Some practitioners poo-poo this practice, saying it cheapens the medicine or turns it into a spa service, I get it. I prefer to view it as a complimentary treatment to traditional acupuncture since you cannot truly look good if you feel unwell. Therefore cosmetic acupuncture must be a multi-layered treatment including a standard acupuncture session.
Points on the body are needled to correct imbalances as well as attention being given specifically to any cosmetic issues on the face. The intent is to bring blood and energy up to the face to revive skin that is lacking in proper circulation and nourishment. Cosmetic Acupuncture can reduce or erase lines and wrinkles, build collagen, increase elasticity, reduce under eye puffiness, firm chin jowls, improve complexion, clear acne and even skin tone.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a great alternative for individuals who want to look good by improving their overall health. Appearance changes are natural and there is no recovery time or fear of irreversible changes to your appearance. It is also a great motivator for those that have never tried Acupuncture before.
A complete course of treatment is 12 sessions. Most patients observe results around 4 sessions, but some immediately after the first. Faster results are obtained by receiving 2 sessions per week over 6 weeks. Once monthly follow-up visits are suggested to maintain results. Facial results last depending on your age and constitution, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle then the results are more dramatic and longer lasting, obviously.