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The Art of Cosmetic Acupuncture - Can acupuncture work like a facelift?

By: Romy Simone Schwartz, M.S., L.Ac.

There is a recent surge among middle-aged Americans wanting to maintain a younger look. Acupuncture is gaining popularity as an alternative method to surgery, laser/chemical peels, botox, restyline, radiance and collagen injections. Fine acupuncture needles are placed at empirical points on the face and result in increased local production of collagen, thereby tightening the existing fibers. Facial tissue is left more supple and smooth, and lines are minimized.

Treatment protocol: A normal course of treatment includes ten sessions per facial area. Sessions are held between one and three times per week. Results can last anywhere from three to five years.

Acupuncture™s unique potential: While not a replacement for surgery, Cosmetic Acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery. It is also safe, as it requires no drugs or injections and produces minimal side effects. There is a slight risk of temporary local bruising, which should disappear within three to seven days.

Contraindications: Some patients are not candidates for facial rejuvenation, including persons with pacemakers, heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, migraine headaches, bleeding disorders, pregnancy and some pituitary disorders.

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture:

  • minimizes deep and fine lines
  • reduces puffiness by eliminating excess fluids
  • stimulates blood and lymph circulation
  • improves facial glow and sheen
  • promotes overall health and well being raises drooping eyelids
  • shrinks age spots
  • tightens and lessens bags around the eyes
  • moderates stress evident in the face
  • increases collagen production
  • firms facial muscles
  • strengthens the immune system

About the Author

Romy Schwartz, L.Ac. was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She has an educational background in Western medicine and psychology. At the same time, her passion for helping others has led her to transition into the alternative healing arts. Romy is an honors graduate of the top-ranked Emperor™s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California, where she studied Acupuncture and Herbology.

Her healing philosophy is founded on the spiritual and psychological aspects of acupuncture therapy as a basis for the treatment of physical symptoms. Consistent with this tenet, Romy incorporates into her Beverly Hills, California practice a strong focus on the human psyche as a primary element of health maintenance. This provides her acupuncture patients with the attendant benefit of feeling better, in addition to looking better.

She regularly appears as a guest lecturer both at the East-West Medical Center of the University of California Los Angeles, and at Emperor™s College. She also has spoken at Bridges of Recovery in Pacific Palisades, and served as a panelist alongside Western physicians at the 2004 forum Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death. Recently, Romy was featured on the television network KCAL-9™s special news segment ВLiving Longer,В on rejuvenation and the applications of alternative medicine.

Romy sees patients for a variety of health conditions including; the treatment of all types of pain, injuries, immune conditions, women™s health, stress and anxiety.

Romy™s practice also focuses on cosmetic acupuncture (facial rejuvenation). Her patients have been extremely pleased with the results, and place significant value in the non-invasive nature of the procedures involved.



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