Acupuncture is a term that we usually associate with therapeutic requirements; however increasingly the concept of Cosmetic Acupuncture is now coming to the fore.
There are of course many ways in which acupuncture is able to relieve physical ailments and now with the help of cosmetic acupuncture, people are able to tap into this remarkable resource to appear younger and better without the help of surgery and scalpel.
The desire to look younger and better has been around and now the age old art of acupuncture is being effectively used for cosmetic purposes.
What does Cosmetic Acupuncture do?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is also known as facial rejuvenation, or acupuncture face lift – these are the terms used to describe procedures that help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
The insertion of needles is made not just on the face but also at other sites on the body, at meridian lines, across which the Qi of the body flows.
In cosmetic acupuncture procedures, needles are inserted into the specific acupuncture points such as the cheeks, forehead, chin and ears as well as the fine lines and wrinkles.
This helps to stimulate and improve blood circulation, which facilitates the production of new collagen fibers in the body which can help to smooth wrinkles.
Apart from purely cosmetic applications, these procedures can also help in other ways – pigment related skin conditions such as discolorations and skin patches can be helped with this.
Those with facial paralysis may also find that their condition improves with this form of acupuncture. It can also help people recover from the aftermath of plastic surgery.
How does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?
The hormonal and chemical balances in the body are sought to be restored by virtue of these procedures. Imbalances of hormones such as serotonin, endorphin, adrenaline and others can be reduced.
It also helps reduce stress, which can contribute to the appearance of facial lines. Since the blood and lymph circulation of the face is improved, collagen production is stimulated and the tone of the facial muscles improves.
The pores of the skin are tightened and the skin becomes more toned.
Is it Effective?
As in all alternative therapies, cosmetic acupuncture also has its share of detractors. However the procedures have been made popular on the endorsements and recommendation of several celebrities, who have spoken on cosmetic acupuncture as being an effective and no toxic alternative to Botox.
How is it better than surgical procedures?
Surgical procedures have all the risks associated with any kind of surgery, such as anesthesia problems, risk of infections, etc., and are invasive and require post operative recovery time.
In the case of cosmetic acupuncture, it is minimally invasive, and time honored procedures are used to produce effective results.
Further procedures such as Botox and the like actually involve paralyzing the facial muscles with the use of extremely potent toxins.
Cosmetic acupuncture on the other hand seeks to improve skin tone and appearance by improving circulation and redressing hormonal and other imbalances in the body.