What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is a body and face “scraping” technique part of the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The ancient healing technique is mentioned in the Shanghan Lun, a Chinese medical text on illness from BC 220.

In TCM, Gua Sha is believed to move blood and qi, the vital energy that guides us physically and mentally. Initially used as a body treatment, the most common conditions and symptoms treated with Gua Sha include:

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder and neck tension
  • Poor circulation
  • Scar tissue

Early practitioners wanted to obtain “Sha,” redness that encourages skin healing. Gua Sha has since been adapted to facial therapies and promotes lymphatic drainage, eliminating bloating caused by stagnant fluid that causes puffiness. Additionally, the “scraping” motion has evolved into a more gentle gliding movement, offering benefits such as better product absorption.

With Gua Sha, you can experience the following:

  • A skin-lifting effect
  • Depuffing for a more even skin tone and texture
  • Facial sculpting results

While you’ll notice impressive results with only one treatment, a series of Gua Sha facials are recommended for the best results.

Gua Sha Facial at Avalon Laser

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How does Gua Sha work?

Deep tissue facial massage is essential for anti-aging. Because the facial muscles are used constantly, increasing circulation to these muscles sparks rejuvenation and healing on a muscular and cellular level. Additionally, deep facial stimulation boosts collagen and elastin production while relieving tight and tired areas showing the signs of aging.

Lymphatic drainage is an integral part of anti-aging because the stagnant lymphatic fluid in the skin can cause:

  • Puffiness
  • Dull, tired skin
  • Acne breakouts

The Gua Sha technique is applied with a specialized smooth angled stone to create a cooling sensation and pressure on the skin for deep muscle tissue activation. And by complementing the body's natural waste system, Gua Sha facilitates flushing the lymphatic fluid back through the lymph channels for removal. 

Does Gua Sha work with other aesthetic treatments?

At Avalon Laser, we like to call this BOTOX’s best friend! Gua Sha is an excellent maintenance treatment for beautiful skin, but it also helps prevent excessive muscle atrophy, which causes sagging or loss of elasticity over prolonged treatments. Because you cannot address this type of aging with topical products, deep muscle tissue activation with Gua Sha is the best method for total facial rejuvenation.

What are the benefits of a Gua Sha facial?

Gua Sha has the unique benefit of sculpting and lifting specific facial areas without fillers or surgery, such as:

  • Along the jawline
  • Cheekbones
  • Eyebrows

Some of the other benefits of a Gua Sha facial include the following:

  • Relaxing and de-stressing deep tissue facial massage
  • Detoxifying lymphatic drainage to help your body remove toxins
  • Stimulating blood circulation and collagen and elastin production
  • Facial sculpting and lifting
  • Reducing puffiness
  • Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  • No downtime
  • Immediate results that improve with time and repeated treatments

Why choose Avalon Laser for a Gua Sha Facial in San Diego?

A Gua Sha Facial from Avalon laser is one of the most holistically beneficial anti-aging treatments. We offer top-of-the-line aesthetic technology, and our staff is trained and certified in every procedure, helping you achieve youthful and glowing skin with innovative treatments at our boutique luxury skincare clinic. When you’re ready to experience the benefits of lymphatic drainage with a Gua Sha Facial, give us a call!

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