an Acupuncture face-lift
going for an "acupuncture face lift" may sound like a
trendy fix, it's not new - Chinese emperors of long ago used facial
needling to stave off signs of aging. With more people using acupuncture
to treat a number of health conditions, it's gaining ground as a
viable alternative to riskier, more expensive anti aging treatments.
of paralyzing muscles a la Botox, acupuncture face lifts also called
facial rejuvenation acupuncture relax, support, and strengthen muscles
from within, says Deborah Musso, founder and wellness director of
the Sea Change Healing Center in Chelsea, New York.
sessions begin with a general health assessment, followed by the
needling of distal, or energy, points on the body. Then, for the
face, tiny, tack-like needles are inserted just two to four millimeters
into the skin and can target laugh lines, sagging chins, and frown
creases, among other areas.
of advice: Because additional training is required, not all acupuncturists
perform facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Although there are several
training programs nationwide, there's no single resource for online
referrals. Musso suggests calling a local licensed practitioner
(L.Ac.) and asking whether he or she has additional certification
in facial rejuvenation acupuncture.
full treatment at Sea Change costs $195 compared to $300 to $1,000
for a Botox treatment. Though generally less dramatic than Botox
after one session, the effect is more natural looking. Brenda Nashawaty,
a 50 year old client of the Acupuncture Specialties Group in Newton
Centre, Massachusetts, has given up Botox and Restylane in favor
of facial acupuncture. "My skin is as thick as when I was 35,"
she says. "The bags are gone, the jowls are gone." Does
it look like she's had "work" done? "Definitely not,"
she says. "I'm just glowing."
BODY & SOUL OCTOBER 2004 (page 84)