Everything you need to know about facial acupuncture

With botox and facial fillers on the rise, some of us may be looking for an alternative. A natural alternative that can help treat the signs of ageing and potentially help with other health issues.

Facial acupuncture is thought to be one effective alternative. Acupuncture is a well-used technique in Chinese medicine. It is the use of tiny needles used to balance and flow of chi, which is the circulating life force according to Chinese philosophy.

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How does facial acupuncture work?

As we age our natural collagen production slows down until eventually it stops completely. This results in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and the loss of elasticity in the skin. Facial acupuncture is believed to stimulate the natural production of collagen thus reducing the signs of ageing.

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The physical act of acupuncture and piercing needles directly into the skin causes micro trauma to the skin. This trauma then signals your body to send collagen to that area to heal. The micro-trauma also helps to encourage blood flow and increase healing speed, which gives a natural healthy “glow” to the skin.

Is facial acupuncture similar to micro-needling?

Although both methods cause micro-trauma and cause the body to produce collagen naturally, micro-needling is on a much larger scale. Facial acupuncture would be similar to a very light dose of micro-needling. Which may suit people who don't want to go for micro-needling, or ease their way in.

Is it as effective as botox?

Facial acupuncture will not stop muscle movement like botox which causes the muscles to freeze and not move. But it is a great alternative for those that don't want to go down the botox route. It has many other benefits that botox does not offer like the natural production of collagen.

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