What is cosmetic acupuncture? Is it just a celebrity fad? Is it an alternative to Botox® or other anti wrinkle injections? Does it hurt? More importantly, does it work?
Cosmetic acupuncture is a 2000-year-old form of skin rejuvenation treatment offered by Johnathon Dao our traditional Chinese medicine practitioner here at Tweed Coast Chiropractic in Kingscliff. An extension of traditional acupuncture, this style of beauty therapy is growing in popularity more recently as an alternative to anti-wrinkle injections like Botox® and facial plumping procedures using dermal fillers.
Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, and Academy award winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow, have publicly advocated the anti-ageing virtues of cosmetic acupuncture. Posting photos of themselves undergoing treatment on their Instagram.
Our Traditional Chinese Medicine therapist Johnathon Dao has been practicing cosmetic acupuncture at our Kingscliff clinic with patients from the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Byron Bay regions. Johnathon has over 25 years of experience behind him.
Beauty Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture
Several different types of acupuncture are practiced at our Kingscliff clinic including musculoskeletal, Japanese and dry needling all of which are used to treat different presenting problems. Cosmetic acupuncture aims to increase or balance qi, increasing blood flow by inserting needles at certain acu-points and increasing muscle tone.
Facial mimetic muscles gradually straighten and shorten with age due to increased resting muscle tone. Research into acupuncture has suggested needles inserted into the muscles of the head, face and neck may result in restored muscle tone and improved facial elasticity .
Now the idea of sticking needles in your face, just in general, might be a little scary. But these aren’t like your vaccination needles. They’re also much finer, with an average thickness of about .25mm, about as thick as a hair.
Does it Hurt?
Some people feel next to nothing. Others might feel a dull ache around the base of the needle, or a slight tingling on the skin. It varies from person to person (and practitioner to practitioner). Any sensation is usually pretty brief.
Cosmetic Acupuncture an alternative to Botox®?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of sensitive and powerful acu-points around the body with extremly fine, surgical stainless steel needles. By inserting these needles in different areas of the face, cosmetic acupuncture may assist in stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Positive effects on health may also be achieved by stimulation of the nervous system, helping regulate immune system and hormone function. Patients are also relieved to find the treatment is simple and painless.
In the same way as Botox® and fillers, cosmetic acupuncture aims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Acupuncture is used to stimulate collagen production by improving blood flow to the face. Each session lasts for around an hour, the needles placed in position for about half of that time, according to the type of treatment.
Improvements in hydration, muscle tone and acne scars
After cosmetic acupuncture treatment patients may see and feel an improvement in:
- Muscle tone
- Fine wrinkles and deeper wrinkles
- Droopy eyelids
- Collagen production
- Hormonal balance
- Acne scars
Source: 1. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013: 424313. Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study, Published online 2013 Jul 28. PMC US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, Hindawi Ltd. doi: 10.1155/2013/424313 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3745857/
Gywneth Paltrow instagram account https://www.instagram.com/p/BlYQ_TwnWq1/
Kim Kardashian having cosmetic acupuncture https://www.hellomagazine.com/healthandbeauty/skincare-and-fragrances/2013032511770/kim-kardashian-acupuncture-facial/