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A Natural Facelift Through Facial Acupuncture

Nowadays, if you need a facelift, there are many options such as Botox or plastic surgery. But there is another option which is not as hard on your body that brings out your natural beauty: facial acupuncture. To know more about this less invasive treatment, I consulted with Ms. Yuko Nozaki, a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac) of iDo Holistic Center. She gave a demonstration on a model while explaining many aspects of facial acupuncture.

First of all, there are some differences between facial acupuncture and regular acupuncture. For regular acupuncture 0.20mm needles are usually used, but thinner needles that are 0.12mm are used for facial acupuncture. The needles are inserted at a shallow depth between the dermis and epidermis on the face, which is not as deep into the body as regular acupuncture.

It is important for acupuncturists to assess their patients’ overall health before the facial acupuncture treatment begins. Patients are asked some general questions about how their bodies are feeling, and then the entire body is given a brief check, including the stomach, tongue, and pulse. Also, the patient’s body needs to be relaxed. Patients get a light massage and then needles are inserted in a particular order in their feet, hands, head and finally face. While aiming to restore symmetry to the face, firm sagging skin, and address other facial concerns, Ms. Nozaki inserts the needles into the different tsubo (pressure and stimulation points) of the face and head to achieve the best results. For example, the kenri point, located about half inch outside temples, is stimulated for lifting up sagging skin. The shi-haku point, located about 1 inch below the eye, can be stimulated to improve dark circles under eyes, freckles, or spots.

About 20 needles are used on the face for a standard treatment and extra needles are used for  patient’s concerns such as crow’s feet or smile lines. The entire treatment time is about 45-60 minutes, including the consultation. The model in this demonstration said that just by touching her face, she could tell that her skin had tightened up. What surprised her was that her face got smaller and her eyes looked bigger. She also said, “I feel my internal circulation system improved and my entire body became warmer.”

Ms. Nozaki advised me that you can see results just after one facial treatment, but it is important to continue the treatments for long-lasting results. She recommends 3-5 additional appointments, and iDo Holistic Center offers discount packages.

—– Reported by Kia Samaniego


iDo Holistic Center
22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300  |


At the beginning of every facial acupuncture session, Ms. Nozaki examines the patient’s overall physical condition by looking at the  tongue, taking a pulse, and adding light pressure to the body to determine points of tension or pain.

Before inserting the needles, the head, face, ears and neck area are massaged in order to increase circulation and help the lymph nodes relax.

Needles are carefully inserted in the areas of concern on the face using a small tube. Because of the soft Japanese technique, you barely feel a thing.

Needles of different sizes are used for different parts of the body. The bottom picture shows a needle on the top with a green tube, which is used for facial acupuncture.

The needle attached to a patch is developed for specific concerns such as crow’s feet and smile lines.