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What Is Acupuncture for Wrinkles?

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese tradition in which placing needles in strategic places on the body is believed to improve the flow of energy. It has been used for pain relief and to treat various diseases for many years. Some believe in acupuncture for wrinkles, as the needles may help with the flow of nutrients and blood to the skin. Nutrients and oxygen can get to the skin easier, which could make wrinkles less prominent. Some acupuncturists do a series of treatments as an alternative to other cosmetic procedures, but other specialists believe that acupuncture should be performed to prevent wrinkles from forming.

Specialists believe that by inserting needles into the face, healing energy is stimulated. The needles can also help cells hold in water as well as nutrients and oxygen, creating a positive effect in relation to the appearance of wrinkles. Anti-aging acupuncture treatments generally happen in multiple sessions during which thin needles are left in the skin, sometimes for a half an hour or more. Acupuncture is often believed to take away fine wrinkles, make deeper ones more subtle, clear up age spots, and lift sagging eyelids.

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Prior to being used as acupuncture for wrinkles, the tradition was often used to reduce pain and control conditions such as migraines, seizures, and high blood pressure. During a procedure, needles are inserted into the skin at specific places, and can also be put in at different angles. They are sometimes heated or cooled, or even vibrated and twisted depending on the condition and what kind of treatment is called for.

When acupuncture for wrinkles is performed, about 30 to 40 needles are usually inserted into the facial skin. There are sometimes put in other places like the feet, ears, and arms. The treatment is thought to stimulate circulation, energy flow, as well as collagen production. Physicians who oppose the procedure often say acupuncture does not have an affect on muscles that can cause wrinkles, or fill areas like some surgical procedures can.

Acupuncture for wrinkles should only be performed by an experienced specialist. The consequences could otherwise be dangerous, or the procedure might not accomplish anything at all. People often choose anti-aging acupuncture over surgical techniques like a facelift because there is generally no recovery time. Side affects such as nerve damage and other bruising, commonly experienced during surgery, are usually avoided as well. Consisting of multiple treatments over several weeks, acupuncture for wrinkles does not typically compensate for causes of wrinkles related to a person’s lifestyle.

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