Cosmetic acupuncture Melbourne | Facial acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture performed on mouth lines in the Essendon clinic

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What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Please check out our brief explainer video below.


What are the benefits of undergoing facial acupuncture in our Melbourne clinic?

Cosmetic acupuncture can combine facial treatment and the treatment of an underlying condition (such as fatigue, muscle pain, or stress) into one, convenient session. Our therapists have had years of facial acupuncture training and will be able to offer you clear and attainable health goals during your treatment.

In fact, many of our clients feel they receive extraordinary value, saving them an extra trip to the beautician, physiotherapist, and naturopath by coming to their cosmetic acupuncture appointment!

In addition to these benefits, cosmetic acupuncture is completely natural, is not painful (that’s always the first question we get asked!), and produces only soft, natural results.

When you receive acupuncture in our clinic, some of the costs may be claimed on private health insurance, as long as we are working on an underlying health condition (i.e. stress, pain), which makes it a bit of a no-brainer if you have extras health cover.


How does cosmetic acupuncture work?

In a cosmetic acupuncture treatment very fine, smooth specialized facial needles are placed in specific areas of the face, in addition to traditional acupuncture points on the body.

Treatment may stimulate groups of facial muscles which may affect muscle tone. Affecting muscle tone can literally change the shape of your face, bringing muscles into a more relaxed, natural state.

The desired effect when combined with acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (such as herbal medicine, lifestyle advice) is to affect positive change in the body and face, which may have a positive impact on your overall health and vitality.


Facial rejuvenation may be suitable for those who:

  • Want to try a gentler approach to laser and dermabrasion
  • Do not want facial fillers and injections
  • Noticing skin changes with hormonal changes
  • Have (or feel they have) a health issue leading to skin problems
  • After children and found their skin never really ‘bounced back’
  • Suffer from chronic stress and feel it is really showing on their face
  • Suffer from chronic muscle pain and tightness, such as in the jaw or shoulders
  • Are feeling chronically fatigued which is showing on their face


Chinese face reading: the meanings and emotions behind face lines and wrinkles

Chinese face reading in diagnosis

The ancient Chinese were clever at discerning health issues which were manifesting as disharmony on the face as a part of Chinese face reading.

This ancient art would look at lines, facial coloration, and even the shape of your mouth and nose during a facial reading session.

Some elements of the face were seen to reflect your state of health, and best treated with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, exercises, and meditation.

It was theorized that when the body was back in harmony, health radiated from the face.

Because of this, the registered doctors of Chinese medicine at Qi Medicine use Chinese face reading as a diagnostic tool during sessions which may be able to help you get a better understanding of what your facial features signify.

Our personalized treatments serve to nourish you from the inside out, with a gentle, holistic approach.


What results can you expect from cosmetic acupuncture?

cosmetic acupuncture MelbourneThere is ongoing research to suggest that Chinese herbal medicine, skin needling, and facial acupuncture may be useful in a number of dermatological skin conditions.

In addition, acupuncture on the face may help to stimulate relaxation in the small muscles and layers of fascia in the face.

There are 43 muscles in the face alone and every one of them could benefit from a relaxing treatment to help them unwind (just like any other muscle in the body!).

Treating facial muscles may influence the level of tension in your facial muscles– such as those found around the mouth and between the eyes- as it is in part the underlying muscle structure that determines the level of tension or relaxation in your expression. 

In addition, sessions may help address problems at period time.

If you have ever found that your skin gets worse with stress during your cycle, or you experience chronic cramping or lower back pain during your period, then sessions may help alleviate pain and bring you gently back into a state of balance.

As a rule, our therapists pay special attention to hormone imbalances and women’s health when performing cosmetic acupuncture.


About skin needling

Dermal rolling used in cosmetic acupuncture for acne in the Essendon clinic

What set’s Qi Medicine Acupuncture apart from other cosmetic acupuncturists is the inclusion of skin needling in our treatment protocol.

Skin needling creates very fine micro-tears in the deeper layers of the skin.

We provide you with a dermal roller as part of your treatment when you purchase a package, or you may purchase one from us at a small fee (much smaller than most beauticians in Melbourne!)

These small tears initiate a healing response with the immune system, encouraging the laying down of new collagen and other skin cells.

Skin needling was developed in the late 20th century so it is still a relatively new field, with ongoing research into its usefulness with skin conditions.

A recent study has found micro- needing to be considered a treatment option for those with skin of color.2

Skin needling is not overly painful (with more of a slight prickly feeling) with minimal bleeding when using the specific rollers used in the clinic.  

After skin needling, you will be able to get straight on with your day, without several days of downtime to heal.

Unlike other treatments that peel off the top layer of skin, skin needling can help keep this top protective layer intact.


How many sessions will I need?

Healing does take time- but we think you will enjoy every session.

At Qi Medicine we make each treatment a nourishing experience, considering any stress and pain you may have accumulated through the week. Each individual will have different needs so the number of treatments needed will differ.

As a general rule with acupuncture (but not with every single case), a series of treatments are needed relatively close together (ideally weekly) to gain therapeutic benefit.


Are treatments painful?

Generally, cosmetic acupuncture sessions are far less painful than chemical peels and laser resurfacing. The body acupuncture is often felt as a dull ache; however, not an unpleasant sensation.

As for skin needling, this usually creates a prickling sensation as it is rolled over the face.

As a part of your cosmetic acupuncture treatment, you may be given a complimentary dermal roller, which you can use at home to enhance the results of your treatment.

At our clinic, we usually prescribe 0.5mm rollers for the best results. Conveniently, no anesthetic cream is needed and minimal bleeding will occur when you do your home rolling..

There is no current evidence that suggests skin needling with a long needle (longer than the 0.5mm to 1.5mm for thick acne scarring- used at Qi Medicine) produces better results, so always think carefully about undergoing a ‘medical needling’ session offered by other salons or clinics, with a 2mm or 3mm long needle.

These sessions are often performed with a general or local anesthetic and result in substantial bleeding, lengthy downtime and often carry a much higher price tag as an anesthetist is usually employed.


Why should I choose natural facial rejuvenation over other cosmetic treatments?

Do you feel that there is a deeper connection between how you look day to day and your emotional state?

Do you resent the fact that it seems that fillers and injections are touted as the ‘best’ go-to skin solutions out there? If this is you then Qi Medicine Acupuncture may be able to help you.

Cosmetic acupuncture is considered less invasive than many other skin rejuvenation procedures available today, such as injections or fillers.

In addition, it is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine, that naturally considers your underlying health during diagnosis and treatment; gut issues, long-standing stress, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle, and diet.

The goal of therapy is to heal and repair the body as naturally as possible from the inside out.



There are several very good reasons why cosmetic acupuncture should be your first choice:

  • Performed by a fully qualified and registered Doctor of Chinese medicine in a clinical setting.
  • Minimal side effects (see potential side effects and contra-indications below).
  • Utilises the body’s own natural healing properties for rejuvenation.
  • Natural results, no fake expressions, or risk of paralysis from injections.
  • May lead to improvements in well-being as each treatment is based on Chinese medicine principles to balance the Qi (energy) of the body and mind.
  • It can address underlying issues such as stress and muscle and joint pain.


Facial acupuncture Melbourne

What does each session involve?

A session will involve an initial health assessment, a discussion about which areas you would like to target, and what outcomes we can expect.

This initial discussion will be fairly in-depth, taking into account your past and current health history, ensuring we get a full picture of your well-being before we begin.

Following your assessment, you will get to relax under warm, fluffy towels in a calming environment.

Next, you will enjoy a jade stone facial treatment using an organic anti-aging serum, to tone and relax the muscles in the face.

Following your jade stone treatment, you will receive (painless) facial acupuncture to address areas of concern, plus gentle body acupuncture to reduce stress, tension, and fatigue in the body and mind.

Sessions will address energy blockages throughout the system, often leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised with a heightened sense of well-being, certainly the best part of the treatment!

Each session is cumulative and will build on the last. You may detect small changes after the first treatment and more lasting changes after several sessions.


What you get with your treatment: Dermal rolling and silicone night repair patches

When you invest in a cosmetic acupuncture package, you will receive a take-home skin rejuvenation kit, which is designed to support the weekly cosmetic acupuncture sessions for the best results. This kit includes:


  • A dermal roller for home skin needling

A dermal roller will help to encourage collagen and elastin to the surface of the skin, complementing the effects of cosmetic acupuncture. Check out our video on how to use a dermal roller and under eye silicone patches here.


  • A night repair silicon under eye patches

Silicone under-eye patches help to smooth and hydrate dry, wrinkled, and rough areas of skin. This is especially useful under the eyes, on the forehead, and on deeper lines and wrinkles. Check out our video on how to use a dermal roller and under eye silicone patches here.


  • Skin refining serum

You may receive a skin-refining serum specific to your skin’s needs as a part of your package. All our serums are organic and plant-based.


Cautions of treatment and potential side effects

If you are experiencing any of the following, you are generally not advised to undergo treatment. Contact the clinic if you are unsure about your individual circumstances.

  • Broken skin, scabs, wounds, blisters, cold sores, acne spots (active), rashes
  • Bruised skin
  • Psoriasis on the face
  • Contagious skin problems
  • Skin Cancers
  • Pregnant women
  • Haemophiliac or other bleeding disorders
  • If you are on blood-thinning medication
  • Straight after microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing
  • Allergy to nickel (alternatives available)


Potential side-effects of facial acupuncture include:

  • Bruising or bleeding at the insertion site
  • Temporary redness or swelling of the face
  • Temporary pain at the insertion site


Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 to book your acupuncture treatment today.


Are we easy to get to?

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Qi Medicine Acupuncture Moonee PondsThe clinic is located at Suite 4, Level 1, 151 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds. (Please ensure you take the ground floor elevator to reach us or level one.)

We provide acupuncture to the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and are close to Highpoint.

Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West. We also service many clients with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone, and we are just 10 km from Melbourne city.


2. *Review of applications of microneedling in dermatology: Christopher Iriarte Et al. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2017; 10: 289–298. Published online 2017 Aug 8. doi: 10.2147/CCID.S142450