Acupuncture as a cosmetic treatment is gaining popularity worldwide. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture appears to tone muscles in the face and neck and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Many people opt for cosmetic acupuncture in lieu of injections like Botox because acupuncture is a natural, less invasive and non-surgical solution. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of an acupuncture 'facelift' and how it works.

Potential Benefits of cosmetic facial acupuncture:

  • Increases collagen production

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

  • Softens deep facial wrinkles

  • Tightens skin and muscles of the neck

  • Improves facial muscle tone

  • Reduces/tightens jowls

  • Lifts drooping eyelids

  • Increases blood circulation and oxygenation of skin, providing a more even skin tone

  • Reduces rosacea and acne

  • Lessens the appearance of visible pores

How does cosmetic acupuncture work?


Facial acupuncture appears to impact collagen repair and production in the face. Collagen is one of the major building blocks of skin tissue. It helps give our skin strength and elasticity, and makes up three-quarters of the dry weight of our skin (Reference).  As we age, collagen in our skin begins to break down.

The insertion of acupuncture needles strategically placed into the surface of the skin helps to stimulate collagen and skin cells to repair the “trauma” caused by the needles. By placing the acupuncture needles into different areas of collagen loss, a licensed acupuncturist creates a micro wound in the skin so the body can naturally produce collagen to heal it.

Rose Oil Facial Cupping paired with Cosmetic Acupuncture

Unlike other forms of cupping facial cupping is far more gentle: soft and flexible cups are moved continuously along the face to achieve a much lower incidence of bruising. People report appearing fresh-faced, refreshed and rejuvenated after receiving the procedure, and report feeling that sinuses are opened up and jaw tension is reduced. 

How does it work? Think of facial cupping as the first step in a cosmetic facelift: it preps your skin and fascia for the second step: cosmetic acupuncture. The cups gently pull at facial tissue, separating the skin from the bone as it slides along the cheeks, jawline and forehead. The fascia (a sheet of connective tissue that includes collagen) becomes nice and stretched.

Potential benefits of facial cupping include reduced puffiness, softened fine lines and wrinkles, stimulation of collagen, easing of pain from both the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and from sinus headaches and congestion. Come try our popular Rose Oil Facial Cupping paired with Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Studies on facial acupuncture:

A 2011 study on the effects of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity at Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong found significant improvement in participants’ facial elasticity after receiving five treatment sessions over three weeks (Reference). More studies need to be done however facial rejuvenation acupuncture showed promising results as a therapy for facial elasticity.

A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture found that in a review of 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment (12-20 sessions). Both studies found improvements in tone and elasticity and further research was recommended.

What is a cosmetic acupuncture treatment like?


Your first cosmetic facial acupuncture treatment at Husami Integrative Acupuncture in Scottsdale includes a consultation of your overall health, including a nutrition and herbal consultation from Suzie Husami, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. You will also be asked about any particular concerns you may have regarding the appearance and tone of the muscles and skin of your face and neck.

Your facial treatment will begin with an assessment of the region, to determine areas that will benefit the most from increased tone or elasticity. If you are opting for facial cupping she will apply a light, organic rose facial oil to your face followed by flexible, soft cups that are kept moving continuously along your cheekbones, jaw and forehead to bring about increased blood flow. Once the cups are removed, your acupuncturist will ensure you are comfortable and will gently insert 15-20 ultra fine, sterile, single-use needles into your face, head, and neck. These thin needles are generally painless, but can give some people a slight tingling sensation in certain areas. We’ll leave the needles in for about 30 minutes while you relax in our comfortable treatment room.

How many cosmetic acupuncture treatments do you need?

For optimal results, we recommend a series of facial acupuncture treatments paired with facial cupping twice per week for six weeks, followed by monthly “maintenance” treatments.

Make a cosmetic acupuncture appointment in Scottsdale

If you’re ready to try this non-invasive, safe form of facial rejuvenation, contact Husami Integrative Acupuncture in Scottsdale to make your cosmetic acupuncture appointment. Please give us a call or send us a text at Husami Integrative Acupuncture: (619) 302-7589.