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What is Cosmetic Acupuncture? Embracing a Pro-Ageing Approach

In the world of beauty and skincare, there's a growing trend towards holistic and natural approaches to achieving radiant and youthful skin. One such approach that has gained popularity in recent years is Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Unlike traditional anti-ageing treatments that often focus solely on reversing the signs of ageing, Cosmetic Acupuncture takes a more holistic approach to skincare, embracing the concept of pro-ageing. In this journal, we will explore what Cosmetic Acupuncture is, its alignment with the principles of Chinese Medicine, and how it offers a holistic alternative to conventional anti-ageing treatments.

Woman getting cosmetic acupuncture

Understanding Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture, often referred to as facial acupuncture or facial rejuvenation, is a non-invasive and natural approach to skincare and anti-ageing. This ancient practice has its roots in Chinese Medicine, a holistic healthcare system that dates back thousands of years. Cosmetic Acupuncture involves the precise insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the face and body.

Tiny needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the face and body. Whilst the body points address harmonising overall health, the microtrauma caused by the needles in the face creates our bodies natural response to heal and activates collagen and elastin production, plumping out and softening lines over accumulative sessions.

It also reduces inflammation, increases blood circulation, hydration (and Qi) to the face, revitalising the skin to bring out your natural glow. Additionally, Cosmetic Acupuncture practitioners often use Gua sha, facial cups and dermal rollers for toning, lifting, sculpting, tightening, or releasing tension in muscles and lymphatic drainage. LED Light Therapy is also available for utilisation during the Cosmetic Acupuncture session.

Natural and healthy skincare

Pro-Ageing vs. Anti-Ageing

The concept of pro-ageing is at the heart of Cosmetic Acupuncture. Unlike the traditional anti-ageing approach, which often aims to reverse the clock and erase visible signs of ageing, pro-ageing celebrates the natural ageing process.

It encourages individuals to embrace their age with grace and confidence while prioritising their overall health and well-being.

Cosmetic Acupuncture aligns perfectly with the pro-ageing philosophy. Rather than striving to make clients look drastically younger, practitioners aim to help clients look and feel their best at any age. This approach focuses on improving skin quality, promoting vitality, and supporting overall health.

How Cosmetic Acupuncture Works

Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments typically consist of a series of sessions tailored to each client's unique needs and goals, whilst addressing all aspects of health. Here's a brief overview of how the process unfolds:

  1. Consultation: The journey begins with a comprehensive consultation during which the practitioner assesses the clients skin, overall health, and goals. This step is crucial in creating a personalised treatment plan.

  2. Acupuncture Points: In each session, needles are strategically inserted into specific acupuncture points on the face and body. These points may vary depending on the clients concerns but often include areas on the face, legs and hands.

  3. Holistic Approach: Cosmetic Acupuncture practitioners take a holistic approach by considering the client's lifestyle, diet, and emotional wellbeing. They may offer dietary and lifestyle advice to support long-term skin health.

  4. Stimulation: The insertion of needles serves to stimulate blood flow, encourage collagen production, and promote the bodies natural healing processes. This helps improve skin tone, reduce fine lines, and enhance overall skin health.

  5. Accumulative: While some clients may notice immediate improvements in skin tone and texture, the full benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture typically become more apparent after a series of treatments in close succession. Each session is accumulative and builds on the previous one.

Additional Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture

As a holistic treatment, Cosmetic Acupuncture may lead to a range of benefits, such as improved digestion and energy, better sleep, and reduced stress levels, all of which can have a positive impact on your skin health.

Facial Acupuncture and LED Light Therapy at Glow Acupuncture

LED Light Therapy and Cosmetic Acupuncture

In many Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments, LED Light Therapy is seamlessly integrated to enhance the rejuvenating effects and sits elevated from the face whilst the acupuncture session is in place.

LED Light Therapy involves the use of different wavelengths of light to stimulate various cellular processes in the skin.

Here's how LED Light Therapy works in synergy with Cosmetic Acupuncture:

  1. Collagen Production: LED Light Therapy stimulates the production of collagen, a crucial protein for skin firmness and elasticity. When used in conjunction with Cosmetic Acupuncture, it enhances the collagen-boosting effects of the treatment, resulting in smoother and plumper skin.

  2. Reduced Inflammation: LED Light Therapy helps reduce skin inflammation, making it an ideal companion to Cosmetic Acupuncture's anti-inflammatory benefits. This combination can be especially beneficial for those with sensitive or inflamed skin.

  3. Improved Skin Tone: Different LED light wavelengths can target various skin concerns, from pigmentation to redness. By customising the LED treatment to your specific needs, Cosmetic Acupuncture practitioners can address a wide range of skin issues, promoting a more even skin tone.

  4. Accelerated Healing: LED Light Therapy accelerates the bodies natural healing processes.


Woman doing Gua Sha

  1. Does Cosmetic Acupuncture hurt? Cosmetic Acupuncture is generally a painless procedure. Most clients report minimal to no discomfort during the treatment. However, you may occasionally experience a small, temporary prickling sensation as the needle is inserted in to the face, which should quickly dissipate. Your practitioner will remove the needle if there is continued discomfort.

  2. Can I get Cosmetic Acupuncture when I have had anti-wrinkle injections? Yes, it is possible to combine Cosmetic Acupuncture with anti-wrinkle injections. However, it is recommended to wait approximately three weeks after receiving anti-wrinkle injections to allow them to settle. This waiting period helps ensure that the acupuncture needles do not interfere with the effects of the injectables.

  3. How does Gua Sha work in with Cosmetic Acupuncture? Gua Sha, along with Face Cupping and Dermal Rolling, complements Cosmetic Acupuncture beautifully. These at home, maintenance tools can be used in between Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments to help maintain skins health and appearance. They contribute to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best while providing a nourishing ritual for relaxation and self-care. Gua sha and facial cups are great for toning, lifting, sculpting, brightening & tightening, or releasing tension in muscles and lymphatic drainage. Shop Glows facial tools here.

  4. How many treatments do I need to have? The number of treatments required varies from person to person and depends on factors such as age and skin health. Generally, practitioners recommend starting with 6-10 sessions to achieve results that are personal to each person based on what they are hoping to achieve. After the initial series, monthly maintenance sessions may be required and address specific skin concerns. Your practitioner will create a personalised treatment plan based on your unique needs and goals.

  5. Can I claim a health insurance rebate for Cosmetic Acupuncture? You sure can! Cosmetic Acupuncture is covered under Acupuncture. Check your insurance cover to see if this is applicable to you.

Interested in Trying Cosmetic Acupuncture in Cheltenham?

Whether you're seeking to rejuvenate your skin, promote wellbeing, or embrace the pro-ageing philosophy, Glow Acupuncture offers a holistic approach that supports your unique skin and health goals.

If you are interested in trying Cosmetic Acupuncture in Cheltenham, please click here to book your Initial consultation or choose a Cosmetic Acupuncture package.

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