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Microneedling vs. Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

facial cosmetic acupuncture

Microneedling and facial cosmetic acupuncture have some similarities in that they both involve the use of tiny needles on the skin to promote collagen production and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a device called a microneedling pen to create tiny punctures in the skin. These punctures stimulate the body's natural healing process, which can lead to increased collagen production, improved skin texture and tone, and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. Microneedling is typically done in a series of treatments over several months.

Facial cosmetic acupuncture, on the other hand, involves the insertion of tiny, sterile needles into specific points on the face to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, promote collagen production to reduce fine lines, relax the facial muscles, improve the overall appearance of the skin, and address the underlying cause of some skin conditions. Facial acupuncture is typically done in a series of treatments over several weeks.


Microneedling and facial cosmetic acupuncture differ in several ways:

  1. Technique: Microneedling involves using a device with tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, while facial cosmetic acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the face.

  2. Training and certification: Microneedling is typically performed by a licensed skincare professional, dermatologist or acupuncturist, while facial cosmetic acupuncture is exclusively performed by a licensed acupuncturist.

  3. Purpose: While both microneedling and facial cosmetic acupuncture aim to promote collagen production and improve the appearance of the skin, facial cosmetic acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and may also be used to address underlying health concerns. For example, acupuncture can be used to treat the underlying cause of some skin conditions like acne. Acupuncture needles may be placed on the arms and legs to address these health issues.

  4. Pain and discomfort: Microneedling may cause some pain and discomfort, especially if a deeper needle penetration is required to address specific concerns such as scars or wrinkles. Facial cosmetic acupuncture is generally considered to be less painful.

  5. Downtime and aftercare: Microneedling requires a short period of downtime, as the skin may be red and tender for a day or two after the procedure. Aftercare includes avoiding sun exposure and using gentle skincare products. Facial cosmetic acupuncture has no downtime, and aftercare may involve gentle skincare.


  • 10-15 weekly treatments

  • A full-body systems assessment and Chinese medicine diagnosis

  • A full-body acupuncture treatment to address underlying causes and/or other health complaints (i.e. low back pain, etc)

  • May require at least 3-5 sessions to notice a change in facial appearance

  • No downtime, no facial redness or restrictions post treatment

  • Facial massage called gua sha to relax muscles and move lymphatic fluid

  • Abdominal far infrared heat therapy

  • LED Red & Blue Light Therapy

  • Regular follow-up sessions every 3-4 weeks after a full series is completed to achieve lasting results through the years

  • Optional add on: Nanoneedling can be done during the same session as cosmetic acupuncture


  • One treatment per month for 3-6 months (or until your desired result is reached)

  • Uses a device with several tiny needles that puncture the dermis layer of the skin, which stimulate the body’s repair mechanism

  • Very strong effect on collagen production

  • Very strong effect on acne scars

  • Great at smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles

  • If needed, can be used on hair balding to stimulate hair growth

  • May only require 1-3 sessions to notice a change in appearance

  • Skincare product absorption is increased by 10,000x

  • Some downtime, some facial redness and some restrictions post treatment

  • Used in conjunction with AnteAGE stem cell growth factor and cytokine professional grade skincare


While both promote collagen production and improve the overall appearance of the skin, microneedling is more effective at treating fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring. Facial acupuncture is more effective at addressing the underlying cause of the skin condition, muscular tension in the face, and stagnate blood and lymph flow that contribute to aging skin.

Yes, you can do both but not in the same session. By far, the combination of both is the most powerful way to rejuvenate your face. We recommend microneedling once a month, and then facial acupuncture with LED light therapy once a week between each microneedling session.


While microneedling and facial cosmetic acupuncture share some similarities, they are distinct procedures that may be recommended based on individual needs, preferences, and health concerns. It is important to discuss your options with a qualified practitioner who can provide guidance based on your unique situation. Call for a free consultation.


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