Can Acupuncture Actually Make You Look Younger?
Botox and other fillers are popular salon offerings but there is a natural alternative that can help treat the signs of aging and potentially help with other health issues. Acupuncture has been around for centuries. A part of traditional Chinese medicine, it helps treat body pains, headaches, or even nausea. But its supplementary benefits might surprise you. Enter: facial acupuncture at Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond, the reportedly safer alternative to surgery or Botox.
Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond offers this cosmetic treatment as an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s aim is to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.
“It works internally to optimize your health while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of your skin,” said Dr. Weihui Li, Director of Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond.
The science behind facial acupuncture.
After a regular full-body acupuncture treatment, Dr. Li will move on to the facial portion of the treatment. Dr. Li does not recommend doing only a facial acupuncture treatment.
“If you were just going to put a large number of needles in the face and not the full body, this would result in energy congestion in the face,” she says. “When you start with the body, you can experience a full flow of energy that helps support the facial acupuncture.”
On the face, Dr. Li will insert 40 to 70 tiny and painless needles. As the needles puncture the skin, they create wounds within its threshold, which are called positive microtraumas. When your body senses these wounds, it goes into repair mode. These punctures stimulate your lymphatic and circulatory system, which work together to deliver nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells, nourishing skin from the inside out. This helps even out your complexion and promote your skin’s glow. Collagen production slows down as we age, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and a decline in elasticity. The positive microtraumas stimulate the production of collagen. This helps improve elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
What are the long-term expectations of facial acupuncture?
The main result people experience is a bright complexion. “It’s as though the skin has been awakened and renewed,” Dr. Li said. “All the fresh blood and oxygen flood the face and really bring it back to life.”
But unlike Botox or dermal fillers, facial acupuncture isn’t a quick fix of any kind. Patients need to manage their expectations. The focus of Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond is to create long-term changes in the health of the skin and body, not short-term quick fixes. Patients can expect better collagen stimulation, a brightened skin tone, reduced jaw tension, and a softer appearance overall on top of health benefits like reduced anxiety and tension.
One Study found that the majority of people saw improvements after just five sessions of facial acupuncture. Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond recommends10 treatments once or twice a week to see optimum results. After that a patient can go into a “maintenance stage,” where you get the treatment every four to eight weeks.
Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond facial acupuncture Anti-Aging packages are great for busy people. The treatments allow the body time to relax and renew. The treatments are part of our holistic approach to healing program.