WHAT IS IT?
Around for more than 2,500 years, acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy whereby thin, hair-like needles are placed into certain points within the body to stimulate targeting healing and regulate the body’s natural functions. The main principal of acupuncture is that there are 12 primary meridians, or channels in the body, and stimulating acupoints on these meridians with ultra-thin needles encourages the free flow of blood and Qi (universal life energy) throughout the body to create healing and balance within the mind, body, and soul.
Acupuncture’s popularity in the West has been on the rise for over four decades, and it is now considered a safe and effective way of treating a multitude of conditions ranging from depression and addiction to back pain, migraines, and arthritis. And because acupuncture is believed to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen fibers, improve circulation, and relax muscles, it has been used throughout Asia for centuries as a means to enhance beauty and preserve a youthful look. For us Westerners, this has only recently become a recognized method for skin restoration and facial rejuvenation—a practice now known as cosmetic acupuncture.
According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the appearance of the face is a representation of the health and balance within a person’s internal organs, so as these organs are strengthened the face shows improvements accordingly. This is why cosmetic acupuncture goes far beyond aesthetic repair. Cosmetic acupuncture treatment uses super-fine needles to target underlying health issues that may be contributing to a deficient facial appearance. Furthermore, the needles are placed into problem areas on the face and neck, such as wrinkles or acne scarring, to promote nutrient-rich blood flow, stimulate muscle activity and toning, and encourage collagen growth, which all contribute to a more youthful and healthy-looking appearance.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The best candidates for cosmetic acupuncture are people who are looking for a natural, alternative way to reduce the signs of aging and improve their inner vitality for a more relaxed, healthy appearance to their face.
Cosmetic acupuncture may not be suitable for people with serious health conditions or who are pregnant or suffering from an acute illness; should you fall within these categories, you are strongly advised to consult your doctor to determine your candidacy for this treatment.
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?
Typically, cosmetic acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of 30 to 50 needles, with the majority of them on the face and head, and some on other parts of the body such as the arms, hands, lower legs, and feet. The duration of acupuncture treatment tends to be rather relaxing. Upon insertion of the hair-thin needle, the needling site may feel a dull aching, warm tingling sensations, or even electrical impulses that traverse up and down the body—all of which are normal signs that the acupoints are being activated—and these should subside fairly quickly.
For intensive facial rejuvenation treatment, some people may experience a sensation of tightness or pulling while the needles are in, although nothing painful. Otherwise, any sharp pains or poking sensations are cause for alarm, so be sure to tell your acupuncturist if these occur. Performed correctly, you should be able to completely relax during acupuncture treatment, and you may forget that the needles are there.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
A cosmetic acupuncture session takes approximately 90 minutes.
ARE THERE IMMEDIATE SIDE EFFECTS?
Cosmetic acupuncture is a completely safe procedure. Side effects are minor and rare; they include slight bruising or spot bleeding at the needle site.
WHAT ARE ANTICIPATED RESULTS?
The results from cosmetic acupuncture are gradual and subtle; they include reduction of fine lines and softening of deep wrinkles, firming of jowls, a reduction in the size of under-eye bags, puffiness, and drooping, enhanced skin tone, and an improvement in energy levels and overall well-being.
RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?
Most people will see a tighter, more lifted appearance with each cosmetic acupuncture session; however, results are progressive. For optimal results, the recommended course of treatment is 12 to 15 treatments over 2 and a half months, followed by maintenance treatments every 4 to 6 weeks.
WHO SHOULD GIVE ME THIS TREATMENT?
Only a trained and certified acupuncturist who is a member of the American Cosmetic Acupuncture Association (ACAA) should give you cosmetic acupuncture treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Cosmetic acupuncture costs $150 to $500 per session.
Is it really a facelift? The answer is an unequivocal no. Nor is it intended to replace a facelift. In fact, the American Cosmetic Acupuncture Association discourages the use of the term, “facelift” in connection with acupuncture, as this creates unrealistic expectations and, ultimately, disappointment.
When shopping for a practitioner, first find a board-certified acupuncturist who is licensed in your state, then shop around until you find one who can answer all your questions and also fill you in on their patient success stories.
The efficacy of his very traditional practice is on par with very modern treatments when it comes to facial rejuvenation…just ask timeless beauties Madonna, Cher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Lane , and Susan Sarandon.
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