As we age, our faces change shape – they get wider, longer, show more lines and wrinkles. Skin products, beauty regimens, minor aesthetic treatments and cosmetic surgery can help, but many of us are looking for non-invasive options. This is where Kogao therapy comes in handy.
Kogao therapy is based on the Japanese beauty aesthetic that a narrow, oval face, preferably ending with a V-shaped jaw is ideal. This therapy was developed to adhere to many women’s desire to have this look. There have been many controversial discussions about this, and while there are some who have resorted to plastic surgery in their quest, Kogao therapy is a much more suitable option.
Other than aesthetic purposes, Kogao therapy also benefits lymphatic health and may correct facial alignment, which can be affected by sleeping or chewing too much on one side, and even from the grinding of teeth, causing tight facial muscles. We spoke to Michael Yap, an osteopath, about what this therapy entails and its benefits.
Besides the obvious aesthetic purposes, what other benefits does Japanese Kogao therapy offer?
Manipulating meridian points at a deep level stimulates the production of collagen and helps regenerate the skin. This restores skin elasticity and reduces lines and wrinkles. It can also help correct and contour the jawline. Other than aesthetic purposes, this therapy manipulates lymph nodes to remove toxins from the lymphatic system. This, in turn, improves blood circulation, immunity and metabolises blood congestion. The therapy also helps with pain relief in the neck, face and scalp and encourages relaxation.
Is Japanese Kogao therapy safe?
Although Japanese Kogao treatment is natural, non-invasive and generally safe, it’s not advisable for pregnant women and patients with cancer and auto-immune diseases.
What actually happens during this therapy?
The treatment takes about 45 minutes and begins with a deep cleansing of the face to prevent dirt or makeup from entering the intradermal tissue. This is followed by a deep massage done by hand and focusing on the meridian points across the face. The therapy is based on improving blood circulation and absorption, so this is the optimal time to apply a facial mask. We also encourage having some herbal tea as part of the relaxation process during the therapy.
Will there be any discomfort felt?
There will definitely be pressure felt especially when the meridian points are targeted. There’s also the possibility of some soreness and redness, which only lasts a short while.
What is the difference between Kogao therapy and Gua Sha?
The main difference is that Kogao therapy is less invasive and doesn’t leave any petechiae (small raised spots caused by broken capillaries). Gua Sha is a practice of repeated pressed strokes on the surface of the skin with a scraping massage tool, which can result in some blemishes after the treatment. Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that can be used all over the body to improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, while Japanese Kogao therapy targets facial meridian points and helps improve facial structures.