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Does an Acupuncture Face Lift Work?

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Many are turning to alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, to treat medical ailments and diseases. However, acupuncture today is not limited to these uses alone as acupuncture facelifts are gaining popularity as an alternative to surgery and chemical procedures. Acupuncture face lifts or acupuncture facial rejuvenation offer a natural and holistic way to correct sagging and wrinkled skin.

Therapeutic Effects of Acupuncture Face Lifts

The therapeutic effects of acupuncture face lifts have their basis on Oriental traditional principle that the human body can be treated by understanding the five energy types represented by the elements, namely wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It is the belief of acupuncture practitioners that each person’s body falls under a certain element, and such elements have their unique strengths and imbalances as well. Thus, by knowing if the patient is dominantly a “water person” or a “fire person”, a tailor made set of treatments can be prescribed for him.

Acupuncture Releases Flow of Good Energy

Acupuncture practitioners believe that treating the source of the patient’s imbalances, such as blockages in the digestive or excretory systems will increase the flow of good energy or chi inside the body, the results will show on the patient physically. By placing the acupuncture needles in the points of the body that are channels for the freeing up of the good energy or chi, facial toning and sedation can be achieved.

Acupuncture Face Lift Results

According to Dr. Martha Lucas, PhD, an acupuncture practitioner, the principles of Chinese medicine when applied to facial rejuvenation have proven to be effective. For instance, patients who undergo acupuncture face lifts will notice over time that they have fewer wrinkles as well as firmer and clearer skin. The reason for this is that acupuncture removes the blocks that prevent chi from flowing freely inside the body. By increasing the flow of chi, the collagen and elastin production inside the body increases naturally, which explains the appearance of youthful looking skin.

According to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, acupuncture treatments improve facial muscle tone and facial skin texture. Furthermore, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced on the cheeks, under eye area, chin and neck.

 

Expert Opinion

Quote:   “The skin is cleaned with alcohol and the needle, or needles, are inserted sometimes at a site on the body far from the face. For example, if the acupuncturist believes that a certain wrinkle is caused by an imbalance of life force in the liver, the needles will be inserted in the skin covering the area of the liver.”

Source: Rinzler, Carol Ann. The Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery .

New York, NY: Facts on File, 2009. Print.

 

Quote: “Acupuncture seems to work for certain pain syndromes. Apart from relieving pain and stress, there is no evidence that it can make you look better. Acupuncture is yet another example of wishful thinking that gets in the way of science and common sense.”

Source: Perry, Arthur W.. Straight talk about cosmetic surgery .

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. Print

 

Resources

Sorgen, Carol. “Acupuncture: The New Facelift?” WebMD – Better Information. Better Health.Ed. Dr. Brunilda Nazario. Web. 28 Sept. 2010. http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/acupuncture-new-facelift.

Yarborough, Charles. “Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation.” Qi Journal Homepage. Web. 28 Sept. 2010. http://www.qi-journal.com/TCM.asp?-Token.FindPage=4&-Token.SearchID=Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation.

Barrett, John. “Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 25.4 (2005): 419-24. Pubmed.gov. Web. 28 Sept. 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19338843.

Barker, Olivia. “USATODAY.com – Acupuncture Gets a Face Lift and Much More.” USA Today. 06 Dec. 2004. Web. 28 Sept. 2010. http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2004-12-06-acupuncture_x.htm.