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Acupuncture and Wrinkles

Acupuncture and wrinkles… some say the ancient technique can wipe away the signs of ancient wrinkles, and something like that. Reporter and registered nurse, Ali Gorman looked into the claim and joins us to tells us what she found. It is a special Health-Check Report.

And Jim, acupuncture is used to relieve pain and stress, but now more people are using it to get rid of wrinkles. It’s called facial acupuncture, and some say it’s an alternative to more drastic cosmetic treatments such as Botox.

53-year-old Julia Angstrom wants her face to look younger, she’s tried Botox and laser treatments in the past, but this time she’s trying something, well, old. She’s getting facial acupuncture. Acupuncturist Beata Maslanka, of The Art of Wellness, says the ancient Chinese treatment works by stimulating energy, which increases circulation which brings blood and nutrients to the face causing rejuvenation.

People are noticing soothing defined lines and lessening of the deep lines. Any discoloration also tends to disappear.

She recommends that people get ten treatments. Julia is on her ninth and likes what she sees. "I’ve noticed that my skin is a lot smoother, it’s a lot less red pigment in there, the wrinkling seems to be a lot less, I have a lot less darkening under my eyes, and I’ve been getting a lot of compliments."

Another client’s photos show facial acupuncture helped to smooth this deep line. Here’s the before, and after. But plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Genter says it doesn’t seem plausible, and there’s no real scientific evidence to prove acupuncture can smooth wrinkles.

"If it increases your wellbeing, then that’s great. I just don’t know that it can make your face look younger."

Maslanka admits that facial acupuncture won’t have the same dramatic effects as Botox or facial fillers, but she says beauty comes from within, and because acupuncture helps heal other imbalances in the body, it can make people look and feel better all around. That’s something Julia also noticed, and that’s why she says she’ll continue with the treatment.

"I feel like this is something that really has a two-fold effect. It makes me relaxed, it helps me to sleep better, as well as helping me to improve my skin tone."

And after the ten treatments, it’s recommended that people follow up with maintenance treatments once a month. The sessions cost $90-135 each. Now Botox and or facial-fillers typically cost about $300-400 and last about 3-6 months. Depends on what you’re looking for.  

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