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Acupuncture Malpractice Insurance – The Greatest Misconceptions About Facial Acupuncture



I get asked frequently is, what are some of the misconceptions that people have about facial and cosmetic acupuncture.

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Hi, my name’s Michelle Gellis. I am an acupuncture physician. And I teach facial and cosmetic acupuncture classes internationally and have done so for about 20 years now. One of the questions that I get asked frequently is, what are some of the misconceptions that people have about facial and cosmetic acupuncture.

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And the reason why there are so many misconceptions about facial acupuncture is people really don’t understand that it is not just for cosmetic purposes. So today I am going to discuss some of the greatest misconceptions about Facial acupuncture. And I’m going to start out by telling you what is facial acupuncture.

Facial acupuncture can be for used for cosmetic purposes, things like sagging, fine lines, wrinkles. Dyschromia, other signs of aging or dark spots, red spots, things of that nature. And it can also be used for neuromuscular facial conditions such as Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, TMJ, Stroke, MS.

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ptosis, myasthenia gravis, and many other conditions that affect the face. So the ways in which facial acupuncture can bring all of this together is by treating the different layers of the face, including the skin and the muscles, the fat, the fascia, even the bones. of the face can be treated with facial acupuncture, facial cupping, facial gua sha, microneedling, red light therapy.

You can use submuscular needling, facial motor points, and even red light therapy. So all of these tools and treatments come together and fall under the big umbrella of facial acupuncture. One of the questions that I frequently get asked is, How long does a treatment take? If you’re going for cosmetic acupuncture, don’t the treatments take a long time?

And the truth of the matter is, the way that I teach and practice facial and cosmetic acupuncture is the needles can go in for in 10 to 15 minutes and then your patient can rest on the table for 30 or 15 to 30 minutes and during that time you can go and see another patient and then you would come back into the room, take the needles out, do your cupping and gua sha and if you were going to incorporate red light therapy, you could do that while the needles were on.

And microneedling is typically not done at the same time that you’re doing facial acupuncture, but that is a separate treatment and microneedling only takes 20 minutes for a full treatment. So the treatments really do not take that long. And because Insurance does not cover cosmetic acupuncture. Your patients will be paying you in cash.

You won’t be putting it through insurance. And you’re going to be charging more for a cosmetic treatment than you would for a medical treatment. If you were just doing a standard acupuncture treatment. So what might a typical facial acupuncture customer or client look like? People also have a misconception that your clients are going to be Perhaps older, perhaps they will be in a certain socio economic bracket in order to afford this out of pocket treatment.

In 20 years of practice, my patients have ranged in age from people in their late teens who came to me for acne through patients who were elderly and were looking for maybe not just cosmetic, but perhaps some sort of neuromuscular facial. Conditions like trigeminal neuralgia are very common in the elderly, as well as ptosis, which is where one eyelid is lower than the other.

Because as we get older, the eyelids get weaker. And by using facial acupuncture, you can help people to avoid eyelid surgery by using facial motor points and submuscular needling to help and some scalp acupuncture to help to lift the lids so that your patient does not have to have a surgical treatment.

Facial acupuncture is also A great alternative to things like Botox and filler. And individuals who normally would be going every three months for some sort of neurotoxin or filler in their face could be coming to you for regular cosmetic or neuroacupuncture treatments to help to rebalance the face and to increase collagen and increase the movement of the muscles in the face.

It can help with things like fascial adhesions, and even repositioning the fat on the face that tends to move as we get older. The fat on the face moves down from our cheeks down. And facial acupuncture is not just limited to the face, it can be beneficial for the neck, for the chest, and one of the things that we don’t think about by treating the back of the neck, it helps to affect the face.

the front of the neck. As society has evolved over the past 20 years, I’ve noticed more and more patients coming younger with neck wrinkles across their neck from looking down at their phone all day. We can use our medicine needles, cupping, gua sha, working on the back of the neck and on the front of the neck to help to affect the appearance of the neck itself.

What can your patients expect when they come to see you? Are they going to look five years younger, 10 years younger, 20 years younger? Does it actually work? Is it actually effective? And The answer is yes, and depending on a variety of factors, including your patient’s age, their lifestyle, their diet.

Are they drinking enough water? How much sleep do they get? What is their nutrition like? Plus, their underlying TCM diagnosis. Are they blood deficient, indeficient, chi deficient? All of these things are going to play into how quickly they see results and What sort of results they are going to see throughout treatment.

A typical course of cosmetic acupuncture treatments is about three months with your patients coming once a week. And again, if your patient is older or just genetically, they’re predisposed to more sagging and wrinkles. If they live someplace where it’s very sunny and they’re out in the sun all the time, maybe they play tennis or golf or bike or garden and they’re out in the sun and they live in a place in the country.

where the UV rays are stronger, then it may take a little longer for them to see the results that they want. But, um, these things are not all set in stone. I’ve been surprised sometimes by older patients who’ve had amazing results. especially with things like lifting their lids or really affecting the appearance of their neck with just a few treatments.

So in addition to the cosmetic and the neuromuscular types of benefits that your patients can see. There are also things like dealing with acne for your younger patients or your maybe your menopausal patients who are having adult acne. It can also help with hair loss. The same way that we might use a seven star hammer on the scalp, we can use microneedling, dermarolling, and even some acupuncture to help with hair loss, both in on the eyebrows.

And on the head hair, beard hair, and also with acne, skin discolorations like dark spots, red spots, melasma, rosacea, different acne scars. Things that affect the skin, in conjunction with doing our TCM diagnosis, you can effectively help with redness on the face and other skin conditions that your patients might have had to have taken medication for.

ChiroSecure, we can help just with redness. Needle treatments. All of my cosmetic and neuromuscular treatments always include full TCM diagnosis and a full body treatment, which can also be very beneficial when you’re talking about treating the face. If you’re doing a full body treatment and you’re affecting the the different organ systems, not only are you going to affect the health of the different organs that show up on the face, for example, if the kidneys are deficient, they might have dark circles under their eyes.

If they are Large intestine isn’t working well, then they can have a lot of congestion in their skin, or if their lungs aren’t working well, then they can have large pores or oily skin. If the stomach has a lot of heat, they can have that. Acne on the face. So by treating the underlying conditions and the organ systems, you can affect the skin.

And also, for example, treating the spleen can help to lift things up if things are sagging down. Treating the kidneys can help with premature aging. And by treating the These different things, not only are you affecting the skin and the coloration of the skin, the texture of the skin, and the The skin’s ability to snap back and look youthful, but you were also affecting the person’s emotional health.

All of the acupuncture points on the face relate to different organs and when you are treating, for example, stomach four, you are helping the person not only on a physical level to be able to smile more fully, but you are also affecting their ability to process joy. And we do Stomach 9 in every treatment to help people feel more welcome.

And if the person’s face is functioning better, then they are going to feel better. And if they feel better, they are going to look better. There was actually a study done. They took patients and they injected Botox into their forehead and they weren’t able to express anger. And by not being able to express anger, all of that the emotion was still there, but it was being pushed down.

So instead of the emotion being able to be expressed, it was being repressed, and you can imagine what that does to your liver. So when you are doing facial acupuncture on someone, you aren’t just affecting their appearance, you’re affecting their emotional health and their physical health at the same time.

There are different pricing structures. That you can use for different things that you might do in your treatment room to treat the face. For example, facial cupping and gua sha can be done in as little as a half an hour. And so you might have one pricing structure for that. Microneedling is, as I mentioned, a very effective treatment for superficial skin level issues and microneedling treatments in the U.

S. right now. Acupuncturists are charging anywhere from 350 to 600 for a half an hour microneedling treatment. It is important to get trained. You don’t want to attempt to practice facial acupuncture without proper training. There are contraindications, things like high blood pressure, migraines, pregnancy and other things that are contraindications and precautions when you are treating the face.

And the American Acupuncture Council has special release form for practitioners who are practicing facial acupuncture. And there is a list of people who do training specifically in facial and cosmetic acupuncture. That is something that I can’t underemphasize or overemphasize how important it is for proper training.

And to practice before you get out there and practice on your patients. Practice on someone who perhaps a colleague or a family member who you have permission to treat because it is a unique skill set. And using precision needling techniques can really work nothing short of miracles on someone’s face.

I hope I have helped to dispel some of the myths that you might have heard or thought about facial and cosmetic acupuncture. And if you are interested in learning more, you can go to my website, facialacupunctureclasses. com And I have free webinars and blog posts and a lot of information about facial and cosmetic acupuncture.


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