Cosmetic acupuncture has a ton of benefits for your skin and well-being. If you are considering it, you may understandably have many questions about the procedure. Find answers to them here.
Cosmetic acupuncture has recently garnered attention as a holistic, noninvasive alternative to traditional skin care treatments like Botox® and fillers. You may be intrigued by the potential benefits but also wonder, “Does cosmetic acupuncture hurt?”
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different; some people may be more sensitive to pain than others. However, you can rest assured that Michael Beys, LAc, DACm, at Acupuncture Health Services in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, is skilled in minimizing discomfort and ensuring you have a comfortable experience during this treatment.
Here he answers your burning questions, breaking down the process, benefits, and potential side effects of this increasingly popular treatment.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture or facial rejuvenation acupuncture, is a natural, nonsurgical technique that involves the insertion of ultra-fine needles into specific points on your face and body.
This ancient practice aims to improve skin health, promote collagen production, and address skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, and acne.
Does cosmetic acupuncture hurt?
The honest answer is that it depends on you. For most people, you are likely only to experience minimal discomfort during the treatment. Some might even describe it as a relaxing experience.
The needles used in cosmetic acupuncture are pretty thin — about the width of a human hair — and their insertion is generally painless. You might feel a slight pinch or a tingling sensation, but the discomfort is typically brief and mild.
What are the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture?
This holistic treatment has many advantages for your skin and overall well-being. Some include:
- Stimulating collagen production: The micro-injuries caused by acupuncture needles trigger your body’s natural healing response, promoting collagen production and resulting in firmer, smoother skin.
- Improving blood circulation: This treatment increases blood flow to your face, delivering vital nutrients and oxygen to skin cells.
- Reducing inflammation: Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help soothe redness and puffiness.
- Balancing hormones: Cosmetic acupuncture may help regulate hormonal imbalances contributing to acne and other skin issues.
Many people also find the treatment a calming experience, which can benefit skin health and overall well-being.
Are there any potential side effects or risks?
As with any treatment, there are some side effects and risks associated with cosmetic acupuncture. However, when performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner like Dr. Beys, these risks are minimal.
Some people may experience minor bruising at the point of needle entry. However, these usually disappear within a few days. Temporary redness and swelling may also occur at the needle insertion points, but these will subside within a few hours.
If you have a history of allergies, bring it up with Dr. Beys before starting treatment. Some people may be allergic to the needles or other materials used during the treatment.
While the sensation of cosmetic acupuncture may vary from person to person, most people find the treatment to be minimally uncomfortable and often quite relaxing.
Cosmetic acupuncture has many benefits for your skin health and overall well-being, making it an increasingly popular choice for anyone who desires a holistic approach to skin care.
Ready for radiant and rejuvenated skin? Book an appointment with us today at Acupuncture Health Services or call 732-898-2284.