Come on, admit it: You’ve thought about a quick wrinkle fix. The good news? An acupuncturist’s needle—rather than one filled with botulinum toxin (aka Botox)—can take years off your face.
“Every time a needle is inserted into your body, it causes a micro-trauma in the skin, which in turn increases blood flow and the production of collagen,” says Tanya Rose, L.Ac., a certified cosmetic acupuncturist in Boulder, Colo. “Increased collagen in the face helps fill in your fine lines, improving their appearance.”
During the procedure, a practitioner inserts hair-thin acupuncture needles directly into fine lines on your face as well as other spots on your body, such as your feet and hands, to balance your body’s energy. Minimal redness and bruising are the only potential side effects. After the recommended 12 successive sessions, you’re likely to see results that may last up to 10 years, says Rose. Need more proof? A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that 90 percent of 300 people who received facial acupuncture saw results after one course of treatment. If you’re interested, find a certified acupuncturist who specializes in cosmetic acupuncture at nccaom.org.