Recently, I have had three female patients inquiring about
facial cosmetic acupuncture. These patients wanted to work on
specific areas on their face, for example crow's feet and laugh
lines. The acupuncture program at NUHS does offer a course in
Microsystems and Advanced Acupuncture where we discuss cosmetic
acupuncture. Many people in recent years have used acupuncture for
"face-lift" or "facial-toning" treatments.
I have one patient in her early 50s who I treated last trimester
for cosmetic facial acupuncture. She reported that she felt a
tightening sensation on her face after five acupuncture sessions.
After 10 acupuncture sessions, she had visible changes observed on
her facial laugh lines. Prior to her treatment, the patient had
very deep laugh lines and now you can barely see them. She was very
satisfied with the results. I must clarify that this was not her
chief complaint but a secondary objective she wanted to work
her amazing results are due to acupuncture, but I also believe her
results were due to her overall health. My patient gives herself
daily facial massage and uses moisturizer with sunscreen. She has a
balanced diet, exercises, and drinks a lot of water, which I
believe contributed to her amazing results of rejuvenation in the
laugh line area.
Our facial complexion is a reflection of overall general health.
I know that cosmetic acupuncture does work, but results may vary
from patient to patient. There is advantage to using a holistic
approach to address our skin aging without going under the knife or
injecting toxins into our body to look or feel better.
Word to the Wise: Patients should not expect to wake up from
their treatments looking 20 years younger! In addition, as
mentioned earlier, results vary from patient to patient. There are
contraindications with cosmetic acupuncture and there may bruising
and bleeding on the face. I also recommend that patients come in
once a month for maintenance treatment once they have optimal
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