What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Using acupuncture needles on specific points on the face to enhance beauty and preserve a youthful appearance has been done for centuries in China and other Asian countries, but it’s just started to become popular in the United States in the past decade or so, practitioners say.
Cosmetic acupuncture is done in the same fashion as acupuncture done for general health and specific conditions, with the goal of creating collagen just under the skin to help fill in wrinkles and plump skin, similar to the results of Botox, Restylane or plastic surgery, Lucas says. Like traditional acupuncture, the cosmetic version also aims to balance the body’s energy and create a sense of well-being.
Increasingly, patients are opting for needles over the knife, says Lucas, who has been performing the procedure for eight years and teaches the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture– literally translated as “beautiful person” – to other practitioners whose patients are increasingly asking for it.
“When I teach classes, I ask why they’ve come, and 70 percent are saying it’s because their patients are asking for it,” she says.
Benefits Of Cosmetic Acupuncture
Lauren Mathews performs the procedure at The Element Center in Denver, and says her patients find it a great alternative to Botox because it works to improve the look of the entire face and not just certain spots, and it also appeals to many who balk at having foreign substances injected into their faces.
“It fills in wrinkles and increases the collagen production in areas that need it, like frown lines, smile lines and smoker’s lines around the mouth,” Mathews says. “In addition, the color and texture of the skin brightens and smoothes and sagging gets lifted in a natural way. It’s not like a surgical facelift because it’s not that drastic.”
While most patients seek out the procedure to improve their looks and erase some of the toll time takes on all our faces, they find an added bonus in the increased sense of well-being that comes along with acupuncture, Lucas says.
“It addresses the person’s overall health, whereas a lot of the Western techniques are just about the face.”
Zylla Acupuncture and Cosmetic Acupuncture
Zylla Acupuncture has been practicing the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture protocol for several years in Tucson, Arizona. Because Mei Zen involves the whole body she has witnessed the transformation of peoples’ appearance and their health at the same time. Patients that have come just for the face or neck treatments have become regulars after completing the 5 week series because of the other benefits that occurred with their health. People saw improvement with their digestion, sleep, energy, mood, pain, as well as the resolution of chronic issues that they didn’t know Acupuncture could help with.