Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

Cosmetic acupuncture for facial rejuvenation is now widely available. The underlying Chinese concept of facial cosmetic acupuncture is the same as for all acupuncture: By unblocking the flow of energy (Qi) in the meridians that run through the face, acupuncture stimulates the body to nourish and heal itself.

Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Proponents of facial acupuncture claim that the technique can:

  • Give the face and eyes a radiant glow
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Lift droopy eyelids
  • Reduce frown lines, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce sagging around the neck
  • Soften scars.

Cosmetic acupuncture has the additional benefit of potentially improving your overall health and wellness, because the acupuncture points on the face can have beneficial effects for other conditions and other parts of the body.

Although you may sometimes hear facial rejuvenation acupuncture referred to as a non-surgical facelift, most acupuncturists avoid that reference because the results of acupuncture are not the same as a facelift. However, acupuncture costs much less than a surgical facelift and has none of the potential risks of surgery.

Physiological Effects of Facial Acupuncture

Western theories can also explain how cosmetic acupuncture works:

  1. The acupuncture needles cause microtrauma and microinflammation, causing the body to increase blood flow to the affected areas.
  2. Platelets in the blood release clotting factors, cytokines and essential growth factors.
  3. Because the needles only touch the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and not the deep dermis (an inner layer of skin), they create tiny channels in the epidermis that stimulate fibroblasts (cells that make collagen fibers, elastic fibers and more).
  4. The fibroblasts create new collagen and elastin. As your skin heals, the new collagen that builds up just below the skin’s surface fills in wrinkles.

Receiving Acupuncture

Make sure your acupuncturist has the appropriate training for facial rejuvenation acupuncture. The greatest risk is minor bruising. You probably shouldn’t receive this acupuncture if you are pregnant or have:

  • Bleeding problems
  • Diabetes
  • Flu or cold
  • Herpes outbreak
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Serious health conditions, such as cancer, AIDS or heart disease.

The number of sessions required to see results varies depending on the condition of your skin; heavy wrinkles and sun damage will require many more sessions than a few fine lines. Preventative cosmetic acupuncture may keep away the wrinkles in the first place.

Resources

Energy Medicine Solutions. (n.d.). Facial rejuvenation acupuncture? Retrieved March 11, 2011, from http://energymedicinesolutions.com/facial-therapy.htm

Simone, R. (n.d.). What is cosmetic acupuncture? Retrieved March 11, 2011, from http://www.romysimone.com/cosmetic-acupuncture/

Yarborough, C. The acupuncture facelift: Fact or fiction? Retrieved March 11, 2011, from http://www.acupuncture.com/newsletters/m_jan06/main3.htm