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What do Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow all have in common? Besides being well known celebrities, they all strongly believe in Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Acupuncture, claiming it helps them look and feel younger while maintaining their health and wellbeing.

But using acupuncture to maintain beauty is nothing new. In ancient times, Chinese physicians recognized acupuncture's ability to speed up recovery and began using it to improve blemishes of the face such as wrinkles, indentations, and sagging skin. Chinese physicans employed by the Imperial Courts would go on to develop a sophisticated system of acupuncture for face and body rejuvenations to help keep Emperors and Empresses looking youthful and full of vitality.

Since the 1950s when acupuncture became integrated with modern medicine, the powerful effects of acupuncture in tightening the skin and minimizing lines of the face have been extensively studied. Subsequently this has created an updated view of this ancient beauty secret that has come to be called Anti-Aging or Cosmetic Acupuncture.

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a new term to explain the rapidly growing interest in using acupuncture for addressing cosmetic concerns of the face such as acne or zits, and loss of tone, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Also known as facial acupuncture, it is fundamentally based on the widely held belief in Traditional Oriental Medicine that the face is a mirror for what's going on inside your body. For centuries, acupuncturists have connected changes on the face as reflections of the overall balance and health of the entire body. Depending on other presenting signs and symptoms, acupuncturists using facial diagnosis will tell you that skin blemishes or wrinkling around, above, and in between the eyebrows may be connected to liver or heart problems, puffiness below the eyes may be related to kidneys problems, while lines around the mouth may be associated with malfunction of the spleen or large intestine. Over time acupuncturists have been able to link these types of physical signs on the face to a person’s overall health, in the process developing a highly sophisticated method that not only addresses general health problems, but also tackles cosmetic concerns at the same time.

As the interest in Cosmetic Acupuncture has grown, so has the science behind it. It turns out that acupuncture on the face and other parts of the body improves blood circulation, drawing nutrients, oxygen, and neurochemicals to the site of needle insertion that repair, nourish, and moisterize the skin from the inside. In much the same way as microneedling or laser treatments do, acupuncture also naturally boosts the production of collagen and elastin at the site of needling, which improves complexion, balances dry/ oily skin, and tightens the skin.

What Can Cosmetic Acupuncture Help With?

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture

  • Minimizes wrinkles
  • Regulates acne
  • Balances oily/ dry skin
  • Improves skin firmness
  • Diminishes skin discoloration
  • Brightens complexion
  • Reduces scarring

Cosmetic Acupuncture helps keep the body healthy and youthful. While it can be used as a total body treatment, it is more commonly used in helping to minimize various cosmetic blemishes on the face and provide a smooth glowing complexion. Its benefits include renewing the glow of your skin, minimizing wrinkles and lines, reducing scarring, eliminating dark spots, regulating acne, accelerating the healing of a breakout, firming the skin, balancing oily/ dry skin, tightening pores, and brighening dark circles under the eyes (see table).

Treatment Plan, Results, & Costs

Depending on your age and needs, one course of Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment is usually about 10 sessions per area of concern on the face. Clients can immediately feel the face tightening after the first session, but will not begin seeing significant difference until usually after about 5-8 treatments when facial blood circulation and collagen production optimizes. Afterwards, clients return for a monthly maintenance treatment to help make the course of treatment last longer. Depending on whether you opt to work on other issues, each session generally ranges between 30-60 minutes and will cost about the same amount of money that you pay for a massage ($80- $150). If you have insurance with acupuncture benefits, they may help pay for some or all of the costs. Cosmetic Acupuncture is also generally supported with the use of herbal medicine and nutrional supplements (sold separately), in conjuction with dietary and lifestyle changes, that help accelerate and improve outcomes.

Side Effects & Recovery

When compared to Botox or surgery, or many other conventional beauty treatments, Cosmetic Acupuncture is extremely safe with minimal risk of side effects. No fillers or harsh chemicals that damage your skin are used, and there is no swelling or puffiness, no marks, and no downtime following treatment. Quiet the opposite, Cosmetic Acupuncture is all natural, it aids in repairing the skin, you leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated, and are able to return to normal daily activies immediately following treatment. And not only is it safe to use with current Botox treatments, Cosmetic Acupuncture will actually help lengthen the effects of these treatments.

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