkling and skin aging.
  • Get Your Vitamin C: Vitamin C is essential for smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Vitamin C fights free radicals that attack skin, causing premature aging and even protects against sun damage from UV rays.
  • Apply Retinoids: One of the best ways to get rid of wrinkles on your face, especially if you have stubborn furrows, is to apply retinoids, a derivative of vitamin A. Retinoids increase your skin’s thickness and its ability to spring back into shape, as well as slowing the breakdown of collagen.
  • Don’t Stress: Studies show that stress can contribute to premature skin aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and spots.
  • Cosmetic acupuncture: involves facial acupuncture as well as regular acupuncture in one session. The focus is on the facial skin for anti-ageing and skin health, acne and other skin conditions, but there is also a focus on treating the body system as a whole to relax and rejuvenate. By inserting ultrafine acupuncture needles into those areas, it creates a ‘micro trauma’ that triggers an increase in blood flow, stimulates the muscles, nerves, and connective tissues and promotes collagen production, says Tam on her website.





Acupuncture Facelift

Acupuncture Facelift

Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a natural anti-aging technique. During Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments, multiple hair-thin acupuncture needles are inserted in regions of the body, face, and scalp to stimulates the body’s own healing energies. This promotes the flow of Qi or vital energy to increase circulation of blood in from the deep dermis to the surface of the skin.  In turnCosmetic Acupuncture facilitates oxygenation of cells, detoxifies and carries away waste products from the tissue, while delivering vital nutrients that promote the production of collagen and elastin.

The results include a visible reduction in fine lines & wrinkles, improved complexion, profound relaxation of facial muscle tension, and tonification of sagging or atrophied muscle & skin.  These treatments are even known to reduce the appearance of facial scarring.

More than a cosmetic procedure, this type of facial rejuvenation has been shown to increase water and oil content in the skin after five consecutive weekly sessions. A preliminary study from Kyung Hee University Hospital found it can improve the skin’s elasticity as well. Studies published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 test cases who received facial rejuvenation, 90% showed results after one course of treatments.

The Acupuncture Facelift Package includes a series of 10, One-hour treatments, typically provided twice weekly over the course of five weeks. As a natural anti-aging and preventive medicine, it is best to receive these treatments periodically, with one course of care every 3-5 years when relatively young and/or healthy.  More frequent care of one course of treatment every 1-2 years is recommended for those with:  systemic wellness challenges, excessive sun exposure, dermal neglect, and/or those with advancing age.

One of the advantages of an acupuncture facelift is that it takes less than an hour to perform and there is no down time required. This is one of the reasons that many people are choosing this form of treatment, as it can be performed during a lunch hour or other free time, and there are no glaring side effects, such as redness, peeling, or flaking that makes it obvious you had a skin care treatment. The marks from the needles are invisible as well, and there are virtually no side effects associated with an acupuncture facelift.





Acupuncture Facelift

How to Naturally Reduce the Visibility of Skin Pores

How to Naturally Reduce the Visibility of Skin Pores

The dots you see on the surface of your skin are actually openings of hair follicles where hair, for the most part, has decided it won’t grow. Each pore contains a sebaceous gland that produces your skin’s oils. Some pores are more noticeable on certain parts of your face, like your forehead, nose, and cheeks; this is where the sebaceous glands are bigger. The size depends primarily on your genes. Usually, fair-skinned people have smaller pores, while those with olive or darker skin have larger ones. Your skin type can also play a role. Dry skin appears pore-less, while oily skin makes them more visible. Collagen loss due to aging also reduces your skin’s elasticity, and thus, enlarges the size of the hair follicles. The following non-genetic factors can also increase the size of your pores:

  • Dead Skin Cells and Trapped Sebum: Together they form pimples that can stretch out the hair follicles.
  • Exposure to the Sun’s UV Rays: This weakens the collagen that supports the skin’s elasticity (tightness).
  • Picking at or Squeezing a Pimple: This causes trauma to your skin and may permanently widen the pore.

Natural Ways to Reduce the Visibility of Pores on Your Skin

Wash your face twice daily with a mild soap. This is especially important after you work out, or if you’ve had a night out that required heavy makeup. It’s very important to remove oils and bacteria from your skin to prevent pores from clogging, so don’t skip this step.

  • The baking soda helps get rid of bacteria and helps reduce the size of pores.
  • If possible, stop using heavy oil-based skincare products. These products clog pores.
  • When you pop or scratch acne, it can damage your skin, resulting in permanently enlarged pores.
  • To quickly shrink your pores, apply ice packs to your skin.
  • Use a good moisturizer that contains sunscreen twice a day, even during winter.
  • Acupuncture, a procedure in which tiny needles are inserted into certain parts of the body, can also help by increasing blood flow to your face. This helps improve muscle tone and tightens enlarged pores and sagging skin.



Acupuncture for breast sagging

Acupuncture for breast sagging

Pregnancy and birth are powerful life changing experiences. Acupuncture can support women through this important and beautiful transition by offering physical and emotional support. Postpartum Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help with the recovery process after birth, support milk production and hormonal balance. Acupuncture aids in the body maintaining homeostasis (the body in its most optimal health) which creates a healthier, stronger, more supported and happier mama.

Being a new parent can cause a wired but tired state.  Your nervous system is on high alert for the new baby. The lack of sleep and loss of sleep rhythm exacerbates the anxious, alert, and wired feeling. Acupuncture helps to calm the nervous system and allow for a sense of calm in the body and mind. This sense of calm can support a woman with the many demands of newfound parenthood. Breast sagging is a natural process that happens with age wherein the breasts lose their suppleness and elasticity.

Though saggy breasts usually start happening after a woman reaches 40, it can occur earlier. Apart from age, other factors that because sagging breasts include breastfeeding, pregnancy, menopause, rapid weight loss or gain, strenuous exercise, nutritional deficiencies and wearing a poorly fitting bra. Breasts do not have muscle. They are made of fat, connective tissues and milk-producing glands, and they need proper care to keep them in good shape.

Sagging breasts can be corrected to a more youthful appearance by removing redundant skin and soft tissue. Newer breast lift techniques have resulted in smaller external scars, improved breast shape and a high degree of patient satisfaction. Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast lift and breast augmentation surgery.

Those with saggy breasts must incorporate exercise in their daily routine. Exercises that target breast tissues and pectoral muscles around the chest can help a lot to add firmness. Some exercises that can effectively lift up and firm sagging breasts are– chest presses and pulls, arm raises, round-about push-ups, and dumbbell flyes.

By massaging your breasts, you are actually stimulating the supporting tissues and the lymph circulation, triggering many positive effects that results in the firmness and shape of the breasts.

The principle of breast enhancement by acupuncture is to provide a great profusion of vital energy (Qi energy in Chinese) and blood circulations for the chest through the adjustment of physical conditioning so that sufficient nutrition supplied by the advanced circulation of vital energy and blood makes the breast grow naturally.

The principle of traditional Chinese medicine shows that doing medical acupressure or acupuncture on acupoints can stimulate glands and endocrine, commanding the pituitary gland to release hormone, acting on the ovary and responsively activating breast cells to promote breast growth.

There is no side effect for the breast enhancement by acupuncture. Acupuncture can achieve fast. Based on all around syndrome differentiation for adjustment, the breast enhancement by acupuncture not only makes breast develop, but also improve the existing sub health status, such as grey complexion, fatigue, irregular period, dysmenorrhea, insomnia, acne, chloasma.



Breast lift with Acupuncture

Facial Acupuncture for Wrinkles

Facial Acupuncture for Wrinkles

Acupuncture is known for its health benefits, such as pain relief and increased energy. Something that people in the western world are still learning about is acupuncture can be used on your face for cosmetic benefits as well. Facial acupuncture takes focus off of the body and onto the face to reduce wrinkles and other lines. Facial acupuncture often begins with body needles to relax the body before relaxing the face with fine dermal needles. A person’s state of health is linked to their skin health. De-stressing the body plays a roll in diminishing wrinkles. You’ll see better results if you take a well-rounded approach to eliminating wrinkles. The needles that are inserted in your face are different than those used for the body. Facial acupuncture for wrinkles works by improving blood circulation, increasing collagen production, and nourishing the skin.

The average facial acupuncture for wrinkles session is 45 minutes long. And it usually takes five sessions for a client to notice results. Facial acupuncturists recommend 5-10 sessions in which you receive facial acupuncture weekly or biweekly. After that, you only need treatment every 4-6 weeks for maintaining results.

Studies have found that the act of inserting a needle inside the skin causes an inflammatory response that increases circulation. Over time, the inflammatory response from needling triggers collagen production.

Collagen is a protein found in multifarious parts of the body, including bone, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and skin. When it comes to the skin, collagen gives it elasticity and strength. Collagen also replaces dead skin cells. One of the reasons facial acupuncture for wrinkles is effective is its boosting of collagen. If you understand what causes wrinkles, then you know why cosmetic acupuncture works.

Ultraviolet light is one of the top causes of wrinkles. UV rays break down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Collagen production naturally slows down as a person ages as well, so even if you wear sunscreen to protect your skin against UV light, facial acupuncture can be beneficial for preventing and removing wrinkles.

Another reason facial acupuncture for wrinkles is effective is the muscles contract when a needle is inserted. This muscle contraction helps tones the muscles. Toned muscles look more youthful and healthful than sagging skin.

Facial acupuncture has been cited as having a wide range of benefits, such as diminishing dark circles under the eyes, brightening the skin, eliminating crows’ feet, and diminishing lines around the lips.

Although facial acupuncture has many benefits, you must keep in mind that each person is different. No one can guarantee that you’ll have the same results as another.

Before booking a cosmetic acupuncture appointment, you should also be aware of its possible side effects. Potential side effects of facial acupuncture include bruising, discoloration, soreness, muscle twitching, lightheadedness. These side effects, however, are only temporary. Bruising isn’t a serious concern; it’s mostly just an aesthetic issue.

People who have high blood pressure, migraines, or seizure disorders are at greater risk of negative side effects from facial acupuncture.


Facial Acupuncture for Wrinkles Benefits, Effectiveness, and Risks

Treatment of dark circles under eyes

Treatment of dark circles under eyes

Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in men and women. Often accompanied by bags, dark circles can make you appear older than you are. Though they can affect anyone, dark circles are most common in people who:

  • are elderly
  • have a genetic predisposition to this condition (periorbital hyperpigmentation)
  • are from non-white ethnic groups (darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area)

There are a number of factors that can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. In most cases, they are no cause for concern and do not require medical attention. Read on to learn more.

Fatigue: Oversleeping, extreme fatigue, or just staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show. Lack of sleep can also cause fluid to build underneath your eyes, causing them to appear puffy. As a result, the dark circles you see may actually be shadows cast by your puffy eyelids.

Age: Natural aging is another common cause of those dark circles beneath your eyes. As you get older, your skin becomes thinner. You also lose the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken.

Eye strain: Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.

Allergies: Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin. Allergies can also increase your urge to rub and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes. These actions can worsen your symptoms, causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes.

Dehydration: Dehydration is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When your body is not receiving the proper amount of water, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes look sunken.

Sun overexposure: Overexposure to the sun can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin, the pigment that provides your skin with color. Too much sun — particularly for your eyes — can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken.

Genetics: Family history also plays a part in developing dark circles under your eyes. It can be an inherited trait seen early in childhood, and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear. Predispositions to other medical conditions — such as thyroid disease — can also result in dark circles beneath your eyes.

At-Home treatments: apply a cold compress, get extra sleep, elevate your head, soak with tea bags, conceal with makeup. Also, cosmetic acupuncture is purported to improve skin and act as an anti-aging treatment in part by stimulating the production of collagen (a protein that acts as a major component of your skin). As you age, your skin’s inner layer loses collagen and, as a result, becomes less supple and firm. However, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that acupuncture can promote collagen production. Some proponents also suggest that cosmetic acupuncture can help rejuvenate your skin by improving your overall energy.