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Facial Revitalization Acupuncture

Facial Revitalization Acupuncture

Facial Revitalization Acupuncture is a medical procedure that involves inserting very fine needles into different areas of the skin of the face and head to affect a positive change in the skin texture and quality. Over time, this technique has the effect of minimizing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and sagging, by improving the skin’s tone and texture. In addition, a stronger sense of calm is a positive side-effect of this treatment.
  • Some of the effects of this treatment include:
    Reduce the visibility of acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Brightens and firms the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production
    Reduces areas of hyperpigmentation
  • Improves the texture of the skin
  • Reduces swelling and puffiness
  • Reduces tension in the jaw
  • Reduces acne outbreaks
  • Increases local blood and lymph circulation
  • Reduces sagging tendencies
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Before and after

Results after one treatment

Cosmetic G before Cosmetic G After
Cosmetic N Before Cosmetic N After

Facial Revitalization Acupuncture starts with a facial cleansing, toner and copper peptide serum application which is followed by both facial and body acupuncture. On the face, one or two areas are focused on at a time. Both the dermis and the muscles that are employed to generate expressions are treated. Body points are needled to support facial acupuncture. Patients can expect to have anywhere from 10 to 40 needles inserted, we will work with you on figuring out what you can handle each time.

After the needles are removed, the skin will receive another application of copper peptide serum that will now be more readily absorbed into the dermis. Following that we apply our handcrafted Rosehip and Arnica Facial oil for a specialized Facial Cupping and Gua Sha session. To finish off the treatment we use a hydrating facial cream and a Mother of Pearl facial mist, which all leaves your face in a hydrated state of healing and regeneration.

Though, many see and feel changes after the first or second treatment, typically, changes can be seen and felt in four to six sessions.

It is generally recommended to complete a course of ten sessions and for the best results, these treatments should be scheduled twice per week for five weeks with a follow-up maintenance session scheduled every four to six weeks.


*we encourage people to take advantage of our free consultation for questions they may have.

It is typical that some needles are hardly felt, while others can be quite strong. We like to borrow a note from Qiological Podcaster Michael Max’s who quotes funny guy and Canadian acupuncturist, Jean Paul Thuot. He says, and we agree, that its not anymore painful than:

  • A mosquito bite
  • Biting your tongue
  • A paper cut
  • Waxing hair from any part of your body
  • Getting a parking ticket
  • A bee sting
  • Stabbing your toe
  • Your average sore throat
  • Having to listen to advice from your parents

But in all seriousness, the anticipation of pain is usually worse than the pain itself and you will always be in charge of what you can tolerate.

Often after the treatment, patients experience a sensation of heaviness around the acupuncture sites of the face that may linger for several hours. In addition, a sense of calm may be experienced as the muscles of the face that were treated enter a state of relaxation.

There may also be some redness around the sites that were needled. This is temporary and will fade quickly. The redness is a result of local histamine response and increased blood flow to the area.*

There are many individual variables for each patient to be able to create a one size fits all answer here. While some can see drastic results after just one treatment, for best results we suggest committing to at least 5 treatments. However, cosmetic acupuncturists around the world recommend a minimum of 10 sessions, with a maintenance treatment once every 4-6 weeks after that.*

When a needle penetrates the epidermis into the dermal layer, it acts a therapeutic “mirco-trauma” creating the formation of small micro-channels that require healing. This call for healing creates a very focused cascade of inflammatory responses to the specific area. During this process growth signals are released from the skin around the radius of the needle. This activates skin stem cells (undifferentiated skin cells) and leads to a reparative response, through the development of fibroblast cells which transform into collagen fibers that resurface the treatment area.

We are happy to answer any questions, curiosities and address concerns you may have. Please send us a message