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Facial Acupuncture: Benefits, How does it work?

As people age, their skin can lose elasticity and become thinner and looser. That, along with other outside influences such as sunlight, can result in those dreaded wrinkles. Though there are many options to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, many of them are either costly, invasive, or just do not get the desired results. Ideally, when it comes to treatments that will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, most people are looking for a procedure that is far less invasive and requires little to no downtime so that they may get back to their busy lives.

Facial acupuncture is an extension of traditional acupuncture.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is an ancient practice that has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments for. It has been shown to help relieve aches and pains as well as improves overall health thanks to its ability to promote blood flow and prompt the body to release natural chemicals to fight the illness or symptom. Facial acupuncture, like traditional acupuncture, also has a number of benefits and has been used to help with appearance of your skin. If you would like to know more about facial acupuncture and how acupuncture for wrinkles work, keep reading.

What is Facial Acupuncture?

Face acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. Acupuncture can target specific locations and points on the face to enhance elasticity and ageing symptoms, as well as address underlying issues that may be contributing to facial or skin concerns. Facial acupuncture can produce longer-lasting results if used regularly. It’s a natural, risk-free, and practical alternative to more invasive procedures like Botox and surgical procedures.

How Does Facial Acupuncture Work?

During facial acupuncture also commonly known as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, the acupuncturist will gently place several, painless needles on the face. The needles will penetrate the facial meridians, which will create a ‘positive micro-trauma’ to the skin. Your body enters into repair mode when it detects these wounds.

These ‘positive microtraumas’ stimulate lymphatic and circulatory systems resulting in skin cell regeneration. It will also help to stimulate the production of both collagen and elastin. A protein that aids in strengthening skin cells; collagen strengthens the skin and adds resilience. Elastin adds flexibility to the skin and helps loose skin to retain its shape.

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Benefits of Facial Acupuncture

Those who receive facial acupuncture will see benefits thanks to its ability to improve blood flow. It also helps to reduce the skin’s looseness. Unlike more invasive procedures such as facial plastic surgery, no sutures are required with facial acupuncture. It requires little to no downtime and is noninvasive.

Though reducing the appearance of wrinkles is the main goal of facial rejuvenation acupuncture, it has been shown to have other health benefits as well. For example, it can help to bring balance to the body’s Zang Fu organs. Zang organs include the heart, spleen, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Fu organs include the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bladder, and gallbladder. Acupuncture for wrinkles also has the added benefit of balancing Qi.

  • Improved skin texture and complexion
  • Increased production of collagen & elasticity
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
  • Better microcirculation
  • Lymphatic drainage reduces dark circles and eye bags
  • Strengthened facial muscles, creating a lifting effect for sagging muscles

In a study Facial cosmetic acupuncture (FCA) is applied to the head, face, and neck. 27 people completed the five FCA treatment sessions. Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture showed significant improvement and promising results as a therapy for facial elasticity.

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Can Acupuncture Help Sagging Skin and Wrinkles?

Causing micro-trauma to the skin to give a boost to cell regeneration will lead to an improved complexion and firmer skin. It will also help to stimulate the production of both collagen and elastin which makes the skin more resilient and flexible. Stimulating collagen and elastin will help to make the skin more resilient and flexible. When collagen and elastin levels are increased, and the muscles are relaxed and tonified, the appearance of features such as wrinkles and jowls will be reduced and improved. Stimulating the facial meridians can also improve stomach function and large intestine function which, in turn, can result in an overall improvement to the skin.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture vs. Botox

Botox is the brand name of an injectable drug made out of the toxin Clostridium botulinum. It works by blocking nerve signals to the muscle so that the muscle is unable to contract. The result is a reduction in wrinkles. Some patients report headache and drooping as a side effect of Botox injections. After Botox is injected, the reduction in wrinkles can last from three to six months.

Acupuncture for wrinkles is a natural alternative to Botox. It does not involve the injection of any sort of toxic bacteria. Instead of reducing the use of the facial muscles, facial rejuvenation acupuncture instead invigorates cell production and blood flow while encouraging the production of collagen and secretion of elastin. This helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase the skin’s firmness naturally. The most common adverse effect is bruising at the needling site which affects less than 15% of patients.


As people age, it is nice to know that there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to the elimination of wrinkles and improving the look of sagging skin. However, options such as plastic surgery do not work for many people given the downtime required for full recover and the high cost. Though Botox has been shown to be effective, many patients are weary of injecting a toxin into their muscle to receive only a few months of relief from wrinkles. Acupuncture for wrinkles requires no downtime with little to no likelihood of adverse effects. Unlike Botox, it offers a long-term holistic solution by triggering the body to stimulate collage and release elastin to reduce wrinkles and tighten skin naturally. If you are interested in a more youthful look, fewer wrinkles, and firmer skin, speak with a TCM practitioner about facial rejuvenation acupuncture as a natural alternative to plastic surgery and Botox.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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