Cosmetic Acupuncture

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture
(Facial Rejuvenation)?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Acupuncture techniques as well as a variety of Oriental medical treatments and natural herbal supplements are used to erase years off of your face.

Based on the differentiated diagnoses of Oriental Medicine, the whole body looks and feels younger by addressing the physical, mental and emotional patterns that cause disease and contribute to the aging process.

Our practitioners are trained to perform both constitutional and Korean facial acupuncture. In other words, we provide the best of both western and eastern modalities while continually updating our methods with state-of-the-art equipment to maximize results. We understand that not all skin types are the same. And so, our practitioners perform customized cosmetic acupuncture that is tailored to the patient’s skin type.

How does Cosmetic Acupuncture Work?

In Traditional Oriental Medicine Theory beauty comes from within. When you start to age in a way that looks and feels unhealthy then it is possible the flow of Qi, Blood, and Essence are not balance within your body. When balance is restored, you will feel and look more radiant. On a physiological level, acupuncture has been shown to increase circulation of blood and life energy throughout the body. Increased blood flow can help us to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone by sending nourishment, moisture, and “lifting” energy to the skin and muscles of the face. By increasing lymph flow using my facial Tui-na massage and combined with acupuncture we can help strengthen the immune system; our skin is an essential part of our immune system. The needles inserted into the face affect collagen and elastin production which will help tone the skin. Collagen is a protein produced by our bodies that is responsible for our skin’s durability and resilience. Elastin is responsible for the elasticity of our skin. Sun exposure and aging degrade and decrease the production of our collagen and elastin. Cosmetic Acupuncture helps to stimulate the body’s natural processes of cell reproduction and growth. Needles are placed in the muscle motor points to re-educate the muscles back to their original placement, thus the face looks more sculpted, more youthful and lifted. Cosmetic Acupuncture is also known as facial acupuncture and facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why not get Botox?

Botox cannot treat wrinkles due to aging or sun exposure or reduce the fine lines (only works on dynamic wrinkles – smile lines, frown lines).
Risk of paralysis of surrounding muscles & upper eyelid droop.
Only temporary results. The more you get, the more you need to achieve same effect.
Cost is at least $600.00 every 3-4 months!
May not be able to raise eyebrows and have other expressions.
Long term effects of botox are still unknown.

What if I've had Botox?

Cosmetic Acupuncture actually is recommended for patients who have previously had botox injections in the face. Cosmetic Acupuncture keeps the botox effective for a longer period of time and most people find they only need to upkeep the botox every 8 to 12 months rather than every 3 to 6 months!

I have had a facelift. Do I need Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Yes. Overall facial muscle tone, circulation, collagen and elastin stimulation and the glow from within are not benefits of a facelift. If you wish, we can do scar reduction therapy. We use the needles to break down the scar tissue for a smoother more natural appearance as well as re-establishing the energy and blood flow through the scarred areas. Also, gravity is still working every day after the surgery, so you can prevent further surgeries.

Are the effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture proven?

Research Study “A 1996 report in the international Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 98% had marked effects with one course of treatment.
The effects included:

  • Skin becoming more delicate and fair
  • Improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles
  • Diminished wrinkles
  • Healthier and brighter complexion
  • Overall rejuvenation not confined to the face

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What are the effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture may erase as many as 5 to 15 years from the face, with results apparent after a course of treatments.

Fine lines may be eliminated and wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improvement of hormonal balance to help acne and the reduction of stress. This brings out your innate beauty and radiance.

While it does not produce the dramatic results of some of invasive procedures, it does help the face look younger, healthier and more radiant without dangerous side effects.

Since the body/mind/spirit are all connected, negative emotions reflect in the face and change the appearance of skin texture, color and tension. Cosmetic Acupuncture can eliminate stress and bring out innate strength, vitality and health. You will not only look younger but also most certainly feel younger. Studies show that stress is the number one killer in the world. It leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, and all kinds of other ailments. Have you ever considered how STRESS can affect your face? And certainly, stress causes one to age more rapidly (including in the face). Cosmetic Acupuncture is a great stress reliever.

How many Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments do I need?

A typical course of treatment consists of 10-14 consecutive treatments to see desired results. Twice per week for 5-7 weeks. While results are often noticeable after just a few sessions, a full course allows deeper, more lasting results to occur. After completing a course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results. Maintenance sessions usually occur monthly for 2 to 3 months and then seasonally for as long as you wish to maintain results depending on the reaction of the patient. For some difficult cases, for example if the patient is older with deeper lines, they may need to repeat another 10 sessions. Why maintenance? Because the two best friends of aging, gravity and the sun are still with us; We need to combat that.

How long does the visible improvement last?

The effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture are cumulative and last up to 3-5 years after a course of 10 treatments, with maintenance.

Each patient will be different, but usually each patient will need maintenance treatments once per month or once per season. Cosmetic Acupuncture diminishes the fine lines already existing on the skin and prevents the skin from aging.

At what age should I start Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Skin elasticity starts to decline at the age of 21. So, it is never too early to start. Typically, best results are seen in patients before the age of 55. The best age range is between 20 to 55 years old. Even younger youthful skin will benefit from Cosmetic Acupuncture to delay the aging process and keep the skin glowing.

How should I prepare for my Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment?

Patients should eat (but not overeat) before an acupuncture treatment and should wear comfortable clothes. I may need to raise the pant legs to the knee, or get at the belly so dress accordingly. Refrain from rigorous exercise for at least two hours before and after treatment. Alcohol consumption is not advised. An evening Cosmetic Acupuncture session may keep you awake at night, so we recommend a session earlier in the day if possible.

Cosmetic Acupuncture:
What to Expect on Your Initial Visit


During a one-on-one meeting, the practitioner carefully examines the main issues the patient is experiencing to determine the most effective treatment plan.


As one of the most crucial steps in cosmetic acupuncture, cleansing preps the skin for stimulation of the epidermis with herbal tonics (all chemical-free) to enhance the effects of needle insertion. (As an added bonus, many patients report that the experience is very relaxing.) Our practitioner also uses antibacterial toners to cleanse the skin and pores in preparation for the next step.


We understand that not everyone is comfortable with needles and so we strive to practice the most non-invasive acupuncture possible. Depending on the treatment plan, the practitioner may insert hair-thin, sterile needles into specific areas of the skin or utilize Auto Micro-Needle Therapy to target deeper areas. The experience is reportedly very soothing, and it is not uncommon for many of our patients to fall asleep during treatment.


Some patients may be advised to receive ampoule therapy as part of their treatment plan. Ampoules are a high-potency serum that includes botanical extracts, vitamins and enzymes that are designed to target a specific skin type or deficiency. From dry to oily skin, each patient receives a specific type of therapy once ampoule application is recommended by the practitioner.


After the needles are removed, the face is supplied with various herbal tonics and covered with a molding mask for 15 minutes. Vitamin tonic and moisturizer is then applied to the face for rejuvenation of the skin. Sunscreen is also used to protect the skin for the patient’s return outdoors.


The practitioner will apply Infrared Red Light Therapy (RLT). RLT is a therapeutic treatment using red light wavelengths to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds, among other conditions.
Red light infrared therapy works by producing a biochemical effect in cells which strengthens the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell where the cell’s energy is created). The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP
By increasing the function of the mitochondria using red light therapy, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair tissue damage.


The practitioner provides tips and a regimen to follow at home. The patient will also be informed of what to expect in the next few days and whether or not follow-up treatments are necessary.