As we get older, our skin begins to go through a lot of changes and continues to age. Many factors play a part in our skin aging: the sun, smoking, sleep deprivation, stress, etc. As your skin begins to age, it begins to get rougher, hangs a little more loosely, and becomes more fragile. This is why we get wrinkles, droopy skin, dark circles under our eyes, etc. People become very self-conscious of these changes.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is used as an alternative to surgical, and other cosmetic procedures that are used to help reduce the signs of aging. As with each acupuncture treatment, the idea is to improve the flow of the Qi through the body. In cosmetic acupuncture, the goal is to stimulate the production of collagen.
What to Expect
During a typical facial acupuncture treatment, you may have between 20-50 tiny needles inserted not only in your face, but on different areas of your body as well. Points are chosen depending on your specific needs and goals.
Each treatment usually takes around 90 minutes. It is recommended that you get 12-15 treatments, but it is all dependent on the severity and age of the patient. While botox and fillers work instantly, it’s going to take multiple treatments of cosmetic acupuncture to see full results.
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture
- Wrinkle Correction
- Plumping Power
- Smooth Complexion
- Scar Reduction
- Eliminates Puffiness
- Tightens pores
- Slows the aging process
Cosmetic Acupuncture VS Botox
The best part about cosmetic acupuncture? The only possible side effects that you could get from this are possible light bruising or mild discomfort. You can return to your daily activities as soon as treatment is over- there is no down time.
The typical cost of cosmetic acupuncture ranges from $150-$500 per session. While it sounds pricey, it doesn’t even slightly compare to the price of other treatments. According to Realself, the typical price for a facelift is over $12,000. Dermal fillers, which are used to treat lines and wrinkles, cost between $450-$600 per syringe.
Unlike cosmetic surgeries, cosmetic acupuncture actually treats the causes of aging by creating micro-traumas in the skin.
Women Who Tested it Out For Us
A blogger for Fashionista, Laura Caruso, received facial acupuncture because she believed her skin was “dull and erratic”. Her acupuncturist, Stefanie DiLibero, mentored under Shellie Goldstein, who is extremely popular in the world of cosmetic acupuncture. DiLibero made sure to fully explain the entire process to Caruso, along with how acupuncture actually works. She asked Caruso a series of questions then began treatment. After beginning, Caruso feels relaxed within minutes. DiLibero tells Caruso how she likes to combine acupuncture with micro-current and LED to “seal the Wei Qi”. After her treatment is over, she can already tell her face looks better and she’s feeling more refreshed.
Another woman, Marianne Power, decided to try facial acupuncture as she was getting closer to her 40th birthday. She saw John Tsagaris, whom she claimed looked 10 years younger than his actual age of 51. Her acupuncture session begins with Tsagaris checking her tongue and taking her pulse. According to the experience, Ms. Power had a genetic tendency towards blood circulation and cardiovascular issues, along with fluid retention and possible anemia. While Ms. Power was confused about what all of that had to do with her face, Tsagaris informed her that if these issues are not addressed, her skin will always look unhealthy. He began inserting needles into her hands, feet, and legs to increase blood flow.
Power has around 95 needles inserted into her face. He then used some LED light therapy and discusses the harm of chocolate, sugar, and coffee for your skin. After treatment is over, Power looks into the mirror and is instantly taken back by how different she looks and feels. When she wakes up in the morning, she notices it even more. Acupuncture treatments and visits should be made consistently to continue to see improvement in your skin. While the treatments are expensive and some people can’t afford to continue treatment as frequently as they would like, you can do things such as eating better and walking more often, to help improve your skin quality.
Another blogger, Nicole Crane, wanted to see what all the hype was on what people are calling “acu-face-lifts”. As everyone does grow old and eventually will notice some wrinkles, she wanted to see if this was a legitimate way to combat skin aging in the future for herself. Her acupuncturist placed some needles along her body and her face, then she relaxed for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes were up, the needles were removed and she was done. Her acupuncturist said that the typical program is 24 sessions and that results should last between 3-5 years. For all 24 sessions, that would cost around $1,900 at this particular office. When she left the treatment, she admittedly did feel as though she was glowing and she felt zen. While she wasn’t 100% sure that it was from the treatment, she said she did find it to be a relaxing treatment and she would definitely try it again.
When Should You Avoid Cosmetic Acupuncture?
While there is little to no side effects, there are still instances where acupuncture would not be a good fit for you.
- High Blood Pressure: If you experience high blood pressure and it’s under control, you’re okay. If your blood pressure is currently high, avoid acupuncture.
- Sicknesses such as cold or flu
- Herpes outbreak
- Acute allergic reactions
How Long Do The Results Last?
After your initial treatments, the longevity of your results will depend on the changes you make. It’s important to make changes based off of your current lifestyle or any conditions you are currently dealing with. You also should try to continue with maintenance sessions.
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