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The latest in a long line beauty crazes from America, by way of China, is facial acupuncture. The treatment is said to provide results equivalent to Botox, and can significantly improve the signs of aging.

Facial acupuncture lasts just twenty minutes, and stars such as Cher, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow are rumoured to have had the treatment. Approximately forty to fifty tiny needles will be inserted into your face, but they are so small, you will feel very little, if any, pain.

The procedure is said to work by stimulating the skin cells to create new collagen fibres under wrinkles, and therefore filling out the typical facial lines and creases caused by aging. After several sessions, skin will appear firmer and more youthful looking. Lips are also said to become plumper in appearance.

The science behind facial acupuncture is relatively sound but whether the treatment can make you look ten years younger is another matter. Many patients report a noticeable improvement in their facial wrinkles after acupuncture treatment. However, you will also find a number of people complaining of wholly ineffective treatment.

If you approach facial acupuncture, expecting to look miraculously younger, you may well be disappointed. But if you accept that the treatment may not make much of a difference, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Although facial acupuncture is not as consistent as Botox, it is both safer and healthier. Injecting any non-natural substances into your body cannot be a good thing, even those as thoroughly tested as Botox.

If you are considering having facial acupuncture, you should always choose a reputable clinic with a good reputation for quality care and treatment. Although, the acupuncture needles used are hair thin, you still wouldn't want someone with little experience inserting them into your face.

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