Everyone wants to have firm, youthful-looking skin no matter how old you may be. But we know that it isn’t always easy to achieve it. In fact, it becomes increasingly challenging to prevent your skin from defying the natural laws of gravity as we grow older.
From surgical facelift to non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers and thread lift, people are going to the ends of the earth in search for the elixir of youth.
In recent times, people are starting to explore Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to maintain their youthful appearance. Traditionally, TCM is well-known for its amazing capabilities for miraculously treating stubborn ailments such as persistent cough and women’s problems. It is also widely used to manage pain.
Although it is still at its infancy stage, TCM practitioners are exploring using acupuncture to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, slowing down the natural process of aging.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of TCM in which fine needles are inserted into specific parts of the body. In TCM, diseases are believed to be caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or ‘qi’ in the body. Researchers believe that the fine needles work by stimulating the nerves to restore balance to the nerohormonal pathways.
Acupuncture to treat aging skin
Proponents of facial acupuncture reportedly said that the treatment is a safer alternative to surgery or Botox. It is believed that undergoing a few treatments can make the skin look younger, smoother, and healthier. Unlike dermal fillers and Botox, facial acupuncture does not only treat one aspect of the aging, but also the skin’s overall health.
To understand the efficacy of facial acupuncture for the purpose of anti-aging, we speak with Dr. Siew Tuck Wah from Radium Medical Aesthetics to tell us if facial acupuncture works as well as proven treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to achieve younger-looking skin.
“Not much research is done to determine the effectiveness of facial acupuncture. But it is believed that facial acupuncture aids in the production of collagen, which would in turn help reverse signs of aging.” says Dr. Siew.
Both treatments cause superficial damage to the skin and the body goes into repair mode. These punctures may also encourage lymphatic and circulatory movement. The skin may achieve radiance and a natural glow with better blood flow in the face.
Is facial acupuncture a good substitute for anti-aging treatments?
There are limited literature and studies to show the efficacy of facial acupuncture for the purpose of anti-aging. However, there have been reported cases of people seeing visible benefits after repeated sessions of the treatment, including brighter skin and more radiant complexion.
However, there are many other aspects to aging such as saggy skin and loss of volume that cannot be addressed by facial acupuncture.
For one, our skin loses moisture and collagen over the years. The lack of these vital components often lead to a saggy face with a thin and bony appearance.
“Dermal filler treatment remains one of the most effective ways to restore volume and achieve firmer, plumper skin,” says Dr. Siew.
“With better injection techniques, doctors are able to lift the skin and turn back the aging clock with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.” he added.
Advancement in non-surgical methods also allow doctors to lift and reposition saggy skin upwards to achieve visible skin lifting effects similar to a surgical facelift. Silhouette Soft Thread Lift is a popular thread lift treatment in Singapore that achieves great result in one stitch.
People who are open to explore alternative treatments can consider undergoing facial acupuncture in addition to their current anti-aging routine.
Always consult your aesthetic doctor before starting any TCM treatment so as to ensure that it does not create an undesired impact to treatments you recently did, for example dermal fillers.