We all know that growing older is a natural part of life, and for the most part we accept the process with grace and dignity. Still, that doesn’t mean we necessarily like seeing the actual proof on our faces. Often, it can cause outright concern. For the majority of the population, home remedies such as wrinkle creams, plumping serums, and special diets are their only accessible weapons against the battle of aging. Those with higher disposable incomes often add cosmetic surgery to their arsenal, but such lengths should not be taken lightly. In addition to being expensive, surgery always comes with serious risks and potential side effects. Some of these include bruising, nerve damage, blood clots, disfiguration, scarring, and infection.
Is there nothing, then, that a person can do to experience the benefits of a face lift without the cost and potentially serious side effects of going under the knife? Before you begin to despair, consider cosmetic acupuncture. Despite the growing popularity of acupuncture for relief from a wide variety of health problems, public recognition of acupuncture as a way to combat laugh lines, crows feet, and furrowed brows is relatively new. This isn’t to say that the procedure itself is new; in fact, facial rejuvenation has been used in Asia for centuries – and became one of Hollywood’s top secrets a little more than a decade ago. Some celebrities who have reportedly used cosmetic acupuncture include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Connery, Jennifer Aniston and even Prince William!
How It Works
Acupuncturists who perform cosmetic acupuncture state that the strategic placement of acupuncture needles in the face stimulate collagen and elastin production, thereby filling in those annoying lines and providing a natural face lift. In addition, according to an Examiner.com article, “Cosmetic acupuncture is a great way to … balance out oily or dry skin, clear acne, reduce dark spots and increase circulation.”
Despite its name, cosmetic acupuncture is not merely relegated to the face. Needles are also strategically placed in other areas of the body (arms, legs, and feet) to boost and circulate the energy your entire system needs to support the facial procedure.
It should be noted that unlike Botox and certain cosmetic surgical procedures, facial acupuncture results in improvements throughout the entire face (not just in targeted areas) and often promotes a sense of overall well-being.
While the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture are impressive – no chemicals such as Botox, no surgery – this completely natural procedure does have a few minor drawbacks. For example, because it’s not permanent and it takes several treatments to begin to see noticeable results, it necessitates regular, ongoing treatments. Facial acupuncture generally requires 12-16 weekly initial treatments, followed by monthly maintenance visits thereafter. Each treatment can last up to 90 minutes.
It is also important to realize that it is not a genie in a bottle; cosmetic acupuncture cannot restore your skin to the condition it was in when you were 18, nor can it make up for skin-damaging practices such as too much sun exposure, heavy drinking, or smoking.
Acupuncturists who practice cosmetic acupuncture recommend that individuals begin treatments in their 30s or early 40s, at the latest.
Your Trusted Source
To gain a better perspective of what cosmetic acupuncture entails, and how it can positively impact your overall sense of well-being, individuals living in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina and its surrounding communities should contact Acupuncture Associates to schedule an initial consultation. Robert will take the time to learn about you and your needs, and will evaluate if you are a good candidate for facial rejuvenation.