Cosmetic Acupuncture is the use of fine needles on specific points on the face to preserve a youthful look. This type of cosmetic treatment has been done for centuries in China and other Asian countries and it is now becoming popular in the US.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is performed with the goal of creating collagen just under the skin to help fill in wrinkles and plump skin while balancing the body’s energy and creating a sense of well being. Increasingly, patients are opting for natural treatments over the knife, Botox or other pharmaceutical injectables. The cosmetic treatment brightens and smoothes the skin and the sagging skin gets lifted in a natural way, not like a surgical procedure because it’s not that drastic. Most patients seek this kind of treatment to improve their looks and erase some of the toll time can take on all our faces. Patients also find out that an added benefit to the cosmetic treatment is the increase sense of well being that comes with it.
A study published in 1996 by the International Journal of Acupuncture said that 300 patients surveyed, 90% said they saw a lessening of lines, clearer skin tone and subtle tightening. Sessions can take from 60 to 75 minutes each and a series of 10 sessions is recommended for optimum results. Sessions cost differs in different area and can range from $125 to $200 per session.
Furthermore, we can also get great results with biopuncture which involves injection of small amounts of liquid into acupuncture points or trigger points just under the skin. The injections deliver vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into the skin to nourish and rejuvenate, promote production of collagen and elastin. As your skin age, circulation decreases and the resulting reduction of oxygen and nutrients hinders your body’s ability to flush out toxins. This technique is very effective for facial rejuvenation, cellulite reduction and weight loss and it is also used in the treatment of pain, migraine headaches, cold, flu, allergies, auto immune disease and more. Anyone is a candidate who is seeking a treatment option for wrinkles and sagging skin without the use of anesthesia and surgery. Results vary depending on skin type and lifestyle but on average patients notice a visible difference after 2 to 3 sessions. Patients commonly describe their skin as looking rested, radiant, glowing and firmer. Biopuncture can be used as a supplement or as an alternative to many anti-aging regimens, including Botox, peels, facelifts, laser resurfacing and fillers. The most commonly injected substances are very low dose homeopathic formulations, vitamins and amino acids.
When looking for a practitioner, make sure to look for a board certified Acupuncture Physician in your area.