Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that involves the insertion of small acupuncture needles into the face in order to enhance the appearance. It is often considered a natural alternative to more invasive, synthetic techniques such as botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.

Cosmetic acupuncture is also referred to as "facial acupuncture", "facial rejuvenation" and a natural facelift. Cosmetic acupuncture can help reduce wrinkles, diminish fine lines, remove age spots, and lift droopy eyelids.

All acupuncture has its foundations in traditional Chinese medicine and cosmetic acupuncture is no different. Every line or blemish on the face represents problems with specific organs in the body.

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Treatment Frequency

General recommendations are an initial series of six treatments for 6 consecutive weeks at which point we will review what further treatment is required. Often an additional six sessions will be required, however, treatment can be spaced out to every 2-3 weeks.

Results will depend on lifestyle factors, age, health and history of smoking.

Who should not do cosmetic acupuncture?

  • Patients with heart disorders, hemophiliacs, patients who suffer from excessive bruising, high blood pressure and diabetics, and patients with a pituitary tumor.

  • Pregnant women

  • Patients who have undertaken plastic surgery or botulinum toxin injections within 4 weeks.


Micro-needling is also an option that can be incorporated into your treatment. Annabel sees the best results when this technique is used in combination with cosmetic acupuncture.

It is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin where a "Derma Roller" is used over the top layer of the skin. Annabel uses a 0.5mm roller on the face, this is the ideal length for inducing collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars and pore size.

Micro-needling also enables the serum used at the end of the treatment to travel deeper into the skin.

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