One kind of cosmetic acupuncture incorporates microcurrents. Dr. Peter G. Hanson, a licensed acupuncturist, uses a machine which has probes that connect with facial needles to deliver bursts of microcurrent. He first used this method to stimulate the facial nerves in patients with conditions like Bell’s palsy, which involves paralysis of the face.
So what is the 'featured doctor' verdict on the effectiveness of this procedure?
Dr. Richard D'Amico, the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, seems to think it's "not likely" :
“First of all, increasing tone does not increase muscle volume,” said Dr. D’Amico, an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. And “anything that stimulates muscles will cause skin to fold even more and the wrinkles will get worse.”
Acupuncture is a popular procedure that many Americans embrace for its holistic approach to well-being. But considering the fee of $1,000 for a 10 session package of cosmetic acupuncture plus monthly maintenance visits that go for $105, this could be an even holisticker treatment for your bank account.
Richard A. D'Amico, MD specializes in all aspects of facial rejuvenation and body contouring procedures including brow lift, upper and lower lid blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), face/neck lift (rhytidectomy), rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, laser resurfacing, Botox® and fillers, liposuction, abdominoplasty, inner thigh lift, brachioplasty, torsoplasty (body lift), breast surgery including breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift and post-bariatric surgery. He is the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.