Facial acupuncture
Facial
Acupuncture
WHAT IS IT?
In facial acupuncture, fine
needles are inserted into the
face and body to nourish and
stimulate the internal organs
and thereby benefit the cells,
skin and muscles of the face.
Acupuncture has proven
benefits for the treatment of a
wide variety of conditions. The
same principles, of
rebalancing the flow of energy
and blood in the body, apply
to facial acupuncture.

IS IT A FACELIFT?
No. Acupuncture can treat fine
lines, puffiness, redness, dark
shadows and 'bags' under the
eyes but it cannot have the
same impact as surgery. It
will not instantly wipe away
every sign of age: the effects
are more natural, as the
imbalances causing your facial
condition are addressed from
within. Furthermore, it is a
safe, gentle and less invasive
treatment, without chemicals
or injections.

WHAT HAPPENS?
Fine needles are inserted into
specific acupuncture points on
the face and body and given
some gentle manipulation to
stimulate the flow of blood
and energy (Qi). The benefits
of this stimulation can
sometimes be seen right
away on the face. The
needles stimulate the nervous
system to release chemicals
in the muscles, spinal cord
and brain to influence the
body's own internal regulation.
Therefore this is a whole-body
treatment, not just a cosmetic
procedure. The condition of
the internal organs is reflected
in the face, and treating any
imbalances in these will have
a positive effect on the
complexion.

HOW LONG DOES IT
TAKE?
The first treatment lasts about
an hour and a half as a full
history is taken. Subsequent
treatments take up to one
hour, and each session ends
with a short, facial tui na
massage. A course of ten
treatments is standard, with
the occasional follow-up
treatment as needed. If you
have been a sun worshipper
or smoker for many years,
more treatments may be
needed to achieve results.
This may seem a long
commitment but it has taken
years for your face to arrive
at its current condition, so the
combined effects of the
years, the sun and your
lifestyle will not be reversed
overnight.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE
EFFECTS?
The side effects tend to be
positive ones. As the whole
person is treated, not just the
face, the effect is a general
re-balancing. You may
experience better sleep, or
improved digestion, more
energy, or just feel better in
yourself.

DOES IT HURT?
Surprisingly, no! If any of the
needles are uncomfortable
they are removed. You will
feel something, but rather
than pain it is more likely to be
a tingling, or warm, dull, or
numb sensation. Most people
find the treatment a very
relaxing experience. There is
a slight chance of minor
bruising but needles on the
face are manipulated less
than on the body, to minimise
this possibility.

IS IT FOR YOU?
If you want to give your face
and general well-being a
boost, but don't want to go
down the route of injections or
the scalpel, then acupuncture
could be for you.