Forget Botox, Try Acupuncture!

I have been going to the acupuncture doctor a lot lately, mainly to help my body get ready to conceive and then, unfortunately, to help my body heal from a miscarriage.

I figured while I was there slapping down $60 a treatment, I might as well get a little bit more bang for my buck and see if I could get rid of a few wrinkles at the same time.

Like I mentioned on Facebook, please do not laugh at my before and after pictures!! I had no make up on and I had the flu. My face in the first picture, is seriously my face. I wasn’t scrunching it up to make my forehead look like that. When I first saw the picture, I laughed out loud, it is so ridiculous looking, I look like I had just been run over by a truck.

I had heard about cosmetic acupuncture through the grapevine and at a recent appointment I asked my practitioner about it. I asked her to help me with my frown lines in the middle of my forehead.

She put a few needles in my forehead and low and behold they went away! I was totally impressed. A few weeks later, when I was going through a stressful period, they came back. So it is not a one time deal. The next time I had her work on my wrinkles I took pictures.

Now don’t judge, I have no makeup on in these pictures and I had the flu. Also, in the first one, I swear I am not making a face, that is seriously what my face looked like, not smiling, before my appointment. This time it didn’t completely eliminate the wrinkles, but greatly improved them, don’t you think?

Before Acupuncture

before wrinkles

After Acupuncture

after wrinkles

I am new to my thirties, but I am a Floridian born and raised and my crow’s feet and smile lines will tell you so. I am starting to pay the price of all those days on the boat and at the beach with not enough protection from the sun.

Even at my age, I have fantasized about botox in the past, it seems like such an easy and simple procedure to rid you of wrinkles. But I know better than to utilize a chemical as an easy out. And really, it is not an easy out, it’s super expensive (not to mention we don’t really know if it is safe) and it doesn’t last forever.

So why not get a couple of needles in your forehead while you are at your acupuncture Dr. anyway? Not only are you reducing or eliminating wrinkles in a natural way, those acupuncture needle points are improving your overall health. It really is a win-win.

Ever tried acupuncture?

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  • Kendra
    March 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Great post! I would have never thought about acupuncture for lines. I’m new to my thirties too and it seems like there is something new everyday! I wonder if it works for dark circles under your eyes as well? Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephanie
      March 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      I bet it would!

  • Nicole O
    March 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I did acupuncture while trying to conceive (our oldest) as well! People are constantly surprised to hear me talk about how ‘relaxing’ it was.. as I think there is a misconception that it is overly painful.

    • Stephanie
      March 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      Oh my gosh, yes, it is so relaxing.

  • Maureen
    March 14, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    I CAN’T believe you arent making a face in that first pic! What a difference. You are such a natural beauty.