Cosmetic Acupuncture: What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture is being used as an alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is used for wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, puffiness, under eye circles, acne, scars, and skin discoloration.   Cosmetic acupuncture is also used to lift and firm the décolletage area and to reduce cellulite.  It works by toning muscles, stimulating collagen production, and tightening skin without the use of chemicals or surgery.  And although the effects of cosmetic acupuncture are much more subtle and cumulative than a surgical procedure, people will notice that your skin looks healthy, radiant, and firm.

Acupuncture is a holistic medicine that addresses the whole person.  This means that acupuncture will treat your external appearance while also addressing the internal underlying causes of the cosmetic issues.  For instance, if an individual has dry skin and deep wrinkle lines in the forehead and eyes, facial rejuvenation acupuncture will address the cause of the dry skin while progressively reducing the facial lines over the treatment course.  Cosmetic acupuncturists may incorporate dietary counseling, herbal and supplement therapy, as well as lifestyle modifications for long-term maintenance.

Depending on your specific needs, a cosmetic acupuncture treatment may involve body acupuncture needling, facial acupuncture needles, facial or body cupping therapy, massage, or electrical stimulation.  Usually an acupuncturist will use one to three of the above techniques each visit.  Since the effects of cosmetic acupuncture accumulate over several treatments, it is advisable to plan on ten to twelve weekly or bi-weekly treatments.  You can expect to see changes to your skin in five or six treatments.  After one full treatment course, your acupuncturist will then discuss a post-care maintenance routine, which may involve occasional “tune-up” treatments and self care at home.

If you are interested in experiencing cosmetic acupuncture, or would like a free 15 minute consultation, contact Boynn McIntire at 503.281.6909 or schedule online at

Boynn McIntire is a licensed acupuncturist and the owner of All and One Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about acupuncture in general or Boynn McIntire in particular, visit

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