Acupuncture has been used to improve the small and sagging breasts, or to correct other breast cosmetic issues in China and other Asian areas for over 30 years. It firstly started among the celebrities and because it is natural, effective and side-effect free, now becomes more popular in various groups of women.
How does it work?
According to Chinese medicine, normal breast development relies mainly on the normal functioning of Kidney, Spleen, and Liver organs, which may correspond to sex hormonal, nutritional, and mental aspects in the views of bio-physiology. The causes of small, sagging breasts or inverted nipples can be related to the disorders or disharmony of these organs. Other organs such as Heart and Lungs could also influence the breasts indirectly.
Therefore cosmetic breast augmentation by acupuncture is not just a local breast issue. We will analyze the individual patient and decide what are the internal (root) causes; the treatment plan is then made accordingly. The breast cosmetic improvements by acupuncture start “from inside out” and may be achieved through the following mechanisms:
Enhance the local blood and lymph circulation;
Promote the growth of your own breast tissues;
Strengthen the ligaments and improve the skin elasticity;
Restore sex hormonal and emotional balance;
Improve the nutrition and the gynecological/general wellbeing.
Are you a candidate for acupuncture breast enhancement?
Unlike breast implant surgery, which may results in complications (such as infection, bleeding, immune reactions, scarring, capsular contracture, deflation or rupture, and removal-replacement), acupuncture breast augmentation/enhancement is natural, pain free and has no scars. The candidates for acupuncture breast enhancement may include females (from 16 to 55 years old), who want to choose a non-surgical approach to improving breast cosmetic image due to the following conditions:
Women who are having relative normal breasts may also want receiving the treatment to maintain or, prevent the premature sagging of breasts.
Patients with breast cancer, blood coagulation disorders, or severe immune deficient diseases are not recommended for the acupuncture breast augmentation treatment.
Techniques, and how many sessions?
The treatment is mainly by acupuncture, although moxibustion and Chinese herbal formula may also be applied when it is necessary. The success is greatly based on the accurate assessment (diagnosis), thoughtful selection of meridians/points (and herb formula), and the perceptive needling techniques, all of which requires significant clinical insights and expertise.
The numbers of treatment sessions needed vary, usually from 8 to 24 sessions and at least 2 sessions per week to start with. When the desired results have been achieved, the visits are tapered down to once a week, once every two weeks, and then once per month to stabilize the results. Additional sessions may be required in some particular cases.
What to expect?
The size increase from acupuncture breast augmentation is not as dramatic as that from surgical breast implantation. Most patients experienced the breast cosmetic improvements after 4 to 8 sessions. As to breast size enhancement, according the data from China, 30% women changed from none to A or A+ cup; 40% women changed from A cup to B cup, and 30% from A cup to C cup, after two to six months of treatment.
The variation of treatment results is related to (1) the genetic factors, (2) general health conditions, and (3) the individual sensitivity to the acupuncture.
The results, once achieved, are normally stable as long as the patients maintain good general health. Through the acupuncture breast augmentation treatment, you may find yourself healthier, younger, happier, and more confident!
How about the cost?
The rates are:
Initial visit (clinical assessment & a full treatment session): $95
Following sessions: $75/session
Package rate: $550 for 8 sessions (you save $70)
$1050 for 16 sessions (you save $190)
(Rates may change without timely notice)
By Henry D Wu, MD, L.Ac and Sharon Y Weng, OMD, MS, L.Ac
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