Cosmetic Acupuncture with Dr. Arla
A wonderful (natural) alternative to traditional cosmetic work that not only improves the signs of aging but brings the healing of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Produced by Darcy Davie
I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Arla Kasaj and ask her some questions about one of the newer treatments we are offering at Belmont Natural Health Centre: cosmetic acupuncture. Here’s what she had to say:
Darcy Davie: So, what is cosmetic acupuncture all about?
Dr. Arla Kasaj: In our office, it involves an acupuncture treatment to the face and to the rest of the body. It also includes a combination of two of the following three treatments: a face mask, a facial steam and a facial massage using the Gua Sha stone massage. Usually we recommend 10-12 weekly 1-hour treatments, however patients may start seeing results in as little as 2-3 treatments.
DD: When someone comes in for a treatment, is anything actually injected into the skin?
AK: That’s a very good question because it’s a big misconception. At our office we don’t inject anything. The only thing that’s piercing the skin are the acupuncture needles that are used and those needles are very specific to the sensitivity of the area we are needling; for the face they are thinner and smaller.
DD: Sounds great, so is it more like having a facial treatment?
AK: Besides the use of a facial steam and perhaps the Gua Sha stones, it’s not like a facial. There are no extractions and no heavy pressure applied to the skin. It is generally far less aggressive than a facial.
DD: And who would benefit from this type of treatment – is it just for aesthetics and aging?
AK: Not necessarily. We can certainly address aesthetic and aging concerns however it can be used for many other skin conditions. I treat patients with acne, rosacea, dark circles around their eyes, puffiness or premature aging. Ideally, the way we would approach these situations would be to not only target their “problem” areas but to draw on the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine in assessing and diagnosing the root cause of a particular skin concern. For example, if someone comes in with rosacea we want to have a proper diagnosis to see if there are any other organ systems that are affected and we would be using acupuncture points around the body to treat those conditions that are at the core of the skin concern while combining that with the face points as well.
DD: Amazing! Thank you so much for explaining cosmetic acupuncture and answering some questions about what is involved in a treatment.
AK: Thank you.
There you have it folks! A wonderful (natural) alternative to traditional cosmetic work that not only improves the signs of aging but brings the healing of Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat the root causes of your skin concerns.