Cosmetic acupuncture, also referred to as facial acupuncture, is acupuncture that focuses sprimarily on an aesthetic condition of the client, usually concerning the face. Like traditional acupuncture, it involves strategically inserting ultra-thin, sterilized needles into different areas of the skin with the aim of stimulating blood flow and balancing the body's Qi (which, when translated, means “vital energy” in Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Boketto Founder, Jelena Nikolajevic, has spent the better part of the year studying this topic. She’s now licenced to perform Cosmetic Acupuncture, and is offering her signature treatment, Acu-Lift.
Cosmetic Acupuncture can enhance the production of collagen via micro-injury to the skin, increase blood flow, stimulate immune responses that reduce inflammation, and activate any number of functional points that have various responses, like reducing jaw tension or relieving anxiety. Though the complexion is typically the target area for results, the process utilizes acupuncture points around the face and body.
What to Expect
At its most basic, an appointment starts with your practitioner asking about your digestion, menstruation, sleep, energy levels, and diet to get a better sense of how your current physical and mental state is affecting your complexion— for example, puffiness, fine lines, and acne,
From there, the acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan, mapping out where on the face and body the needles will be inserted and stay in place until removed. All treatments also include, cleansing of skin, gua sha, LED therapy (Celluma), and serum/SPF application. The option to include microcurrent in your treatment amplifies your results and is incorporated into the 90-minute treatment.
What are possible benefits?
Cosmetic Acupuncture is for anyone wanting a functional and holistic approach to health and beauty. Results can include:
Improved Collagen Production Cosmetic Acupuncture stimulates lymphatic drainage, and, therefore, increase blood flow to the face. This will support collagen production, which can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Reduced Acne By encouraging lymphatic drainage, it may be aiding in the elimination of toxins that may contribute to breakouts. We don’t recommend acupuncture as a monotherapy for acne, but encourage trying it as a complement a more conventional treatment.
Jaw Tension Relief Specific acupuncture points helps improve blood circulation, and this can stimulate an immune response that can also reduce inflammation. It can also help to release trigger points in various muscles of the body, including the jaw.
Brighten & Soften the Eye Area By remodelling the skin– encouraging that collagen and elastin production– Cosmetic Acupuncture can create firmer and more resilient skin around the eyes (aka fewers fine lines). It also improves microcirculation that helps with puffiness and discoloration issues.
Plump Nasolabial Folds (Smile Lines) Needling addresses the loss of volume on the middle part of the face (cheeks) which are causing gravitational tendencies exaggerating the nasolabial folds. With aging we do not only lose bone density and structural support but also we lose subcutaneous fat content and skin volume. Cosmetic acupuncture can enhances bone nutrient support and increase skin thickness.
The same goes for lips, too! With aging the lips start shrinking and become paler, and facial acupuncture can help restore their fullness and improve the appearance of fine lines around the mouth.
For any one. And (almost) everyone.
Acu-Lift requires booking a 90 minute, NEW Client Acu-Lift appointment, first.
Regardless of the superficial benefits (which may not be concerns of yours), Cosmetic Acupuncture is a relaxing, restorative treatment that allows for holistic regeneration— both visible and not. Clients regularly leave radiating from seeing cheekbones lifted, jawline sculpted, skin smoothed, as well as feeling energy soothed, tension released.
You aren't a candidate for Cosmetic Acupuncture if you’re looking for a quick fix to your skincare concerns, you’ve had Botox or filler injected within two weeks, you have a blood clotting disorder or take blood thinners, and if you’re pregnant. Check with your doctor before trying cosmetic acupuncture (or acupuncture of any kind, for that matter.)