Cosmetic Acupuncture is a popular and safe alternative or complement to cosmetic surgery. Clients often notice visible improvement following a few treatments with results becoming more dramatic and enduring with successive treatments. Possible benefits include:
Cosmetic Acupuncture is based on the holistic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Clients often experience additional benefits of improved digestion and vigor, restful sleep, increased mental clarity, and the reduction in symptoms of various chronic diseases.
During the initial consultation and subsequent treatments, the practitioner will make an assessment of the client's overall health and provide treatments to not only improve facial appearance but will address possible areas of stress, poor sleep, digestion and chronic pain problems. Sterile needles are inserted painlessly into the arms and legs, and the majority of needles are inserted very superficially into the face or abdomen. Needles are retained in the skin for approximately 20 minutes while the client relaxes in a peaceful environment.
The full treatment course consists of 10 treatments over the span of 5 continuous weeks. Clients can stop treatment at any time, but the best results have been achieved with compliance to the full course. For those receiving treatment only to enhance recovery from surgery or to treat facial paralysis, fewer treatments may suffice.
Anyone who is interested in a safe, non-surgical, alternative to improving their overall appearance and general well-being:
If you are looking for dramatic results such as thicker lips, lifted eyebrows or a tummy tuck, you should probably consider other forms of treatment. If you are a smoker and choose to continue smoking, or if you spend hours a day unprotected in the sun, results will be less dramatic and shorter lived. Pregnant women and those who suffer from seizures should not receive Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Usually the only ‘side effects’ are beneficial, such as enhancement in overall vitality, improved digestion and more restful sleep. Although rare, slight bruising may occur at needle sites for a day or two following treatment. If you suffer from a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners, inform your practitioner so he/she can take necessary precautions. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, early treatments may trigger a spell but most people find their spells lessen in intensity and frequency with continued treatment.
Results from Cosmetic Acupuncture will vary with each individual and their willingness to participate in beneficial lifestyle changes. Results often last from 3 to 5 years, but maintenance treatments are recommended a few times a year. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture stated that among 300 people treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90 percent had marked effects with only one course of treatment. Because of its effectiveness, Cosmetic Acupuncture has received a great deal of attention in Asia, and is now gaining popularity with Hollywood celebrities throughout North America and Europe.