What is facial and cosmetic acupuncture?

Facial rejuvenation and cosmetic acupuncture combines local and distal acupuncture points to help you
achieve healthier looking skin from within. The goal is to encourage Qi and Blood flow to the face to help
improve the overall complexion, and to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and scars.
What happens during a session?
Each session is about 60 – 75 minutes in length. It begins with an in-depth review of your health to help
create an individualized plan, followed by a full treatment. A session may include a gua sha stone
massage and/or cupping, in addition to the insertion of needles on specific body acupuncture points, and
superfine acupuncture needles on the face. Once the needles are set, you will be left to enjoy pure
relaxation. Your acupuncturist will check in on you periodically and return at the end to remove all
needles, and conclude the treatment.

What is Gua Sha stone massage and cupping?

Gua Sha is administered through unidirectional stroking with a polished stone tool applied to the face and
neck. Cupping is a technique using soft silicone cups to create gentle suction. Combined with a facial
serum, the cups are slid over the contours of the face. We typically use rosehip oil, but you are welcome
to bring your own oil if you prefer.
What are the benefits?
Facial acupuncture is a holistic approach that takes your internal health and skin goals into account.
Individualized facial and body acupuncture points are selected to help:
● Treat your Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment and diagnosis to create harmony within the
● Increase local collagen production
● Increase local blood circulation
● Release tense muscles
● Sculpt and tone
● Encourage lymphatic drainage

Is it painful?

Most people report that cosmetic acupuncture is a relatively painless experience. Of course, everyone’s
pain threshold is different. The needles used in cosmetic acupuncture are much thinner than those used in
traditional acupuncture and are inserted shallowly into the skin. Cosmetic acupuncture has some potential
side effects, but they are rare and tend to be mild. Some of these may include bruising, local inflammation
and temporary exacerbation of existing conditions.

How long does it take to see results?

We recommend 1 -2 sessions per week for 5 – 6 weeks (total of 10 – 12 sessions), and then once a month
for maintenance for optimal benefits. However, this may vary depending on your individual goals and

Who should avoid facial acupuncture?

Please note facial acupuncture is contraindicated if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or had
recent facial surgery or treatment. If you have had botox or fillers you need to wait 8 weeks before
receiving cosmetic acupuncture.

In order to assess if you are a candidate for facial acupuncture, your registered acupuncturist and/or
licensed naturopathic doctor will take a thorough case history and perform any relevant assessments.

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