Cosmetic facial acupuncture

With Steve Hines

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture is a totally natural and holistic anti-ageing treatment that aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by stimulating the skin’s self-repairing and healing mechanisms. Cosmetic Acupuncture uses traditional Chinese medicine theory and techniques to enhance wellbeing and promote a reduction in the signs of ageing.

Extremely fine needles are used on specific points on the face, forehead, ears and neck to create micro-punctures in the skin surface. As a consequence, the repair process stimulates numerous growth and healing factors that increase blood flow, encourage cellular waste disposal, and stimulate the deposition of new collagen under the surface of the skin.

Steve Hines talking about cosmetic facial acupuncture

What are the benefits of Facial Acupuncture?

  • Softens the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
  • Reduces the appearance of bags and scars.
  • Hydrates and nourishes the skin.
  • Improves skin elasticity and skin tone.
  • Safe and natural alternative to Botox.

Cosmetic Acupuncture stimulates several crucial healing mechanisms: increased oxygen flow, improved circulation to nourish the skin & accelerate removal of cellular waste, and production of new collagen and elastin. Increasing the levels of new collagen and elastin within the skin dramatically improves skin tone, elasticity and gives the skin an more youthful appearance. This treatment also works on lifting the face, particularly where the face begins to sag around the ‘jowls’ and the cheek area.

Cosmetic Acupuncture requires a course of treatment to show pronounced results. The number of treatments depends on your individual condition. You may feel some results after the first treatment, but will mostly likely need about 3-4 sessions before you see noticeable effects.

Western medical acupuncture

As part of a physical therapy treatment programme

Practitioner practising acupuncture treatmentWestern medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.

It acts by stimulating the nervous system, and is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain but is also effective for post-operative pain and nausea.

What’s the difference between Western and traditional Chinese acupuncture?

While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the belief that it can restore the flow of Qi, an ‘energy’ that flows through your body, while western medical acupuncture is evidence-based and is only administered after a full diagnosis. The western model uses anatomy, physiology and current medical models.

Which of our practitioners can treat using acupuncture?

Five of our physical therapy practitioners are qualified to provide Western medical acupuncture as part of their treatment programme. Please book a regular physiotherapy/osteopathy assessment and let the practitioner know that you are interested in a Dry Needling / Acupuncture treatment.

The following practitioners are qualified to provide Western Medial Acupuncture as part of their treatment:

Cosmetic facial acupuncture prices

Steve Hines is our only practitioner that practices Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture. He is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and can be booked online or by calling the Lloyd’s Wellbeing Centre on 020 7327 5341.

Initial consultation

1 hour (with treatment)

Follow-on treatment

30 mins (needle work only)

Follow-on treatment

60 mins (needle work and face mask)

Western medical acupuncture prices

Acupuncture can be provided as part of a course of physical therapy treatment, and so prices for western medical acupuncture would be the same as for regular physiotherapy or osteopathy treatment. (See those pages or the online booking page for current prices.)

Five of our practitioners can prescribe Western medical acupuncture treatment as part of a course of physical therapy treatment:

Appointments can be booked online or by calling the LWC on 020 7327 5341.


Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted, although it is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the practitioner adjusts the needle. While the needles are in place, most people feel deeply relaxed – a feeling which can continue after the treatment is complete.

How many sessions will I need?

Your acupuncturist will estimate the number of treatments needed during the initial consultation. You may start to feel benefits after your first or second treatment, although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve.

It is recommended that you have three treatments to see how your body responds to acupuncture, and 5-8 treatments are recommended to achieve longer-lasting benefits. Monthly maintenance sessions are recommended for optimal and lasting effects.

What is the facial acupuncture 'mask'?

The facial ‘mask’ is introduced during longer follow-on treatments after the needles have been used. It infused with collagen and other products which are absorbed through the skin, via the small pin-pricks created during the needling stage of treatment. The mask would be worn for about 30-45 minutes.

How should I prepare for facial acupuncture?

If you wear make-up, then you should remove this before you arrive. Cleanser will be available for you to use if you wish to do this in the Wellbeing Centre bathroom. Please ensure you do this prior to the start of your treatment in order to maximise your treatment time!

How long do the effects of cosmetic acupuncture last?

The number and frequency of treatments will affect the results, and everyone will respond differently to cosmetic acupuncture.

These facial treatments are not a quick-fix to wrinkles or facial scaring and will require a course of treatment to see lasting results, however, after a course of treatment sessions the effects can last from a few weeks to a couple of months. For best results, follow-on maintenance sessions are recommended.

Are there are any side effects or risks to having acupuncture?

The main risk of facial acupuncture is that it can cause slight bruising, however this is rare and care is taken to avoid capillaries on the face. This is less of an issue for traditional acupuncture performed on other areas of the body.

Sometimes people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment, but this passes quickly if it does occur at all.

Can I have facial acupuncture if I have Botox?

Yes, but it is best to leave having facial acupuncture until two weeks after your most recent Botox injections. Let the acupuncturist know that you have been having Botox.

The Wellbeing Centre acupuncturists