An acupuncture facelift is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment that is frequently recommended as a holistic alternative to Botox injections. The treatment involves very fine needles being inserted into various regions of the face.
The pain is very minimal and you would experience only very mild discomfort because the needles are very fine and are inserted just under the surface of the skin.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), however, the acupuncture facelift is a more recent development and is ideal for people that aren’t quite ready for a surgical facelift. An acupuncture facelift is ideal if you’re seeking cosmetic acupuncture and want the benefits of changing not only the surface appearance of the skin but also increased facial elasticity.
Facial acupuncture is an extension of traditional TCM acupuncture. It’s claimed to assist the skin to appear younger, smoother, and healthier naturally. Facial acupuncture differs from injection therapies in that it addresses more than just signs of aging; it also improves the general health and wellbeing of the skin.
This clinical acupuncture procedure works as a powerful facial rejuvenation treatment that includes the use of acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points to stimulate blood circulation, increase collagen production and improve overall health and slow the aging process.
Because the needles are very short and only cause a mild “pricking” feeling as they superficially pierce the skin’s epidermis, the process isn’t uncomfortable. If you’ve had any other injection treatments into facial muscles this will seem painless, dare I say pleasurable and relaxing.
It’s important to get a Chinese medicine diagnosis tailored to the individual’s underlying conditions. After taking a thorough medical history to determine underlying health conditions, your licensed acupuncturist will insert needles into the surface of the skin, which some describe as the feel of a fleeting mosquito bite.
You may feel the insertion initially but the sensation quickly resolves. Typically, an average of 40 to 70 needles are placed in facial muscles, acupuncture points, and pressure points of the face to address drooping eyelids, smile lines, sagging jowls and tighten pores.
The stimulation created by the needles as they pierce the skin are known as positive microtraumas. Your body responds to these injuries in a manner that it does when your skin is damaged and it goes into repair mode.
The lymphatic and circulatory systems are stimulated by the acupuncture facelift treatment, which works in tandem to transport nutrients and oxygen to your skin cell surfaces, nourishing your skin from the inside out. This helps to even out your skin tone while also promoting a healthy glow. The beneficial microtraumas also stimulate collagen formation. This improves elasticity, softens deeper lines, and results in fewer wrinkles.
Facial acupuncture treatments have a wide range of prices, with the average cost ranging from $125 to $1,500. Typically the recommended course is a minimum of 12 – 21 treatments and cosmetic acupuncture packages are usually the way to go to save money.
Of course, facial rejuvenation acupuncture is determined by your location, clinic, and whether you receive acupuncture treatment just for the face or for the full body. (I say stay away from acupuncturists only providing facial acupuncture— you’ll want the full monty to get the best outcomes.
Cosmetic acupuncture is not only a less invasive alternative, but it’s also more cost-effective than surgery. Chinese acupuncture can cost as little as $100, or upwards of $2,000 depending on the clinic or spa you visit. One dermal filler treatment might cost anywhere from $450 to $600.
Another popular treatment, microneedling, uses the same idea but applies hundreds of pricks through a rolling device. This once-a-month medical procedure commonly uses numbing creams to improve discomfort. Needless to say, an acupuncture facelift is less intense. Microneedling can cost from $350 to $2000 a treatment.
Cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling both create “micro channels,” allowing better absorption of skin serums and other skin care products. Both can provide long-lasting anti-aging results without surgery. (See Blog on microneedling here)
According to one research study, the majority of patients noticed improvements after only five sessions of facial acupuncture, but I recommend 12 treatments to start – once or twice a week for optimum results. Then you can go into “maintenance” where you receive the treatment every four to eight weeks.
Ideally, the benefits will continue over the next 6 to 12 months with a proper skin care regimen. Results, of course, will differ for each individual depending on their skin condition. We often combine topical retinoid therapy, skin serums, and sunscreen with facial acupuncture to improve outcomes.
I do not recommend combining too many skin treatments at once. It is important to let your skin heal. I always advise strategically scheduling filler or other injections, such as Botox® or Dysport® opposite your acupuncture facelift treatment.
According to research, bruising is the most typical adverse effect of facial acupuncture and only happens around 20 percent of the time. I recommend patients use oral arnica montana before treatments.
Before the week is out, your skin should be back to normal. If you do have bruising, however, it usually subsides quickly.
To obtain the greatest results with minimum bruising, the recipient of the therapy should be in excellent health and have sufficient healing capacity. Therefore, this therapy is not for individuals with bleeding disorders or uncontrolled type 2 diabetes.