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Microneedling Benefits for Your Practice 

 

 

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Hi, my name is Michelle Gellis and I am going to be speaking to you today about the benefits of microneedling for acupuncturists. I wanted to say thank you to the American Acupuncture Council for this opportunity, and we’re going to go to our first.

Over here. As this is a picture of me, for those of you who don’t know me and today as I mentioned, we’re going to be talking about the benefits of microneedling and micro needle noodling. What it is the use of tiny needles to beautify the skin. And this can be like a microneedle pen or a microneedle Derma roller, and, or what’s called a hydro roller or a Hydra needle, which is a little device where you put liquid in and you.

Infuse it into your skin directly. So all of these different devices are very modern ways of beautifying the skin, but they are based on the Chinese principles of using needles to beautify the skin, which is something that’s been done for thousands of people. And it is not just so it is preventative as well as it is restorative.

And it doesn’t just work on the outside. Microneedling if done by an acupuncturist will work on the inside as well. The principles and the practice of microneedling is almost identical to practices that we already have of either circling the dragon to treat a scar or some sort of just chromia in the scan or.

Intradermal needles or a seven star hammer, like a plum blossom needle for things such as hair loss and other skin concerns. And seven star hammers are used in Chinese medicine to treat blood stagnation, neuropathy, scars, and alopecia, but we can do the same thing with some of these other more modern.

Devices. So here is a photograph of a, what we call a dark spot or a liver spot. And Yeah, little wrinkles that might form around the lips or in the nasal labial area. Typically we will take small intradermal needles and insert them with tweezers, superficially to bring blood and Xi to the area. We can also thread larger needles and doing things like this helps to release.

Stagnation, any sort of fascial adhesions, which can cause the skin to fold and wrinkle and help to encourage the growth of healthy cells. So these are things that we can do with regular acupuncture needles. But this can also be done with a Derma roller or with a micro-needling pen. And this will mimic the, these are modern ways of mimicking some of these ancient techniques.

When I teach microneedling in my classes, I do. So as part of a holistic TCM practice, I incorporate my five element. I’m a traditionally trained five element acupuncturist, and I incorporate it as part of my. Overall system of health and wellness. So I do my diagnosis either your five element or TCM Dyke neurosis, and then you would use body points to help to build the cheap yen blood move stagnation, move, stagnant, fluid, stagnant sheet, stagnant blood.

And this is all in service of treating the outside because in order to treat the inside, you have to treat the outside and vice versa in order to treat the outside, you have to treat the inside. Here is a map of the face. And one of the principles of our medicine of course, is the connection between our skin and our internal organs.

And this is actually mapped out on the face as a microsystem where different parts of the face, when you treat them, it affects. Different organ systems.

So what are some of the things you might use microneedling for in your treatment room for a cosmetic. Purposes, it can be used for fine lines, acne scars, loose skin, and large pores, crows feet, lip wrinkles, any sort of dark spots or melasma things like stretch marks and even hair restoration. Many people have suffered post COVID hair loss and microneedling can help them.

So how exactly does it work and what does it do? From a Western standpoint, when you puncture the skin, when you make little holes in the skin, your body is stimulated to build its own collagen. Plus if there’s any products you’re using, like I showed this little Germa stamp here. The Hydrus stamped.

You can put fluid in here and infuse it directly into the skin. If you are, even if you’re just Derma rolling, or if you’re using a microneedle pen, you put your products on and then when you. Use these needling devices, these microneedling devices, it helps to infuse it because many of the products that we use, we put them on our skin and they never get absorbed.

So what are some of the benefits of microneedle Lang versus maybe some of the Western treatments, some of the more invasive treatment. That people are having done, whether it’s fillers or toxins, such as Botox with microneedling this very little downtime, it’s very low risk. It’s very effective.

There are many clinical studies many clinical studies that have been done. If you go to my website, which I’ll show you at the end. If you go to my website, you can see many articles that I’ve linked to and blog posts that I’ve written on this. So it’s very low risk. It’s very effective and it allows your body to produce collagen.

Naturally it can help with stretch marks, acne scars can decrease hair loss, encourage new hair growth. Like with eyebrows. As we get older, we lose the tails on our eyebrows can help with. Wrinkles on the neck and within cosmetic acupuncture, the neck can be a really difficult area to treat. So when you’re dealing with the neck, those fine lines around the lips crow’s feet.

So areas that would require a lot of small needles, the microneedling devices can address those. It is not painful or most cases it’s not painful. And the results last a long time. So the needles create these little micro channels and then a micro channel stimulate a healing response and collagen and elastin are produced.

And when that happens, the skin becomes firmer. Any depressed scars, start to gradually. Diminish, and this will help to smooth the wrinkles over time. You can do microneedle laying on your face, your neck, your scalp, your stomach, your thighs, your arms, pretty much anywhere on the body. You don’t want to do it inside the orbital rim on the red part of your lips or Ani, any mucus membrane.

So here’s just a little refresher. Here is a cross section of scan. And when we’re microneedling, we are just working right in this top layer here, the epidermis and the collagen induction therapy. As I mentioned, works on the wound healing responses. There is this all. Inflammatory reaction that happens.

And then the body recognizes it’s been injured and it makes nice new, healthy skin. So here’s a, just an example. This would be with a Derma pen, but it looks very similar with a Derma roller dermis stamp and you can see how it creates temporary little. Micro wounds or microtraumas, and then the body heals itself.

So if you’re already doing cosmetic acupuncture, like what are the differences and what are the similarities? So with micro needle, Lang you’re working very much on the skin level, the fine lines, any depressed scars, you don’t want to go over raise scars. With the nano needle. So there are little nano needles that you can get for the microneedle pen, which you actually can use inside the orbital rim and on the red part of the lab.

And the results happen fairly quickly. There’s a little downtime depending on how deep you go. And then the results are very long lasting up to five years with cosmetic acupuncture, your really working with the underlying causes of aging. You’re going much deeper till the muscle, the fascia you’re working with the blood and the cheek.

And it’s much better for the sagging skin jowling and your patient is going to need 12 to 24 treatments with microneedling. It’s four to six treatments and there’s no downtime with cosmetic acupuncture. So what can you expect? This is someone before treatment, during treatment and after treatment, they really should just be a little pink.

Like they have a sunburn, there should be no bleeding. Germer rolling. However can be done in your office. Or you can sell your patient a Derma roller and. Have them take it home and with proper instruction, they can do self care between treatments, which is really great. So here are some before and after pictures of a microneedle laying, this was with the microneedle pen.

So here are acne scars, and then you can see these fine lines around the crow’s feet around the eyes. And this is actually a picture of me. This was before I had done any microneedling on my eyebrows and this was after. And you can see not only is my entire brow thicker, but I have new growth in here where I didn’t have much of anything going on before.

And I don’t have any eyebrow pencil or eyebrow mascara going on here. You can see my eyebrows now. So I’ve been microneedling my eyebrows for about six months now. And I started to notice a change after about eight weeks. It was quite astounding. How do you set up your pricing? Let’s say you were already doing microneedling.

You already know all of this stuff, but you’re not quite sure about pricing and maybe how to market it. So the way that pricing is set up, typically with microneedling is. You’re going to charge per session. And depending on where in the country you are treating is how you would market your per session treatment and your packages.

Now one way that you can find out, what is a good price where you live is to maybe call some of the Medi spas and see what they’re charging. The caveat to that is I always do full body acupuncture along with my microneedling. So I put the body points in and I put, if I’m going to use numbing cream, I put the numbing cream on.

And then I come back in and take the numbing cream off and I do my microneedle. And so my patients tend to be on the table for about a half an hour. And so you want to price accordingly? Taking into account the fact that you are giving them an acupuncture treatment as well. And also depending on where you’re practicing in the country, you have to check with your local acupuncture board and make sure it’s okay for you to do packages, but you can also do a package because most people are not going to be satisfied with treatment until they’ve had at least four treatments spread out once a month.

Some other pricing options are to maybe only do the brows. Some people only want their mouth area done. Now with microneedle Lang you could do someone’s brows and then give them a. Cosmetic acupuncture treatment afterwards with the mouth area. What I have done with my patients who have a lot of lip wrinkles instead of using a lot of intradermal needles is I’ll put the numbing cream on I’ll do their body point.

And then I do any lifting points, points around the eyes, forehead, things of that nature. And then I come back in, take all the needles out in the fairs, take off the numbing cream and I do the microneedle and around the mouth, you can also just do neck and chest. You can do the back of the hands.

Microneedling is very effective for the back of the hand. And I don’t know if you can see my hands I’ve been, I am right now as of this recording, I am 60 and I hit don’t have any of those dark spots on the back of my hands. And I credit it all to microneedling because I started out many years ago when I was in my four days doing a Derma rolling on the back of mine.

Whatever CRM I used on my face, I put her on the back of my hands and then I would roll it in and then I would wash my face and it just helped everything absorb. So the vitamin C serum that I used really got absorbed very well. And I really feel like it’s helped my neck and the back of my hands and my overall.

Skin health doing the DerMarr walling. And then during the past year, I’ve started microneedling all myself with the microneedle pen as well. Also you can do knees and elbows, which Or another place where people tend to age along their elbows around their knees. And if someone has stretch marks, so these can be like standalone treatments and you can just decide how much you want to charge.

I’ve given you an idea of what I charge in my treatment space. And but you want to check around and see what’s going on with. As far as the microneedle pens, what you want to look for in a device is something that has a minimum of 14,000 RPMs. And that’s the speed. So when you’re turning it on, they have.

I could get my camera here. They have different levels and whatever speed you set it at when it’s at the highest speed, it should be a minimum of 14,000. This one goes to 18,000. Also, you want to look for that? The tip is a bayonet tip, which means that instead of just a little point of tip, it has a couple of connectors that you can put right in, turn it having a pen that comes with a couple of batteries is great.

And then if the battery does. Being able to screw it off and have a plug-in attachment is wonderful as well. Look at the warranty and make sure that the settings are easy to read that there’s a guide on it. And that you can tell. Where you’re setting the needle depth. So you’d be able to easily adjust and see the needle depth and also.

That it comes with a good user’s manual product support. And ideally it should have some marketing material that come with it. So you don’t have to go through the process of printing out brochures, coming up with information for your website, et cetera. And training, making sure that you get properly trained on whatever device you’re using is very important as well.

And so this is just talking a little bit about the side products. When you’re looking at products, you want something that is organic, so it doesn’t have chemicals in it. You will have patients that are vegan. They’re not going to want animal products or something. That’s vegan, something that’s easily absorbed.

And has properties that brighten the skin, nourish the skin, won’t clog the reporters, something that reduces inflammation, the products that I use have arnica and CBD. And and you want some after-care products for after you’ve done the treatment? I have arnica and aloe. Product that I give to my patients.

And then you want it to be slippery if it’s not slippery enough that you’re going to get drag on your device. This AccuLift skincare is my company, and I mentioned you can go to my website. AccuLift skincare.com for. Information on microneedling in general, you don’t have to be a customer.

There’s many blog posts and many pieces of information about microneedling in general. And I also teach cosmetic acupuncture classes. This is my website, facial acupuncture classes.com. All of my classes are recorded and they. Carrie CE use. I think that is my last slide. Next week we have Yair Maimon and he will be presenting for the American Acupuncture Council.

And I want to thank AAC again for having me on again, and I will see you again next time.

 

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Treating Neuromuscular Facial Conditions

 

 

 

So today’s presentation is an overview of a multifaceted approach to treating neuromuscular facial conditions.

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Hi, everyone. I want to thank you. And the American Acupuncture Council for hosting me. Thank you for coming today. And if we can go to the first slide, I’m going to go ahead and hop. So today’s presentation is an overview of a multifaceted approach to treating neuromuscular facial conditions. My name’s Michelle Gellis and I teach facial and cosmetic acupuncture classes internationally.

And one of the. Things that I do in addition to just the cosmetic is I treat individuals that have various neuromuscular facial conditions that are affecting them in some way. So what exactly is a neuromuscular facial condition? Essentially a neuromuscular facial condition is any condition that affects the face, either the facial movements or any sort of sensory issues such as if someone has neuropathy or pain and some examples of neuromuscular facial conditions.

And certainly some of these are not. Just, they don’t just affect the face, but for many of these conditions, the most noticeable or troublesome part of the condition can be the part that affects the face. So Bell’s palsy, Ramsay hunt syndrome. Synkinesis stroke, Tam J trigeminal neuralgia. My esteem, gravitas, ptosis, Ms.

Shingles, and hemifacial spasm.

When I approach treating and the, of these conditions, the part that affects the Fest. I, what I have learned over the years in practice is that using a multi-faceted approach. Which I will describe is the best way to really take care of the issues and especially issues that have been around for a long time and to make your treatment long lasting.

These conditions such as Bell’s palsy and. TMJ can have a major impact on the face. And so there are again conditions that have to do with more muscular movement. And then there are ones like trigeminal neuralgia, which have pain. So the modalities that I use in order to. Treat. When I say a multi-faceted approach, I will use scalp acupuncture, facial motor points, submuscular and intramuscular, needling, facial cupping, and Derma rolling.

And some of these modalities can be used in conjunction and some are better for certain conditions and some are better for other condition. Scalp acupuncture is a fairly new series of techniques that we use in our practice. It’s only been around since the 1950s and it became popular in the 1970s and essentially you’re stimulating areas of the brain that correspond to.

Functions, whether they’re sensory functions or motor functions and it’s based, it’s not based on acupuncture points, it’s based on neuroanatomy. And it is really fabulous for treating any sort of neuromuscular condition, but specifically for neuromuscular facial conditions. And if you look at the homonculus if this is a cross section of the brain and you look at the homonculus, you can see the area for the face takes up the bottom two fifths.

If you were to break it up into two feds, two fifths, and one fifth, the face takes up a huge area of. The brain and the way scalp acupuncture works is you take a needle and you insert it into the loose connective tissue and you thread it into the new loose connective tissue corresponding to the area of the scalp that you would be working on.

So here is a map. Of a couple of the different areas. So we have the motor and sensory area of the scalp on one side of the head. And then this bottom two fifths here is where you would be needling in order to affect the face.

And I’m just going to talk through this video. Let me get it going. So this is me demonstrating how to put the needle into the scalp. First, you have to measure the scalp and the bottom two fifths is what you’re going to be needling until.

So this so the motor areas in front, the sensory area is behind it. And this part of the scalp can be sensitive. So you have to be careful when you’re needling and it’s helpful if your patient is sitting up and then you want to work very quickly. You don’t want to be too tentative when you’re going in.

And I’ll, you can either use a one handed method or a two handed method. I use a one hand for the insertion in the beginning, and then sometimes I’ll use two hands to push it down. And then once the needles and you’re going to stimulate it and For that, there are a lot of contraindications and precautions and scalp acupuncture is a very wide field.

It requires specialized training, but it went, especially when combined with some of these other modalities can really affect a tremendous change for some of these neuromuscular facial cues. So the next is our official motor points. So motor points are something that have been used. Actually I found some information back in the late 18 hundreds in a medical book.

A medical doctor had mapped out some of the motor points, but most recently people like Matt Callison and other researchers have really. Built on this foundation and have used motor points on the body, especially to restore muscle from.

So what exactly is a motor point? A motor point is essentially in a nutshell, the most electrically excitable, part of the muscle where the motor nerve bundle is attached, but it’s not a trigger point trigger points or something different, but it’s And frequently, many of the motor points that we’ll use on the face are also acupuncture points.

So it makes it easy for us to feel. And if a facial muscle is in spasm, if it isn’t moving properly, if it’s overly tense or overly relaxed, then by needling the motor point, it will cause it’s like a reset switch and it will cause it to get back into its normal functioning. As I mentioned, motor points are not trigger points, or.

Typically areas along the muscle that can be sensitive when you push on them. But motor points are something entirely different. And as I said many motor points are also acupuncture points, which is great for us. So here’s an example of a motor point, and this is the motor point for the frontalis muscle.

And. Coincidentally. It is also gallbladder 14. And by putting a needle into gallbladder 14 and stimulating it, it can help. If someone has ptosis, if they can’t raise their eyebrows, it can also help if they’re having some eyelid drooping. And another motor point. This is a quick video of a motor point for the mentality, and this was I’m going to play it and talk at the same time.

So this was a student of mine in. Class I was teaching, she had Bell’s palsy many years ago and she still was missing some muscle movement in her chin. So I went ahead and I needle the motor point for the mentality muscle. And try it one more time. You can see the needle. It when I stimulated.

The her chin started to move and Twitch, and I have a lot of these videos. You can see it moving right there. I have a lot of these videos. On my Facebook group, it’s called facial acupuncture. And on my Instagram page, I have a lot of, I do a facial acupuncture tip of the week and some of them are cosmetic and some of them are neuro.

That’s a good place if you want to see a bunch more of this stuff. So some examples of motor points. For example, if a person cannot smile, there are four main muscles that are affected the zygomaticus major, which draws the angle of the mouth upward and outward. This Acumatic is minor, which elevates the upper lip.

The LaVey levator labii superioris, which elevates the upper corner of the mouth and the resource, which retracts the angle of the mouth laterally. So by knowing which motor points to use, you can help someone who has lost their ability to smile.

The next thing is submuscular needling and. This is something that is uniquely suited to help with a lot of different disharmonies of facial and neck muscles. And essentially if a muscle, much like motor points, if a muscle is not functioning properly, that. You can needle either underneath the muscle or through the muscle and it will help to bring blood and she back to the muscle.

And it’s great for people who have had long-term paralysis. And when I teach my class, I go through all the different facial muscles. The big few are the corrugators, the frontallis, the temporalities and the massive tier. And you would needle from the origin to the insertion. So for example, this is the frontallis muscle.

You would thread needles on either side, just like this. Underneath the edges of the frontallis muscle. And you just put them in, you can stimulate them a little if you want, but you want to try to get underneath the muscle. It is a lot less painful if you do, if you’re working with a bigger muscle, like the massive tear, you might not be able to get underneath it.

So you would be needling through. But the, this is how you would needle. So underneath the muscle on either side, and this is what this would look like. And again, I’m going to talk through this. The first thing you have to do is measure the muscle. And the best way to do that is Asher patient to raise their eyebrows because the muscle is on either side of the eyebrow and when they raise their eyebrows, you can see the skin right over the muscle will wrinkle, and then you are just going to needle, right?

Underneath the edge of the muscle

are you usually use to. And that helps get my angle of insertion. Correct. And then I will press down on the skin to get it way underneath the muscle. Again, I’m not treating wrinkles. This is not cosmetic. This is a way of bringing muscle function back into the muscle.

And then I’m going to. Once I’ve done one side. So here I’m showing if you angle to date, you’re not going to be able to get underneath the muscle. If you go to superficially, you won’t be able, you’ll just be hitting this.

So once you’ve done the lateral side, then you’re going to come in and you would do the medial side

and I’ll do, depending on their forehead, I’ll either do two or three on each.

This is just for one, our brow or one side of the frontallis. If you were treating Bell’s palsy, then you would just treat the effected side.

And if you were needling the temporary Ellis, this is what that would look like.

The next thing is facial cupping and guash Shaw and facial cupping and gua SHA is designed to bring blood and treat cheese circulation to the skin and the muscles. It helps to relax tight facial muscles. And facial tissue, it can move out stagnant, lymph and toxins. It helps the lymphatic system to function better and that the lymphatic system is functioning better than the whole face will function better.

It helps with inflammation and it will help to strengthen the vascular integrity of the face. And it can help with any sort of nerve entrapment, especially if facial fascia has trapped some facial nerves. So here’s a cross-section of the face and the face is the only part of our body where our skin is attached to muscle.

And so the functioning of the muscles and the nerves that. Make the muscles work is very important because if the muscles not functioning properly because of nervous and trapped, then the skin is not going to move and you won’t be able to fully smile. So here’s a picture of that bone, muscle skin on the face.

And this is a picture of fascial adhesions. So the fascia is this stuff it’s like when you have chicken. Pull the scan off that stuff that looks like spiderwebs. So it really helps to release a lot of that in the face. And facial cupping is not like cupping on the body. You don’t leave the cups. You Stimulate different acupuncture points on the face and the cups are meant to move.

And this is just a slide from one of my classes where I’m showing gliding and then suction and releasing down the neck into the lymphatic drainage area. And. Also Derma rolling is something that can help to stimulate the channels. Like our channel rollers that we might use on the body. Derma rollers have these tiny little needles on them and.

You can stimulate the channels on the face, stimulate the cheap and your patients can buy a Derma roller from you and you can teach them how to use it. And then it will stimulate they can do this at home in between treatments. So what are some of the. Neuromuscular facial conditions that that we’ve, we can work with that I’ve worked with.

I mentioned in the beginning Bell’s palsy, stroke, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, Ms. Ptosis hemifacial spasm. And I have enough time to just talk about one and I’m just going to talk about Bell’s policy, which is the most common form of facial paralysis. And typically it just affects one side of the face.

Usually it’s temporary, but. The people that come to see me have had Bell’s palsy frequently. It’s been years. They still don’t have complete movement of their face. They’ve tried everything and then they come for acupuncture. It can affect blinking opening and closing the eyes, facial expressions, hearing taste, the salivary glands.

And that I say hearing it can affect their hearing. So I use a multifaceted approach. I’m going to do my body points. I’m going to do face points and depending on their underlying conditions, what’s going on with them, of course, I’ll treat them constitutionally and then bringing the multi-faceted approach in I’m going to do.

Motor points on the scalp. So the lower two fifths on the opposite side, I might use your Shan, men and face points just to calm the patient, treat their face, and then have them do some exercises. Look at their face, have them try to move different parts of their face, figure out where the paralysis is.

And then do facial motor point. And possibly some submuscular needling to get these parts of the face, moving cupping and wash eyes. Great. Derma rolling is gray. And you’re going to want to see the person two to three times a week until they get the movement back in their face. So I. Teach a cosmetic and neuromuscular.

Acupuncture facial acupuncture classes. My website is facial acupuncture, classes.com and some of the products that I was showing the cups, the washout tools at Derma rollers microneedling devices are@akeelaskincare.com. And these are my social media links. I do have a bunch of live classes coming up and all of my classes are also recorded.

That is the end of my slides. And I, again, I want to thank the American acupuncture council for giving me this opportunity. Next time is Sam Collins. And I believe he’s next Wednesday. I can’t see that right there, but it is next week. So you want to check in with that he’ll be streaming live and do we have time for Q and a or.

People on that we can open it up to where there any questions,

crickets. Okay. I’m not seeing any questions in that chat box, so I am.

Not now, I guess there’s no questions now. Okay. Thanks again to the American Acupuncture Council. And if you need to reach me, you can just drop me a line at visual acupuncture classes.

 

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Easily Incorporating Facial Acupuncture into Your Practice

 

So the topic of today’s talk is the benefits of incorporating facial acupuncture into your practice.

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Hi everyone. My name’s Michelle Gellis. I am a board certified acupuncture visit. And I would like to thank the American Acupuncture Council for giving me the opportunity to present to you today. I’m going to go right to my first screen. Thank you. So the topic of today’s talk is the benefits of incorporating facial acupuncture into your practice.

A little bit about me. I was on faculty at the Maryland university of integrative health, formerly the Thaisa FIA Institute since 2004. My undergrad degree is in computer science and I have been published several times in the journal of Chinese medicine. And the Maryland acupuncture society newsletter, the acupuncture desk reference, and several other publications.

Here are some of my publications listed. You can get all of this information on my website, facial acupuncture classes.com. I have listed here. All of the classes that I teach, some are cosmetic acupuncture. Some are treating neuromuscular, facial conditions, facial anatomy facial acupuncture self-care and.

Safety course. And most recently I am offering a course in microneedle Lang for acupuncturists and also. An advanced certificate course in facial acupuncture. So today we are going to talk about incorporating facial acupuncture into your practice. So we’re going to go through an overview of what is involved and incorporating facial acupuncture into your practice and the importance of training.

Documentation safety, red flags. What tools might you need? Is it important? What sort of tools you use when you’re doing cosmetic acupuncture? The benefits of facial acupuncture, not just for your practice, but also for your patients. And also why providing a full body treatment is important. Whenever you are working on the face.

So I’d like to start out by giving a definition of facial acupuncture because most of us think of facial acupuncture as something that is done for cosmetic reasons. Facial acupuncture incorporates both cosmetic acupuncture and also acupuncture for any neuromuscular facial conditions, such as Bell’s palsy, TNJ trigeminal, neuralgia, stroke, ptosis, any conditions that affect the face.

Facial acupuncture can use acupuncture, needles, facial cups, wash Shaw tools, Derma rolling, and or micro-needling. And facial acupuncture is not some new trendy technique. It has been used as early as the some dynasty. There are several historical references in the PSU when regarding treating the face both for beauty and for other reasons.

And there have been some studies done on facial acupuncture, both for cosmetic and for neuromuscular conditions. And I’ve listed some of them here.

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, does it work? So I put up a few before and after pictures. Sometimes I’m reluctant to use before and afters because myself, I don’t have a professional photography studio in my acupuncture practice. So my photos are only. Good as my camera and my lighting.

And so I, as much as possible, I try to use the same lighting when I take pictures. But this actual, this top left picture here was taken in a class. I was teaching. One of my students was doing cupping on someone’s neck. And you can see just from releasing. The SCM, how the lines on the side of the neck relaxed, this is another patient of mine and they had a deep scar right in their nasal labial fold and through treatment.

And over time, the scar dissipated quite a bit another patient who had. Chin wrinkles. And the sides of her mouth will really turn down and through treatment. The chin wrinkles really smooth down and the corners of her mouth started to turn up. And this is a demonstration of using some intradermal needles to help, to break up the melanin that can cause some of the dark spots that we can.

A couple more before and afters. So the patient who had deep four headlines and through treatment, both body points to clear up some stagnant liver Che and some local points. Her far had smoothed out quite a bit, and this patient was concerned because her eyelid. Had started to droop and her eyebrows.

And I just treated one side of her face, the left side of her face. And you can see how much more lifted the one eyebrow is.

So what’s involved in bringing app facial acupuncture into your practice. Many practitioners are reluctant to consider bringing cosmetic acupuncture because they have misconceptions. And one of them is that it’s extremely time consuming. And if done properly, you can actually have two rooms going at once.

With facial acupuncture, you put the needles in one patient while they’re resting on the table, you put the needles in another patient, and then you can go back to your first patient or your cupping and guash Shaw. And then you can go back to your second patient, so you can have two rooms going at once.

And also the pricing should be when you’re pricing cosmetic treatments for. Facial acupuncture. Your pricing should be one and a half to two times what you would normally charge for a regular treatment, depending on what you are offering. For micro-needling you can charge two to three times some, sometimes more what you would charge for the same amount of clock time in the room.

Many practitioners are charging three to $500 for a half an hour microneedling treatment also from a marketing standpoint. Facial acupuncture. It opens up your world. You can convert your patients who are currently coming to see you for whatever they’re coming for, conditions, aches, and pains.

They can become your cosmetic acupuncture patients, and also you can specialize and capture that. Market of people who have neuromuscular facial conditions and specialize in that if the whole cosmetic thing is not what you’re interested in doing

before you begin or embark on a practice of facial acupuncture. It is really important that you get trained. And if the American acupuncture council is who you have your insurance through, they do want you to get trained in cosmetic acupuncture. And part of the reason for that is there are special forms questions.

There is a unique way of documented. Before during and after treatments, when you are working on someone’s face in that capacity, you want to be able to document any previous procedures they’ve had. You want to be able to screen them for any red flags, Contra indications, and this can be really important.

When you’re talking about putting a lot of needles in someone’s face and head unlike most forms of acupuncture although you can cause harm when treating someone just in general, when you’re working on someone’s space, the skin on the face is very thin. The skin, the space. Highly vascularized. And facial acupuncture brings a lot of energy up to the head.

People can suffer a migraine, have a headache. There’s even the potential. If you’re doing techniques. Improperly of the patient having a stroke or fainting, and these are all things you need to be able to pre-screen for also the anatomy of the face. Although we do learn about it in school. Most of us don’t spend a tremendous amount of time noodling the face.

And as I mentioned, the face is highly vascularized. There are over 44 muscles on the face. Far ahead. And then, working into the neck, you’ll probably want to work on the neck as well. So you’ve got veins and arteries, facial vein temporal vein nerves, the two major nerves that go into the face, tiny little capillaries.

And of course we know the face tends to bruise very easily. So learning how to. Take the proper precautions and learn the anatomy so that there’s no danger of harming or even injuring or causing unnecessary bruising to the face. And part of this has to do with needling technique, learning what to look for and.

Also, I’m not using so many noodles I seen, and I think I have a slide in here. I seen untrained acupuncturists take a stab. Pardon the pun at doing cosmetic acupuncture without being trained and sometimes the results or. A little scary looking and really unnecessary. You should not need to put hundreds or even dozens of needles in the face in order to effect a good result.

So here’s some examples of either poor technique or just too many needles. Here, this is a neck and these needles are very deep. And some of them are very close to the juggler vein here on the left. This person’s far ahead, has way too many intradermal needles in it. There are ways to work with lines and wrinkles without using that many intradermal needles here, the intradermals aren’t inserted in a way.

Actually it would be building college in at all. And then over here, this person just has way too many needles. Really just unnecessary. So here’s a couple of pictures I took. My students had needled in class. This is one way that I teach to help, to smooth out a deep line. And this is through submuscular needling and using special needles.

Designed for for the face to work with crow’s feet. And here is a technique I teach and it is submuscular needling to tighten the . I have a quick video. I’m going to show of another skill that I teach and it has to do with the anterior dynastic muscle. So I’m just going to, it might be a little jumpy, but I am going to hop in and get it rolling.

And I’m going to have to talk about. Because the sound is not going to work. So in order to is gastric muscle, let me turn the same. We’ll use one finger, Michelle. The sound is being picked up very pretty well. If you want to leave the sound on the video. Great. Let me start it again. Is.

In order to locate the digastric muscle, you will use one finger and you will locate that mastoid process right here. And you also want to locate the hyoid bone, which was right. But you want to do is draw an imaginary line between the two of them and then using your index finger, you’re going to pal pay along the line and you’ll find a very thin muscle right here.

And that is the posterior die-cast. And if you draw an imaginary line between the hyoid bone and the underside of the chin, you can palpate for the front of the digastric muscle. So the dyad strick goes from the man, the ball, and then it takes a turn here and attaches back here at the mastoid process.

So the part of the gastric muscle that we’re going to needle using submuscular noodling is right here underneath the chin. And this will help with the if someone has a lot of excess or laxity there. To feel the digastric muscle on the, and here, you’re going to ask your patient to open their mask, go ahead and open your mouth and then close it.

And you can feel the underbelly of the digastric muscle. It’s about the width of a pencil. So again, it comes from here and then. Comes up to the height and then it attaches here. So what you’re going to do is once you found the muscle,

you’re just going to grab it with two fingers and you’re going to just use a half an inch red Saron needle and get right underneath like that. And you can usually get two needles and just like that. And then they’re gonna come along on the other side

and you’re going to be right here. No, you get it right underneath the muscle like that. One more

get right underneath like that. And then you’re going to do the same thing on the other side. See how there’s the one muscle is right over here. And then the other one is here. So you would just crisscross the.

Okay.

Oops, sorry. So that is

that is a demonstration of how you would do some submuscular needling under the chin to help tighten the chin area. So let’s see tools. There are tools that you need that are different than you might use. Regularly. Good needles are really important. I love sirens. My experience has always been that they have a very smooth insertion and there are specialized needles for the face.

Really very tiny. Also when you’re doing any facial cupping using glass cups and specially designed guash shot tools. I love Jade very much a part of our tradition and during the lockdown period of the pandemic, I designed a cutting in wash up. And that can be found@acculiftskincare.com. Also, you need tweezers.

I liked the wide grip tweezers. Those are used to put intradermal needles and then arnica gel is my favorite to help. Bruising also, there are things that you can either use in your treatment room, or you can sell to your patients for at-home use like Derma rollers the, these items right here off to the right as a hydro roller in a Hydra needle.

And I don’t want to get into it. Now there’s information about these products. They’re great for infusing CRMs. You can even put Traumeel and different types of homeopathics in them to infuse it into the scan, but it really helps to revitalize and refresh the scan. And you can use these for some of the neuro.

Conditions as well. Microneedling is very popular right now in our profession. In most states, it is within our scope of practice and it works on the skin level to take care of scars. Discolorations fine lines, even on the body for stretch marks. And that is an entire class and topic onto itself.

But there’s just a wealth of information and it’s a great add on, and it doesn’t take a lot of time in your treatment space. So this is a and tool that you’re looking at and two batteries, the cartridges, which are disposable. That’s the new. Tip. And then this particular, the AccuLift micro pen comes with a court, so you can plug it in if you choose the intradermal needle.

Require a little bit of scale to learn how to use. And these are put around this is a picture of some encroached fee and this was a picture I saw on social media of someone trying to teach themselves how to do it. And really again, on necessary way too much. Okay, so just to wrap it up they shall acupuncture can bring a reliable stream of income into your practice.

It’s cash because we’re not working with insurance companies. Insurance does not pay for cosmetic procedures. And people tend to spend money on cosmetic things before they’ll spend money on their aches and pains. And it is a way for you to widen your scope of practice gives you a unique skill set. You can learn facial motor points, scalp acupuncture, specifically designed to help with neuromuscular facial conditions.

And as I mentioned before, you can really capture that niche market and set yourself apart because not all practitioners are going to do cosmetic acupuncture. For your patients, cosmetic acupuncture. Is a way for them to revitalize their appearance with Al injectables or fillers or toxins, they get a full body treatment.

So it helps their digestion. Their immune system helps to reduce inflammation and it’s all done. Naturally. We don’t put anything into the body. We don’t take anything out of the body. It can help with double chins. If they’ve had a facelift, it can help their facelift to last longer. And it stimulates college in naturally.

This was a patient of mine who had eyelid ptosis. And as you can see her one lid is lower than the other. And through treatment, both of her lids became more even, and she was getting married. She was very self-conscious. She didn’t want. To have this drooping eyelid, because especially as she got tired, it would get much worse.

And she was told she’d have to have surgery, but she didn’t need to have surgery. I mentioned things like skin conditions here is someone who had cupping and wash Shaw on one side of their face, not on the other. And you can see just right there on the table, how all that heat dissipated. So things like rosacea molars, melasma acne can all be helped with facial conditions.

Doing a full body treatment is really important because you don’t want to just treat the superficial signs of aging you want to get underneath. And treat the zone and the Fu the substances to help the body to get back out of disharmony and into harmony. Dealing with the emotional underpinnings of why we get some of those facial expression lines.

I have an entire class called the anatomy of expression, which gets into that and looking at something like fear. Which muscles are used. And what points might you use to help to relax the face? Because when the face relax, the body relaxes, there is a feedback system between the face and the body. I mentioned micro-needling.

This was me doing some needle Lang on someone who had sun damage on their chest, a microneedle. Again, it’s very quick. And there are a lot of benefits and the results are very, long-term and they only have to come once a month between treatments. Here is my 2022 practice schedule. All of my classes are.

And then you can come for an optional hands-on practice session if you choose. And if you sign up for my advanced certificate program, the hands-on classes are included. That is all I have for you today. And again, I want to thank the American acupuncture council. For this opportunity to present and give you an overview of bringing facial acupuncture into your practice.

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Microneedling for Acupuncturists

 

 

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Hi, everybody. Welcome to today’s program. Microneedling for Acupuncturists. My name is Michelle Gellis and I teach cosmetic and facial acupuncture classes internationally. The slides, please.

A little bit about me. I was on faculty for the Maryland university of integrative health from 2003 until very recently. And I travel around the world. Teaching facial and cosmetic acupuncture classes. And I’ve been doing that since around 2005. Here’s a list of some of the classes that I teach. I have a one year.

Facial acupuncture certification class. I teach facial cupping in gloss Shaw. I do a weekend certification class that I teach. I teach drama, rolling skincare, treating neuromuscular facial condition. And self care and some other classes, I don’t need to go through all of them right now, but all of my classes are available online as recorded webinars.

Some of them I do as live webinars. And then I do hands on practice sessions when I’m. I’ve been published in the journal of Chinese medicine several times. And there are links to all of my publications on my website, facial acupuncture, classes.com. So today we’re going to be talking about Micronesia. Y microneedle lane for acupuncturists.

If you’re already doing cosmetic acupuncture, ma why might you want to incorporate microneedling into your practice? What is some of the risks, the benefits, and how does. So Mike we’re noodling is an alternative for a lot of individuals to getting things such as injections for skin conditions like fine lines, acne scars, it helps with some loose skin.

It has been FDA approved. There’ve been studies done for. Acne scars. It can help with large pores. And it’s really wonderful for some of those areas that can’t be addressed or can’t be addressed easily with acupuncture. Like some of those lip lines around the eyes where you would have to use a lot of intradermal needles.

Microneedle lane is great for stretchmarks and it even helps with hair restoration. So some of the benefits to microneedling and in this previous picture, this is a microneedle pen and this is the device that is used to do microphone. There is very little downtime with micro-needling. And so when someone has a microneedling session, I know, years ago, you might’ve seen people had microneedle Lang and their faces were all bloody, but that’s, they have fans.

Through years of research that is not necessary. So the downtime is minimal. There’s very little risk and there is a natural production of collagen. So you don’t inject anything into the skin or take anything out it’s relatively safe, but you do have to get. There it, again, it’s used for stretch marks, acne scars, hair loss, and it’s also really good for neck wrinkles, which can be hard to treat with acupuncture.

And if you just put some numbing cream on the face, and in some instances, people don’t need the need. It can be very comfortable. And the results last a long. What are the two main benefits? The two main benefits are stimulating your body’s own natural production of collagen, and it also helps to increase serum absorption by up to a thousand percent.

So any products that you would use on the. Can be absorbed up to a thousand percent and it’s not just used on the face. Microneedling can be used on many different parts of the body, the chest, the neck, the hands, and you can even use it on stretch marks on the stomach, things of that nature. So how does it work?

Microneedling creates these little micro channels in the surface of this. In the upper layer of the skin. And once those micro wounds or microchannels are created, the body is stimulated to produce collagen and the more college and you have, the more youthful your skin will look, it becomes tighter, firmer, thicker, and less wrinkles.

So here’s a picture of a piece of skin and where we’re going to be working right here. So here’s the epidermis and we have the dermal layer and then the lower layers, the hypodermis and the subcutaneous. Fat, but the place where we doing microneedling is right here in the epidermis. So here is a cross section of the epidermis.

And when you’re microneedling the needles, go through the very top layer, which is a stratum corneum and down right here into this base layer. This is where the fibroblasts or. Produce. So you don’t have to even get into the dermal layer, which means you don’t have to have any bleeding. The skin should just be a little pink and these little micro wounds are created and new collagen fibers, new venous and arterial capillaries are formed and fibrosis.

Or created and create collagen. And this is what it looks like with the microneedling tool. The needles go up and down just like this. And they, for our purposes, they shouldn’t be going in much deeper than about. One millimeter into the skin. I had mentioned that the micro channels are great for absorption of skincare products, CRMs, things of that nature.

Normally, when we have product and we put it on our skin, it can’t be absorbed. But once these temporary micro channels are created the product. I can go down and do the work that they need to do can get through that outer layer of the skin. Here is a biopsy. It’s a cross section of a skin cell. And what they did was they died the collagen.

And so you can see here on the top slide, the college and with purple and then about six weeks after a microneedle in session, they did the same thing and you can see how much more collagen was in the skin.

So again, this is a microneedle pen and if you are familiar, The AccuLift company that is my company. And we’ve just come out in the past six months. We’ve just come out with the microneedle pen and the needles are here. The white cap is on the needles here, but this is the needle cartridge. And the there’s an led readout, which shows you the speed.

And then here you can adjust the. And microneedling only needs to be done once a month. And when we’re working on the face, we go typically between 0.2, five millimeters, and 1.0 millimeters. But this pen will go as deep as 2.5 millimeters, the cartridges. This is what the cartridge looks like. And. There are 16 little microneedle pins in here.

And as I mentioned, they go up and down and when you purchase a microneedle pen, the AccuLift micro pen comes with a four hour training course. Four CEOs that goes over how to use everything, how to do everything, but essentially the microneedle cartridge is used everywhere on the face. You can also use it on the neck and the chest pretty much everywhere, except you wouldn’t want to use it on the red part of your lips or inside the orbital rim and see.

The cartridge itself has three connector points. And so there’s three places where this bayonet cartridge connects inside. And this makes a good firm connection. You don’t have to worry about the cartridge popping off, and it also prevents any black back flow of fluids back into the.

Nano noodling is another type of noodling. And so we’re microneedling. You really can only do once a month. Nano noodling can be done as much as twice a week, sometimes even more. And the noodles are. Only go in about 0.1, five millimeters. So it really just the scrap stratum, corneum the very top layer of the skin, but this is great for areas where you can’t microneedle, or if you just want a little touch up, it’s a wonderful way to get through that stratum corneum so that when you’re using your products, they can get.

And this is what the nano needles look like. It does increase product absorption up to 97%. And these little nano needles are only 110 nanometers long, which is one, 100th of a millimeter. They’re very short. They’re like little cones, but. I have my microneedle pen on my, I have one that I have for my patients and I have one of my bathroom sink and I use it a couple of few times a week and it’s pretty great.

So the nice thing about microneedling is it’s a very quick procedure. So you get your patient on the table between the time they lay down. And the time they leave, if you’re just doing microneedling, you can get them in and out. And a half an hour. I put some body points in to address the underlying conditions and ground my patient.

And normally after four to six sessions, They are good to go and the results can last up to five years. So it is pretty wonderful. But what are the differences between microneedling and cosmetic acupuncture? Because for those of you who know me, I th cosmetic acupuncture and it I’m still doing cosmetic acupuncture very much, but I’m using the micro needle.

The way I do it is one of one of three ways, some people just want the microneedling and that’s fine. For a lot of my cosmetic acupuncture patients, I’ll treat them three times with cosmetic acupuncture and then I’ll do one micro-needling treatment. And for some patients, they may just have an area like their chin or around their lips, or maybe just their forehead where they really need.

My coordinator lane and I’ll do an area. Maybe they just want their hands done or their chest done. And I will charge accordingly for that. And then at the, so I can prep them for that. I can put the facial acupuncture needles everywhere else. And then I end the treatment off with the microneedle Lang and send them on their way.

So let’s look at some. The differences and similarities. So microneedling is very much a skin level issue procedure, and it’s great for fine lines. Acne scars, any depressed scars, you don’t want to use it on a Ray scar. And with the nano needling, you can go inside the orbital rim. It’s great for those lip lines, because normally when you’re doing cosmetic acupuncture, you’re working with lip lines.

You would have to put little intradermal needles in all the lip lines that can be very time consuming and microneedling. You just go right around their lip lips. And sometimes they can have very rapid results where especially with darks. The results can be quite amazing, very quick. And there is some downtime.

I tell my patients 24 hours, no going out in the sun, no exercise. And of course I go through all this and my, where our training. I’ve got a half an hour here, so I’m trying to get as much in, at lightening speed as I can, but there is some downtime. Like 24 hours, no sun, no exercise. You just want to take it easy.

And as I mentioned, the results can last up to five years with cosmetic acupuncture. We’re really getting at the root cause of some of the issues that dark circles, the sagging a lot of different things that are apparent on the face. We’re going to address with body. Cosmetic acupuncture is wonderful for sagging.

It works on the muscle layer and the fascia and the blood and the cheek. So it’s much better for certain things like sagging eyelids that you really can’t do with microneedling the microneedling sessions. I don’t have it on this diagram, but microneedling noodling sessions. You’re going to charge anywhere from.

I’ve seen places charge as little as 2 75 to $300 on up to $600 for a half an hour treatment. It just depends on what your market will bear, where you are. And with cosmetic acupuncture, the results typically take a little longer and it’s going to take a few more treatments, but there’s no downtime and it is less painful.

Both are within our scope of practice and both increase collagen and elastin. Now you do need to check. Your local acupuncture board or with your insurance company, your malpractice insurance, to see if it is within your scope, where you are practicing. There are a lot of contraindications and by all means, this is not a comprehensive course on microneedle Lang, but just.

Give you a little information about that, but patients who are on blood thinners, maybe patients who are going through chemotherapy, radiation, if they have any moderate to severe skin conditions, key lives, if they’re pregnant. So there are contra-indications to microneedling that you need to know what.

And when you’re working with your patients, you have to set up realistic expectations based on a lot of different factors, their lifestyle, their genetics, their skin type, not everyone is going to have the same results. And as I mentioned, they’re going to come in about once a month. Usually sometimes. Quickest three sessions, but usually four to six sessions.

People have a chief of the results that they want. There can be some side effects. Typically the end point is just some pinkness on the skin, but they could have a redness, like a first degree sunburn some pinpoint pleadings and itching burning sensation. So your patients need to know what the side effects might be.

As far as what to look for in a device. There are a lot of devices out there. And as I mentioned, AccuLift skincare is my company and I have been selling. We’ve been selling Dermer wallers for close to 10 years now. And so when I went out looking for a manufacturer for micro-needling devices, I had the same high standards and there are a lot of things you need to look for things like the speed of the device.

And cause you want something that’s a minimum of 14,000 RPMs. You want safety, some sort of anti backflow technology something that works. And with the battery and something that comes with multiple batteries, you want to be able to see the speed. The AccuLift micro pen has this led readout. So you know what speed you’re at?

You want something that has a warranty if there is a problem and also what kind of support are you getting with? Are you getting trained? Does the company provide a referral service once they, once you’ve paid them to train you? Are they going to refer, have a referral service where when people are looking up the device that they will refer to you, does it come with brochures?

Does it come with marketing material? This is all the stuff that’s going to set you up for success. So you’re not just buying. So this is the AccuLift micro pen and it comes with the pen itself, two batteries, a charger five microneedles, five nano needles, a big instruction, booklet cord, just in case you need it.

Because maybe you’re seeing so many patients, you can’t keep those batteries charged. And then some people would just like using a cord It comes with a really nice storage case and down here and then products for your backbar come with it. So three different CRMs for different skin types. And a before and after spray and also a patient take home kit because when your patients leave, they have to be able to take care of their own skin.

So there’s aftercare Sprite for them for that night and then CRMs and lotions for the time following. So I’ve mentioned training and it is really important that you get trained, go on YouTube. You buy a pan, you’re going on YouTube, watching videos and think, okay, I’m good. It is important that you get trained because there are S there’s so much that goes into it.

Everything from setup to safety, to the prep, how do you set the needle speeds? How do you set the needle depths? What techniques are there out there? How do you properly use the pen? Had you cleaned the pen and what do you tell your patient when they leave? You can’t just say, okay, bye. You have to be able to give them some, take home instructions and really understand.

So just the setup alone, this is from my training, but there are a lot of things besides the pen that you would need to have in your. Treatment space. So really understanding what are did you need for setup? And then there were many different techniques that you use different ways that you hold the pen, use the pen and different speeds for different skin types, different conditions, different depths for different speed, for different conditions.

All of this right here is the. Protocol that I teach. And as you can see, it’s a lot of different steps. And really what can your patient expect? I let my patients know that they, their skin is going to be red for up to 12 hours, that they shouldn’t exercise. They need to stay out of the. They shouldn’t be putting makeup on or really even sunscreen because their skin is open.

And when they leave, if they put sunscreen on whatever’s in that sunscreen is going to get absorbed. Now I’m down in Florida. So this is really important that people know, if you live someplace sunny out west, down south, or even if it’s just summer that night until the outer layer of the skin kind of heals.

They can’t be putting sunscreen on their face anyway. There’s some other things that they need to know. And I review all of these in class. I had just enough time to show you a quick little demo. So I’m going to, this is just the four minutes of. Much longer demo that I show in my class, but I wanted you guys to see this.

Whoops, I lost. Hold on one second. Sorry. I lost my thing. Yeah.

So here I am. I’m putting I’ve a makeup remover, wife and some alcohol on taking the numbing cream off and cleaning her skin. Now I’m putting some serum on it’s vitamin C hyaluronic acid and collagen, and I’m setting an appropriate speed for first. And I’m going to start up. I’m just going to start off again.

So I just go up and down. I’ll have to ride a couple passes to get a little pink and then these little dark spots. Yeah. So he was a little. It doesn’t feel great, but it helps to break off the melanin, but your eyebrows just real quick passes on the end there. When you’re working around your eyes, you might want to turn it down to a 0.25, cause this scheme is too thin.

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And I actually had this faded up a little bit. You a little bit more,

I’m going to go back on 0.5.

Like that,

I just gone back and forth. And make sure you get,

and afterwards I have a Allo. Arnica CBD spray, which is really cooling and feels wonderful on the skin. And here you can see, so this is a before this, another patient, and since before, and she was a facial patient. I worked on her neck and chest and I put some needles in her face and then she just rested it.

So you can see the, before here’s me during, and then after, I don’t know if you’re able to see on this slide, but she’s just a little pink, which is what you want. Here are some before and after pictures on acne scars and stuff. Fine lines around the eyes. And this is me. These are my eyebrows.

Believe it or not. It’s a funny story. I had been working on my own eyebrows and normally I used to use like eyebrow pencil. I’m 60 years old. And one of the things that happens when you get older is your, you lose the tails on your eyebrows and you can see in my, before. I didn’t have much eyebrows to begin with.

And one day I went to put my eyebrow pencil on and I looked at myself and I thought maybe I had some on from the day before. And I went to wipe it off and I didn’t. And as you can say, I don’t have anything on my eyebrows. It’s it was pretty miraculous. It was shocking actually. In fact, I had to go and get my eyebrows between us cause I started getting so crazy thick.

So as I mentioned for price pricing, you can charge like 3 25 for a half an hour session. I do some packages and it’s just been a really a wonderful add on, especially during the pandemic to my practice. And you can also do, different areas and charge just for that. And when you’re looking at products, there’s a lot of things you want to certainly look for the products that I include with my microneedle pen are organic vegan.

The very easily absorbed. They helped to brighten the skin. They nourish the skin. They won’t clog the pores. They help to reduce inflammation because they have CBD in them. And then I have an aftercare spray that helps protect the skin. And you want something that has really good slip. It’s a term that we use when you’re working with a microneedle.

If you’re interested in the pen itself, you can go to AccuLift skincare.com. You do have to open a wholesale account. It’s free because I do not sell these to the public only to health professionals. And I think that’s all I have time for right now. So this is just a little bit more about the products themselves.

Again. A couple of different serums for different skin types and the aftercare spray. So if you have any questions you can reach out to me either on social media, I’m on Facebook, under my name, Michelle Gellis. I also have a Facebook group called facial acupuncture. And you can go to my website, facial acupuncture, classes.com, and you can look at my classes and there’s links to some free videos and stuff.

And I want to thank the American acupuncture council. Next week is Lorne Brown. And thanks again for your time. And I hope to see all of you again soon. Bye-bye.

Michelle Gellis