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Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli


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Microneedling By Desiree Merulli, L.Ac., EAMP, RYT

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
Microneedling by Desiree Merulli

As a acupuncturist specializing in holistic rejuvenation and wellness, I am excited to offer a new service to help my patients feel their best. Microneedling is one of the earlier forms of acupuncture. The 7 Star Hammer or Plum Blossom Needle was used since ancient times for healing, rejuvenation and even hair loss.

Dermal pens are a modern version of these tools. I use a medical grade, professional use only pen for my patients. This pen penetrates the skin to the ideal depth to create collagen induction and tighten and lift the skin.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling Therapy also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), and Percutaneous (through the skin) Collagen Induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of the Microneedle Pen.

The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled injury at a specific depth. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body’s natural healing process to fill these micro wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply. 

With Microneedling, the top layer of the skin is parted without being damaged, leaving the skin intact. It does not “burn” your skin like peels or more invasive lasers. The needle penetration depth can be adjusted from 0.25mm to 2.50mm into the skin depending on the area of the body and the skin condition being treated. Using skin needling consistently will trigger the body’s repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.

Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
Reclaim Your Best Skin

How Is Professional Microneedling Different Than At Home Treatments?

The mechanism of action differs between the professional grade devices and home devices. The professional device, AcuMicro, uses a vertical action at 18,000rpm, versus a rolling action or vibrating action that can cause excess damage to the skin.

Microneedling Combined With Plant Stem Cell Serums

Microneedling can be used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid and other serums to hydrate and heal the skin.  Plant stem cell serums are available and may be added on to your treatment to address specific issues such as dark circles, pigmentation, and sagging skin.

The micro-channels created by the needles allow for deeper penetration of topical serums for more effective results. This procedure can increase the skin’s ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000 %.

What Is Nano Needling?

Both the Nano and microneedling treatments use a pen like device that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.

Nano needling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin but the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips. Nanoneedling does not puncture the skin and is used in specific cases, or in the more sensitive eye areas to help significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles with each treatment.

These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .15 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin. 

What Can Microneedling Treat?

  • Acne Scars
  • Fins Lines & Moderate Wrinkles
  • Pore Size
  • Texture
  • Tone
  • Scars
  • Photo Aging & Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Hiar Loss
  • Dry Skin 

What is included with each session?

With every session, medical grade hyaluronic serum is applied to your skin to increase hydration and skin healing. I also include a numbing cream soothing facial mask.

You may upgrade your treatment with Plant stem cell serums to address specific concerns such as under eye discoloration and bags, pigmentation imbalances, & skin sagging for additional fee.

Can I Have Microneedling If I’ve Had Cosmetic Surgery, Botox Or Injectable Fillers?

Yes.  Microneedling helps to speed healing and stimulates your natural collagen production and cell metabolism.  We will work together to optimize your results and other procedures.

In General:

Botox: I recommend waiting 2 weeks after Botox before microneedling on the face.

Cosmetic Fillers: The cosmetic-type injectable fillers take about 14-28 days to integrate into your skin’s collagen structure.

Cosmetic Surgery: If you are having a surgical procedure, I recommend non-cosmetic acupuncture treatments before and after your surgery, as this will increase your body’s healing mechanisms.  Acupuncture before surgery will boost your immunity, and acupuncture post surgery will help speed your recovery while reducing swelling and bruising.

Do I Need To Take Time Off Work?

The treatments don’t require any downtime, however you will be red for 24 hours.  If you are planning a special occasion, I recommend completing your sessions 2-4 weeks ahead of your event.  For individuals who are on blood thinners or bruise easily, Arnica gel/cream and pellets can help minimize bruising.  Limiting sugar, processed foods and alcohol before and during treatment will lower inflammation systemically while reducing any chances of bruising.

You will be given a sheet with aftercare instructions.


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Acupuncture Relieves Headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches
Stop suffering from headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches. Painful headaches are inconvenient, debilitating, and consuming. A Harvard Medical School article shows Acupuncture Relieves Headaches.

Get help now with acupuncture at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness. Start feeling better after your first session and reduce intensity and frequency of headaches with your treatment plan.

Insurance accepted.

Desiree’s office hours are Tues-Fri 9:30-6:30 and Sat 10-3.

Easy appointment booking online: www.merulli.com

Get that spring back in your step. ⁠

Tips for Winter Blues


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10 Tips for Winter Blues

We’ve all been there before. Struggling to get out of bed, feeling lethargic and unmotivated. Here are some tips I’ve recommended to my patients over the years.

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  1. Create movement. Run. Dance. Treadmill. Walk up and down the stairs in your building. Even some light stretching or yoga at home will help clear out stagnation in your system. The physical and emotional body are interwoven. You may have noticed when you are really upset or really happy how it effects how your body feels. The principle holds true for changing your mood or mindset by moving your body.
  2. Go outside. Being outside in nature will lift your mood even if its yucky out. Look upward toward the sky and roll your shoulders back to a comfortable posture, rolling your hands/ thumbs outward. You’ll change the alignment of your body to a more open relaxed state-a much needed reprieve from the hunched forward texting pose.
  3. Eat well. Choosing leafy greens will provide nutrients and also cleanse stagnation. The bitterness of the greens improves digestion and will provide clean nutrition without a heavy feeling.
  4. Listen to vigorous uplifting music. Feel free to move or jump while listening. Avoid dismal sounding music.
  5. Treat yourself. Self care is crucial. This includes getting extra sleep if you need it.
  6. Brighten up your environment. Make sure you have adequate lighting at home and work, especially when the days are shorter. While natural sunlight is better, any light will stimulate your brain’s photoreceptors. If you are lying in bed, trying to find the motivation to get up, you can place your cell phone over your forehead/eyebrows (third eye center/Ajna chakra) and use that forbidden blue light that keeps us awake at night to help wake us up in the morning.
  7. Have a glass of water. An Ayurvedic hack to help someone feel better is to give them a glass of water. This works well whether its irritability or depression. We are all a little dehydrated and its easy to forget to drink water in the colder months. Water helps us recenter. You may also add just a pinch of sea salt to your water to help with electrolyte balance. Check with your physician first if you were told to avoid salt for any reason.
  8. Help others. Taking a moment to focus on something outside yourself will lighten your mood. Hold open doors for others, smile (see tip #9 if this bugs you), let people in during heavy traffic, send a note to someone.
  9. Smile. This is contraversial for some as being told to smile and be nice isn’t always in your best interest. In this case though, I am suggesting you smile for yourself first. There is a neurological connection between your facial expression and your mood. Smiling makes you feel and look better too.
  10. Come in for a tune-up. Acupuncture can lift your mood and boost your metabolism.


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11 Anxiety Tips

As we transition into the Fall and Winter season, I am reminded of how many people suffer from anxiety. Whether its from social pressures or the natural darker weather months, here are my top 11 anxiety tips:

Anxiety can be treated with acupuncture.
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  1. Take a time-out.  This little hack shouldn’t be limited to kids.  Stepping back from a stressful situation or person will give you some perspective and allow you to think and respond more clearly.
  2. Set boundaries.  This goes for your time commitments, activities, friendships, work and health.   Establishing boundaries is a form of self-respect and self-care.
  3. Eat nutritional meals on schedule with your body’s needs.  Keep healthy snacks like nuts and avocados around for a quick fuel source when you’re under pressure. 
  4. Limit stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety. 
  5. Get proper sleep. Most people are sleep deprived. Try a calming Valerian or chamomile tea a few hours before bedtime.  Melatonin supplements can be helpful if you start with a lose dose and increase as needed.  Always ask your healthcare provider first about supplements and interactions with your current medications and health conditions.
  6. Take a warm bath.  Water can be very grounding for most people.
  7. Exercise.  Find a type of movement that is fun. Dance, walk, yoga, even walking around the block or up the stairs at work will help you rebalance.
  8. Take deep breaths.  Focus on exhaling out longer than you inhale.  This will help calm and reset your nervous system.
  9. Do the best you can and be kind to yourself.
  10. Go outside. Even If the weather is gloomy, the fresh air will help rebalance your mood and move out stagnant energy.
  11. Get Acupuncture. In a recent study, acupuncture outperformed drug for anxiety treatment.
Acupuncture helps ease anxiety
Acupuncture helps ease anxiety. Image © Antonio Guillem 

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L&I Covers Acupuncture

Injured At Work? Acupuncture Can Return You To Your Job Faster.

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) will now cover up to 10 acupuncture treatments in WA State for back pain related to a work injury.

The criteria for coverage is that the pain must be a lumbar/low back pain work related injury. All you need to do is file a claim with your supervisor or HR department, and see your doctor for an acupuncture referral for L&I benefits.

I am a registered provider for Acupuncture L&I benefits. Please bring in your claim number and I will take care of the billing for you.

 

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Suffering from back pain at office. Get Relief With Acupuncture.


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October Wellness VIP Promo!

Its time to relax and restore yourself with this month’s VIP Package: Cosmetic Acupuncture + Aromatherapy Scalp Massage.

Lift & sculpt the face while revitalizing your body from within.

Promotes collagen production & reduces wrinkles & stress in the face.

Includes indulgent massage of the face + Luxuriant Scalp massage infused with organic essential oils.
Aromatherapy Scalp Massage
Cosmetic Acupuncture + Aromatherapy Scalp Massage $135 (Value $145)
Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

Book your October VIP Wellness session right here

Package Includes Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation + Aromatherapy Scalp Massage.

Limited Time Offer: Purchase Between 10/1-10/31.

Not combinable with other offers or insurance.
Book Your VIP Wellness Session!

Check out this post for Cosmetic Acupuncture FAQ


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September Wellness Package!

You are invited to saunter into fall with the ultimate seasonal tune-up:

Acupuncture + 30 Minute massage

May your autumn be filled with peace and relaxation.

See you soon,

Desiree



Acupuncture:
* Improves your mental focus & productivity.
* Reduces the effects of stress on your body.
* Calms your mind.
* Improves your sleep
* increases your energy

Package Includes Acupuncture Treatment + 30 Massage Therapy session.

Limited Time Offer: Purchase Online Between 9/3-9/30.

Not combinable with other offers or insurance.


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August Self Care Promo!

You are invited to take time for yourself at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness.

This month I am featuring The Cosmetic Acupuncture + LED package.

Wishing a Happy Summer!

See you soon,

Desiree


Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation + Celluma LED Light Therapy

Lift & sculpt the face while revitalizing your body from within. Promotes collagen production & reduces acne, wrinkles & stress in the face.

The addition of LED therapy increases the production of collagen & elastin, increases blood circulation, decreases inflammation, improving skin and mood.

Includes Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment, face massage + Celluma LED Light Therapy session.

Upgrade your skin and wellbeing!

Desiree Merulli, L.Ac., EAMP, RYT, is nationally board certified by the NCCAOM, and is licensed by the state of Washington for Acupuncture Eastern Medicine and Massage Therapy.

She holds additional certification in Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, Acupoint Injection Therapy, Reiki, and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).

Desiree maintains an active lifestyle with Yoga, Running and Crossfit and teaches free weekly Power Vinyasa classes.


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May Self-care Promo: Shirodhara

This month’s self-care promo, Shirodhara, is both grounding and luxurious. Shiro in Sanskrit means head, and Dhara means flow. This treatment begins with gentle massage of your hands and feet, then warm oil is poured over your forehead and scalp. Most people deeply relax and fall asleep during their session.

Wishing a Happy Spring!

Desiree
Luxuriant, Calming Shirodhara Treatment.
Luxuriant, Calming Shirodhara Treatment.
May Self-Care Promo!

What are the benefits of Shirodhara?

▪Reduces headaches, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and irritability
▪Leaves your hair soft and silky
▪Regulates the endocrine system
▪Softens facial lines and refreshes your complexion
▪Improves sleep
▪Engages your parasympathetic nervous system, providing deep relaxation and mental clarity
▪Enhances other therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, massage and meditation

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Cosmetic Acupuncture FAQ


COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE FACIAL REJUVENATION

How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?

While any acupuncture treatment will make you look and feel better, Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation specifically focuses on improving your appearance while simultaneously treating the underlying factors causing aging.

Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation includes body points to stimulate metabolism, whole body rejuvenation, and healing from within.   This activates deep relaxation of the body and mind. Strategically placed facial points lift and tone the face, while stimulating collagen to fill in fine lines and soften skin.

What happens during each session?

During your first treatment, we will discuss your health history and treatment goals.  I will then place the points and allow you to rest comfortably one the treatment table.  Most people fall into a restorative sleep as I am placing the points.  After I remove the points, you will receive a gentle face and scalp massage to promote further circulation and relaxation.

What is the course of treatment?

The first course of treatment is 12 sessions administered twice weekly followed by monthly or quarterly maintenance visits.  Most people report they have a radiant glow and feel better after the first session.  The effects become most noticeable and lasting around the seventh session.  Everyone responds differently depending on his or her constitution and lifestyle.  After the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions prolong the results for 5-10 years.

You will receive tailored recommendations for at home care such as self-massage, exercise and healthy diet.

Do I need a separate series of treatments for each area of concern?

No.  We will treat all your concerns at once.

I have studied three different styles of Cosmetic Acupuncture and have formulated my own protocol, customized to the individual.  My treatment philosophy is to lift and tone all the facial and neck structures while promoting collagen and elastin to flourish in the tissues.  I also “spot” treat the specific areas of concern as this varies with everyone.

Does it really work?

A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment.  Acupuncture has been treating and preventing illnesses for thousands of years.  The efficacy of acupuncture is due to its direct effect on balancing the body’s bioelectric system.

Why should I choose Cosmetic Acupuncture over Cosmetic surgery?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a holistic way to look and feel better without surgery. It costs far less than cosmetic procedures and is safe and effective. No extended recovery time is needed.  Refresh your appearance while enhancing your overall health and wellbeing.

Can I have this treatment if I have had cosmetic surgery, Botox or injectable fillers?

Yes.

Acupuncture helps to speed healing and stimulates your natural collagen production and cell metabolism.  We will work together to optimize your results and other procedures.

Botox: I recommend waiting 2 weeks after Botox before acupuncture on the face.

Cosmetic Fillers: The cosmetic-type injectable fillers take about 7-10 days to integrate into your skin’s collagen structure. We would work around the injected area during that timeframe.

Cosmetic Surgery: If you are having a surgical procedure, I recommend non-cosmetic acupuncture treatments before and after your surgery because this will increase your body’s healing mechanisms.  Acupuncture before surgery will boost your immunity, and acupuncture post surgery will help speed your recovery while reducing swelling.

What does it treat?

My patients report the following results:

  • Improve firmness of your neck & face
  • Eliminate facial puffiness
  • Reduce bags around the eyes
  • Eliminate fine lines
  • diminish the appearance of deeper wrinkles
  • Improve metabolism
  • Increase collagen production & cell renewal
  • Balance hormones & reduce acne
  • Improve facial color and circulation
  • Reduce scars
  • Minimize double chins
  • Reduce stress in the face
  • Bring out your natural glow
  • Slow the aging process from within
  • Better sleep and energy

Used as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD), this procedure may eliminate as many as 5-15 years from the face.  Your authentic glow will emerge as the treatment releases the cumulative stress, tension and emotions held in the face and body.  More than just a cosmetic procedure; your whole body look and feel better.

Do I need to take time off work while undergoing treatment?

The treatments don’t require any downtime and many people come in on their lunch hour.  If you are seeking treatment for a special occasion, I recommend completing your sessions 2-4 weeks ahead of your event.  For individuals who are on blood thinners or bruise easily, Arnica gel/cream and pellets can help minimize bruising.  Limiting sugar, processed foods and alcohol before and during treatment will lower inflammation systemically while reducing any chances of bruising.

Post Treatment Care

After treatment, please keep yourself protected from wind, and extreme temperature changes. Please rest, drink plenty of water and eat moderately.

Treatment Packages Available.

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Self Care for 2019!

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