INITIAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT
The initial assessment is where we get to know each other, and this is what you can expect:
We will ask you A LOT of Questions - this knowledge will help us assess your overall health
The questions will relate to your current symptoms for your facial and hair concerns, as well as physical and mental health concerns. This may include past treatments, patient and family medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional health
Your pulse will be taken on both wrists
We will look at your tongue
After this, all the data will be pulled together to come up with a treatment plan
We will discuss your treatment options, and chose the most appropriate treatment plan for you
You will also receive your first treatment
BEFORE YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT
Write down and bring any questions you have, as we are here to help you
For a proper tongue diagnosis:
Avoid brushing your tongue before treatment
Try not to consume beverages that may stain your tongue, such as coffee and candies
Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit, however, a small snack is recommended
Be honest when answering questions, all answers are confidential and aide in your treatment
Our treatment sessions are 60 minutes in length so please use the bathroom prior to
Do not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours before or after treatment
Please remove all facial make up and cream
Avoid any Retinol products for one week before treatment
AFTER YOUR INITIAL ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT
Slowly get up from the table as you could feel slightly light-headed and/or dizzy
DRINK PLENTY of WARM WATER to help eliminate toxins out of the body
Avoid using Ice and Cold packs as they will slow the progress made during the treatment
We recommend that you try to relax after so you can feel the whole benefit of each treatment
Between visits, take note of any changes that may have occurred, so you can report back to your acupuncturist at your next appointment
follow the post micro acupuncture treatment protocol as listed below
MACRO - ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture works by stimulating your body’s natural energy flow, this flow nourishes the body and allows it to function smoothly and efficiently. Any disruption or blockage of the flow of energy could result in an unbalance in the body (ie. decrease function or pain). Acupuncture aims to correct this flow of energy, and thereby restore function and balance within the body.
COMMON USES FOR ACUPUNCTURE
Mental-Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia
Respiratory System: Acute Bronchitis, Asthma, Sinusitis, Common Cold, Allergies
Gastro-intestinal Disorders: Acid Reflux, Gastritis, Ulcer (pain relief), Constipation, Diarrhea
Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Headache and migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ), Peripheral neuropathies, Bedwetting, “Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”, Sciatica, Low-back pain, Osteoarthritis
Gynecological Issues: Infertility, Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction), Breech position in pregnancy, Induction of labour
Cancer Treatments: Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?
Once the needles are inserted into the acupuncture point, it is common to experience a sensation of warmth, tingling or tightness in the area. Other sensations include numbness, a mild electrical sensation that lasts for a few seconds, soreness, pulsation like waves. These are all good sensations, and everyone can experience this differently. However, if for some reason you feel a sharp, and/or uncomfortable pain, it is important to communicate with the practitioner right away so they can remove the needle and decide on the next step. Next steps could include, moving the needle location over just slightly or using a completely different point to help get the same desired results.
Common physical reactions to an acupuncture treatment are feeling of light-headedness, slight disorientation and/or euphoria after the treatment. Therefore, it is very important to get up slowly from the treatment.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Side effects are rare, however, the occasional patient may experience slight bruising at the point of needle insertion. If a patient is extremely nervous about using needles, is exhausted or fatigued or is experiencing low blood sugar from not eating for a long time before the treatment, they might be more prone to faintness, chilliness and perhaps slight nausea. We recommend talking about any of these situations with your practitioner before the treatment, to ensure to minimize these risks.
WHAT IS DERMA MICRO-NEEDLING?
Micro-needling is a natural treatment that helps rejuvenate the skin without surgery. We use a Health Canada approved eDermaStamp pen with 6 micro needles that penetrate the skin with a series of vertical “stamps”. The body recognizes that there’s been local trauma to the skin and during the healing process more collagen, elastin, growth factors, and fibrin are released into the area. The results: less dark spots, lines and wrinkles and acne scars, toner and firmer skin, less dark circles, improved complexion and a natural healthy glow to the face.
HOW DOES MICRO-NEEDLING WORK?
Micro-needling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy because as the micro needles penetrate through the epidermis, it stimulates a healing reaction. The body recognizes that there's been trauma at the local site and recruits collagen, fibrin, elastin and nutrients to heal the area. The induced collagen forms a new confluent layer, hence giving the skin a smoother and more youthful look.
WHAT IS A MICRO-NEEDLING TREATMENT LIKE?
The skin is first cleansed with a cleanser. Then, a numbing anesthetic cream will be applied and left on for 20 minutes. Bioactive agents such as Hyaluronic Acid and injectable grade Vitamin C are applied and micro-needling begins. The micro-needling pen helps create channels to deliver these anti-aging infusions into the dermal layers below the skin surface. Micro-needling treatments are typically 60-minute treatments. You may experience minor signs of redness or irritation, like a mild sunburn. The progressive healing process may take 12 to 48 hours. Final results are typically achieved within four to six weeks.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO COME?
The healing process happens at home after the treatment is given. Depending on the desired results and skin conditions, patients are recommended to come back every 6 weeks for 2 to 3 more treatments. Most obvious results are seen after the third treatment. Patients can maintain their rejuvenated skin by coming in every 2-4 months for a Micro-needling treatment and by following the Dermaroller home protocol.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?
When done right, micro-needling is one of the most well-tolerated anti-aging treatments available.
However, risks do exist:
Infections/Cellulitis - viral, bacterial, and fungal infections can occur anytime the integrity of the skin is compromised.
Pigment Change - failure to follow post treatment instructions can raise the risk for hyperpigmentation. You must avoid excessive s sun exposure for 1 to 2 weeks after a micro-needling treatment. Do not apply sunscreen for 48 hours post treatment. After the skin has calmed down begin to wear a daily SPF facial moisturizer.
Scarring - abnormal scars may appear. To minimize the risk, Avoid picking or peeling the skin during healing period.
Pain - slight burning, scratchy and irritated sensation. This is usually temporary and is gone within a few hours after treatment. A sudden reappearance of redness or pain is a sign of infection and you should notify your health care professional immediately.
Persistent Redness, Itching, and/or Swelling - these are normal symptoms that rarely persists longer than 24 hours. Treatments received less than 4 weeks apart may induce prolonged symptoms.
Allergic Reaction/Granulomas - micro-needling increases penetration of topical substances, therefore may cause hypersensitivity to products. Minimize the risk by using topicals made for micro-needling (broken skin barriers)
Redness, irritation, pin-point bleeding, heat sensation, itchiness, and swelling - with most side effects subsiding within 12-24 hours. On rare occasions, rashes and reactions leading to infections may occur. Hyper-pigmentation is also another rare possibility but usually subside after a few weeks.
CONTRAINDICATIONS TO MICRO-NEEDLING
• Active infection of any type (bacterial,
viral, or fungal)
• Active acne
• Blood thinner medications
• Cardiac disease/abnormalities
• Chemotherapy or radiation
• Collagen Vascular Disease
• Eczema, Psoriasis, or Dermatitis
• Hemophilia / bleeding disorders
• Hormone Replacement Therapy
• Keloid/hypertrophic scaring*
• Lactation / Pregnancy (dry needling is ok)
• Recent chemical peel procedure
• Accutane (wait 6-12 months)
• Recent use of problematic topical product • Active Rosacea
• Skin Cancer
• Severe telangiectasia/erythema
• Vascular lesions (hemangiomas)
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Fillers – avoid needling for at least 2 weeks
HOW CAN I BOOK A MICRO-NEEDLE APPOINTMENT?
Book Online by selecting “Micro-Macro Acupuncture Initial Assessment.”
HOW DO YOU BILL FOR A MICRO-MACRO NEEDLE APPOINTMENT?
Because this treatment is provided by our Registered Acupuncturist, you may be able to claim it as an Acupuncture visit through your health insurance plan. Please check with your insurance company to see what type of visit your policy covers as we do not have access to that information. We direct bill over 22 insurance companies. Please note that only the visit portion may be submitted to insurance while the supplies fee will be out-of-pocket.