In recent years, a rapid growing number of people (especially females of over 35 years of age) have chosen acupuncture facial rejuvenation as the alternative to conventional facial lifts in the United States and around the world. Compared to surgical procedure or other approaches such as botox, restyline, radiance and collagen injections, acupuncture is more natural, safer and far less costly. The acupuncture rejuvenation is the inserting of very fine acupuncture needles (0.18mm x 13mm) in the facial areas, and manipulating with certain needling techniques. Since the facial issues usually link to the health conditions of whole body, therefore, in most cases, the meridian points in distant parts of body are also treated to promote the meridian Qi flow towards the face and to restore the whole body balance .
The mechanisms of acupuncture rejuvenation may include (1) increase of the facial muscle tone, (2) stimulating blood and lymph circulation, (3) promoting facial collagen production and (4) rebalancing the immune/hormonal systems, all of which result in the following beneficial changes:
Minimizes or eliminates facial wrinkles/fine lines;
Acupuncture facial rejuvenation (or cosmetic acupuncture) is considered no-invasive and natural and there is no toxicity or recovery time. Typically, one treatment course includes 12 sessions per facial area; two to 3 sessions per week are required in the first course and 1 to 2 visits per week for the following courses. Depending on individual scenarios, one to 3 courses of treatment may be needed and after that, most clients will choose to maintain the treatment one or twice a month to solidify or refine the beneficial effects for an extended period of time. 90% cases experienced pleasant cosmetic results with only one course of treatment; as the treatment continues, most patients found themselves renewed – with not just more beautiful facial skin, but also younger looking and happier life. The results can usually last for 3 to 5 years.
Based on the clinical presentations, herbal (formula) tea may also be included in treatment regimen in many occasions. The individualized herbal tea will help address the underlying internal disorders (or root causes), such as Yin-Yang imbalance, Qi-Blood deficiency or stasis, and inner toxins of heat and/or damp, to enhance both instant and long term benefits.
By Henry D Wu, MD, L.Ac and Sharon Y Weng, OMD, MS, L.Ac
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