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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture

Brisbane Acupuncture Clinic

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural, holistic and specialised option for those concerned about the signs of ageing: lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dryness or dullness of skin, sagging/drooping skin and loss of firmness, facial tension, and acne or acne scaring. In line with Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies, the treatment considers both the body and face, as the state of the skin and face are a reflection of our internal balance (Gellis, 2018).


What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into channels, muscles and motor points on the face, following the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework to promote the flow of qi and blood to the face (Yun, 2013)


Although the focus of a Cosmetic Acupuncture session is facial rejuvenation, the body is still assessed as a whole. Imbalances occurring internally can present on the skin, which is why an assessment of the body's internal balance is also an important aspect of a Cosmetic Acupuncture appointment. With this in mind, needling will not only be performed on the face, but also on the extremities along relevant acupuncture channels of body. 

What to expect during a Cosmetic Acupuncture appointment?

In your initial appointment with a qualified acupuncturist, there will be a consult where we assess your concerns, form a diagnosis from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective (incl. pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis). Once we understand your concerns and your body better, we will start treatment. All treatments will involve facial cupping or guasha, facial needling and body needling. 

Can I still get Cosmetic Acupuncture after getting botox?

You can still book in for Cosmetic Acupuncture, provided that the area of focus is not the same area you have had botox. If you have had botox in the face, and would like to focus on the same areas that the botox was injected, we would recommend waiting for 3 months before booking in for facial needling. You can however book an appointment for body needling to focus on the internal imbalances that may be contributing your skin presentation. 

What is the difference between Cosmetic Acupuncture and botox?

Each technique works differently to achieve the common goal of more youthful complexion.


Botox involves the injection of a substance produced from bacterium clostridium botulinum which paralyses underlying musculature. With reduced muscle movement and tone, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are softened. 

Cosmetic Facial acupuncture is a more natural alternative, that works with the body's qi and blood to promote more "flow". The techniques used in facial acupuncture may promote skin elasticity and collagen production and rejuvenate atrophied muscles (Gellis, 2018; Yun et al., 2013). Because each person has unique skin and internal health, each protocol is unique – no two individuals will have the same treatment.

What is the recovery time post Cosmetic Acupuncture appointment?

Being a gentle and safe procedure, Cosmetic Acupuncture requires very little recovery time so that you can proceed with your daily routine post treatment. As our acupuncturists work to increase qi and blood flow to the face, there may be light flushes or mild redness to the facial regions. Minor bruising can occur occasionally at the needle insertion point, however this is typically painless and will diminish within a couple of days to a week. 

Are there any precautions with Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Please contact Lang Acupuncture and Holistic Health for more information if the following apply to you:

  • Pregnancy

  • Frequent migraines or severe headaches

  • Blood thinners

  • Recent laser or skin peel

  • Broken or weeping skin (Dermatitis, Eczema)

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