Cosmetic acupuncture can pinpoint the key to softer, more youthful skin
By Lorraine H. Harris, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., & MTOM
Jan. 17, 2005 5:20 p.m.

If you are someone who longs for softer, more toned and youthful skin but for whom cosmetic surgery seems a bit drastic, cosmetic acupuncture may offer the solution.

In contrast to the swelling, bruising and lengthy recovery often associated with of plastic surgery, cosmetic acupuncture involves no recovery time and little or no sensation.

Drawing upon the ancient Chinese philosophy that the body functions best when all of its systems are in balance, the results of cosmetic acupuncture reflect not only a change in external appearance but also an improvement in total body health.

The two areas most improved by cosmetic acupuncture are the face and the abdomen. A typical protocol begins with a consultation to determine your overall health history and familiarize you with the needling technique. Then, twice a week for five weeks, small hair-width needles are inserted into specific points just under skin’s surface to stimulate elastin and collagen production and improve muscle tone.

Over time, fine lines begin to disappear, deep lines get smoother and broken capillaries improve, as do skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.

In addition to enhanced skin tone and elasticity, women who choose facial cosmetic acupuncture can expect reduced depression and less anxiety, better digestion and sleep cycles, and fewer hot flashes and night sweats. Those who opt for abdominal acupuncture are likely to benefit from increased fertility and/or sex drive.

Some practitioners of cosmetic acupuncture have undergone specialized training that is rooted in the Nei Jing – the ancient Chinese medical text whose time-honored prescriptions stipulate the precise location and configuration of ultra-thin needles that are inserted just under the skin’s surface.

This combination of specific points and needle placement is a natural, synergistic healing technique that works without the use of electrical microcurrent that accompanies some forms of cosmetic acupuncture.

How successful is cosmetic acupuncture? A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90 percent saw marked results after one course of treatment.

How long your new look will last depends on your lifestyle and whether you are willing to address other areas that may need attention, such as exercise, nutrition and stress reduction.
But at a fraction of the cost of other procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is a sound alternative that can restore your radiant glow both inside and out.