Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Frequently asked questions about Cosmetic Acupuncture

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment?
There isn’t really any preparation involved before Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment. We suggest patients to come in with a clean face, however, we understand that many people are uncomfortable with this or are coming from work, so we have cleansers at the clinic to remove your make up before starting treatment. Try to wear clothes that you are comfortable in so you are as relaxed as possible.

We have put together a comprehensive guide as to what to expect in your first treatment with information about arrivals, the treatment itself and anything else you may need to know.

Does Cosmetic Acupuncture hurt?
No, Cosmetic Acupuncture does not hurt.

The needles used in the face are as little as 0.12 of a millimetre - that’s finer than half of your hair strand.

The majority of patients do not feel a thing, however it is not unusual to feel a tiny and very quick prick as the needle is first inserted into your skin. This will disappear in a split second and the rest of the treatment is virtually painless and discomfort-free. Many patients actually comment on how relaxing it is.

Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne uses only the best needles in the world. These Japanese-made specialised facial needles have an innovated tip (among many other special features) that push skin molecules apart instead of cutting through them, for a smooth and completely painless insertion.

Are there any side effects or downtime involved with Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is gentle and safe.

There is no downtime associated with facial acupuncture, which means you can have treatments without having to worry how it may affect your day. We do however recommend being gentle with your body and rest after each session as the effect of acupuncture does still continue to work even after the needles have been taken out.

The most likely effects post-treatment include flushing of the face. This is very normal and related to the increased circulation of blood to the face. Occasionally minor and temporary bruising may occur at the site of needle insertion. This is usually painless and resolves itself after a couple of days.

What type of needles do you use?
Seirin Acupuncture NeedlesAt the clinic, we use a very advanced needle that is designed to be used specially for the face.

The facial needles are Japanese needles that are coated in a special silicone for painless and smooth insertion. They also have a innovated tip that pushes skin molecules apart without cutting or breaking the skin.

Different needles have been trialed before ordering these top of the range needles, but we find that these needles are in a league of its own for quality and comfort for our patients!

Are there instances when I shouldn’t have Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic Acupuncture should be used with precaution if:

  • you are pregnant
  • you have a migraine/severe headaches

During your consultation, Dr. Vivian Tam will make an assessment of your suitability for Facial Acupuncture.

Can I have Cosmetic Acupuncture if I have had Botox?
Facial Acupuncture can still be performed in areas that have Botox by avoiding the muscle layer and working on a more superficial skin layer. Cosmetic acupuncture can still target other areas of the face that are free from Botox for eg: Some of our patients have Botox around their eyes, and still have Cosmetic Acupuncture in the forehead and around the mouth.