The best candidates for Cosmetic Acupuncture are women in their mid 30’s, because it can slow down or diminish wrinkling, but women in their late 40’s and mid 50’s, who have some lines and wrinkles, can also be helped.
What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body. The needles are inserted to various depths. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which chi vital energy runs.
The needle which sounds scary is very fine, like a hair.
Using acupuncture needles on specific points on the face to enhance beauty and preserve a youthful appearance has been done for centuries in China and other Asian countries, but it’s just started to become popular in the western world. Cosmetic acupuncture is done in the same fashion as acupuncture done for general health and specific conditions, with the goal of creating collagen just under the skin to help fill in wrinkles and plump skin, similar to the results of Botox, Restylane or plastic surgery. Like traditional acupuncture, the cosmetic version also aims to balance the body’s energy and create a sense of well-being.
When an acupuncture needle is inserted, the body reacts by sending red blood cells and critical nutrients to the area, essentially stimulating a local immune response. Once the needle is removed, the body quickly realizes that it’s not actually under attack and calls off the immune response.
In the meantime, those areas on the face where needles were placed have been flooded with a new supply of blood and nutrients. This stimulates the production of collagen, the protein responsible for tightness and vibrancy in the skin.
Benefits Of Cosmetic Acupuncture
Patients find it a great alternative to Botox because it works to improve the look of the entire face and not just certain spots, and it also appeals to many who balk at having foreign substances injected into their faces.
It fills in wrinkles and increases the collagen production in areas that need it, like frown lines, smile lines and smoker’s lines around the mouth, in addition, the colour and texture of the skin brightens and smoothes and sagging gets lifted in a natural way. It’s not like a surgical facelift because it’s not that drastic. While most patients seek out the procedure to improve their looks and erase some of the toll time takes on all our faces. They find an added bonus in the increased sense of well-being that comes along with acupuncture. It addresses the person’s overall health, whereas a lot of the Western techniques are just about the face.
Finding The Right Acupuncturist
When shopping for a practitioner, find one who can answer all your questions and also fill you in on their patient success stories.
Patients tend to present in a couple of ways. A segment of patients are already using more traditional acupuncture services and, at some point, choose the additional procedures. Others hear about cosmetic acupuncture, typically from friends who have tried it. Once they’re patients, many eventually try the treatment for aches, pains or emotional issues as well.
While cosmetic acupuncture patients shouldn’t expect the immediate, dramatic results they might see with other treatments, they do report seeing some changes rather quickly. At age 42, one patient had been using acupuncture services for health issues, including pain from carpal tunnel syndrome and discomfort from occasional bronchitis and headaches, for about two years. Recently, she began cosmetic acupuncture as well. One morning after her second session she was putting on eye shadow and noticed she suddenly had a bit more lid to cover, she says. “My face is definitely tighter, and I just got all excited this morning about putting makeup on,” she said.
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