Acupuncture: The New Facelift? (cont.)

Mulholland admits that the treatment offers only about 30% of the effect of a conventional facelift. "You're getting a lift effect," he says. "But for best results, you would still want a facelift."

Can't Do It All

Rhoda Narins, MD, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, says she thinks acupuncture has its place, especially as a pain reliever. But she doesn't believe in it as a replacement for cosmetic treatments such as surgery, Botox injections, and the like. "Acupuncture doesn't stop the muscle movement that creates lines," she says. "Botox does." Nor can acupuncture tighten or "fill" the skin as surgery or injectable fillers such as Restylane can.

Too many "extreme makeovers" on television are leading many of us to believe that a new look is a no-muss, no-fuss proposition. "That's just not the case," says Narins. "Changing your appearance is not something that should be taken lightly."

SOURCES: Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc, licensed acupuncturist, Denver. Della Aubrey-Miller, MAc, LAc, licensed acupuncturist, Columbia, Md. R. Stephen Mulholland, MD, owner, SpaMedica, Toronto, Calif. Rhoda Narins, MD, president, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, New York.

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