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What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Cosmetic , facial rejuvenation acupuncture or ‘acupuncture facelifts’, is an effective way to remove fine lines and wrinkles from the face. More and more people are turning to this ancient medical system instead of surgery, Botox, and laser and chemical peels as it is free of any negative side effects. It reduces the signs of ageing by revitalising the skin and bringing a more youthful look to the face. 

Specialist micro needles are inserted into both acupuncture points as well as wrinkle and problem areas on the face and neck. This promotes local circulation, collagen production and skin cell reproduction. The idea is that after several sessions the eyes will begin to brighten, skill will become firmer, and lips will become plumper. It can also in some cases remedy blemished skin.

What is beauty acupuncture?

Beauty acupuncture is the same as cosmetic or facial rejuvenation acupuncture but it brings in the Classical acupuncture approach. It takes into account traditional Chinese medicinal views on health and wellness. The complexion is a reflection of your overall health. In fact, facial diagnosis is one facet of diagnosis including taking of the pulse, observation of the tongue, palpation and asking questions. Disruptions in the body’s vital energy (qi) circulating within the organs and tissues are observable in subjective and objective symptoms or ‘patterns of disharmony’ long before they become more serious problems. Balance can be restored, qi and blood nourished through acupuncture and changes in lifestyle, stress-patterns and so forth. Healthy and correctly interrelating organs will nourish the skin and face. The end or extremity of the blood is said to be the hair. In this way we have one of the cornerstones of Chinese medicine philosophy: prevention is cure.

How does cosmetic acupuncture work?

The insertion of tiny needles into the facial tissue increases blood circulation to the area and stimulates collagen production. The skin will be nourished, oxygenated, and moisturised from the inside out. When the circulation is increased, the collagen production is also increased which will give the skin more tightness and elasticity helping to fill out the fine lines, lift and firm the skin. Traditional body acupuncture points will try to restore balance, nourish the organs, promote the smooth flow of qi in the meridian network, reduce stress. This will be reflected in the face. All the yang meridians (see other areas of this website) begin or end in the face. This is why many qigong routines end with self-administered facial massage and acupressure (shiatsu) to the face.

What are the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture?

The following is a list of the possible areas it can benefit. 

  • Reduction of wrinkles
  • Erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
  • Reduction of frown lines
  • Helps to eliminate dark circles and puffiness under the eyes
  • Tightens the pores
  • Improves the facial complexion by increasing the local circulation to the face
  • Helps to reduce double chin
  • Clearing or reduction of age spots
  • Improves the elasticity of facial muscles & prevents wrinkles from forming
  • Keeps acne prone skin under control
  • An overall rejuvenation of the whole body

Does cosmetic acupuncture hurt?

The answer is no, but  this is subjective. The needles used in cosmetic acupuncture are extremely thin and are inserted into the superficial dermal layers only. The most patients feel are very slight pinching in sensitive areas such as the upper lip and under the eyes but it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable.

Are the needles safe?

All needles used are single use, surgical grade, sterile specially manufactured needles. Every effort is made to maintain clean and sterile environment. 

Why not surgery or Botox?

Surgical Facelift:

  • Very high costs
  • Risks include scarring, nerve damage, infection, asymmetry, allergic reactions, damage to deeper structures, complications due to anaesthesia.
  • Long recovery time.
  • Painful recovery – pain medications needed
  • Not a natural therapy and often not a natural look. 
  • You may not look like yourself afterwards. 

Why not Botox?

  • cannot treat wrinkles due to ageing or sun exposure or reduce the fine lines (only for dynamic wrinkles)
  • risk of paralysis of surrounding muscles & upper eyelid droop
  • only temporary results 
  • body builds up resistance; the more you get, the more you need to achieve same effect
  • repeat treatments required every 3-6 months
  • limit to natural facial expressions. 
  • wrinkles caused by associated excessive facial expressions (eg frowning) are the result of hardwired neuro muscular pathways. Change these patterns of thoughts, emotional and nervous triggers and have a more relaxed face rather than paralysing the muscles. 
  • long term effects of Botox are still unknown
  • lnnatural and often obvious ‘Botox’ appearance. 
  • does not address overall health and wellbeing. 


Cosmetic Acupuncture:

  • relatively low cost
  • natural
  • no or very minor risks involved
  • little or no negative side effects
  • no recovery time
  • no drugs, anaesthetic injection
  • Look like yourself but better. A very natural process. 
  • overall health taken into consideration

I believe in natural health. Overall, health is your most important asset, above and beyond appearance. You health will be reflected in your complexion. Cosmetic acupuncture is in line with those who seek a natural way of health and do not want to risk having an unnatural appearance. 


Can cosmetic acupuncture be administered in conjunction with other therapies?

Yes, you can have cosmetic acupuncture sessions in conjunction with other therapies, however each individual must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Who can administer cosmetic acupuncture?

Facial or cosmetic acupuncture (as any acupuncture) is a technique that should only be administered by a fully qualified acupuncturist licensed by a recognised accreditation body and having undertaken the relevant cosmetic acupuncture training.

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