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What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture has made its mark on society as a botox alternative as it often focuses specifically on the aesthetic condition of the face. Similar to traditional acupuncture, it involves strategically inserting sterilized needles into specific points to stimulate blood flow and restore balance within the system. Here, we can eliminate wrinkles, build collagen, decrease inflammation and beautify tone in order to achieve a youthful experience. Although aesthetic acupuncture focuses on more superficial concerns, it can work in deep ways and assist in healing the whole body through these three primary ways:

  • Systemic Effect: Needles create a microtrauma that sets off a cascade of neurochemicals and anti-inflammatory properties that floods the bloodstream and is carried throughout the whole body!
  • Local Effect: Every time you stick a needle into a site, the blood is directed to that specific point location, in turn nourishing the tissues, strengthening the muscles, draining the lymphatics, building collagen, etc.
  • Somatovisceral Effect: Point locations are certain sites can work on the functions of internal body systems and organs. Here, a point on the face can work on digestion just like a point on the hands or feet can work to detoxify the liver and clear acne, redness and swelling from the facial region.

Aside from aesthetic benefits, acupuncture has been proven effective in controlled clinical trials in the treatment of over 40 different medical conditions stated in an official report by the World Health Organization, titled Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.

What Are The Side Effects Of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

The most common side effect for cosmetic acupuncture (and also traditional acupuncture) is bruising. This side effect only happens about 20% of the time, but it is still a possibility for some individuals. If this occurs, bruising should heal within one week. Because of the chance of this happening, people with certain bleeding disorders or type 2 diabetes should not be recommended for this treatment.

For the majority who do not experience bruising, there is no downtown or recovery period and you will start to see the effects after the first few sessions. This experience is definitely a safer alternative to cosmetic surgery, but it is not a quick fix, as cosmetic acupuncture is a natural way to create long-term improvements in your skin and your body as whole!

Celebrity Sightings

Here is a fun little section of our article- celebrity sightings! Linked below are some celebrities that have been seen getting aesthetic acupuncture. Many celebrities use acupuncture for relieving stress and pain, but for this list we will focus on a few celebrities who have had their facial acupuncture experience published.

Cosmetic Acupuncture References (AcuFinder.com)

To find a Cosmetic Acupuncturist in your area, feel free to check out the Acupuncture Referral Service website right here. This website allows you to also search other expertise of acupuncture such as for chiropractic issues, headaches/migraines, infertility, insomnia, immune disorders, and much more. You may search for acupuncturists in all 50 states in the USA and over 16 other countries in the world.  The website also houses many resources such as acupuncture schools, a learning center where you may view the newest studies, and material on Chinese herbs and East Asian medicine.

Another way to find a Cosmetic Acupuncturist in your area would be to use keywords in your search on the internet such as typing in:

  • Cosmetic Acupuncture Near Me
  • Aesthetic Acupuncture Near Me
  • Facial Acupuncture Near Me

Feel free to replace “near me” with your city or zip code as well for the same optimized search. After finding an acupuncturist that resonates with you, the next step would be to reach out to receive more information and to book an appointment if everything is the right fit. When finding a Cosmetic Acupuncturist, it is best if they can do gua sha or potentially, facial cupping for patients as well for other holistic cosmetic treatment options!

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