Cupping for Facial Rejuvenation
The body’s lymphatic system is a network of tissues, nodes, and lymph—a fluid containing white blood cells—which work together to help eliminate toxins, waste, infections, and other substances from throughout the body.
Often, puffiness in the face (edema) can indicate congestion in this system, caused by stagnant fluid that thickens in the lymph reservoir areas. Headaches, sinus issues, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, chronic inflammation, and other dysfunctions may also be related to blocked drainage in the head, neck and face.
One of the most effective treatments to restore optimal function is lymphatic drainage and liquefaction through negative pressure soft tissue release. Facial cupping, also known as vacuum therapy, is a safe and gentle lymphatic drainage modality offered by Studio Brava.
How Cupping Therapy Works
Facial lymphatic drainage cupping supports the elimination of waste, toxin, and fluid buildup in the face and neck.
Your cupping therapist may start by cleaning the skin, applying therapeutic essential oils, and giving your face a light massage. She will then use small, customized cups with rubber bulbs on one end to create gentle suction while making downward strokes on the face, neck, and upper chest in particular gliding patterns. This manual method mimics the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage and replicates the effect of top esthetic equipment.
Continued repetition of the vacuum-like strokes help to lift the layers of the skin, separate it from connective tissue, and liquefy thickened lymph areas so fluid can drain naturally via the blood vessels. The result is enhanced blood circulation, oxygenated cells, and nourished tissues. Applying moist heat before the treatment may also assist to dissolve blockages.
A facial cupping session typically lasts for about 45 minutes. Most patients find this therapy to be very relaxing and some even fall asleep during the procedure.
Benefits of Facial Lymphatic Drainage
There are numerous positive health effects of facial cupping therapy. Benefits from even a single treatment can be impressive and results from continued treatments are cumulative. For optimal results, it is recommended that treatments are done 2–3 times per week—the total number of sessions depends upon the patient’s skin condition, age, and diet routine.
Benefits of facial lymphatic drainage include:
- Improved local circulation of the skin
- Increased nutrients to the epidermis
- Enhanced absorption of topical applications
- Reduced edema and chronic puffiness
- Decreased inflammation
- Relief from sinus infections and earaches
- Alleviation of headaches and migraines
- Relaxation of muscles affecting TMJ
- Diminished expression lines and tension
If you are scheduled to have any sort of facial surgery or procedure, cupping is a highly effective therapy for preparation and recovery. Pre-surgical lymphatic drainage can decrease recovery time and minimize discoloration and swelling from rhinoplasty, face lifts, melanoma removal, and other procedures. Postoperative cupping can help reduce scar tissue, integrate skin grafts, and support soft tissue function.
In addition to the medical benefits, many women across Europe, Asia, and Russia have relied on facial cupping for hundreds of years to eliminate wrinkles and smooth their complexions.