Cosmetic acupuncture Melbourne | Facial acupuncture
October 2021 update: We look to resume facial acupuncture and cosmetic bookings from the 26th of October 2021. Please call reception to arrange your appointment as soon as possible, as due to demand we have limited spaces available.
As seen in:
- What is cosmetic acupuncture?
- What are the benefits of undergoing facial rejuvenation in our Melbourne clinic?
- How does needling work?
- Will facial needles suit me?
- Facial reading in Chinese medicine.
- What is skin needling/ dermal rolling?
- What results should you expect in treatments?
- Acupuncture for acne
- Are skin needling treatments painful?
- Why should I choose skin rejuvenation over other treatments?
- What’s involved in a course of treatment?
- What’s included in a package?
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Please check out our brief explainer video below.
Face acupuncture treatments can combine facial treatment and the treatment of an underlying condition (such as fatigue, muscle pain, or stress) into one convenient session.
Our doctors of Chinese medicine have had years of skin treatment 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 visiting their cosmetic acupuncturist!
In addition to these benefits, face rejuvenation 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).
The combination of facial acupuncture with traditional Chinese medicine, performed by trained clinicians, can be a powerful tool for healthy aging.
How do facial needles work?
Your cosmetic acupuncturist uses very fine, smooth specialized facial needles that are placed in special facial points of the facial muscles, in addition to traditional acupuncture points on the body.
Treatment may stimulate groups of facial muscles which may affect muscle and skin tone.
Affecting the facial muscles’ 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.
- 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 areas of the 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
The ancient Chinese were clever at discerning health issues which were manifesting as disharmony on areas of the face as a part of Chinese face reading.
This ancient art would look at lines and wrinkles, a 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 were 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.
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 with acupuncture points 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 rejuvenation and gua sha.
Many of our patients seek out acupuncture on the face to help with different types of acne, and we are often asked the question: can acupuncture help with acne?
Acne vulgaris, acne on the chin, breakouts on the back and neck, and even pregnancy acne are all challenging to treat, and we are always looking to help you get healthy, clear skin as quickly and as naturally as possible.
We are able to help you with some symptomatic relief from your acne woes, namely the stress and pain associated with painful acne breakouts.
When you receive acupuncture for acne, we begin by doing an acne face map, which will help us understand where on your body the acne is worst, and what body systems this might be affecting.
From there, we coach and guide you on the best natural acne treatment options available, to help manage your flare-ups without chemicals.
In a skin consultation, will often look into your diet, lifestyle, and skincare, to determine what may be hurting or helping your acne.
If you are looking for acne treatment in Melbourne, starting with some health coaching is a great place to start. Acupuncture for face acne pain is very gentle and doesn’t have the harsh side effects of some chemical treatments.
What sets 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 in addition to your treatment.
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, whilst stimulating skin tone, blood flow, plus collagen and elastin. This can help lead to more bouncy, youthful-looking skin.
How many sessions will I need?
Healing does take time- but we think you will enjoy every facial acupuncture session.
At Qi Medicine we make each treatment a nourishing experience ( especially the facial gua sha!), 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.
Generally, you feel less in cosmetic acupuncture than in chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
Facial needles are extremely fine and are inserted into lines and wrinkles.
The body acupuncture compliments your cosmetic treatment and is often felt as a dull ache; however, not an unpleasant sensation. This is all part of the ancient traditional Chinese medicine approach.
As for skin needling, this usually creates a prickling sensation as it is rolled over the face. As a part of your acupuncture therapy, you may be given a complimentary dermal roller, which you can use at home to enhance the results of your treatment.
Our facial gua sha with jade stone during your sessions is deeply relaxing and revitalizing- you will love this part. Facial gua sha will leave you with glowing skin. We provide some of the most revitalising gua sha in Melbourne!
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.
Do you resent the fact that it seems that fillers and injections are touted as the ‘best’ go-to skin solutions for anti-aging out there?
Acupuncture is considered less invasive than many other skin rejuvenation procedures available today, such as injections or fillers.
If this is you then Qi Medicine Acupuncture may be able to help you.
In addition, cosmetic acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that naturally considers your underlying health during diagnosis and treatment. These include but are not limited to; gut issues, thyroid problems, long-standing stress, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle, and diet.
With acupuncture, the goal of therapy is to heal and repair the body as naturally as possible from the inside out, helping you glow as a result.
There are several very good reasons why Qi Medicine acupuncture clinic should be your first choice:
- 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.
A session will involve an initial health assessment with your doctor of Chinese medicine, 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 anti-aging 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) acupuncture needles 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.
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 skin rejuvenation. Check out our video on how to use skin needling on the face 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 include:
- Bruising or bleeding at the insertion site
- Temporary redness or swelling of the face
- Temporary pain at the insertion site
For a full price list visit our pricing page here
Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 to book your acupuncture treatment today.
Are we easy to get to?
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