For men and women concerned about the effects of aging on skin, Cosmetic Acupuncture has proven to be effective in treating blemishes, breakouts and reducing wrinkles. Furthermore, the procedure works to help delay the onset of wrinkles before they start and also beat blemishes while keeping skin tone fresh and even.
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 United States in the past decade or so.
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.
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 color and texture of the skin brightens and smoothes and sagging gets lifted in a natural way.
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.
While most information surrounding the effectiveness of the procedure is anecdotal, one 1996 study published in the International Journal of Acupuncture said that, of 300 patients surveyed, 90 percent said they saw a lessening of lines, clearer skin tone and subtle tightening.
Since patients don’t take chemicals into their body or undergo anesthesia and surgery, there’s little if any controversy over the safety of the procedure. The worst that patients experience may be some pain during the treatment, and patients and practitioners alike say the biggest drawback is the time commitment. It takes some time, because collagen takes some time to be permanent. Increasingly, patients are opting for needles over the knife.