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Aesthetic acupuncture is the use of acupuncture and electric stimulation to reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity of the face and neck. The needles are placed along the wrinkles and then small cables are attached to some of those needles. Very low levels of electricity flow through the needles and into the skin for 15 to 20 minutes. There is a slight vibration, which is nearly painless. Some describe it as a ‘rain patter’ or light drumming on the skin.
As we age, we lose collagen, the substance that keeps our skin looking plump and dewy. Electric stimulation and acupuncture work in conjunction to stimulate the skin’s collagen, actually causing it to enlarge. This new, fuller collagen then fills the crevices and creates a lifting affect on the skin.
The number of treatments and the end result depend on several factors. The overall condition of your health is most important. It may be necessary to strengthen your body before using aesthetic acupuncture for optimal results. If you’re weakened or depleted, your skin may only slightly respond – or not at all. Chinese herbs would be prescribed to help strengthen the body.
Another factor that affects aesthetic acupuncture is the skin tone that’s being treated. People with darker complexions tend to respond more quickly to treatment than those who are pale. A good result is also dependent upon the condition of the skin. If the skin is damaged by sun, lifestyle, or genetics, the result might not be as great as that in healthier skin.
The recommended number of treatments is two times per week for a total of eight weeks. “Touch-ups” will be required every three to six months. The initial visit includes a complete consultation as well as the first treatment, taking approximately one to one-and-a half hours. Each subsequent treatment will be around 30 minutes.
There is no guarantee that everyone will see significant changes. The above-mentioned conditions are very important. Following post treatment instructions is also necessary. It is important to drink plenty of water, avoid coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes. It is less invasive than surgery and you can keep the extra dollars in your pocket.