Microneedling and Facial Acupuncture


Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cutting-edge technique designed to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. This procedure uses an FDA-approved medical device equipped with fine needles to create controlled micro-punctures on the skin’s surface. These tiny punctures stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, promoting the production of collagen and elastin—proteins essential for maintaining skin elasticity, firmness, and youthfulness.

During a microneedling session, the practitioner gently glides the device over the skin, ensuring even coverage with minimal discomfort. The micro-injuries prompt the skin to regenerate and repair itself, resulting in improved texture, tone, and overall appearance.  It is used in treatment of acne scars, burn scars, stretch marks, cellulitis, alopecia, and other conditions on most areas of the body. Additionally, microneedling enhances the absorption and effectiveness of skincare products by 300%, allowing for deeper penetration of active ingredients.


Facial Acupuncture

Facial acupuncture, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, offers a holistic approach to skincare by targeting both internal and external factors affecting skin health. This practice involves the strategic insertion of ultra-fine needles into specific acupuncture points on the face and body, aiming to restore balance to the body’s Qi, blood and fluids flow.

Stimulating these acupuncture points promotes circulation, lymphatic drainage, and the release of tension in facial muscles. This not only improves blood flow and oxygenation to the skin but also encourages collagen and elastin production, leading to firmer, smoother, and more radiant skin. Furthermore, facial acupuncture addresses underlying imbalances in the body that may manifest as skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or dullness, promoting overall wellness and vitality from within.

Both microneedling and facial acupuncture offer natural, non-invasive approaches to skincare, helping you achieve a rejuvenated and revitalized complexion.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine In Washington D.C.


Pre-Treatment Guidelines for Microneedling

The first step of the microneedling treatment is a consultation with your medical practitioner. They will evaluate your eligibility for the treatment. If you’re pregnant or taking certain acne medication, you may not be eligible.

Our Provider is Ashley Drapeau, PA-C, L.Ac., MPAS, MAC. 

Microneedling providers recommend that patients adhere to the following guidelines to ensure optimal results and minimize potential side effects:

  • Avoid exfoliation, laser treatments, and facials for two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Discontinue the use of acne medications for several weeks or months, as directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Stop using retinoid products to reduce skin sensitivity.
  • Avoid blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medications for one week to reduce the risk of bruising.
  • Refrain from tanning or extensive sun exposure for two weeks.
  • Avoid consuming coffee or alcohol for 24 hours before the treatment.
  • Do not take fish oil supplements for 48 hours, as they can increase bleeding risk.
  • Ensure adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water for several days leading up to the treatment.
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