Facial acupuncture uses the traditional Chinese medicinal technique of placing fine needles in specific points in the face, improving the flow of energy (also called chi or qi) to reduce signs of aging.
How It Works
Practitioners say facial acupuncture needles increase circulation and cause micro injuries, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin to make skin look more youthful and firm. With ongoing treatment sessions, you may see a reduction in fine lines, more firmness, and a smoother texture. It’s also believed to help reduce puffiness, combat acne, and lighten under-eye dark circles.
Good Candidates for Facial Acupuncture:
Most people are good candidates for acupuncture. While you should talk with your provider, some acupuncturists won’t perform the procedure if you have pituitary, cardiovascular, and/or endocrine disorders. They also discourage acupuncture if you’re pregnant, currently ill, or having an acute herpes outbreak.
If you have trouble sitting or lying still for 30 minutes, you may want to look into other procedures.
Wait a week after a microdermabrasion treatment, two weeks after fillers or Botox, and at least three weeks after laser resurfacing before having facial acupuncture.
What should you expect during a treatment?
After your acupuncturist goes through your medical history and determines what your specific skin conditions are, you’ll go into a treatment room and lie on a massage table, faceup.
Your acupuncturist will gently insert 40 to 70 thin needles into specific acupoints. These are typically painless and remain in the skin for 25 to 30 minutes. You’ll be left to relax in the room, with low lighting and soothing music. Many people meditate or close their eyes during this time.