Cosmetic acupuncture is an emerging trend in the world of beauty and facial rejuvenation. It is a non-invasive, natural alternative to dermal fillers, Botox and other more invasive treatments. A certified cosmetic acupuncturist carefully places tiny needles into strategic points on the face, scalp and neck. It claims to reduce wrinkles, lift sagging skin and improve the overall appearance of the face.
The theory behind cosmetic acupuncture is that it helps to stimulate the production of collagen, which is the protein responsible for the elasticity of our skin. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. By stimulating the production of collagen with acupuncture, the skin is effectively rejuvenated and the wrinkles become less noticeable.
Cosmetic acupuncture also works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue to create a lifting effect. This can help to redefine and re-contour facial features without the use of surgery. It's believed that the combination of pressure, massage and needling have a positive effect on tight facial muscles, helping to relax them and loosen them up, creating a more youthful, rested appearance.
In addition to its anti-aging benefits, cosmetic acupuncture can also be beneficial for reducing puffiness, dark circles under the eyes, acne scars and even improving the texture of the skin. The results are often visible after the very first treatment but a series of sessions is generally recommended for lasting results.
What makes cosmetic acupuncture so attractive is that it’s a safe, natural and relatively affordable alternative to more expensive treatments. The side effects are minimal and there is no downtime. Of course, as with any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to seek out qualified practitioners and do your research thoroughly to make sure you are getting the best possible care.