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Facial acupuncture


What is facial acupuncture? Is it as effective as Botox? How does it work? If you're looking for a natural alternative to Botox, try out cosmetic acupuncture. Here's what you need to know about how it works and the benefits.

Ageing is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn't mean it has to be a given. The best way to fight back and keep your skin looking young as can be? Protecting yourself every day from the sun with sunscreen and staying well-balanced when eating healthy foods! Facial acupuncture helps stimulate blood flow which leads to more collagen production - making wrinkles less noticeable.


Acupuncture is a combination of ancient Chinese medicine wisdom and modern antiaging theory. Some scientists found that facial mimetic muscles gradually straighten and shorten with age as an effect of increased resting muscle tone, which can be combated by activating those same muscles in an alternative way (in this case through acupuncture). (Louarn 2007) After being told about the healing power of acupuncture, a practitioner inserted needles into various facial muscles including the temporalis and nasalis to rebuild elasticity. In research on cosmetic acupuncture that was conducted by Dr Donoyama, they found in subjects experienced more water content as well as oil production for their skin after undergoing treatment. (Donoyama 2012).


The high levels of stress in London can have a negative impact on your well-being and beauty. Traditional Chinese acupuncture focuses on achieving harmony within our lives to create health, wellness, and happiness.


In one study, scientists found a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines was observed, as well as an increase in skin collagen and elasticity, with the skin looking more plumed and naturally ‘lifted’.(Sifaki 2020)


In another study, Five sessions of facial cosmetic acupuncture treatment were given over three weeks. All participants received acupuncture treatment twice a week for the first two weeks, then once a week for the last week, with three to four days between sessions. Facial acupuncture showed promising results as a therapy for facial elasticity. (Yun 2013)


Facial acupuncture can be used to combat many skin issues, from wrinkles and brown spots to sagging skin. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that will make your body feel better as well.


Initially, we recommend that you have a course of 10 to 12 facial acupuncture treatments. For optimum results, the treatments should be done at least once a week.  After that, we recommend following up with a maintenance treatment of one treatment per month.

Facial acupuncture is not recommended for everyone. If a patient has the following disorders, they will not be treated with cosmetic acupuncture:

  • Pregnant Women

  • Diabetes

  • Any serious illness


Cosmetic acupuncture improves the look of your skin and lifts your face while Botox targets specific fine lines and wrinkles.  You can still use cosmetic acupuncture after Botox.


The appearance of the skin is connected to the state of your health, so it is important to balance the mind, body, and spirit.


It’s honestly not as scary as you’d think. The needles are very fine. The insertion of the needles does sometimes produce some sensation, often described as a pinch, perhaps a feeling of tingling.  The fact is acupuncture is one of the most relaxing treatments you can get.

What to Expect During Facial Acupuncture?

We have a holistic approach and will gather details about your health history while going over any concerns you may have. Our in-depth evaluation includes examining the tongue, checking the pulse at various points to determine what type of treatment plan would work best for you, and making sure that facial acupuncture treatments are appropriate before moving forward.

After an assessment, there may only need  20-40 needles in this procedure (depending on what is found during the examination). The majority of them will be on the face and some on the body acupuncture points. 

L. Louarn, D. Buthiau, and J. Buis, “Structural ageing: the facial recurve concept,” Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 213–218, 2007

Donoyama N, Kojima A, Suoh S, et al Cosmetic acupuncture to enhance facial skin appearance: a preliminary study Acupuncture in Medicine 2012;30:152-153.

Sifaki M, Calina D, Docea AO, et al. A novel approach regarding the anti-aging of facial skin through collagen reorganization. Exp Ther Med. 2020;19(1):717-721. doi:10.3892/etm.2019.8254

Yun Y, Kim S, Kim M, Kim K, Park JS, Choi I. Effect of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity: an open-label, single-arm pilot study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:424313. doi:10.1155/2013/424313

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