Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive method for reducing the signs of aging by improving collage production and circulation to the skin resulting in a more radiant appearance. The method is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles that correct the underlying imbalances in the meridians that contribute to the aging process.
What types of concerns can be addressed?
Cosmetic acupuncture can be used to improve deep wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness or darkness under the eyes. It is also beneficial for drooping or sagging eyelids and chins, large pores, age spots, acne and a dull or tired looking complexion. Treatment can also be effective for younger patients looking to prevent these signs of aging from occurring.
What is involved in treatment?
After an initial intake each patient will be given a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis. Using this diagnosis, body points on corresponding meridians combined with local points on the face will be used to address the patients concerns. Therapeutic facial massage techniques will also be employed in each session to further enhance the treatment. Cosmetic acupuncture not only addresses the face but provides rejuvenation and relaxation to the whole body.
Does Cosmetic Acupuncture hurt?
No. The needles used are extremely thin and inserted into the skin superficially. As the needles are gently inserted into the skin, the most patients experience is a very slight pinch. Otherwise, the procedure should neither hurt nor should it feel uncomfortable.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually treatment consists of 12 sessions which occur either weekly or twice per week. Effects of the treatments become more evident between the 6th and 8th session but individual results vary based on a person’s lifestyle. Once the initial course of treatment is complete maintenance sessions are recommended to maximize and maintain the results.
How long does the treatment last?
Each treatment itself lasts approximately 1 hour. After insertion, the needles are left in for 20 to 30 minutes.
How does cosmetic acupuncture compare to other cosmetic procedures?
Cosmetic acupuncture is most often compared to Botox which is the injection of an extract of a botulinum (type A) toxin, into the skin to paralyze the muscles of the face. This results in reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles and creases. Risks to Botox include headache, bruising, hypertension, nausea, muscle weakness, eyelid drooping, and double vision. Since Botox has only been approved for cosmetic use sin Canada since 2002, the long-term effects are unknown.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a safe and natural procedure to rejuvenate the skin, without the danger of side effects such as swelling, scarring or a lengthy recovery time. The benefits of acupuncture include but are not limited to addressing fine lines, deep creases and wrinkles; whereas Botox is only suitable for deep wrinkles, particularly in the upper 3rd of the face.