It’s being hailed as the most innovative weapon in the anti-ageing war. But is cosmetic acupuncture really capable of turning back the clock?
If you ask Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, the answer is a resounding yes. They’re just some of the celebrities who have reportedly shunned invasive wrinkle-fighting procedures in favor of facial needles.
So how exactly does acupuncture work? Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which pin-like needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. It originated more than 2,000 years ago, and is used to treat everything from backache to migraines and fertility problems.
Facial acupuncture sees these needles being inserted into various acupuncture points on the face, such as wrinkles or frown lines. The stimulation brought on by the needles is meant to make blood rush to the face, causing it to become flushed. When needles are inserted at pressure points, energy and endorphins are released. This minor trauma improves blood flow and stimulates cell re-growth.
Plus, facial acupuncture actually promotes the development of new collagen fibers under already-present wrinkles, in effect filing them in – making them appear less visible. The idea is that after several sessions the eyes will begin to brighten, skill will become firmer, and lips will become plumper.
It is also supposed to remedy blemished skin. Practitioners claim acupuncture can reduce wrinkles, eliminate fine lines, lift sagging skin and improve skin color and texture. Its effects last for about three months, and it only takes about 45 minutes.
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