Risks for undergoing an acupuncture face-lift include fainting, vomiting, nausea, pain at needle insertion sites and psychiatric problems, according to Acupuncture Today. Acupuncture face-lifts are also commonly referred to as cosmetic acupuncture.
Complications with acupuncture face-lifts are rare, but can happen though it rarely requires medical intervention. Numerous studies have been conducted that report the minimal risks of undergoing acupuncture treatment. In a study performed at the University of Exeter, researchers found that out of 1,000 treatments only 1.35 people experienced negative symptoms, according to Accupuncture Today. In the study, out of 31,822 treatments, only 43 people experienced negative symptoms and all of the negative symptoms experienced resolved on their own within two weeks. Most symptoms are limited to minor negative sensations such as nausea or vomiting and do not include internal bleeding, notes Accupuncture Today.
Acupuncturists also cite patient expectations as a frequent problem and a "risk" when it comes to performing the treatment. The cosmetic acupuncture treatment performed on the face can help to rejuvenate the face by reducing bags under the eyes, eliminating crow's feet and providing patients with a lustrous and glowing complexion, according to the Acupuncture.com newsletter. However, the treatment should not be compared to the surgical face-list that plastic surgeons perform and cannot create the same results. Patients need to understand that acupuncture cosmetic treatments are not quick-fixes and promote changes from within. The treatment slows signs of aging, but does not do so dramatically or drastically since the changes are non-surgical and non-invasive, according to the New York Times.