Cosmetic Acupuncture in Denver

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture, sometimes dubbed the acupuncture facelift, is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It helps you attain beauty from the inside out.

While cosmetic acupuncture is marketed as new, it first appeared in the Huangdi Neijing, a book written over 2,000 years ago. This ancient Chinese medical text references how treating your internal organs and meridians can influence your appearance.

To put it simply, maintaining the balance and harmony of your internal energy (known as qi) can help keep your face and skin glowing.

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture: A Natural Treatment

Petra E. Schalk L.Ac, OTR/L, CLT, LANA has more than 15 years of professional experience. She offers cosmetic acupuncture to Denver patients because it is a healthy, natural cosmetic procedure that works.

Petra has trained in Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture under Dr. Martha Lucas, and she is happy to offer this fantastic system. Mei Zen translates as “beautiful person,” and the system is so named because it treats the whole person, not just the face.

In contrast, some cosmetic acupuncture specialists focus only on facial acupuncture, ignoring the rest of the person. Whole-body practitioners warn that these methods can result in congestion of energy around the face.

Cosmetic acupuncture addresses the imbalances inside the body that cause wrinkles, sagging, and other effects of aging.

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture

Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture is designed to improve your beauty and wellbeing.

Perhaps the biggest benefit is the improved elasticity of facial muscles and better collagen formation. It works because the small insertion points created by painless acupuncture needles cause microtraumas in your skin. 

Microtraumas stimulate your skin’s healing response, and both collagen and elastin are sent to heal the area. This boost of collagen and elastin is a natural process, and it leaves your skin looking younger and softer.

The beauty and health benefits below are just some of the many that most patients experience.

Beauty Benefits

  • Reduction of fine lines and the leveling of deeper lines.
  • Fading age spots.
  • Softer, more vibrant skin.
  • Less acne and rosacea.
  • Reduction of under-eye bags.
  • Toning and lifting of facial muscles.

Health Benefits

  • Resolution of mild depression.
  • Resolution of mild anxiety.
  • Elimination of hot flashes.
  • Elimination of night sweats.
  • Improved digestion.
  • More energy.

What Risks Are Involved?

Cosmetic acupuncture offers a chemical-free approach to anti-aging medicine. It doesn’t come with the downtime, life-threatening risks, and unpleasant side effects of typical cosmetic procedures.

Most patients do not experience complications. A small number of patients do experience:

  • A small amount of bleeding at needle insertion points.
  • Mild bruising or puffiness for a short period after treatment.

Pregnant women, contagious skin diseases, hemophilia, and severe deficiencies can disqualify a candidate for this acupuncture treatment.

Those who have recently undergone other cosmetic procedures (i.e., surgical procedures or injections) may have to wait a few weeks before receiving treatment.

Is Cosmetic Acupuncture Right For you?

If you’re looking for a healthy cosmetic procedure that can rejuvenate your skin and improve your wellbeing, cosmetic acupuncture might be your answer.

Treatments will improve your overall health and is good for your entire body. It improves the state of your skin without the scarring, burning, cutting, sucking, or implanting caused by other cosmetic procedures.

Because it is based on a system of preventative medicine, you can try cosmetic acupuncture for yourself with no drawbacks. The Mei Zen system includes an initial series of ten treatments, followed by maintenance treatments to keep your skin healthy.


Acupuncture is a treatment method in Traditional Chinese Medicine where the practitioner inserts very thin needles in specific points (Acu-points) along energy pathways


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Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is one of the main branches of TCM. We use Chinese herbs at Avicenna Acupuncture. We have our own herb pharmacy with more than 150 individual herbs.