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What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

While many of my clients understand that acupuncture is useful in treating a wide array of conditions, such as pain and autoimmune disorders, many are surprised to find that acupuncture also has numerous anti-aging benefits. One of the original uses of acupuncture was to promote the health, longevity, and beauty of the ancient Chinese royal family. This use of acupuncture has been honed over thousands of years, and is a natural and safe way to enhance one’s physical appearance and to combat the natural signs of aging.

What happens during a cosmetic acupuncture treatment?
When I do a session of cosmetic acupuncture, I begin by inserting needles into the body to treat the client’s overall resilience. The appearance of the skin is closely connected to the state of one’s health, so it important to balance mind, body, and spirit to achieve optimal results. These needles put the client into a state of relaxation. At this point, I do a light facial massage using acupressure to stimulate many of the points on the face. I use essential oils which have anti-aging properties and protect against bruising. After this, fine needles are inserted into the face. The needles are inserted into specific fine lines and wrinkles, each session custom tailored to the client, depending on their needs. The facial needles improve circulation, nourish the skin, and increase collagen production. The needles are left in place for 20 minutes. The treatment is completed by massaging a light anti-aging serum and moisturizer into the face, which are based on ancient Chinese Herbal formulas.

How many cosmetic acupuncture sessions are needed?
I typically recommend a series of treatments, once a week for six weeks. After this, treatments are recommended monthly for another six months. Eventually, my clients get to a point where they will just schedule a session before a big event or any time they feel like they need a natural lift. The main thing my clients report after their first treatment is that their complexion looks bright and healthy. As they continue with the series, they notice a softening of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, because I am working with their bodily resilience, my clients will also report that they are sleeping better or that they have fewer digestive issues, an added bonus to be sure!

Cosmetic acupuncture versus Botox Cosmetic acupuncture can absolutely be complementary to Botox.
I do ask that my clients wait four weeks after Botox to come in for cosmetic acupuncture. Ideally, if they were seeking to do Botox and cosmetic acupuncture, I would recommend they do acupuncture first, followed by Botox. However, cosmetic acupuncture also works well as a natural, stand-alone method of filling in fine lines. A client recently came to me after a treatment and said with a wry grin, “All of my friends thought I’d had Botox after I was last here!”

Michelle Pawley is a board-certified acupuncturist with a graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. Her office is located at 1617 E. Oakland Avenue, Bloomington. For more information or to set up a consultation, call her at 309-445-1502, or visit her online at bnacupuncture.com.


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