Can acupuncture make you look younger?



Cosmetic procedures are on the rise in the UK with over 50,000 procedures carried out each year. A large proportion of those procedures include facelifts, fillers and botox aimed at patients searching for a more youthful appearance.

These cosmetic procedures can give good results however they are certainly not without their unwanted effects, not to mention a hefty price tag. Cosmetic procedures carried out by doctors in the UK cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of pounds per session and often only give temporary results. 

An alternative to surgical cosmetic procedures and injectables is Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture, or FCA. This popular new procedure involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into various areas of the face in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This procedure, often called an 'acupuncture facelift' is said to boost new skin cell growth and increase blood flow to the skin, giving the patient a more radiant complexion and improving skin tone and texture. 

Needles are most commonly inserted into the forehead, chin and around the nose. Your practitioner may also apply an electric current to the needles to intensify the effects. While needles are involved, they are extremely fine and unlike surgical cosmetic procedures there is minimal pain involved with FCA.

A number of studies, including one by Yun et al. in the journal of Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, have been carried out supporting the use of acupuncture as an anti-ageing tool, claiming the effectiveness is a result of increased skin elasticity.

When should you expect results?

FCA practitioners may recommend 2 sessions a week for 5 weeks with results seen after the 5th session. While the anti-aging results of FCA may take some time (unlike botox which is almost instantaneous) the effects are said to be long lasting due to acupuncture's cumulative effect.

How much does it cost?
Costs vary depending on practitioners and how many sessions you are recommended. Various therapy prices can be found on practitioner profile pages.

How can I find my facial cosmetic acupuncture practitioner?

As with any therapy, it is important that the FCA practitioner you choose is licensed and experienced. In order for acupuncturists to be listed on Theralist, practitioners must be registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), a governing body ensuring that all members are appropriately trained and qualified to undergo safe practice within the UK. The directory is available at, or for further information you can browse local acupuncturists, see reviews and contact therapists at

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