Cosmetic Acupuncture and Microneedling
Helping Patients Heal Using High-Quality Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon
Are you looking for a natural and safe way to improve the health and vibrance of your skin? Cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling can help.
Cosmetic Acupuncture and Microneedling
Are you looking for a natural and safe way to improve the health and vibrance of your skin? Cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling can help reduce wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, minimize pore size, tighten the skin, and stimulate collagen production.
Microneedling is one of the most sought after beauty treatments. People love it because of the lasting results and very little recovery time. The thing is, there are three different ways to use acupuncture to enhance your skin health and vibrance.
- Cosmetic Acupuncture: This is acupuncture on the face. I know what you might be thinking, but honestly, it feels amazing. It feels so good because our face holds so much tension and cosmetic acupuncture helps those muscles relax. Your face feels uplifted when the muscles release all that tension. Treatments are more frequent (1-2x/week) because the provider is helping train your muscles to stay relaxed. Only licensed medical professionals like your acupuncturist can offer cosmetic acupuncture (by Oregon law).
- Microneedling: Is different than ‘cosmetic acupuncture.’ Microneedling is also known as ‘collagen induction therapy’. It is a natural procedure that uses fine needles to penetrate to a very controlled depth of the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The needles are smaller and treatments are less frequent than Cosmetic Acupuncture. Again, only licensed medical professionals like your acupuncturist can offer cosmetic acupuncture.
- Nanoneedling: We also provide nano-needling which is a non-invasive transdermal serum delivery system. Nano-needling is very similar to microneedling and treats the same skin conditions but it does not reach past the upper most layer of the skin. Nano-needling and microneedling can be cycled between for optimal results. There are fewer legal requirements for who provides nanoneedling. Medical professionals and estheticians are able to offer this service.
Any of these therapies can be used individually or combined. At The WellBridge Clinic we are medical professionals and we offer Microneedling, Nano-needling, as well as Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Along with your beauty, we always offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to skin health so that you look amazing and feel amazing. Because true health can be seen from the outside-in and the inside-out.
Microneedling: What does it do?
Microneedling has been shown to improve skin health by:
– Reduce wrinkles
– Reducing hyperpigmentation (brown spots and melasma)
– Minimize pore size
– Tighten the skin
– Stimulate collagen production
– Can improve the appearance of scars
Are there side effects to cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling?
There are almost no side effects! The treatments are fairly gentle. Even people sensitive to chemicals and lasers are good candidates for this treatment.
We always avoid overstimulation of the skin and areas with skin irritation, infections or rashes.
Microneedling is very safe especially when compared to the other facial rejuvenation options.
What are the alternatives to cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling?
1. Botox injections paralyze the muscle by blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles. Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Botox treatments last a 6-12 months
2. Filler or an injectable analog of hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin to smooth out wrinkles or fill in lines. This is not the same type of hyaluronic acid that is found naturally in the skin. This type has a different molecular makeup and it doesn’t always break down naturally. If the filler doesn’t break down properly it can migrate to another area of the face. This is especially true for those who get filler near their eyes and crow’s feet. Instead of breaking down, the filler moves under the eyes and settles like nodules. At this point, their only options to remove them are surgery or microneedling/cosmetic acupuncture
3. Surgery is the longest-lasting option however it often has a much longer recovery time, is expensive and has many possible side effects.
If you have had any facial injection, fillers, or botox, please wait at least 30 days before receiving micro or nano-needling.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How often should I get treatments?
It is recommended that treatments of microneedling occur once a month for 6-12 months, depending on the age and condition of the skin. Nano-needling can be done as frequently as every 2 weeks. After the initial series of treatments the time between microneedling sessions can be spaced out to 2-4 times a year
- Will my face be red? How long?
It is possible that the face may become pink to red for 24-48 hours, however not everyone becomes red
- Does it hurt?
The pain is very minimal to none. Even sensitive people tend to have no problem with the microneedling. If it is too much we also have a topical numbing agent available.
- What is the preparation and after care?
Avoid retinol and vitamin C (acidic) products 48 hours before after the microneedling treatment.
No makeup for 24 hours after the treatment.
No sauna, working out, (sweating) 12 hours after treatment.
Avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after treatment and wear facial sunscreen for the following week
- I heard your face is supposed to bleed or bruise. Is this true?
It is not uncommon for a little blood to be present. Needling to the depth that significant bleeding occurs throughout the face or there is bruising is completely unnecessary. Bruising and significant bleeding are signs that the needling was likely too deep.
- What can microneedling help with?
Microneedling can help with active acne and acne scars, pigmentations, wrinkles, fine lines, resurfacing, and tightening the skin of chin and neck.
- Who should not do microneedling?
People going through autoimmune therapies or immunosuppressive therapies should wait until they are no longer going through said therapy as microneedling does cause small wounds. People with severe active psoriasis, eczema, and acne should also not receive microneedling. Please call if you have questions.