Facial Rejuvenation vs other cosmetic procedures?

February 2, 2022
Lisa Knickmeyer

Facial Rejuvenation

Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture harnesses the power of positive micro-traumas to increase blood flow and collagen production to the face. Positive micro-traumas are essentially very tiny tears created in the skin and underlying tissues, similar to the tears created in muscle tissue while lifting weights or performing rigorous exercises. The main result is a bright complexion. It’s as though the skin has been awakened from a long, deep sleep. All the fresh blood and oxygen flood the face and bring it back to life. Facial Acupuncture may erase as many as 5 to 15 years from the face, with results after a course of treatments.


It’s important to understand that Facial Acupuncture and Botox work in opposite ways. Botox freezes the muscles around the injection site, which does relax the area and the skin around it, resulting in fewer wrinkles and creasing. Botox also limits the flow of lymph, blood, and chi to that area. Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture works by restoring the flow of blood to the tissues.


Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is sometimes referred to as an acupuncture facelift, but the two procedures are very different. A facelift is a surgical procedure that removes or reshapes the skin on your face. Cosmetic acupuncture works by increasing blood flow and stimulating the muscles beneath your face to improve their tone and conditioning. This improves your skin’s elasticity, which helps smooth out wrinkles and lines. 


A facial is a multi-step, multi-purpose skin treatment including steam, facial masks, exfoliation, cleansing, facial massage and a variety of creams and lotions. Some are highly hydrating, others are firming and restoring, while some focus on problem areas and certain skin conditions. 

The results may last 5 to 7 days. One treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and congested skin. 

What are the long-term effects of facial acupuncture?

Unlike Botox or dermal fillers, facial acupuncture isn’t a quick fix of any kind. The focus is to create long-term changes in the health of the skin and body. This means better collagen stimulation, a brightened skin tone, reduced jaw tension, and a softer appearance overall. There are many acupuncture points on the face used that add other health benefits, like reduced anxiety and tension.

Are there any side effects associated with facial acupuncture?

The most common side effect for facial acupuncture, or really any acupuncture, is bruising. This only happens about 20 percent of the time, but it is still a possibility. To avoid bruising and achieve the best results, the person receiving the treatment should be in good health. Every facial rejuvenation treatment is complimented with a body acupuncture treatment to achieve that goal. 

Does facial acupuncture hurt?

You should feel comfortable throughout a facial acupuncture treatment session and should not be in pain. If you do experience any discomfort, let your practitioner know so that they can make adjustments. Many patients find facial acupuncture to be very relaxing and look forward to treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

The majority of people see improvements after just five sessions, but 10 treatments once or twice a week are recommended for optimum results. After that, one will go into a “maintenance stage,” where you get treatment every four to eight weeks.

Are the results purely cosmetic?

Facial acupuncture is anti-aging, relaxes the muscles of the face, and boosts collagen to reduce wrinkles. It also increases circulation and boosts elastin to firm and tone the face, and promotes detoxification to leave you with a clearer, more even complexion. The acupuncture points located on the face have been used to help with anything from congestion, headache, acne, rosacea and fevers and chills. The benefits of cosmetic acupuncture aren’t limited to your face. Some people who have received the treatments say they also feel more relaxed and worry-free. That could be because acupuncture has long been associated with reducing stress. According to the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture triggers the release of certain chemicals in your brain that promote physical and emotional wellbeing. 

What are some visible results you may see from facial acupuncture?

Fine lines may be eliminated and wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improvement of hormonal balance to help acne and the reduction of stress. 

Can facial acupuncture help with skin sagging or sun damage?

Yes, it can by restoring blood flow and helping to increase collagen production at recognized and carefully selected points. The result is a tightening of the overall appearance of the skin.

Do specific acupuncture points work for wrinkles?

Along with boosting collagen, facial acupuncture also boosts elastin to firm and tone the face while it's reducing wrinkles. Many facial acupuncture points for wrinkles are on the Stomach, Gallbladder, San Jiao, Bladder and Ren channels.

What is the best time to start facial acupuncture?

It is never too early to start. The best age range is between 20 to 55 years old, but the benefits are for any age. Even younger youthful skin will benefit from facial acupuncture to delay the aging process and keep the skin glowing.