Dr. Mao talks about what an acupuncture face-lift is and how it can help facial rejuvenation.
Back in late 90s my brother and I appeared in a big spread on LA Times and the article, "Facial Rejuvenation with Acupuncture." Well, it is very interesting; we have been doing this for years since the 80s. Because of our location and also the composition of our patients, we happen to get a lot of celebrities, and the celebrities will come, and sometimes I will have patients come in and say, “Doc, I just got this part and it starts in two months but I have to look 10 years younger because the part is the 10-year younger role." So out of necessity we began to really work on rejuvenating the face, and we know we can do it because we do with other parts of the body, right? When someone has sort of difficulty, we rehabilitate them with different muscle structural issues. So what we find is that acupuncture can stimulate microcapillary circulations to the skin. So it really nourishes the skin; at the same time it also tones the muscles, and the best part of it, acupuncture has been shown to cause deposit of collagen which of course you need. You need collagen to restore the elasticity in your skin and therefore lessen the wrinkles. So what we will do: have patients come in. We treat them.
If they are in a hurry, we do the acupuncture two to three times a week; otherwise, we treat them once a week over a course of, let us say, 10 to 15 treatments and they can see a tangible result now. Of course it is not as quickly as Botox; it is not as dramatic as a facelift but people can tell the difference. We have patients who are on their way to the 40th or 50th college reunion, and we work on them for two to three months, and they come back and we get glowing compliments because these patients go to their reunion and they look fabulous, and everybody thinks that they got a facelift. In essence they didn’t; they just did the acupuncture but it looked good. Now frankly is that going to be lasting your lifetime? No it is not, but obviously we keep it up and you eat well, you live a good lifestyle, you reduce your stress, you exercise regularly you are going to look good and feel good.
Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging. He is currently in general practice with special interest in immune, hormonal and aging related conditions. He was awarded the Outstanding Acupuncturist of the Year Award in 1987. Dr. Mao along with Dr. Dao, his brother and father, founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica, California. He is currently director and a professor of Chinese medicine at Yo San University. Dr. Mao is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomat in Chinese Herbology.
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