Facial Renewal Acupuncture stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine, where focusing on treating the root of a symptom or illness allows for balance within the body, mind and spirit. This in turn will create optimal health where prevention is the key.
Botulinum Toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which is considered the most powerful neurotoxin ever discovered and the most acutely toxic natural substance known.
There are three forms of Botulism, and all forms lead to paralysis that typically starts with the muscles of the face and then spreads towards the limbs. In severe forms, it leads to paralysis of the breathing muscles and causes respiratory failure. In small doses though, Botulinum Toxin can be very effective temporarily as it decreases muscle activity.
In ancient theories of Chinese Medicine, the face is thought of as a reflection of what is happening internally with the body. Therefore, with FRA, it’s as important to know what symptoms a patient may have with their digestive system (or other systems), as it is that they have jowls or bags under their eyes. Once the patient has been diagnosed with a Root syndrome and acupuncture body points have been chosen according to the pattern, we then look to the facial concerns. The basic concept is that by inserting needles locally on the face, circulation is increased, flooding the area with red and white blood cells and allowing collagen and elastin to form. Depending on the individual constitution, acupuncture points are chosen either to relax or strengthen muscles along energy meridians, or at the meeting point of a muscle and nerve.
Botox® injection treatments work to relax the muscle at motor nerve endings to block the release of acetylcholine (the chemical that causes muscles to contract). It is used for the temporary improvement in the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, etc.
The benefits of FRA are both internal and external. If a patient has symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, constipation and anxiety, this will be addressed, treating the patient holistically. Some of the external benefits include improving muscle tone, eliminating fine lines, as well as reducing bags and sagging jowls. FRA is also very esthetically effective in tightening the neck, lifting drooping eyelids, tightening the pores and improving facial color. Significant findings are that it can reduce symptoms of Bell’s palsy, TMJ, neuropathies, and helps stroke patients.
Botox® simply diminishes wrinkles, creating a more smoothed appearance.
FRA initial treatments can take between 90–120 minutes, and subsequent visits can be anywhere from 60-90 minutes depending on the practitioner and what they include within the treatment.
Botox® takes only ten minutes after the initial consultation.
FRA should be done with a course of treatment to have a noticeable result. A recommended course of treatment will be discussed by the practitioner within the initial session. Ideally this ranges between 10-15 sessions depending on the age, health, habits of a patient. After the first course of acupuncture sessions, maintenance treatments are required. Of course the aging process cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed down. If a patient starts treatment within their twenties or thirties, likely there will be a significant decrease in health issues, as well as a more radiant face.
Botox® can last anywhere from 3-8 months, with the average being 4 months. At which point the patient would return for the next treatment.
FRA side effects may include bruising and puffiness. The possibility of infection, nerve injury, or allergic reaction to the topical applications is very rare.
Most side effects from cosmetic application of Botox® are mild and temporary. These include paralysis of the wrong muscle group, allergic reaction, headaches, trouble swallowing, flu-like symptoms, blurred vision, dry mouth, fatigue, and swelling/redness at injection site. Due to how the drug is administered there can be bruising, drooping eyelid, double vision, uneven smile, or loss of the ability to close eyes, which should wear off within six weeks.