Some acupuncture providers, such as Hawaii Kai Acupuncture and Palm Springs Acupuncture, publish before and after photographs of acupuncture facelifts on their websites. Acupuncturists perform facelifts by placing needles strategically into a patient's face and body to create a youthful appearance, according to The New York Times.
Acupuncture facelift treatments are also referred to as facial revitalization acupuncture or facial rejuvenation acupuncture, according to the European Journal of Oriental Medicine. The New York Times explains that the goal of cosmetic acupuncture is to reduce or eliminate wrinkles and underlying muscle tension that may cause them, but that there is no peer-reviewed research that shows acupuncture for cosmetic purposes to be effective. Acupuncturists at Hawaii Kai Acupuncture claim that outward appearance improves with the treatment of internal imbalances, and attributes wrinkles, rosacea, and dry and oily skin to these imbalances. Specifically, acupuncturists focus on balancing the digestive, circulatory and endocrine systems, according to the European Journal of Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncturists claim that facial treatments result in improved muscle tone, increased collagen production and reduced wrinkles, and that treatments actually slow aging altogether, as stated by Palms Springs Acupuncture. Some doctors agree that acupuncture increases blood flow and reduces tension that causes facial wrinkles, but doubt that acupuncture increases collagen, states The New York Times.