What Cosmetic Acupuncture Is- And Is Not!
What Cosmetic Acupuncture Is
What It Is Not
Acupuncture Vs Other Procedures & Surgeries
Acupuncture: None! Whew!
Cosmetic procedures and surgeries: Varies. Many people have no side effects; a very few side effects can be permanent and/or severe.
What Does It Treat?
Cosmetic acupuncture treats more than just fine lines, wrinkles, and folds! In addition to those effects, it addresses the full range of skin discoloration concerns:
- Evens your complexion by reducing redness, dark marks, and scarring
- Brightens a dull complexion
- Reduces sun damage that leaves dark marks and age spots
- It does not, however, do everything. Sadly, you must continue to buy your own groceries and drive your own car.
Facelifts and Botox only address fine lines, wrinkles, and folds; they do not affect any type of skin discoloration.
How Long Does It Last?
One acupuncture treatment can last for up to three months. Most acupuncturists recommend ten to fifteen treatments over the course of a few weeks, with a “maintenance” treatment every three to four months. The effects of a full course of treatment will last from three to five years.
Maintenance acupuncture sessions are necessary for the full effect. While the effects of treatment are cumulative, so too is sun and age damage!
A mini facelift typically lasts from two to five years, with a full facelift lasting five to six years. Results are dependent on many factors including age, health, severity of skin conditions, and more.
A Botox treatment can last from four to six months.
A full facelift costs in the neighborhood of $12,000. A mini facelift, which addresses the cheeks and jowls but not the forehead, is more affordable at around $7,000.
Botox costs an average of $300-$600 per session. One session includes multiple injections and, usually, multiple areas of the face.
HSAs usually cover acupuncture treatments. With a doctor’s prescription, acupuncture may be covered by your health insurance policy (although it is usually not covered, unfortunately).
Cosmetic procedures and surgeries are never covered by health insurance. (Although Botox used for medical reasons is often a covered procedure.)