• Melissa Mulvaney, LAc

Beyond Botox: Halting and Reversing the Signs of Aging with Acupuncture




One in five women seriously consider cosmetic surgery or other Western anti-aging treatments to “fix” her face, body. Susan was one of these women. At sixty-something, Susan felt that her outsides no longer matched her insides -- she felt like a younger person, but the face staring back at her in the mirror was drawn and pale with dark circles underneath her eyes and creases around her eyes. The sagging around her laugh lines was running into the bagging around her jawline, and her once vibrant, rosy complexion was crepey and puffy in all the wrong places.


Susan (left) couldn't afford expensive anti-aging surgeries, and she didn't want to go under the knife. She also wasn't excited at the prospect of injections of Botox or fillers into her body. She wanted something effective, but natural -- something with zero downtime that made her look like a freshened version of her old self.












Susan came to one of my in-office facial rejuvenation acupuncture classes and was excited to not only watch the demonstration of how the needles were inserted, but she really appreciated hearing feedback first-hand about the procedure from a current facial rejuvenation acupuncture client.


Susan elected facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and she was VERY pleased with her results (see right). Here's what she had to say about her experience:


“Before starting FRA, I couldn't stand my neck, jawline and general lines around mouth and forehead. I have lost a significant amount of weight and am happy with my body but noticed that my facial skin was wrinkly and a little saggy in these areas. I have already had compliments from people about how refreshed my face looks. I have noticed improved neck, jawline, and nasolabial folds, and crow's feet around my eyes. My dark circles also look better. Even my six year-old grand-daughter said my skin looked so soft! As you get older it is important to look and feel as good as you possibly can, and I think this process has helped me achieve this goal.


Another part of this process that I think is very important is your relationship with the person completing your FRA. I had an opportunity to complete another facial improvement process at about the same price point but couldn't seem to part with the money. I think the way you [Melissa] have incorporated the FRA with the nutrition and the skincare products will help me really maintain my results. Your knowledge and abilities are a very big part of the positive results I have received from this procedure!



When you choose to take care of your skin to make yourself look your best without invasive surgeries or toxic chemicals, you will not only stop fearing what you see in the mirror everyday, but you will also feel better because your stress will be less and your sleep will improve.



Facial rejuvenation acupuncture (FRA) has become a sought after procedure by celebrities and those looking for an all-natural, less invasive treatment without the side effects and risks of surgery, injections and peels. It is virtually painless and requires no downtime. FRA is a great option for many women (and men) seeking a refreshed look not only to their face, but to their neck and décolletage. as well. Most will see five to ten years taken off of their appearance, and they can expect the results to last two to five years with maintenance.


FRA is for those with fine lines, deep wrinkles, sagging facial and neck skin, dark circles, drooping eyelids, puffiness, age spots, large pores, dry skin, and acne. Additional therapies such as facial cupping, jade gua sha, tuning forks and skincare product may be incorporated into the treatment based a client’s unique needs. Different protocols may require from ten to twenty treatments. One may expect to spend anywhere from $1000 to $2500 depending on the practitioner’s rates.


People see results from FRA for many reasons. FRA treatments work on the causes of aging through stimulation of acupuncture points with needles on the body. The practitioner can bring blood and qi (pronounced "chee") to the face, neck, and décolletage. by inserting very fine needles there. This technique, also known as collagen induction therapy or micro-needling create minute trauma in the dermis of the skin making it think it’s being damaged which bring collagen and elastin to the area, lifting and plumping the appearance of the skin. Many clients are pleasantly surprised by the additional benefits of improved sleep, digestion, and stress relief.


Not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. In general, people in poor health are less likely to see good results from FRA. There has to be a certain amount of qi, or energy, in the body from good nutrition and circulation to produce improvements. It is also not recommended for people with some pituitary or heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, unregulated high blood pressure, asthma, for those with pacemakers or bleeding disorders, or who currently suffer from migraine headaches. FRA should not be done during pregnancy, during a bout of cold, flu, or allergic attack, or during an acute herpes outbreak.


In my office, I always screen clients beforehand during a complimentary phone consultation. I ask about a client’s diet, hydration level, lifestyle habits such as whether they smoke, drink alcohol, and how often they exercise. If determined to be a good candidate, a client can expect at least twelve FRA visits which last 90 minutes each and treat the whole body – not just one area of the face. Recommendations for skincare, supplements, and at-home maintenance tools are made on an individual basis to accelerate and extend the results of FRA treatments.


The new year is an ideal time to get your skin glowing! Let Remedy Healing Arts help. Call us for a complimentary screening consultation today. 770-518-1785 or www.remedyhealingarts.com



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