Face Lift Results Without Surgery, Big Price Tag
CHARLOTTE, NC- It's cheaper, faster and some say healthier than plastic surgery.
Acupuncture has been around for years, but now, it's being used as a natural face lift alternative.
31 year-old Lee Anne Wilson wants the fine lines on her face removed without plastic surgery.
"It's really expensive and there's recovery. I have to do myself harm to do myself good," said Wilson.
She turned to Wendy Swanson, an acupuncturist who uses "Accufacials" to enhance energy, blood flow and collagen production in the face by inserting needles into problem areas.
"We're targeting specific areas on the face.Many people want work on their forehead, crows feet, cheek, laugh line, sagging neck," said Swanson, owner of Starpoint Acupuncture.
About 30 needles are inserted during the procedure. Mostly in the face, but some in the arms and legs. Patients then have to wait about 30 minutes.
"We eliminate fine lines.It helps to smooth and lessen deeper wrinkles. We also tones muscles to help lift sagging skin and minimize age spots," said Swanson.
Swanson says the process can start at age 20 or 30 for quarterly maintenance and one of the biggest benefits is avoiding the recovery time of surgery.
"Side effects are things like feeling better and more realized.Better stress levels and sleeping better," said Swanson.
Starpoint Acupuncturecharges $85 dollars for one Accufacial treatment and it can take up to four treatments to see results.