The Acupuncture Facelift?? Now I’ve Heard Everything!

An interesting article in Yahoo News describes a facelift being performed by acupuncture. Practitioners claim that it stimulates collagen production, lifts sagging skin, and is as effective as Botox.


But seriously, I know very little about this, although my mother has been trained in acupuncture and acupressure. She’s used it on me on more than one occasion with variable results. I do believe there is real validity to some of its benefits which cannot be explained by science. That being said, I’ve never seen actual results from Acupuncture Facelifts, and would be interested to see some before-and-after photos. In the meantime, I will stick with actually putting something into the needles I poke a person with. If any readers have anecdotal stories about this, feel free to share.

Thanks for reading.

Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

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  1. I did get an acupuncture Brazilian butt lift. The only lasting result was my sore ass.

    Comment by Anonymous on July 31, 2008 at 1:18 am

  2. I have no experience with acupuncture to improve my facial appearance, but I did have extraordinary success using it for a leg injury. I disliked the Chinese doctor and she couldn’t stand me plus I had absolutely no faith in the procedure.

    The first treatment did nothing. It was expensive and insurance wouldn’t cover it but I decided to go back for a second try. It worked. My pain had been crippling and immediately after the second treatment which involved not just needles but electrodes, I was pain free and I’ve been so for several years.

    I would love to get rid of my two vertical forehead lines (the elevenses) but I’m not willing to use Botox. Perhaps I’ll try acupuncture and, if I do and if it works, I’ll tell you all about it.

    Comment by marly silk artist on July 31, 2008 at 5:09 am

  3. Nice blog..

    Comment by peter on July 31, 2008 at 12:09 pm

  4. I just called Dr. Bing Lin, an acupuncturist whose office is steps away from my apartment. I told him about your query and he said that acupuncture face lifts take from six months to a year; you have to be treated on a weekly basis; and it ends up being very costly and less effective than traditional plastic surgery.

    I’m going to make an appointment to discuss treatment with him since I am not willing to have surgery or use Botox or fillers. And, I know that this sounds obnoxious, but I was a great beauty in my youth and although I’m not trying to recreate my young face, I see no reason why I have to look at baggy eyes when I pass a mirror.

    Comment by Anonymous on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  5. According to Henry Kissinger’s biographer, interest in acupuncture started when Nixon and Kissinger went to China in the early 70s. Nixon’s press agent had an appendicitis attack. Instead of passing the gas, Chinese doctors used acupuncture to block the pain during the operation. The American visitors were all flabberghasted.

    Comment by Charles Downey on August 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm

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