Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a transformative process that respects the organic aging process while cultivating the body's own restorative potential.


This is not for those looking for a quick cosmetic fix, nor is it for those wishing to wipe clean every small line that tells the story of our lives. Rather, this approach promotes renewal and longevity by treating the body as a whole, addressing every component necessary for luminous and graceful aging. 

Our Unique 3-Step Approach


1. Treat the Constitution

The first step in the facial rejuvenation process is to treat the foundation. This is no different that a general acupuncture treatment in which questions about energy, digestion, emotions, sleep, stress and other processes determine a constitutional treatment plan. This is a vital component of facial rejuvenation because it addresses the root of aesthetic imperfections. Under-eye puffiness will cease to improve if the sleep is not well. Furrowed brow lines will persist if stress is not managed. Our face speaks of what our body endures. 


2. Tone the Facial Muscles

There are 43 muscles of the human face that need to be exercised just like the rest of the muscles in the body. Our facial expressions and daily routines provide ample activity for these tissues, but a little extra attention is what can give the face a youthful and "lifted" appearance. Tiny needles are inserted into specific points to activate the spindle fibers, resulting in stronger, more toned musculature of the face. 


3. correct the surface

The final step in the facial rejuvenation process works with the epidermal layer of the skin, addressing discoloration, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. A combination of acupuncture needles, Chinese herbal masks and Chinese massage techniques increase circulation, nourish the skin, and correct surface imbalances.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this the same thing as "Cosmetic Acupuncture" or an "Acupuncture Facelift"?

While there are many similarities,  I do not consider Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture as a cosmetic procedure nor is it merely a "natural facelift". These terms suggest a temporary and superficial fix that is limited to the tightening and stretching of the face to appear younger. But how many of us have seen women and men who have had extensive plastic surgery? Do they really look younger? More often, they actually look older because the face is contorted in such an unnatural way that it draws negative attention. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is rooted in the theory of acupuncture treating the person as a whole, not merely the symptoms. The face will resume a naturally youthful appearance once the underlying imbalances are corrected.

Does it hurt?

In general, acupuncture is a relatively pain-free experience, but it is important to know that the face is much more sensitive than other parts of the body. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, flexible, and designed for a comfortable insertion. Every needle is sterile, single-use, and disposable. Once the needles are inserted you may feel an achy, pulsating, warm or tingly feeling that is completely normal and considered a favorable reaction. Because the face tends to be a more sensitive area, the thinnest possible needles are used that are specifically designed for optimal comfort. Any minor pain or discomfort usually dissipates within a few seconds. 

Why am I receiving body needles if I'm here for my face?

Because this is a constitutional approach to beauty and radiance, it is important to treat the body as a whole. The dark circles under your eyes will cease to disappear if the quality of sleep is not addressed, and that furrowed brow line will stay put if stress is not properly managed. The theory of Chinese medicine treats the body via "meridians" that transfer vital nutrients and substances throughout the body. Many of these meridians either begin or end at the face, so it is common to treat the whole meridian to achieve results. 

What facial benefits can I expect? 

From an aesthetic perspective, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can treat fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness, edema, dark under-eye circles, lifts droopy eyelids, helps minimize sagging neck or double-chin, tightens pores, regulates hormones (acne or dark spots), promotes local blood and lymph circulation, improves complexion and brightens the eyes. Facial acupuncture can also help with sinus congestion, headaches or dizziness, toothache, TMJ, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia or stroke. 

How long are the treatment sessions? How many times will I need to come back?

Your first session will take about 2.5 hours. This will include a comprehensive health history intake, examination and full treatment. Follow-up appointments are generally 90-120 minutes. Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is a cumulative process, with each treatment building on the previous one. One course of treatment includes ten sessions (either twice per week for five weeks or once per week for ten weeks). Individuals who smoke or have significant droopy or sagging skin can expect at least 2 courses of treatments to see and maintain results. 

How soon will I see results?

You will notice results after your very first treatment. The skin will feel tighter and smoother, the complexion will have a radiant glow and the eyes noticeably brighter. Significant improvement is often noted around the 5th-7th treatment. 

How long will the results last? 

One course of treatment (ten sessions) will have effects lasting 3-5 years. However, it is important to remember that diet and lifestyle choices can dramatically influence you skin. Smoking, extreme weather exposure, poor food choices and stress will all influence the results. 

Are there any negative side effects I should be aware of?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe and effective process. However, there are some risks and contraindications to be aware of. The most common negative side effect is bruising. The capillaries of the face are more abundant and superficial than other parts of the body. Arnica pellets and gels are used to minimize the occurrence of bruising, but please be aware that it is still a possibility. 

Who should NOT receive Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture will not be administered if you have any of the following:

  • Very high blood pressure (more than 175/105)

  • Severe migraines (must be migraine-free for at least 3 months)

  • Pregnant women

  • Cold or flu symptoms

  • Hayfever or severe rhinitis/sinusitis (during acute flare-up)

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Contagious skin conditions, open sores or lesions

  • Use of blood thinning medications, including but not limited to: Coumadin, Plavix, Warfarin, Asprin, Ginko Biloba, turmeric, omega-3's, or Vitamin E.

  • Laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels of the face (within last 4 weeks)

  • Injection of BOTOX or cosmetic fillers within last 6 months (Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can actually UNDO these procedure)

Please inform us if you have any of the following conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's, Cushing's Syndrome, Addison's Disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Herpes Simplex I or II, claustrophobia, panic attacks, trauma or shock. 

Eastern Traditions Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 1643 Boulder Street, Suite 104. Denver, CO 80211. (720) 551-8408