Sections
Shortcuts
News

Acupuncture offers holistic alternative to Botox

Beverly resident Lora Lipman is in the hands of  acupuncturist Stephanie Kula during a recent treatment.
Beverly resident Lora Lipman is in the hands of acupuncturist Stephanie Kula during a recent treatment.Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

As Lora Lipman entered her 60s, she began to notice not only fine lines around her eyes and lips, but an uneven skin tone she described as somewhat grayish and ashy.

But she was reticent to opt for chemical enhancements, or the typically invasive nips, tucks, and pokes of plastic surgery.

So instead, on a recent afternoon, she lay perfectly still on a spa table as dozens of the tiniest of acupuncture needles were gently inserted into the skin of her face and head at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead.

“Now,” said the 62-year-old from Beverly, “people say ‘Your skin looks so nice, so clear and healthy.’ ”

Cosmetic acupuncture — new to the North Shore JCC, but reportedly favored by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna — is among the growing natural alternatives to more traditional procedures such as face lifts, and Botox and collagen injections.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Sections
Shortcuts

Share