Published on April 20th, 2022 | by Catherine Tingey0
Whenever I post my facial acupuncture on Instagram, I get a lot of questions. Who better to answer them than the acupuncturist herself, Dr. Florence Lim.
“All healing must first begin with the heart. The physician must have not only an infinite knowledge of medicine, but also be sensitive to the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs so as to facilitate healing on all levels.”
Dr. Lim obtained her medical degree at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she earned the highest honors in both Gynecology and Acupuncture. She is also an accomplished Shaolin martial artist! She practices at TCM Healing Center in West LA.
Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation
by Florence Lim, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, DAOM
Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation is an ancient anti-aging healing practice in which micro-fine acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the face and body to help improve the vitality and plumpness of the skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
It is a safe and effective alternative to surgery and injectables such as Botox and fillers, and there are no negative long term side effects. When a patient comes in for a facial acupuncture appointment, I not only take into account the condition of the skin, but also the patient’s overall health and constitution. This is because the health and vitality of your skin depends so much on both your physical and emotional well-being. Thus, acupuncture for facial rejuvenation treatments focus on addressing energetic imbalances within the body as well as restoring vitality and health to the skin.
During a facial acupuncture treatment, body points are needled to correct underlying health issues, reduce stress, and promote well-being. Special points are then selected on the face, scalp, and along the hairline to lift and tone the muscles in these areas. The insertion of super fine needles within wrinkles and lines creates a local micro-trauma effect, which stimulates elastin and collagen production. Facial acupuncture treatments increase the flow of Qi and blood circulation to the face while simultaneously correcting health imbalances in the body.
In terms of recommended frequency and duration of treatments, I typically recommend that patients get two treatments per week for the first 4 weeks, then once weekly treatments for 10 weeks, and then every 2 to 3 weeks after that for maintenance. The number of treatments it takes to see results varies from patient to patient and depends on factors such as their personal constitution and the extent of damage to the skin. Most patients end up continuing treatments with me over the long term because they notice a difference in their skin and overall health when they stay consistent with the treatments.
Summary of the benefits of Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation:
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin
Balances skin tone
Increases muscle tone and dermal contraction of facial muscles
Improves moisture levels
Regenerates skin cells
Reduces puffiness and dark circles
Tightens sagging jowls
Below is a before and after photo of one of my patients (15 treatments after):
Florence Lim, L.Ac., DAOM
Dr. Florence Lim’s interest in holistic healing and wellness brought her to China, where she obtained her medical degree specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine after completing a 6-year training program at Shanghai University of TCM. During the course of her studies, she earned the highest honors in her class in the fields of TCM Gynecology and Acupuncture. She completed her residency at Shanghai’s renowned East-West integrative hospitals, namely Shu Guang Hospital and Rui Jin Hospital, where her clinical studies focused on an East-West integrative approach to treating gastrointestinal, gynecological, and autoimmune issues. Dr. Lim was also one of the first in California to obtain a clinical doctoral degree specializing in TCM reproductive medicine and infertility at Yo San University of TCM in Los Angeles, CA, where she completed an extensive literature review synthesis regarding the integrated use of Chinese medicine and Western medicine to treat immunological recurrent miscarriage.
Dr. Lim has also trained with Dr. Jason and Linda Hao at the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in New Mexico; she uses scalp acupuncture techniques to treat a range of neurological diseases.
Dr. Florence Lim emphasizes using an integrative approach that includes acupuncture and herbal treatment, as well as lifestyle, diet, nutritional counseling, and western diagnostic methods when necessary. An avid practitioner of the meditative movement art of Tai Ji Quan for more than 20 years, Florence Lim won first place for her performances in both the Shaolin sword and 24-movement standard Tai Ji Quan sequence at the Zhejiang International Martial Arts Conference in Hang Zhou, China in 2003.
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