Before addressing and increasing the beauty and delaying aging, one must have some expertise with day-to-day skin and body concerns. Cosmetic acupuncture is generally concerned with health rather than appearance. When therapists study and practice cosmetic acupuncture, they feel they have unique abilities in their hands. They overlook that these special supernatural abilities were in their hands when they studied traditional Chinese medicine theory with practice.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine for enhancing the flow of vital energy throughout the body (qi or chi). This vital energy flows via meridians, which are invisible energy lines. As per traditional Chinese medicine, health issues arise due to the blockages in the flow of vital energy. Therefore, acupuncturists try to restore the flow of vital power and, as a result, enhance health by inserting needles into specific locations along meridian lines.
Working of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The purpose of cosmetic acupuncture is said to enhance skin and function as an anti-aging therapy by promoting collagen formation (a protein that acts as the main constituent of your skin). With advancing age, your skin’s inner layer begins to lose collagen, making it less elastic and firm. Acupuncture can enhance collagen formation, but there is no scientific proof to back it up. According to some practitioners, cosmetic acupuncture can help revitalize your skin by increasing your general vitality.
The popularity of cosmetic acupuncture has been increasing globally. The face, head, and neck are treated with facial cosmetic acupuncture (FCA). Furthermore, it is assumed that FCA enhances facial elasticity by correcting resting mimetic muscle tone by inserting needles into the face, head, and neck muscles.
Nowadays, there are many different kinds of FCA in use. Moreover, other potential mechanisms supporting these processes have been devised, such as improving and balancing qi, enhancing muscle tone, balancing internal Zang-Fu organs, boosting blood flow by inserting needles at specific acupoints. Moreover, there is limited research on the effectiveness and stability of FCA.
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture
According to research studies, acupuncture offers many health benefits such as minimizing stress and managing issues including depression and chronic pain. However, many scientific studies are underway to support the health benefits of cosmetic acupuncture.
According to a 1996 study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 300 patients were treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, and 98% exhibited noticeable results after just one session. The effects after application of Cosmetic Acupuncture include:
- The fair and delicate skin
- Reduce wrinkles
- Reduced jaw tension
- Facial muscles become more elastic
- A bright and healthy complexion
- Reduced acne
- Reduced pores
- Reduced appearance of fine lines
- Minimize facial swelling
- Improved facial muscle tone
- Reduces skin sagging
- Improved skin texture
- Warnings about Cosmetic Acupuncture
Warnings about Cosmetic Acupuncture
When an experienced and qualified practitioner administers acupuncture, then it is considered as safe. If not administered correctly, then it may lead to harmful side effects including punctured organs and infections as reported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
How Long Do Facial Acupuncture Treatments Take?
The cosmetic acupuncture or facial acupuncture session usually takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It is recommended not to apply heavy lotions or creams on the day of treatment and wear minimal makeup. However, there are no strict pretreatment measures to follow, but it is better to avoid blood thinners like ibuprofen.
Results of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The results of cosmetic acupuncture are not immediate. The procedure takes time as it works by toning the muscles. The usual length of the treatment course involves 10 sessions over 30 days, along with follow-up maintenance visits once per month. Generally, it will take 6 sessions to observe the results per practitioner.