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Facial rejuvenation (acupuncture)

Cosmetic acupuncture involves the strategic placement of needles on and around the face to slow and soften signs of aging like wrinkles.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 9, 2016

Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-surgical procedure that aims to improve the overall quality, tone and health of its recipient's complexion. Beyond the elimination or softening of fine lines and deep wrinkles, the gentle facial treatment also stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin, improves circulation and enhances the overall appearance of the skin.

There are several different kinds of acupuncture that can be used to refresh and renew facial skin. Some draw on Mei Zen, the "acupuncture facelift" first described in the Su Wen, an ancient Chinese medical text. Others refer to the AcuFacial®, a non-surgical approach coined by Shellie Goldstein and touted by media outlets worldwide, from Town and Country Travel to Elle Italia. Yet another is the PanG nonsurgical facelift, a series of treatments that utilize electronic current to improve the skin's condition.

Cosmetic acupuncture is considered an effective, drug-free approach to skincare and can improve muscle tone on the face and neck and also address imbalances that may contribute to the aging process. It relies on a mechanism called microtrauma, where needles are inserted along various points of the skin in order to facilitate the formation of collagen and elastin. Some practitioners use microcurrents to stimulate facial nerves and tone underlying muscles. Although many practitioners explain that the safe, quantifiable procedure is not necessarily an "alternative" to more invasive forms of skin tightening, regular sessions can nevertheless produce measurable results.

What It's Good For

Fine to moderate wrinkles, rosacea, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, age spots, "drooping" eyelids and other dermatological concerns. The insertion of needles along specific points can also improve general tone and hydration while balancing particularly oily skin and resulting in a radiant appearance.

Recommended age range: Cosmetic acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals as early as their late 20s and early 30s. Those with deeper or more pronounced wrinkles, past the late 40s and 50s, for example, may find the treatments to be less effective, though that is not to say it would be ineffective.

When will I see results?: Cosmetic acupuncture increases energy movement throughout the body, improving blood flow to the face. Minor changes may be immediately apparent, though it can often take as many as six treatments or more to notice significant results. Naturally, the number of treatments required will vary from person to person based on skin quality, elasticity and more. Many pros suggest a series of 10 treatments, two sessions per week for five weeks, for maximum collagen and elastin retention.

How long it lasts: With maintenance, good health habits and proper sun protection, acupuncture facial results can last much longer than a typical cosmetic injection. Expect at least seven to nine months, and with monthly maintenance treatments, even longer. The passing of time will inevitably result in the return of wrinkles and other skincare concerns, so practitioners recommend a routine maintenance regimen of seasonal treatments.

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