Acupuncture facelifts are one of the latest crazes in the anti-aging war against wrinkles. Youthful, glowing stars like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston buy into facial acupuncture to erase their wrinkles, but without chemicals, retinol, or even natural vitamins and minerals, can the anti-aging non-surgical treatment of facial acupuncture really erase wrinkles? It turns out that it can—but to a limited degree. However, there are other benefits of facial acupuncture that may make you a believer in its powers as an anti-aging non-surgical treatment.
Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. Conventionally, acupuncture is used as an anti-aging non-surgical treatment to cure or alleviate diseases, disorders, or pain and discomfort, as well as boost fertility. The belief behind acupuncture is that the body’s energy (called “qi”) passes through 20 channels, or meridians, which are believed to be connected to different organs; it is an imbalance or interruption in your body’s energy that is thought to cause disease. To alleviate disease and restore balance, thin, flexible needles are placed at pressure points where the channels meet the skin’s surface, relieving pressure.
Cosmetic acupuncture, such as to remove wrinkles, focuses on the facial area (although some needles are still inserted in the feet and hands) to trigger the release of endorphins—your body perceives the insertion of each needle (30 to 40 needles total) as an instance of minor trauma, improving blood flow and kick-starting the production of collagen and elastin for cell regrowth. This is how facial acupuncture returns that youthful complexion to your face, seemingly erasing wrinkles and restoring an even tone and youthful glow.
Acupuncturists also claim that facial acupuncture can lift droopy eyes, hydrate skin, balance oily complexions, improve muscle tone and elasticity, reduce depression, and boost digestive health to ultimately fight the aging process from the inside out.
However, depending on the condition of your skin and the depth of your wrinkles, facial acupuncture can have different cosmetic results. For those looking to target fine lines and wrinkles, facial acupuncture can be quite effective. The process usually requires an average of 10 sessions to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Follow-up boosters are recommended every one to six months after the initial anti-aging non-surgical treatment is performed.
For those who are older, facial acupuncture may not afford much relief from deep wrinkles or sun-damaged skin. However, it will help soothe stress, worry, and anxiety—all major culprits in aging and the formation of wrinkles. Acupuncture may also help to boost your energy levels by providing a better night’s rest, which is another key element in battling the signs of aging and wrinkles.
What You Need to Know Before You Book Your Facial Acupuncture Appointment
• Free up lots of time; each facial acupuncture session can take up to 90 minutes, and you will need to squeeze in about 10 treatments in approximately three to four months, with boosters after that.
• While each treatment is more affordable than many other anti-aging non-surgical treatments and cosmetic procedures, the costs can add up, totaling anywhere from $1,300 to $2,550, if not more.
• Not all acupuncturists are willing—or know how—to perform facial acupuncture, so it might be best to seek out a clinic that specializes in the particular anti-aging procedure if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles.
• While facial acupuncture for wrinkles is considered to be painless, some acupuncturists will offer topical lidocaine to those experiencing pain. For those with high blood pressure, diabetes, or migraines, see your doctor first, and be sure to let the acupuncturist know of your condition before beginning the procedure.
• The biggest benefit of facial acupuncture to fight wrinkles is that there’s no downtime. Plus, you can fight wrinkles just as well as with many other anti-aging surgical procedures, but without any of the associated risks and side effects.
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