Can you get a face lift without undergoing surgery or botox treatment? Now you can. Facial acupuncture, a new technique to ward off wrinkles and blemishes in the skin, which traces its roots to a 2,000-year old traditional Chinese therapy, is growing into popularity these days, especially now that the rich and famous celebrities from the Hollywood are on it. This natural therapy is believed to make a person appear younger by 5 or 10 years.
They call it AcuFacial, a treatment that involves inserting tiny, disposable needles all over the face. The procedure is believed to “turn back time”, and defy the early onset of ageing. In America, more and more people are latching on this therapy, although one session costs them whopping $15 - $200 (£80- £120), and necessitates 20 sessions. Expensive as it may seem, the procedure poses no side effects and promises a healthier, more effective way to promote younger-looking skin.
How does AcuFacial works?
According to Shellie Goldstein, a New York-based acupuncturist, facial acupuncture actually exercises the muscles in the face and improves blood circulation. The procedure lifts up the energy and improves muscle tones, which in turn reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
It was reported that Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cher are all undergoing weekly acupuncture treatments to stay young and beautiful.
It turns out that facial acupuncture also stimulates the cells to produce new collagen fibres under the wrinkles, filling the spaces between them, pointed out Billy Villano, an acupuncturist from New York. He also added that inserting needles helps relax the muscles, which prevent the skin from aging.
Acupuncture stimulates the blood flow in the face. After a few sessions, expect a huge improvement – brighter eyes, fairer and firmer skin, fuller lips, and fewer blemishes.
“’I was starting to see a little bit of breaking out, I was looking tired. “, said Alyson Halter, 35. Now, she claims she rarely puts on makeup and that her skin has tightened particularly in the jaw line area.
Dalia Carella, in her mid-50s, believed that acupuncture restored her youthful glow. “I feel like my skin is the way I used to feel when I was 30 years old,” she said.
AcuFacial as good as Botox
Botox is a widely accepted facial procedure that combines cleansing, toning, and applying facemask to achieve a younger, flawless skin. However, many are convinced that AcuFacial is as good as botox, if not better.
But Clarence Lu, a New York-based OMD, is not in total conformity with this. He believes that acupuncture is indeed a great therapy, but it is more effective when done in the entire body and not solely in the face. The energy, to promote blood flow, must circulate throughout the body, he explained.
Despite the lack of scientific evidence, facial acupuncture appears to be a great way for Alyson, Dalia, Madonna and many others who are looking to delay the unavoidable process of ageing. There’s no harm in trying because acupuncture poses no side effects. However, one must make sure they’re dealing with a registered practitioner to ensure safety.
Sources of this article
The new face-lifting acupuncture treatment that claims to take five years off (but could you handle the needles?, The Daily Mail UK
A few pointers for a new face, The Telegraph
Treatment of the week: How facial acupuncture can give results ’as good as Botox’, The Daily Mail UK