There’s nothing wrong with a little “youth preservation.”  Whether to maintain or enhance, filler and Botox have been popular methods seen all over.  However, those that might be a little wary of the ingredients are opting in for a more holistic approach.

Facial acupuncture is on the rise, helping not only with signs of aging but also allergies, puffiness and more.  Unlike Botox, facial acupuncture actually restores mobility and blood flow to the face, helping plump up the skin and reduce fine lines.  


Traditional acupuncture treats several health issues, ranging from chronic pain to allergies. But when using acupuncture on the face, the benefits are different. According to Elizabeth Trattner, a licensed acupuncturist in Miami, FL, facial acupuncture (also known as cosmetic acupuncture) improves the health and appearance of the skin on the face, neck, and chest.

“Facial acupuncture aims to balance the body’s energy, or Qi, which can positively affect various health issues such as digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and sleep disorders, enhance beauty, and promote wellness,” she says. Here’s everything you need to know about facial acupuncture before settling on the treatment.

Facial acupuncture is a skin treatment that involves inserting tiny sterile needles into specific parts of the face to improve blood flow and circulation.  Facial cosmetic acupuncture can treat fine lines and wrinkles, jowl sagging and a heavy lower face, a dull complexion, volume loss, dark under-eye circles, and puffiness.

One important point of difference: It is strictly for cosmetic benefits, whereas traditional acupuncture elsewhere can improve general health or symptoms of a specific medical condition. 

The Benefits of Facial Acupuncture

One of the most significant benefits of facial acupuncture is improved blood flow to the tissues and skin, which can change the appearance of the skin — sometimes immediately. There’s also a softening or ‘reset’ of the tissue subject to muscle overuse and tension over time. When the fascia and facial muscles are relaxed, the skin and tissues are better nourished and healthier, improving the skin’s appearance and face shape.

Plus, facial acupuncture can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by increasing collagen and elastin production via microtraumas made with needles. The needles help tone and tighten the facial muscles to improve facial contouring and lift sagging skin. There’s also an increase in blood circulation to oxygenate the skin, giving it a radiant glow.

Lastly, repeat facial acupuncture treatments can aid in lymphatic drainage to eliminate congestion, toxin buildup and excess fluid to reduce puffiness and under-eye circles and improve skin clarity and breakouts. However, while the needles can clear excess heat or inflammation in the face and enhance blood flow to help clear up acne, the practice does not unclog pores like standard extractions.