More and more men and women are looking to keep their lines and wrinkles at bay, without resorting to the knife. But why should they choose acupuncture over the immediacy of BOTOX®?
Also known as botulinum toxin type A, BOTOX® has been approved for cosmetic use since 2002. When it’s injected into the face, it literally paralyses the muscles. This is due to the prevention of a chemical called acetylcholine being released from the nerves. BOTOX® is effective in reducing the wrinkles but, unlike acupuncture, often causes a lack of movement in the face.
It costs £100 – £300 for the treatment of only one area and generally lasts around 3-4 months. BOTOX® carries a large number of possible side-effects and this information is readily available on the manufacturer’s website.
Cosmetic acupuncture, in contrast, will require a course of treatment to show pronounced results. However, the whole face is treated and as body points are also used, a patient’s health and wellbeing can be greatly improved by undertaking a series of treatments. My facial patients often report that they feel healthier, sleep better, have brighter eyes and feel more balanced; those are the kind of side effects I like!
The acupuncture points and the way that they are used in a Facial Enhance session, for instance, have all been chosen specifically with this overall achievement of wellbeing in mind.
This treatment also works on lifting the face, particularly where the face begins to sag around the ‘jowls’ and the cheek area, rather than simply targeting wrinkles.
Cosmetic acupuncture practitioners charge anywhere from £50 – £250 per treatment, depending upon where they’re based.
Many people are looking for an alternative, natural, anti-ageing treatment to BOTOX® and cosmetic acupuncture is perfectly placed to offer a much wider range of effects.