The Outcome of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity

The Outcome of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity


Research Article Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study

Younghee Yun, Sehyun Kim, Minhee Kim, KyuSeok Kim, Jeong-Su Park and Inhwa Choi

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine


There are currently lots of different treatments available for facial wrinkles or to improve the muscle tone of your face. The use of facial cosmetic acupuncture is a great natural alternative to invasive medical procedures. Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture is practiced by inserting ultra-fine needles on the head, face, and neck for improving the overall flow of blood and increasing the muscle tone. It also assists in setting the balance between the soul and body’s internal organs.

There are many different types of therapies and medical treatments available for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging, including solutions for fighting other skin problems. FCA (Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture) has emerged as a new natural solution and a great alternative to medical treatments for skincare.

FCA is practiced by inserting ultra-thin needles on the head, face, and neck for improving the overall flow of blood and increasing the muscle tone. It also helps set balance between soul and body’s internal organs. In order to determine the efficacy and safety level, an Open Label, Single-arm Pilot Study was conducted using a popular Korean FCA practice in 2011.


Participants and Methods:

The study conducted by Younghee Yun, Sehyun Kim,  Minhee Kim,  KyuSeok Kim, Jeong-Su Park, and Inhwa Choi examined 50 female participants between the ages of 40 and 59 years to explore the effects of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity.

During the current study, the women selected to participate in this research were excluded from seeking any other type of facial elasticity treatment. In addition, participants who had received botulinium toxin, filler injection or topical steroid treatments within the preceding 6 months  were also excluded from the study. [These women were excluded to help support the positive effects of facial acupuncture].

Over the course of three weeks, the women received five sessions of facial cosmetic acupuncture and had a break of three to four days between treatment sessions. Only experienced registered  acupuncture practitioners were involved in this study.

Results and Discussion:

Total 50 women were screened to carry out this study. The results of this study turned out to be very positive as 28 participants easily completed the eligibility criteria set for participation. This study investigated the efficacy and safety of facial cosmetic acupuncture improved patient self assessment. Rest of the 27 women successfully completed all the five sessions of FCA treatment.

As for outcomes, 12 participants did not show any change whereas 15 exhibited positive changes after completing all of the five FCA sessions. They did not exhibit even a single sign of scarring, nerve damage, or lengthy recover periods etc. for any reason.

The outcomes of this study were assessed by participants also. They assessed the degrees of their facial elasticity using a Vertical Line Visual Analog Scale of 10 cm. At the top, this scale was labeled as the “most severe condition whereas the bottom of the scale was labeled as “fine condition”

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation which is practiced at Sydney Acupuncture clinic please follow this link “Cosmetic Acupuncture


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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine