Also known as Facial Rejuvenation, Cosmetic Acupuncture, is a virtually painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Fine lines may be entirely erased, deeper lines reduced and bags around neck and eyes firmed. Cosmetic Acupuncture was performed on the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines as early as 960 AD. It is an effective treatment that has been featured in USA Today and MSNBC/Reuters as the equivalent of an Acupuncture face-lift.
Excerpt from CBS’s Health Watch Report on Our Cosmetic Acupuncture Program: “I think it’s amazing and I really have tried so many other alternatives,” said acupuncture patient Terri Ackerman. She made the discovery by accident. She initially tried acupuncture to ease pain in her neck and jaw. “It did have cosmetic benefits as a sort of added benefit,” said Terri. It’s called an acupuncture facelift. The needles known for relieving pain are becoming a popular beauty treatment. “Acupuncture needles are very tiny. They’re coated with silicone so they glide right in,” said Sheri McLellan Kraus, an acupuncturist with the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia.
How Does it Work?
It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the Acupuncture points on the face. This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Acupuncture works from the inside out. For example, after a careful examination of a patient who has premature wrinkles, the Acupuncturist might uncover high stress levels, poor digestion and weak elimination. The root of the problem is linked to these deeper issues so the practitioner will treat that as well as the wrinkles themselves. This is a holistic approach.
What is a course of treatment?
Each patient responds to treatment differently according to their age and lifestyle. A recent study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial Acupuncture, 90 percent saw marked improvements after one course of treatment. The length of time the results last depend on several factors, including your lifestyle, exercise regimen, nutrition plan and stress levels. In general, a well-managed regimen yields enormous benefits that go far beyond restoring a youthful appearance. Women who opt for facial Acupuncture often see improvements in mood, increased energy levels, better digestion and sleep cycles, and fewer hot flashes and night sweats. Cosmetic Acupuncture is traditionally done in a series of 10 weekly treatments for the best results. Once the series is done, we recommend a seasonal visit to maintain results. Some people will also come in to prepare for special occasions or simply as a treat.
How should I prepare for treatment?
The patient should arrive fifteen minutes early to fill out the medical intake form before the session begins. It is best to come dressed in loose, comfortable clothing. Long hair should be kept back with a headband or elastic. Skin should be washed free of makeup.
How much does it cost?
Cosmetic Acupuncture costs $145 for the first visit and $90 for follow ups. We highly recommend a full treatment package of 5 treatments to see the most benefit. Treatments last between an 1 hour to 1 hour and thirty minutes.