Yep -- that's me with needles in my face. There were more in my hands, ears, head, legs, feet, and over my heart--all for various things I complained about to the doc. Wait--the one over my heart wasn't there to handle something about which I'd complained, but to help my heart open more. Yum.
But back to the ones in my face...they were for a non-surgical face lift. A Biovisage face lift, to be exact.
My friend Sally swears by this, having done it herself, and really does look noticeably younger. So when Sally told me she'd asked said Niloufar Gorman, who has successful clinics in LA, and has recently moved here to Balto, to visit her salon and talk with customers about the acupuncture she does, I said I wanted to come listen.
So there I was, with a group of about 12 women, listening and asking questions. I learned that so very much can be handled with acupuncture, including, but not limited to: taking years off one's face, hands, and knees (you know your knees age, right?), curing acne; reversing hair loss; and almost any other ailment you can imagine.
And I, the one who never ever volunteers in a group situation for anything, felt my hand shoot up when Dr. Gorman asked who wanted to give it a go.
An hour later, I was all done, and people were ooh-ing and aahing over what they said they could see different about me/my face.
What I noticed, besides the slight endorphin rush and the shaking that comes to me when that sort of rush is over, is that my neck and hands look visibly better, my nasolabial folds (those creases women develop that run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the moth) are almost unnoticeable, my pores are tightened, (who KNEW that was even possible?), and I can feel an increased firmness in the skin when I touch it. Also, there's a sort of tautness to the skin on my face--almost as if an esthetician had applied a mask to my face and it had hardened and tightened everything up. But there's absolutely nothing there. No mask, no powders, no gels or creams. Just me.
My skin is also noticeably smoother, and less dry--a problem I've had since surgery that no facial or cream has helped. There are absolutely differences, although none startling--something I was told to expect, as this method of face-lifting is much like retraining the body when one starts a fitness regimen. It takes a bit of time to really see changes.
Sally said I'd likely see more of a difference tomorrow morning, so I'm looking forward to seeing whatever I see. And then I'll decide if I want more, and for what purpose(s). Even if I decide to not see her for my appearance, I'll probably ask her to have a go at my sciatica (greatly relieved after surgery, but not gone) and the tendon pain I feel in my right arm. And I'm pretty sure my insurance will cover that.
In Baltimore and interested? Call 100 West and ask for more info about ALL of what Dr. Gorman might be able to do for you. Or check out Dr. Gorman's site for her LA clinics. I especially liked this review of her work.
P.S. It didn't hurt. Honest. And I know it would have been a far "nicer" experience if I'd been in a dimly lit room, with candles burning, and soft music playing, and where the only person in attendance is Dr. Gorman.