Cosmetic acupuncture has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason! It is a celebrity-approved facial treatment that can transform ageing, acne-prone, scarred, and uneven skin tone.

As a painless alternative to the injection of chemicals, laser and other invasive procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is relaxing and 100% natural.

You may be asking, what exactly is cosmetic acupuncture and how does it work?

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this ancient facial technique.

How acupuncture works:

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture us a technique used to improve the free flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body via the energy lines, called meridians. In TCM, health concerns can arise because of blockages in the smooth flow of Qi. By inserting needles into specific points along the meridians, TCM practitioner aim to restore the flow of Qi and blood to improve overall health.

How cosmetic acupuncture works:

Cosmetic acupuncture works to improve the skin by providing an anti-ageing treatment by stimulating the production of collagen, which is an essential component of youthful looking skin. As you age, and your skins inner layer loses the ability to maintain high levels of collagen, the skin can become less supple and firm. Acupuncture works to create ‘micro-trauma’ to simulate blood flow to the skin, and in turn, promote collage production.

During a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, the needles are placed in motor points of the face, which are junctions between nervous and muscles, which sends signals to the Central Nervous System to the muscles to perform specific actions. The tight muscles are ordered to relax, and the weaker muscles in your face are ordered to tighten and lift. Over a number of consistent treatments, cosmetic acupuncture will work to tone, lift and tighten your facial contours for promote a youthful appearance.

Cosmetic acupuncture can also promote the free flow of Qi (energy), assist with blood circulation, and increase the supply of both oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Acupuncture points have the function of restoring the harmony of the entire body to promote hydrated and glowing skin and reduce disharmonies such as redness and breakouts.

Skin concerns:

Cosmetic acupuncture can address several skin concerns and is beneficial for most people – teenagers to mature clients. It assists with firming facial contours and minimising the appearance of wrinkles for anti-ageing concerns. Others who may benefit from cosmetic acupuncture include clients with acne scarring, other types of scarring, uneven skin tone and pigmentation, and some milder cases of acne.


Results of hydration softened and glowing skin are visible in 1-2 weeks, however many patients experience immediate hydration and less dryness after their first session due to the instant boost in blood flow to the skin and face. At the 2–6-week point, muscles feel tighter and firmer, and fine lines begin to soften.

Results may vary according to your body’s response to the stimulation of the acupuncture needles.

Number of sessions:

As each person responds differently to treatment, it can vary. Most patients can notice a visible difference after the first session, however more sustainable results are expected after 6-8 treatments. Maintenance sessions are recommended every 4-6 weeks to ensure the longevity of the treatment.

For more information, feel free to reach out or book an appointment with us for a cosmetic acupuncture treatment.

Published on November 8, 2022