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I have heard of acupuncture as an alternative to a facelift. How does this work?

Paul Kempisty (New York, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture can function as a "face-lifting" treatment in a few different ways. Firstly, with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine, we try to restore a good overall balance and harmony in the body. When the body is strong and healthy, has good immune responses and is able to detox and eliminate waste in an efficient manner, then the skin (the largest visible organ) will naturally appear more healthy and glowing. Also, when we place tiny needles in key areas of the face, the body responds by providing better circulation, collagen deposition, and heightened immune activity, which can help give an appearance of healthy complexion, tone and natural radiance.
Frieda Mah (Irvine, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
The health of your organs are reflected on different parts of the face. Improving the health of your organs can affect your expression. In addition, needling the face can improve sagging cheeks, reduce wrinkles and tighten drooping eyelids. Needles increase circulation and collagen production, thus tightening muscles and smoothing wrinkles.
Teresa Green (Ashland, VA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture is not an alternative to getting a facelift. Many acupuncturists do a protocol called "facial acupuncture" and it can have dramatic results for wrinkles, sagging skin and jowls, and can tighten skin. It also causes the skin to look healthy and vibrant. Facial acupuncture usually takes 10-12 weekly visits, and each session can last up to 3 hours. Unlike a facelift, you usually experience no bruising or pain. The treatment may also help any allergy symptoms you have, as well as improve memory. Be sure to go to a licensed acupuncturist, since even facial acupuncture must take your overall health into consideration. Doing multiple needles on the face without a balanced treatment can cause headaches, insomnia, or light-headedness.
Lejla Fazlicic (Lincolnwood, IL) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture is a safe effective drug-free approach to reduce signs of aging. A facial rejuvenation using this technique can improve muscle tone on the face and neck while addressing underlying imbalances that may contribute to aging process. Wrinkles begin internally from imbalance and weakness of qi(life energy). Qi flows through our body thru pathways called meridians, and as we age the balance and strength of qi is disrupted. As a consequence we have wrinkles, dark spots and sagging skin on the face. Acupuncturists will create individual protocol for each patient and address underlying cause of the problem. With acupuncture we will improve flow of qi thru meridians, tone muscles on neck and face, which will reduce signs of aging. This is a painless and nonsurgical drug-free method to reduce signs of aging.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture uses a mechanism called microtrauma to produce measurable results. It is a safe and effective alternative to more invasive treatments such as Botox or surgeries. It is often combined with other techniques as a complete solution. In clinical settings, the needles are inserted along the various trigger points or directly into wrinkles. The microtrauma induces collagen and elastin formation. Here is more information about the process of cosmetic acupuncture.
Toni King (Port Chester, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
There are a few different types of acupuncture that help with facial skin renewal and freshening. I prefer Mei Zen, which has been called an acupuncture face lift even though it is not a surgical procedure. Its techniques are first mentioned in the Su Wen, an ancient text. Each treatment begins with a full acupuncture treatment. Correcting imbalances in the body brings renewed and vibrant health which shows on the face! Next, tiny needles are placed in groupings on the face at specific acupuncture points to induce the production of collagen and elastin. Two sessions per week for 5 weeks are needed for maximum collagen and elastin retention. Many patients find that fine lines fade entirely, deeper lines are reduced in depth and appearance, rosacea and uneven skin tone revert back to a healthy state, and enlarged pores shrink back to normal size. The whole face looks fresher and tighter because of increased blood flow. Of course all results are individual, and no medical procedure can be guaranteed, but I have had great results with my patients. There is also a neck and abdominal protocol, but we generally start with the face, as the neck and decolletage tends to improve even when just the face is treated.
Sung C. Cho (Torrance, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Before explaining of acupuncture, I would like to explain the flow of vital energy in the body. According to Oriental Medicine, every living creature is full of an energy called qi (pronouced "chee"). Qi flows through special pathways in the body called meridians We can say someone is healthy when there is no obstruction of qi in the body. But when the flow is interrupted, we get ill. Acupuncturists find qi blockages and use acupuncture to restore the flow of qi. The control center in our brain is stimulated when an acupuncture needle is inserted in special points on the body. The brain then orders the body to correct the problem.
Ann McKinney (Groton, MA) on Sep 5, 2012
There are two ways of having a facelift using Chinese Medicine principles. One is to have inserted very fine, sterile needles into various acupuncture points on the face to increase collagen production and tighten the skin. There is another alternative to having needles inserted into the face, which can occasionally cause bruising. The other option is to have a facial using the ELR approach, using colored light and microcurrent on acupuncture pressure points with the same outcome.
Angelica Drum (El Dorado Hills, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a technique that uses specific acupuncture points to help revitalize the skin and its cellular repairing abilities that decline with age. It can also be combined with micro-current and color light therapy to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
Jacklin Arastouzadeh (Beverly Hills, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
When you are young and healthy, you don't have wrinkles because the dermis has a robust, elastic quality to it. It is the elastic fiber, elastin, that keeps the skin looking and feeling young and healthy. However, through the natural aging process, or other medical conditions, the dermis can lose its collagen and thereby elastin. When that occurs, the skin gets thinner and has trouble transporting moisture to the epidermis. Without enough moisture, the fat in the subcutaneous layer begins to to disappear causing the epidermis to sag and wrinkles can begin to form. What acupuncture does is to bring blood circulation and oxygen to the area and increase moisture to the epidermis to help the wrinkles to go away.
Jacob Zong (Oceanside, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
The acupuncturist inserts fine needles thereby affecting the body's energy, or Qi. Acupuncture increases blood and energy circulation throughout the body and stimulates the nerve receptors. By accessing some of these points, the acupuncturist seeks to improve luster by increasing circulation to the face with increased blood flow, decreased swelling by draining toxic waste, and by promoting collagen production to provide a more supple skin and muscle tone. People look and feel younger and faces improve in shape and color. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless, and has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery, which may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from acupuncture. While acupuncture cannot reshape the nose or chin, it is a more subtle rejuvenation that takes years off the face while improving overall health.
Sandy Root (New York, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
By inserting the fine acupuncture needles in the face, more collagen and elastin is produced, and blood flow increases in the face.
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
cosmetic facelift acupuncture or its called face rejuvenation. it helps improve collegian by bringing qi or energy and blood into that crease area. it is none invasive and not only does it help with face lines and wrinkles but also it helps improve the root of the body at the same time. -improve collegian on face lines and wrinkles -crows feet around the edge of the eyes -it uplifts the chin area and eye drooping -tones the face -non invasive -overall support for the body as well
Naandi Puja-Joy (Pleasanton, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used to slow down the process of aging by encouraging health from the inside,as well as, working with the texture and condition of the skin from the outside. All acupuncture is cumulative, and it is especially true with facial rejuvenation acupuncture. This means that in order to see the greatest effect it takes a series of ten to fifteen treatments. With that said, even after one treatment you can expect to see and feel smoother, softer, more radiant skin. Facial rejuvenation improves the moisture balance by increasing the circulation to the skin. It improves muscle tone, and increases elasticity of the skin. It does this by stimulating collagen production. It firms skin, and reduces sagging and bags around the eyes. Brightens the eyes, and helps lift drooping eyelids. Diminishes and eliminates fine lines and softens deeper lines. Improves radiance and facial color by increasing peripheral circulation. Tightens pores, reduces stress evident on the face and slows the aging process from within. The results with facial rejuvenation acupuncture are not surgical, the results are safer, softer, more natural looking. The long term effectiveness of facial rejuvenation acupuncture, although, are as long lasting as surgical treatments.
Cari Cater (Smyrna, GA) on Sep 5, 2012
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the Acupuncture points on the face & body where needed. The needle insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. A typical course of treatment consists of 10 to 15 consecutive treatments. The first 4-6 treatments should be performed twice per week. After the initial course of treatments, monthly or seasonal maintenance sessions are recommended to prolong the effects of the acupuncture.
Maria Andino (No Ho Arts District, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture is a gentler and less invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery and so the results will not be as drastic. The fine acupuncture needles are inserted in specific areas of the face and body, spurring the body to promote cell rejuvenation and relaxation. The face is also treated with herbal masques and acupressure to promote lymphatic circulation, increasing skin tone and brightness. Since stress is a major factor in premature aging, acupuncture by virtue of its ability to re-balance the body and reduce stress promotes a healthier appearance.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
it an great alternative for facelift. it can make the wrinkles smaller. make the skin look tighter. Also by harmonizing the whole body, increase circulation. But the bad side is it will require several intensive treatments. 1-3 treatment will not work. it will only have temporary affect. in teh beginning will work best if you have 3-4 treatmet for 2 weeks. then down to 2 times a week. it can be an long term treatment for those with thin skin, loose skin. I would recommend to combine the acupuncture treatment with other treatments: essense oil, nutrition, herbal.
Donna Cain (New Canaan, CT) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture can be an excellent alternative to surgical enhancement of the facial features. It works in two ways. The first is that it promotes the free flow of energy (qi) in the body. In Chinese medicine, beauty comes from within, and only if your energy is flowing freely (the basis of good health), can the outside be beautiful too. The second way that acupuncture works is very locally. That is, very small needles are inserted at the sites of wrinkles in the face. These work by increasing the flow of qi and blood into specific areas in the face. Expect to see results in 8-10 treatments. Follow up treatments, usually once a month, are advised.
Ed Alvarez (Chicago, IL) on Sep 5, 2012
The needles are places along the creases of wrinkles, and in muscular junctures. First to bring new skin growth to those areas, and then to release tension and muscular tightness in the face. This increases blood flow and renews cellular activity, rejuvenating the face with a healthy glow.
Andrew Rader (Lagunitas, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture increases circulation to the face. It also helps relax the muscles and reduce tension. All this helps bring vitality and youthfulness to your look. Acupuncture is non-invasive and is very safe. You can do no harm by trying it and see how it works.
Nicole Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, but it can be a safe, natural and effective alternative to surgeries and harmful Botox injections. Cosmetic acupuncture is the insertion of "thinner than a hair" needles into specific acupoints on the face and on wrinkles. Effects of the acupuncture are increased blood flow, which oxygenates the tissues of the face, improved facial muscle tone and increased skin elasticity. Acupuncture tones the muscles of the face, as opposed to Botox injections, which paralyze the facial muscles. In addition, acupuncture works to help the body produce more collagen, which fills in fine lines and wrinkles and helps to improve overall skin tone. This is not a surgical procedure or harmful injection, so the results will take a little bit longer. Usually treatment includes 10-12 sessions, after which most patients will also notice lifting of the brow and jowls, an improved complexion and an improved sense of well-being. There's also no downtime, unlike surgery.
Richard Ki (Orange, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupuncture for facelifts is a non-surgical way to regenerate new skin cells. By inserting needles in the the face, the facial skin is spurred to regenerate new cells. About 150 needles are inserted into the face during an acupuncture facelift.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Yes! Many patients are avoiding surgery and botox (poison!) and instead using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to help. Most of my patients see more dramatic changes after a few sessions. We usually take pictures every 6-10 sessions and patients are happy! This is temporary and not permanent. These improvements lasts from a few months to a few years.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Yes it does work it increases blood/qi flow to the face with astonishing results.