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What is Cosmetic (Facial) Acupuncture

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Traditional acupuncture treats the underlying cause of skin issues by correcting imbalances in the body such as digestion, stress, immunity, and quality of sleep. When imbalanced, these can manifest as things like acne, wrinkles, uneven complexion, sagging skin, and dark under-eye circles. Cosmetic acupuncture treats the root of these issues while also targeting the face directly to lift, tone, and tighten the skin, while filling in areas of lost collagen, like wrinkles and fine lines.

How does cosmetic acupuncture work?

Very thin needles are inserted into the skin of the face, creating a micro trauma which sends an increase of blood flow to the area to promote healing and the regeneration of new cells. It encourages the natural production of collagen and creates stronger elastin fibers, which reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and create a smoother complexion and texture of skin.

Is cosmetic acupuncture better than Botox?

Unlike Botox, the results of cosmetic acupuncture are long lasting. Typically, Botox injections take up to 14 days to take effect and can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. It paralyzes the facial muscles, causing the muscles to weaken (which will result in more injections overtime), while acupuncture strengthens the muscles and improves circulation to lift, tone, and tighten the face. These results last much longer and look more natural.

What are the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture?

  • Improves skin tone, texture, color, and luster

  • Enhances overall appearance and vitality

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles and softens deep wrinkles

  • Tightens loose skin

  • Improves muscle tone and integrity

  • Brightens dark circles under the eyes

  • Improves overall skin health

  • Corrects and heals skin problems like acne

  • Improves facial asymmetry, like drooping

  • Improves physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing

  • Most people experience better sleep and digestion with a reduction in stress

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cosmetic acupuncture effective? Yes, it’s very effective. It stimulates your body to heal naturally.

How long does it take to see results from cosmetic acupuncture? It takes between 3-4 weeks for your cells to regenerate, so this is the time frame to see results. A typical course of treatment consists of 12 consecutive treatments, scheduled 1 week apart.

How many cosmetic acupuncture treatments will I need? Typically, cosmetic acupuncture is done in a series, and the amount and frequency are determined by your skincare needs.

What is the maintenance for cosmetic acupuncture after doing a treatment plan? Maintenance sessions usually occur once monthly.

How long does an acupuncture facelift last? The results are long lasting. We recommend one treatment monthly only because we are always aging and the sun and gravity are always exerting their force on us.

Can acupuncture help sagging skin? Yes. By restoring blood flow and helping to increase collagen production, the skin will become tighter, lifted, and toned.

Can acupuncture help eye bags? Yes. Facial acupuncture improves circulation around the eyes, clearing stagnation and allowing blood to flow more freely.

How is cosmetic acupuncture compared to Botox? Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural alternative to Botox that is longer lasting and more supportive of the muscles of the face as well as other systems in the body that could be contributing to skin issues.

Is cosmetic acupuncture better than Botox? Yes. It’s natural, non-toxic, long lasting and effective at treating many skin conditions without any repercussions.

Is facial acupuncture better than microneedling? Microneedling is more about treating the surface of the skin whereas facial acupuncture works with the deeper layers.

What does cosmetic acupuncture feel like? Most patients report minimal sensation and extreme relaxation.

Safety and Risks

Cosmetic acupuncture is safe and natural. It is chemical-free, risk-free, there are no side effects, no injections. It’s more cost effective than plastic surgery or injectables and the results are long lasting!


The first landmark study of facial acupuncture found that “among 300 cases treated in China with facial acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of 10 treatments” (Zhang, Q. 1996).

Benefits demonstrated improvement in skin texture, skin color, skin elasticity, wrinkle reduction, overall rejuvenation. “Results were not merely confined to the face, as facial acupuncture virtually always includes work to address the entire body and organ systems, as well as the face.”

Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural, non-invasive alternative to fillers and surgery. It’s a great option for those who are looking to take their skincare to the next level and want to have a youthful glow.

If you’re interested in receiving a cosmetic acupuncture consultation, please call or text our office at (619) 356-1225.

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