Beauty Talk: Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture with Stefanie of Gotham Wellness
Stefanie has been to many the woman with the magic needles – she’s capable of rejuvenating the skin with her unique Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture practice, Gotham Wellness in New York City. We sat down with her to get educated on what this modality does to keep her clients looking and feeling as radiant as ever.
Aba: What are the top 3 reasons your clients see out your practice? And why?
1: Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture
2: Pain (neck, shoulders, back, primarily)
3: The stress of being a New Yorker!
How can acupuncture be beneficial with the change in the seasons?
Stefanie: The changing of the seasons leaves our bodies more susceptible to illness. Anyone whose immunity has been challenged by the recent swing in unseasonably warm or cool weather could probably attest to this! Acupuncture strengthens your immune system and lowers your cortisol levels so that you can stay healthy as the seasons change.
I’m intrigued by cosmetic acupuncture for facial rejuvenation – how does it work? And how long do the results last?
Stefanie: I specialize in a facial acupuncture method I call Aculectrics℠ which combines ancient medicine and modern technology to enhance health from the inside out, and from the outside in. Stimulation of acupuncture points on the face and body are included in these treatments. Body acupuncture addresses the internal causes of aging and organ imbalances, which often appear on the face. Facial acupuncture also treats these concerns, and has the added benefits of softening expression lines, reducing inflammation & fluid storage, increasing blood flow and brightness, & stimulating collagen growth & cell renewal.
We start with a Chinese medical intake, that looks at all aspects of a person’s life (digestion, menstruation, sleep, energy, diet., etc) to understand their current state, and how their inner state might be reflecting on their face (certain chronic expressions, puffiness, wrinkles, acne, etc). Then with that information, I create an acupuncture treatment plan using both body and facial points.
Additional methods of therapeutic electrical, thermal, and manual stimulations such as microcurrent, LED light, facial gua sha, lymph drainage, connective tissue facelift massage & facial cupping, are incorporated into treatments as needed. They enhance the therapeutic experience by increasing ones outward expression of radiant internal health & wellbeing.
How long the effect lasts depends on each person. Their lifestyle, initial stage of health & balance are all points to be considered. Most cosmetic acupuncture treatments are done in a series for best results. Generally speaking the results unfold over a series of ten appointments (as the effects of the treatments cumulative). Monthly maintenance treatments are required to keep up the good work. Though - I had one client tell me she had compliments for months after one treatment, but I wouldn’t say that is typical! Some clients will see me every month (especially those in their 20’s and early 30’s who are looking to maintain, as opposed to reverse), while others come for a series and then move to a monthly maintenance schedule.
Aba: What kind of aftercare do you recommend to clients after an acupuncture body/facial session?
Stefanie: For the Body: try to take it easy for 24 hours if your life allows. Acupuncture calms the nervous system, so if you can, you want to avoid anything too stimulating (like going for a run or caffeine).
For the Face: Most people leave without the makeup they came in with. There’s no need for any aftercare, other than booking maintenance treatments.
Aba: I often talk about the boosting effects of essential oils combined with acupuncture treatments. What are your favorite oils to use for the body & face?
Stefanie: Actually, I don’t use any essential oils on the face or body in my practice, but I do think it would be an interesting treatment idea, especially for people who are needle phobic! I use a cleansing oil to remove make-up & sunscreen to prepare the face for acupuncture treatment, and jojoba oil for facial cupping, gua sha and facial massage. I do use essential oils in my clinic diffusers. I have a few blends from Campo, but I keep going back to a pure peppermint oil. I love how fresh & clean it smells!