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Cosmetic Acupuncture

by JoNell Norcini, L. Ac. M.A.O.M.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cosmetic Acupuncture

In the current era where life expectancy has jumped to an average of 80 years and 50 is the new 30, it is no wonder that people are looking for ways to improve upon their appearance. Many Americans are changing their eating habits and adding regular exercise to help them feel better. But what do you do if your facial appearance does not match how you feel on the inside? Some people resort to Botox, injectable fillers, and/or a face lift. While these are all viable options, these procedures are very expensive and carry with them many undesirable risks and side effects. Another option for those of you seeking to rejuvenate your appearance is cosmetic acupuncture.

Cosmetic acupuncture – also known as acupuncture facial rejuvenation or acupuncture facelift- has been around for thousands of years. It was originally reserved for royalty in the eastern dynasties, but since acupuncture has been gaining popularity in the United States, so, too, has cosmetic acupuncture and for good reason.

Cosmetic acupuncture is not a facelift! There are no incisions, sutures or chemicals peels that produce drastic results or change the underlying structure of the face. A licensed acupuncturist who has received advance training in cosmetic procedures will insert hair thin needles in various locations on the face creating micro-traumas in the dermis layer of the skin. This layer is about three millimeters below the epidermis or surface area of the skin. These micro-traumas stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, thereby plumping up the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Some of the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture are:

  • Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet
  • Softening of deep lines and wrinkles
  • Fading of age spots and sun damage
  • Lifting of eyebrows and reducing the appearance of droopy eyelids
  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • Reduction in the size of under-eye bags
  • Improvement in the symptoms of acne and rosacea
  • A more defined jaw line and minimizes jowls
  • Very beneficial for those suffering from facial paralysis, Bell’s Palsy or TMJ

But the benefits do not stop there. A cosmetic acupuncture treatment also includes a full body treatment in an effort to address the underlying causes of aging. When you combine a full body acupuncture treatment with cosmetic acupuncture the results are astounding!

These benefits not only include the ones mentioned above but also:

  • Reduction in hot flashes and night sweats
  • Increased energy and improved sleep
  • Improved digestion and weight loss
  • Lifted mood, less stress and tension.

    A typical course of cosmetic acupuncture is one treatment, two times per week, for five weeks. This repetitive treatment over a short period of time allows the production of collagen and elastin to plump up the skin, smooth out the lines and wrinkles and tighten up the overall appearance of the face. Results are typically seen between the fifth and eighth treatment and results last anywhere between two to five years. For maximum benefits, maintenance treatments are recommended one time every four to eight weeks.

    Cosmetic acupuncture is an excellent choice for anyone one who wants to look and feel revitalized without changing their original appearance. It is a safe, natural, cost-effective way to look and feel younger.

    Please remember, that only a licensed acupuncturist with advanced training outside of the four-year graduate/Chinese Medical school setting is qualified to provide cosmetic acupuncture.

    Feel free to contact me at 713-825-1636 or visit to set up your free 30-minute consultation. Cypress Area Acupuncture is located at 9834 Spring Cypress Road, Houston, Texas 77070 inside Nurture Soul Therapeutics in northwest Houston. Here’s to a younger looking you!