As the years increase, we notice that the once youthful image we saw in the mirror become more of a memory. Damage from sun exposure, stress and toxins take their toll by leaving wrinkles and other skin disorders. Modern medicine offers a variety of ways to improve our appearance but many include unwanted side effects or other dangers. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives that can help improve our looks without harmful side effects. One of them is acupuncture.

Anti-aging or cosmetic acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging skin. Very thin disposable needles are inserted into acupuncture points on the face and body to increase circulation and stimulate collagen production. The collagen will fill out facial lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy complexion while reducing sagging, dark circles, and puffiness under the eyes.

Imbalances in the flow of body energy can manifest in complexion and skin problems. Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation works by balancing body functioning and the flow of blood and energy to the face. Some practitioners also incorporate the use of Chinese herbal medicine together with acupuncture treatment. These products are mainly external facial creams and lotions containing herbs that help your skin.

Anti-aging acupuncture treatment usually begins with a general health assessment that targets any imbalances in both the face and the body's underlying constitution. Acupuncture is a whole body treatment, not just for your face, and treatment usually results in healthier functioning of the whole body -- both inside and out. Treatment sessions vary but are usually a series of 10-12 visits at regular intervals and then a maintenance plan afterward. While some individuals may notice immediate changes after the first treatment, acupuncture for facial rejuvenation is offered in treatment sets to increase the quality of the results. A typical treatment usually consists of two times per week for 5 weeks, for a total of 10 treatments. Each session is about 45-60 minutes. Results may last several years but monthly maintenance visits are recommended. Prices for acupuncture treatment may cost from $1,000 to $2,000 dollars for 10 treatments and may or may not include the cost of herbal medicines.

Some of the benefits of acupuncture for facial rejuvenation include improved elasticity of your skin, removal of fine wrinkles, strengthening of the facial muscles helping to flatten wrinkles and lift droopy eyelids, reduction of age spots and improved complexion. So if you are looking for a treatment that will not only help you look younger but feel younger, with little or no side effects, you may want to consider acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. As always, check with your physician before undergoing any type of alternative medicine therapy.

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