Is Cosmetic Acupuncture Better Than Botox?
“Is cosmetic acupuncture better than Botox?” I am asked this question quite a lot. Of course, as an acupuncturist, its not surprising that my response is a resounding YES! But let me tell you why I feel that cosmetic acupuncture (also known as Facial Rejuvenation) is a better choice than Botox for looking younger.
This is always is at the top of my list. Cosmetic acupuncture is safe and has no risk of side effects, contamination or disfigurement. Botox is a neurotoxin that is made from botulinum toxin A. When injected, it interrupts or partially paralyzes the nerve signals of the facial muscles. When the muscles can’t contract, the skin over the effected area smooths out. Although it is commonly considered “safe” when administered by a skilled physician, there are potential harmful side effects including drooping eyelids, unintended facial paralysis, nausea, bruising, pain and redness around the injection site.
2. Acupuncture slows the aging process from within safely and naturally.
- Improves elasticity of muscle tone and dermal contraction
- Rejuvenates the face and body
- Eliminates fine lines and reduces deeper wrinkles
- Firms the jowl area
- Reduces puffiness and sagging around the eyes
- Tightens pores for smoother skin
- Promotes a radiant complexion by balancing hormones and increasing peripheral blood flow
Reduce stress evident in the face ~ my mother always told me if I frowned, my face would stick in that expression. Of course, my mother is always right! Fortunately, acupuncture works to undo the ravages caused by stress and worry.
3. Better health is always beautiful!
Acupuncture works to treat the underlying factors that contribute to aging. Acupuncture enlivens the flow of energy to promote health and vitality so you will not only look better, but you will feel better as well. At the heart of it, the difference between cosmetic acupuncture and Botox to reduce the signs of aging is a philosophical one; acupuncture promotes healthy aging and vitality, while Botox injections stifle aging through a process of paralysis. I am always in favor of better health, better vitality, and natural beauty.
My skin significantly improved after I started my cosmetic acupuncture treatments with Natalie. If I can afford to, I would love to do one maintenance treatment per month instead of waiting to do it once every three months. My skin has been glorious and glowing with youth since I started my treatments one year ago. I don’t quite know how to describe the glow, but it feels and looks like the glow we get when we were children after some form of playful activity. All my friends tell me I look 5, 10 years younger but they can’t figure out why. They just can’t seem to put their fingers on a logical reason.
Things I have noticed are that my skin is smoother, freckles are less noticeable, glow from increased blood circulation, skin quality is much better and it is tighter and softer, just like in our youth. My favorite parts of the treatment are the acupressure and jade rolling Natalie does at the end of the session. It makes me feel very relaxed and beautiful.
I recommend the cosmetic acupuncture treatment to everyone every chance I get. It has made a huge difference in my quest for rejuvenation. It is very powerful and important to open the minds of people and bring awareness to everyone that there is a natural alternative to maintaining beauty as we age. We all want to age gracefully. Surgery, Botox and other toxic forms of treatment are not the only answer. We need to continue to empower people, especially women with knowledge so that they can make more informed choices and understand and know with certainty that our body has the ability to heal itself.
I trust Natalie completely. I am so blessed to be a recipient of such a powerful treatment from her capable healing hands. She has amazing energy and is very caring and passionate about what she does. Most importantly, she is fun to be around. I never want my treatments to end. When they do end, I start counting the days to my next treatment.”
~ Sandra Shum
Holistic Health Counselor
June 17, 2013
Facial acupuncture really works! It’s surprising what a few needles can do when wielded by an expert. Natalie Miner expertly placed many hair-like needles in all the laugh lines and wrinkles of my face. It made them all smaller. I still have expression lines, but they are all so much smaller. It is worth the time to get much healthier and youthful looking skin. Natalie has a whole body view and can supplement the facial acupuncture with body acupuncture. She takes care of it all. I would highly recommend Natalie Miner.”
~ Mary Lou Manlove
June 12, 2013
Living in Color, Dressing in Style
The Healing Point Acupuncture Clinic
Xia Xin, L.Ac., CSMA