Most every day at Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Care, we receive questions from past, present or future patients regarding different therapies and treatments, fees and rates, appointments and consultations, privacy and confidentiality … you name it.
And, rightfully so, as the history, range, and growth of our center can inspire curiosity, stimulate discussion, promote research, challenge beliefs, and, very often, encourage a life-changing course of treatment of an acute or a chronic medical condition or problem.
While it’s not possible to list every question asked by patients, following is a sampling of the most frequently asked questions involving Acupuncture Therapy, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, and Cosmetic MicroNeedling therapy that we offer at our center:
When needles are used as part of an acupuncture treatment, they are ultra-thin and flexible, almost as thin as a strand of hair, thereby permitting a nearly painless (shallow) insertion into the skin at any one of 2,000 or more acupuncture points in the body. A few patients have compared it to the feeling or sensation of a mosquito bite. When magnets or what’s known as low-level lasers are used in acupuncture therapy, it’s safe to say that the treatment is totally free of any pain or sensation.
As the patient who is undergoing treatment, you always are in control; you can stop treatment at any time. Most treatments are performed while you comfortably rest on a padded table or sitting in soft leather reclining chair. The treatment rooms are quiet, with only the sound of soothing music in the background. Most treatment sessions last about 45 to 60 minutes and many patients fall asleep during treatment. While most patients welcome the calm, serene environment during treatment, you have the option to take a short break or discontinue the session if you desire. Every patient is different, so you can be assured that we will accommodate your needs and wishes at all times before, during, and after treatment.
No two patients and their conditions are alike, and because each one responds differently to treatment, it’s virtually impossible to determine or project the length of time or number treatments that will be needed to bring relief and promote healing. However, our goal at the center always has been and always will be to alleviate your symptoms/problems and accelerate your body’s own healing process as quickly as possible.
We provide a discreet, caring environment for all patients at all times. All personal and treatment issues are maintained in the strictest confidence at all times, as well. Often, staff members themselves do not know the purpose or reason for a patient’s visit, consultation, appointment, or treatment.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics
Following a treatment session, patients should avoid the item(s) for at least two hours, if possible. It is recommended that patients avoid excessive or extended contact with the item(s) until the following day.
At Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Care, we use the highly-regarded AcuMicro Needle Pen that contains multiple, specialized acupuncture needles (thinner than a strand of hair) to create microscopic-sized holes or punctures in the skin, which are so small or thin that they can’t be seen by the naked eye. The penetration of the needles in the skin creates a channel that prompts the body to fill the holes with new collagen and elastin, which help to promote new firmness or smoothness of the skin. Before the MicroNeedling procedure begins, a topical anesthetic cream is applied to numb the treatment area to any brief discomfort or tenderness that might occur during the procedure. The pen makes such tiny opening in the skin that they are barely noticeable after the procedure, which can take about 25 minutes to complete depending on the type of treatment.
MicroNeedling is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure that uses a pen-like device containing multiple acupuncture needles to address a variety of skin problems or conditions including complexion, pores, scars, texture, stretch marks, oiliness, pigmentation, and hair regrowth, in addition to fine lines and wrinkles. In contrast, Botox mainly addresses or is limited to treating skin problems involving only lines, wrinkles, and folds with injections of botulinum toxin to limit muscle movement, which helps to prevent the formation of frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and furrowed eyebrows, for example.
Below are some of the key advantages and benefits of MicroNeedling:
- Stimulates production of collagen and circulation
- Treats all areas of body (including delicate skin around the eyes, mouth, and neck)
- Works on all skin types, including dark skin
- Uses safe and non-allergenic medical grade needles
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines (e.g., upper lip wrinkles, crow’s feet, “smoker’s lines”)
- Improves appearance of scars, including acne scarring
- Reduces skin discoloration and dullness
- Addresses sun spots and other pigmentation issues
- Minimizes pore size
- Improves appearance of stretch marks