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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatments

Cosmetic Acupuncture also known as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, is a popular Traditional Chinese Medicine technique used to slow down signs of ageing while improving overall health and wellbeing. Local treatment with very fine needles is used for a more even, glowing complexion, to soften fine lines and wrinkles, to improve hydration of the skin and increase tone and firmness. However, it is also a constitutional treatment, which means it aims to address your body’s overall health and function, nourishing your skin from the inside out.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is one of the most natural and affordable choices for looking after your skin and staying healthy, without the use of toxic chemicals or other more invasive procedures.

It works by:
  • Targeting motor points in dropped or weakened muscles to give an overall lift and more tightness

  • Stimulating collagen and elastin production to soften lines, giving the face a firmer feel

  • Increasing blood circulation to enhance oxygenation to cells in the face, resulting in a healthier complexion

  • Balancing disharmonies in the body to promote a glow from the inside out

Cosmetic Acupuncture:
  • Delays and reduces the effects of facial ageing
  • Reduces fine lines and softens deeper wrinkles
  • Lifts drooping and sagging
  • Improves muscle tone, firmness and elasticity of the skin
  • Eliminates puffiness; improves dull and tired looking skin
  • Improves facial complexion and evens out skin tone; decreases pigmentation
  • Tightens pores; softens acne scarring
  • Brightens the eyes; reduces bags and dark circles under the eyes; lifts drooping eyelids
  • Improves hormonal imbalance to reduce acne or post-menopausal skin related issues
  • Reduces stress which can show on your face; promotes overall health and wellbeing
  • Nourishes and moistens the skin from the inside, resulting in a healthier complexion and a natural glow

How many sessions will I need?

Every person responds very differently to the treatment and usually the healthier you are, the faster and better your results will be because you are responding more rapidly due to your body functioning at its best and giving you the most optimal response.

It is important to understand that Cosmetic Acupuncture is not a "cure" and it will never eliminate all signs of ageing, but when you start glowing from the inside out people will likely begin to ask you what you have been using on your skin.

Usually you can see an improvement in skin tone and colour after the first 1-2 sessions. However, more substantial and visible results may require about 5-7 treatments. Thereafter maintenance sessions are recommended every 4 to 8 weeks. By keeping this up, the results can last for years.

Are there any side effects or contraindications?

While there are no significant side effects to Cosmetic Acupuncture, occasionally minor bruising can occur. This bruising can be treated with Arnica and usually subsides within 24 hours. There is little downtime and after the session your skin may have some redness and a warm sensation that will disappear in a few hours.

Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments are generally not advisable if you have any of the following:

  • Contagious skin disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Straight after other facial rejuvenation therapies such as Botox, surgery, microdermabrasion or laser treatment

If you are unsure whether Cosmetic Acupuncture would be beneficial for you, we invite you to contact us as Julia will be more than happy to discuss your individual circumstances.

Julia Gerster, our Cosmetic Acupuncturist, is committed to using only the finest quality facial acupuncture needles for your face, which along with a very gentle needling technique, minimises discomfort during the treatment while achieving optimum treatment results. Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments are health fund claimable.

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  • Yun Y, Kim S, Kim M, Kim K, Park J-S, Choi I. Effect of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity: an open-label, single-arm pilot study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2016 Jul 4];2013:424313.
  • Mao Z-N, Wang S-B, Chang Y-L, Wang H-Y, Mao L-Y, Zhang X-L, et al. [Clinical research of chloasma treated with the meridian cosmetology and the impacts on estrogen and progestin]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu [Internet]. 2012 Sep [cited 2016 Jun 27];32(9):789–93.
  • Donoyama N, Kojima A, Suoh S, Ohkoshi N. “Cosmetic Acupuncture to enhance facial skin appearance: a preliminary study.” Acupunct Med. 2012 Jun;30(2):152-3
  • Zhang, Q. and Zhu, L. (1996). Meridional Cosmetology: Report of 300 Cases with Discussion of Underlying Mechanism. The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, pp 401-405.In this report 90% of the 300 individuals in the trial had a noticeable effect with one course of treatment. Effects included: improvement in skin texture and colouring, increased elasticity, reduction of wrinkles and an overall rejuvenation and sense of wellbeing.

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A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture stated that, with one course of treatments, 90% of the 300 individuals in the trial had a noticeable effect, including levelling of wrinkles, elasticity of facial muscles, a more delicate skin and a healthy, glowing complexion. An overall rejuvenation and sense of wellbeing was also reported.

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