• Megan Nishida R. Ac

So what's cosmetic acupuncture, really? The natural face-lift treatment you want to know about.

Updated: Aug 13, 2021



Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, is a non-surgical treatment that involves the insertion of tiny, stainless steel needles into the face to improve the health and appearance of your skin. It works on the complexion from many angles:


First, it helps the body to produce more collagen. Did you know that natural production of collagen decreases as we age by about one percent per year after age 20? Collagen is an important protein building block that maintains the integrity of our skin and gives us that plump, youthful look. Reduction in collagen is the culprit for the gradual appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, thin “crepey” skin, and loss of elasticity that we see as we age. Through a micro-wound healing response, cosmetic acupuncture is able to ramp up the body’s natural production of collagen, which means not only can we treat what is already happening, we can prevent or at least keep the signs of aging at bay. This is why we are seeing people of all ages coming in for cosmetic acupuncture!


Secondly, cosmetic acupuncture targets the muscles of the face: similar to muscles of the body, muscles of the face can become either too tense (ex. formation of ‘11s’ on the forehead) or too weak, resulting in drooping and sagging. Through facial acupuncture and modalities like gua sha and cupping, we stimulate the facial muscles to hold their natural length and position, resulting in a relaxed yet firm structure.


Third, and arguably most important, cosmetic acupuncture is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine and works to address systemic factors that could be manifesting in your complexion. Acupuncture points lie along meridians (think: network of highways), and these meridians transport vital energy and other important substances throughout the body. Most of the meridians either start or end on the face, or have internal branches that go to the face. Through knowledge of these meridians, their functions, and where they traverse, your registered acupuncturist knows how to specifically affect the face while simultaneously treating underlying factors that contribute to an aging complexion (ex. poor sleep, digestive issues, stress). If you’ve ever had TCM acupuncture before, the meridian system explains why your acupuncturist might have chosen a point on your foot to treat your headaches!


"your registered acupuncturist knows how to specifically affect the face while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to an aging complexion."

Treatment plans typically range from 10-12 sessions. For optimal results, two sessions per week for the first 6-8 sessions is recommended, followed by weekly, biweekly, and monthly sessions for maintenance. New collagen production takes around 4-6 weeks to ramp up, thus visible results can be expected along this timeline. Results can last 2-3 years with regular monthly maintenance sessions.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture has been shown to:

  • Fill fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improve muscle tone and tighten the face

  • Reduce sagging around the eyes, jowls and cheeks

  • Balance the complexion and skin tone

  • Reduce puffiness

  • Improve conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema

  • Increase collagen production and skin elasticity

  • Increase blood circulation to bring lustre back to the complexion


What to expect:

  • Holistic Initial Consultation: we dive into your goals for treatment, address problem areas, identify any underlying influences on the complexion from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, and discuss a treatment plan.

  • Treatments include:

  • Essential oil cleanse

  • Gentle facial effleurage to increase circulation

  • Facial cupping to reduce tension

  • Targeted facial acupuncture to address problem areas, fine lines, and skin texture

  • Body acupuncture (as needed) to address internal factors that may be affecting the complexion, such as poor sleep, digestion, inflammation, etc.

  • Moisturizer application

  • Cooling rose quartz roller & gua sha to close the pores, lock in moisture, and tighten the face


How to prepare for your appointment:

  • Eat prior to your appointment

  • Avoid caffeine (this can make you jittery and less likely to relax and enjoy the treatment!)

  • Come to your appointment with a clean face

  • Loose fitting clothing is ideal but not a must

  • Drinks lots of water after your treatment

Cosmetic Acupuncture with Megan is available at the clinic on Mondays & Saturdays. To book an appointment click here.



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