Acupuncture has long been used as an alternative medicine in treating a myriad of complaints including neuropathy, migraines, sciatica, and depression. Science is only beginning to grasp the powerful medicine that is Acupuncture and understand the mechanisms behind it so it’s no wonder that Acupuncture has broadened its scope to include the world of beauty.

One local doctor is performing facial acupuncture, a cosmetic technique she is calling “No-Tox Botox”, with wonderful results. Dr. Tonya Weber of AIM Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in North Myrtle Beach has over 17 years of clinical experience and is considered an authority figure in the field of acupuncture; lecturing, teaching and training other doctors across the US and internationally. While she specializes in treating chronic pain and rheumatoid conditions, Dr. Weber has also found great success in reducing and reversing the signs of aging through the holistic practice of cosmetic acupuncture. Like the methodology behind all of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Weber believes that treating chronic pain and cosmetic acupuncture go together like yin and yang. “We are human beings, when we perceive we look better, we feel better. Imagine a child with a stomach ache, you can see that they don’t feel well on their face. Now imagine what years of chronic pain would look like. We can undo that pain both physically and aesthetically.”

If addressing complaints is acupuncture’s speciality than cosmetic improvements are right up its alley; it can improve skin quality, help heal acne and acne scars while promoting collagen production which in turn help treat and prevent the signs of aging.

“The fine lines and wrinkles in our upper face are created by repetitive motion” says Dr. Weber. “Think of a piece of paper, smooth and flawless, much like our faces at birth. But with repeated use, folding and crinkling, or in our case, the repeated use of facial expressions, you start to see near permanent effects as you would folds and creases in a piece of paper.” Dr. Weber’s technique promotes relaxation of those muscles and as well as encouraging the production of collagen. The same can be achieved for the fine lines and wrinkles that occur on the lower half of the face, however those are caused by a loss of volume and hyaluronic acid. Dr. Weber assures that her innovative technique boosts the production of that as well. She seamlessly blends the best of classical acupuncture theory with cutting edge non invasive scientific theory to elevate cosmetic acupuncture to new levels.

In more common cosmetic acupuncture treatments, the acupuncturist will create what are referred to as “micro-traumas” in the tissue which cause pain and discomfort and can actually err on the barbaric side. Dr. Weber’s technique ensures the patient enjoys a relaxing and soothing experience by targeting specific points in both the facial tissue and areas of the body which re-energizes those muscles. After the needles are inserted, a collagen-infused face mask and an ATP resonance frequency machine is applied to drive collagen deep into the tissue. “My technique tightens and lifts the face much like a face lift. The applied mask and ATP resonance biotherapy are used to stimulate ATP production so that the body has the energy and building blocks it needs to rejuvenate and replenish the facial tissue.

ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is an energy carrying molecule that naturally occurs in all living things. It powers cellular processes, acting as a channel delivering energy to places within the cell where energy-consuming activities are taking place. In this case, targeting the cells that create collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin to reduce and reverse the signs of aging.

When compared to traditional Botox products, the effects aren’t as instantaneous. However, Dr. Weber assures that her technique provides longer lasting results with while turning back time slowly, gracefully and more naturally. AIM treatment plans are customized based on the age of your skin with full results being achieved in anywhere from 10 to 20 treatments. And if the aesthetic benefits weren’t enough, acupuncture comes with a laundry list of wonderful side effects that come into play regardless of what is being treated; including better sleep, reduced anxiety, and an overall better sense of peace and well being.

“I started AIM Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine to bring a world class healing environment that supports the recovery and maintenance of health and wellness to the people of the Grand Strand” Dr. Weber states “ ‘No-tox Botox’ is just one of the services that I offer in helping people live a better quality of life.”

For a full list of Dr. Weber’s cutting edge treatments and to schedule a consultation visit AIMLiveLife.com or call (843)273-4467.

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