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Acupuncture in facial feminization recovery

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved acupuncture as an adjuvant therapy for pain management. For our patients, the goals of acupuncture in facial feminization are adapted to their typical postoperative circumstances: to alleviate inflammation, pain and stress after FFS surgery. This translates into quality sleep and the relaxation needed for a more satisfactory ffs healing experience.

Acupuncture in Facial Feminization Surgery

The strategy of acupuncture in facial feminization patients is two-fold:

  1. Regulate the energy meridians to re-balance the flow of fluids blocked after an operation, so inflammation may subside.
  2. Increase the level of endorphins in the system, substances with analgesic effects.

Medical acupuncture therapy for facial feminisation patients

“We may use different techniques that complement each other: auriculotherapy, acupuncture, electroacupuncture and laser acupuncture.”  Dr. Jiménez’s protocols for acupuncture play in important part in your FFS Journey.

As Facialteam’s acupuncturist for facial feminization patients explains, “The therapy is relaxing, creating the sense of well-being optimal for post-operative healing.

We can say that acupuncture is a very safe therapy technique, performed by an experienced professional, since it practically never has adverse effects.”

Dr. Manuel Jiménez – Clinical Neurophysiology & Medical Acupuncturist

Facialteam offers patients a method of distal acupuncture which acts on the meridians of the head, face and neck, yet stimulating them from a distance. This way, we treat the facial area without the need for acupuncture directly on recently operated tissue.

Depending on the performed facial feminization procedure and their health status, needles may be inserted in either legs or arms, or in all four members. One or two sessions are provided for each patient within the first week after surgery when the benefits are at a maximum.

The objective is to correct the energy balance of the meridians of the face, head and neck to accelerate the natural physiological processes of tissue regeneration and homeostasis. In addition, the powerfully relaxing anti-stress effect of acupuncture in facial feminization patients helps with sleep regulation when it is needed most.

Very fine caliber acupuncture needles of sterilized stainless steel (0.22 mm) come with a silicone coating for minimally noticeable insertion. However, drops of blood may appear in the puncture sites when removing the needle, which is easily resolved by applying gentle pressure. Sometimes, a slight bruise may appear around the needle sites.

About the Acupuncture Specialist

Dr. Jiménez is a licensed medical practitioner with a masters in Clinical Neurophysiology, with decades of experience within the government health service of Andalusia. He is also a Medical Acupuncturist, with memberships in the Spanish medical societies of Neurophysiologist, Epilepsy and Acupuncturists and published author of scientific research on related studies.

Empirical and scientific evidence exists to support the benefits of acupuncture, manual therapies and several medicinal plants for chronic or mild conditions. For instance, the effectiveness of acupuncture, a popular treatment for relieving pain, has been demonstrated both through numerous clinical trials and laboratory experiments. As a result, 90% of pain clinics in the United Kingdom and 70% in Germany include acupuncture as a form of treatment.

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About the author

Hello world! My name's Lilia Koss! With a background in humanities and diverse professional experiences, I've accumulated 11 years now working in the field of trans healthcare. Involved from the ground up when the business idea was just a seed within a clinic until it gradually transformed into the main focus of our activity. Like any startup, I have had hands in many pots: from workflows, customer journeys, social media, public relations, customer service, sales and coordination, content, web... Now life is more defined. Lately, I focus my energies on Public Relations, Social Media and copywriting of quality for our target during my day-to-day. Plus, the organization of annual educational orientation events around the world aimed at raising visibility of gender-affirming healthcare. Life is pretty complete.