Cosmetic acupuncture is a great way to reduce the signs of aging and improve your appearance, naturally. Unlike treatments like Botox, face-lifts, and chemical peels, cosmetic acupuncture works in gentle harmony with the body. It will leave you not only looking your best, but feeling it as well.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
As the name suggests, cosmetic acupuncture is used to enhance your appearance. This could include aiding weight loss or improving skin conditions. However, the term usually refers to reducing the signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Unlike most anti-aging treatments, cosmetic acupuncture works with the body instead of against it. It produces far more subtle, natural-looking results and won’t leave you bruised and swollen for days.
Cosmetic acupuncture does involve using some acupoints on the face. However, it also uses points on the body to nourish the internal organs and improve your overall health. From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) point of view, this is one of the best ways to slow down the aging process from within, and stay looking younger for longer.
The Aging Process in Chinese Medicine
In TCM, the aging process is primarily governed by the Kidneys. The Kidneys store a vital substance known as jing, or essence. This can be broken down further into pre-heavenly and post-heavenly jing.
Pre-heavenly jing is given to us before birth and depends on our parents’ age and health at conception. In many ways, it can be compared to genetics.
Post-heavenly jing is formed from birth onwards. It depends on a combination of lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, smoking, drinking, and sexual activity.
As you grow older, your jing naturally declines. This leads to the signs of aging such as dry and wrinkly skin, white hair, and weak bones and teeth. This process will happen more quickly or slowly depending on the state of your jing.
While unhealthy lifestyle habits burn through your jing more quickly, you can make choices which help to preserve it for longer. These include eating well, exercising often but also making time to rest, and using therapies such as acupuncture and massage.
Because, in TCM, the Kidneys play such a vital role in the aging process, they are one of the main organs that cosmetic acupuncture targets.
However, cosmetic acupuncture also often treats the Spleen and Lungs. In TCM, the Spleen is responsible for keeping the flesh firm and in place. Treating it can help to prevent problems such as sagging skin and jowls. The Lungs are responsible for the skin in general. Therefore, treating them can help to prevent dryness, lines, and wrinkles.
How Does Cosmetic Acupuncture Help?
As well as nourishing the Kidneys, Spleen, and Lungs, cosmetic acupuncture works directly on the skin too.
Local points on the face, scalp, and jaw can be used to give what you could call an ‘acupuncture facelift.’ Extremely fine needles are placed in the skin and gently twisted to pull the skin tight. This may be combined with facial massage or other techniques depending on your individual needs.
With traditional facelifts, you have to undergo surgery. That means anesthetic, hospital, and a lengthy recovery time. There are also several risks associated with surgery, including bleeding, bruising, and infection. There is also the chance that you won’t be happy with the results and need more surgery to put them right!
With cosmetic acupuncture, many of these risks are eliminated. Your treatment will take around one hour, after which you will be free to go about your day. You may even find that you feel more alert and energetic than usual!
Although there is a small chance of bruising due to the face being so delicate, it will be far less obvious than surgical bruising. It should also disappear more quickly.
Finally, the results of cosmetic acupuncture are subtle and build up gradually over time. This means a more natural result and one which won’t leave you regretting your decision.
How Many Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatments Do I Need?
You may start to notice some improvements after just one cosmetic acupuncture treatment. However, to allow the results to reach their maximum potential, a course of 10–12 treatments is best. Having a course of regular treatments will also improve the longevity of your results.
Everyone is slightly different in the number of treatments that they need. At your initial consultation, your acupuncturist will assess your needs and ask about your treatment goals. They can then give you an estimate of how many treatments you will need.
After your initial course of treatment, you may wish to come for ‘top-up’ treatment at less regular intervals. How often you need to do this will depend on your lifestyle and skincare regime.
Your acupuncturist may recommend that you make some changes to your diet to support the effects of treatment and help them to last longer. This could include eating more foods to nourish the Kidneys, Spleen, and Lungs as well as increasing protein and antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables.
They may also offer other lifestyle advice such as exercising more, stopping smoking, or taking more time out to relax. Following this advice closely should help to enhance your cosmetic acupuncture results and reduce the need for top-ups.
If you are looking for dramatic changes to your appearance that happen overnight, cosmetic acupuncture may not be for you. However, if you are looking for a treatment which is safe, natural, and subtle, it may be worth a try. And as an added bonus, cosmetic acupuncture could leave you feeling fabulous too!