July 9, 2016

Test Driving - Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture!

Just when I think I've heard of everything and all the beauty treatments out there seem like old hat, something new comes along and makes me remember that the beauty industry is constantly evolving like when I recently had a chance to visit with Dr. Nekessa Remy and learn about the wonderful world of cosmetic facial acupuncture!

As Dr. Remy pointed out, acupuncture isn't a new thing of course, people have been using it for all kinds of things for thousands of years by inserting needles in the acupuncture points that lie along the body’s meridians (channels of energy) in order to improve the flow of Qi (life force) to achieve optimum health.

Preliminary studies have shown that acupuncture can help to increase both water and oil content which enhances the appearance of skin making it a safe and effective non-surgical, non-invasive treatment to reduce the signs of aging and leave skin looking younger and glowing with health.

Dr. Remy is very enthusiastic about the treatment and it's many possible benefits which include:
– Reduce or eliminate fine lines (ie. frown lines, crow’s feet)
– Soften deep wrinkles
– improves collagen production
– Help lift sagging skin
– Reduce or eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles
– Relaxes muscle tone
– Tightens pores
– Evens facial complexion and tone
– Soften scars

Acupuncture also brings blood-flow to the area which improves circulation, puffiness, redness and discolouration- of course it's not a replacement for a surgical facelift, but it's a great alternative if you aren't quite ready or willing to go there, need something more cost effective or can't face the cutting, pain or downtime.

I've never tried acupuncture, to be honest the whole idea of needles freaks me the hell out but I am always working for all y'all so I allowed myself to become a human porcupine in the name of beauty science. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it's totally no big deal. I couldn't feel the needles going in at all and while they felt a bit weird, there was no pain during the procedure - once they're in you just lie there and relax for 20 minutes, needles come out and it's done. Other then a little redness, you couldn't even tell that it happened and once the redness faded there was a definite glow to my skin!

Full effects come with 6-8 treatments. The initial consultation and treatment takes 45 minutes and costs $132 while subsequent treatments take 25 minutes and cost $62-$79 dollars.

You can find Dr. Remy at the Integra Health Centre - 130 King Street West, Suite 1320 - in downtown Toronto - where along with your acupuncture you will find all kinds of other healthcare services including physiotherapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, family doctors and more. For more information or to book a consult you can call - 416-777-9355 or e-mail - info@integratedhealthcentre.com.

- Lisamarie -

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