Dr. Mindy Boxer – Facial Rejuvenation with Cosmetic Acupuncture

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There are countless articles and research papers on the benefits of Acupuncture, but did you know that it can also be used to combat the signs of aging? A natural alternative to surgery or Botox, Facial Acupuncture is merely an extension of traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine philosophy.

Unlike an injection of Botox or some other filler, Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture addresses not just the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles but it also helps to restore your skin’s overall health. Now, you might be worried about Acupuncture needles placed in your face, but Acupuncture is safe and effective and is recognized by the World Health Organization and there are established guidelines for practice just like any other health profession. Practitioners are also licensed by their state’s department of health so you can be confident that you are in good hands. 

What to Expect

 During a typical procedure, I  will insert tiny and painless needles (like the size of a hair) into your face. The science behind it works like this: as the needles puncture the skin, they create wounds called microtraumas. These small punctures work to stimulate your lymphatic and circulatory systems which work together to deliver the nutrients and oxygen our skin cells need to nourish the skin from the inside out. Another benefit is that Facial Acupuncture helps to produce collagen which improves the skin’s elasticity which then minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.

Cosmetic Acupuncture vs. Botox

Now that you know what to expect with a typical facial Acupuncture session, let’s look at the difference between this and a typical Botox treatment. Unlike Facial Acupuncture, Botox can’t treat the wrinkles that are due to aging or exposure to the sun. Botox only works on smile and frown lines. Users also might not be able to raise their eyebrows or have other facial expressions.

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With Botox treatments, there is also a risk of paralysis of the surrounding muscles, and it could also cause the upper eyelid to droop. Botox also provides only temporary results. Think of it this way, the more you get Botox, the more you need to achieve that same result. And Botox treatments can get pricey with some costing up to $600 every three to four months. And one of the biggest concerns is that the long-term effects are just not that well known.

What the Research Says

2013 study found that Facial Acupuncture contributed to better skin elasticity. Other studies have reported outcomes like the skin becoming more delicate and fairer, diminished wrinkles, brighter complexion and an overall rejuvenation that isn’t just confined to the face.

A typical course of treatment consists of approximately 10-14 consecutive treatments depending on the desired results, two times per week for five to seven weeks. Users may notice positive results after just a few sessions, but the full course of treatments allows for deeper and lasting results. Regular maintenance sessions can help to maintain results.

It’s also important to note that I will not just treat your face, but your whole body as well. Each treatment is tailored to how each patient is aging. No two people receive the same treatments because each person’s aging process is their own. There are a variety of issues that can develop due to aging such as sleep disorders, chronic pain or digestive issues. All of these things must be addressed for any Acupuncture treatments to be effective.

I will do a thorough health intake to assess your issues, address your concerns and answer any questions. If Botox and its side effects have you nervous about long-term use, talk to me about Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture and how it might get you results that are just as good, if not better, with far less risk. Put your best face forward with Facial Acupuncture!


Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.

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