Maintaining your looks and beauty just got that much easier and cheaper! In a recent study released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2013, up 3 percent since 2012. Americans spend a lot of money on beauty.
According to Mila Mintsis, a Certified Acupuncturist at Shift PT in New York City, acupuncture is a great way to improve your looks without having to turn to plastic surgery or other more complicated, invasive and expensive methods. Mintsis states that “acupuncture has been used to improve physical appearance for thousands of years. Cosmetic acupuncture has no side effects, promotes holistic health, well-being and is a great alternative to invasive (and not-to-mention costly) cosmetic procedures.”
Acupuncture facial rejuvenation also referred to as the Acupuncture Facelift is a simple, natural and healthy way to look and feel better. The typical procedure involves placing small, hair-thin needles along certain points on the body, head and face. By placing these needles into the skin, you create a positive micro-trauma, which is thought to stimulate fibroblasts and increase collagen production in the skin.
Treatments improve muscle tone and dermal contraction, increase collagen production, tightens pores, and increases local circulation of blood and lymph around the face. It can be used to reduce a double chin and sagging jowls, help to decrease inflammation, puffy or even droopy eyelids.
In a recent study on Cosmetic Acupuncture conducted by The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture out of 300 people, 270 saw a noticeable decrease of facial wrinkles after just one treatment. Their skin felt firmer to the touch and elasticity was improved.
The benefits include:
- Improved muscle tone and collagen production
- Improved skin tone
- Diminished wrinkles and fine lines
- Natural lift to the face
- Reduced sagging
- Eliminates puffiness
- Increases lymph circulation
- Makes skin more radiant by improving complexion
- Gives a natural, youthful, healthy appearance
- Energizes the entire body
- Reduces appearance of/diminishes redness
- Reduces appearance of/diminishes acne scars
- Reduces appearance of/diminishes scar tissue
- By increasing circulation, acupuncture helps to accelerate the healing process.
The usual treatment course consists of 10 treatments, which are performed twice a week, for 5 weeks and once a month is recommended thereafter for maintenance. The price range for this type of beauty treatment ($150 per session at Shift PT) is also more affordable than many other treatment options such as lasers, fillers, botox and invasive plastic surgery.
Shift PT is a state-of-the-art, total mind + body wellness center in NYC (owned by ex-NY Giants NFL Sports Massage Therapist, Patrick Walsh) offering elite specialized services from expertly trained staff which range from alternative medicine, massage, sports medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, sports injury prevention and physical therapy to mind/body therapy, empath work, restorative yoga, meditation, and women’s pelvic floor therapy.