Everyone shows signs of aging differently. In the past, the only way to get rid of droopy eyelids, wrinkles, saggy skin or fine lines was through cosmetic surgery. This was never an attractive option for patients since the process was painful and required an extensive recovery time. Cosmetic acupuncture is far from being a new treatment option, considering it has been used for thousands of years and is based on Chinese Medicine practices, but it is quickly becoming the preferred treatment option for people who want to look younger and revise certain skin blemishes.
What makes cosmetic acupuncture unique compared to other anti-aging products is it actually addresses your internal health rather than solely your outward appearance. The idea behind acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is to nourish your internal body and keep your blood and energy flowing smoothly. Not only will you feel rejuvenated, but your external appearance will be impacted for the better as well. The results are typically long-term from both a physical appearance standpoint as well as an internal energy standpoint. Here’s everything you need to know about cosmetic acupuncture to determine whether it’s the right treatment option for you.
Advantages of Cosmetic Acupuncture
Patients shouldn’t expect to look ten years younger with a single acupuncture treatment. However, when you spread out multiple treatments, you will likely experience some of the following benefits:
- Reduced puffiness in the eyes or dark circles underneath the eyes
- Reduced frown lines, fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening and lifting of saggy skin
- Improved appearance of having a double chin
- Tightening of skin pores
- Increased blood circulation and collagen production
Most patients start off with a single acupuncture treatment to see how effective it is on one area and then begin treating other areas. While all of these advantages are physical in nature, nothing compares to the emotional benefit patients receive when they look in the mirror and see a younger and healthier looking person.
Who Should Get Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatments?
Cosmetic acupuncture is for people who want to improve their appearance in the most natural way possible. However, when you visit with your local acupuncture specialist, you will be asked several questions about your health history. The good news is the vast majority of adults are suitable for cosmetic acupuncture treatments since it’s safe and natural. If you have any serious health conditions or have an acute illness, it’s best to consult with your primary physician before getting an acupuncture treatment. Women who are pregnant or anyone who has had cosmetic surgery recently also may not be the best candidates.
From a personality and lifestyle perspective, cosmetic acupuncture is perfect for patients who are constantly on-the-go and don’t have time to rest and recover for weeks. A local acupuncture treatment can often be completed during a lunch hour and you can continue on with your daily routine afterward. The only thing to keep in mind is to protect the skin by following the recommended skincare routine your acupuncturist provides you with.
How The Process Works
One of the main ideas behind cosmetic acupuncture is to increase blood circulation. This is accomplished by your local acupuncturist inserting fine needles into specific points on the face. The needles themselves are so small that patients mostly feel a tingling sensation or a very dull aching feeling. Slight tugging, pulling or tightness are also common feelings and are signs the acupuncture is working effectively. Any patients who feel anything more severe than slight discomfort should let their acupuncturist know immediately. A cosmetic acupuncture treatment should be a relaxing process, so the acupuncturist needs to know if you’re experiencing any type of pain.
The areas around the needles will instantly begin increasing blood circulation to help moisturize the skin and nourish the body. This increased blood flow also promotes collagen production to tighten the skin, including wrinkles, fine lines, saggy skin and more. A single cosmetic acupuncture treatment takes up to about 90 minutes and patients are usually given a massage of organic oils on the treated area to promote skin tightening and a brighter, more youthful complexion.
Expected Results Following Cosmetic Acupuncture
When you get a local acupuncture treatment, you can’t expect to see significant life-changing results after a single treatment. It’s important to understand the results of cosmetic acupuncture treatments happen gradually. So while you won’t experience drastic results after every treatment, you should notice a slight change each time. By following the schedule as recommended by your acupuncturist, long-term results will be more likely to follow.
As far as treatment schedules go, patients would benefit from local acupuncture more if they attended around 12 sessions over the course of six to eight weeks. One or two sessions each week will ensure your optimal blood circulation continues, as well as continuing to promote collagen production. While it’s still possible to spread out the treatments over a longer period of time, the results will generally appear more slowly and additional treatments may be required. You can always discuss your schedule and treatment options with your local acupuncture specialist to ensure you’re maximizing the benefits. And once you’ve completed your recommended treatment schedule, your acupuncturist may suggest coming back once every month or two in order to maintain the benefits.
Are There Any Drawbacks or Risks?
The great thing about cosmetic acupuncture is it’s completely natural and significant side effects are very rare. In fact, most patients won’t experience any side effects at all, while some could notice slight bruising, minimal muscle soreness or temporary skin irritation. Unlike cosmetic surgery procedures, patients won’t have to go through extensive recovery periods with cosmetic acupuncture. Patients can enjoy living their normal lifestyle while getting treatments and knowing they are getting healthier and looking better with every treatment.
A psychological barrier for many patients is the fact that an acupuncture treatment requires inserting needles into the skin. While this may sound painful and intimidating on the surface, it’s hardly as bad as it sounds. This is where working with a licensed and experienced acupuncturist is beneficial, since they can provide you with testimonies and stories of patients just like you who overcame any misconceptions and transformed their appearance for the better.
Success Rate of Cosmetic Acupuncture
Numerous studies have been conducted for decades regarding the success rate of cosmetic acupuncture. The vast majority of these studies suggest the success rate can be up to 98% effective for patients. Of course, success can be defined differently in the eyes of every patient. However, the most noticeable results will occur after around the sixth or seventh treatment. The overwhelming results of the studies indicate cosmetic acupuncture is highly successful and effective in both the short-term and long-term.
Comparing Cosmetic Acupuncture To Other Facial Treatments
A common misconception and source of confusion regarding cosmetic acupuncture is it’s an alternative for procedures like a facelift. The reality is cosmetic acupuncture is nothing like these treatments and are not designed to be a replacement or alternative for them. Patients who want to completely transform their face and body through procedures like plastic surgery will be disappointed with getting an acupuncture treatment. That’s not to say local acupuncture can’t help achieve some of the desired results, but drastic changes are not to be expected with cosmetic acupuncture.
Only Trust Reputable And Experienced Specialists For Treatments
When you’ve decided to try local acupuncture treatments, you can’t just let anyone treat you. Only visit a reputable practice with certified and licensed acupuncturists to ensure you will maximize your benefits and reduce any risks. Never hesitate to ask the acupuncturists for their qualifications, before and after photos and even referrals. The acupuncturist should be more than willing to provide you with any information you request, as well as answer any and all questions about cosmetic acupuncture. While Chinese Medicine has been effective for thousands of years, it’s understandable to have many questions if you’ve never experienced it before.
On Point Acupuncture & Wellness strives to provide patients with the most relaxing experience every time they walk through our doors. Our main goal is to give every patient the best treatment for their body, and we will do so by learning as much as possible about your health history and your desired body alignment. This could be accomplished by facial rejuvenation, local acupuncture, massaging, cupping, using herbal medicine and more. Every patient has different needs, so we will tailor our service to meeting those needs and ensuring you are comfortable and confident every step of the way.
Kalpesh L. Patel, L.Ac is our licensed acupuncturist, the founder of On Point Acupuncture & Wellness, and is dedicated to making patients feel better with their body. He achieves his overall goal for every patient by taking the time to ensure they are comfortable with every treatment he recommends, and answering all questions before, during and after the process. When you’re ready to transform your body and achieve the youthfulness you’ve desired, contact us to schedule an appointment to see if cosmetic acupuncture is right for you.