Setting Realistic Expectations for Cosmetic Acupuncture Patients

By Michelle Gellis AP LAc MAc DipAc

When meeting with a new cosmetic acupuncture patient there are a lot of factors that come into play when it describing what sort of results they can expect and how long will it take. One question that I am frequently asked is “how many treatments before I start to notice a difference.” There are several factors that go into my formulation of an answer including the patient’s age, diet, lifestyle, genetics, and skin care routine. However, one of the most important determinants of the rate at which my patients will notice results is the rate at which their body can build collagen. Cosmetic acupuncture stimulates collagen production in the skin which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Not everyone produces collagen in their skin at the same rate. A diet rich in vitamin C and protein is very important, and just as important is the patient’s age.

  1. Age 20s-30s: In this age range, when the body’s collagen production is relatively more efficient, patients may start to observe noticeable improvements in their skin within 3 to 6 weeks of consistent facial acupuncture treatments. The skin may appear smoother, with enhanced elasticity and a more radiant complexion.

  2. Age 40s-50s: As collagen synthesis naturally starts to decline during this period, patients may require a longer timeframe to see visible results. Typically, it may take around 2 to 3 months of regular facial acupuncture sessions before noticeable improvements in skin texture, reduction in fine lines, and overall rejuvenation become apparent.

  3. Age 60s and beyond: With further age-related decline in collagen production, patients in this age group may need more time for their bodies to rebuild collagen. Results may become evident after 3 to 6 months of consistent facial acupuncture treatments. Skin firmness and elasticity may improve, and there may be a reduction in deep wrinkles and sagging.

These time ranges are approximate and can vary depending on individual factors. Patients’ responses may also be influenced by their overall health, lifestyle choices, and adherence to post-treatment recommendations, including proper nutrition and skincare routines.

Additionally, you should emphasize the importance of addressing underlying factors that may affect collagen production, such as maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress levels, staying hydrated, and protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure.

In my cosmetic acupuncture classes I discuss these topics in depth in order to provide your patients with the best possible outcome and satisfaction

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