If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely decided that a procedure as drastic as a surgical face lift is not for you and you’d rather go with something less invasive. Here we will compare and contrast the pros and cons of both procedures in the hopes of helping you decide which is best for you.

In comparison to Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA), Botox is a fairly new practice that has only been around since its first approval and restricted to medical use by the FDA in 1989 in the United States of America. Cosmetic approval of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) was only approved in 2002. Cosmetic acupuncture on the other hand is an ancient Chinese practice that has been in existence since the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD) and was performed on the Empresses and Emperor’s concubines. It has its roots in Traditional Chinese medicine where the focus of treatment is the root of the symptom or illness which allows for an overall balance of body, mind and spirit.


Botox treatments involve the injection of a composition comprising botulinum toxin, a protein called human albumin and sodium chloride (referred to as Botox Cosmetic or simply Botox), into the muscle tissue where it blocks nerve impulses to the tissue in that area causing a slight paralysis which prevents it from contracting which in turn causes the wrinkles to relax and soften for a period of time. It is normally recommended for use in areas in the upper part of the face to improve the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, etc.

Facial acupuncture, also known as cosmetic acupuncture or acupuncture facelift, is a procedure involving the gentle insertion of thin needles into specific points on the face to induce the flow of blood and encourage the production of collagen, a protein in found in connective tissue that your body uses to keep your skin youthful and elastic. The increased blood flow rehydrates, nourishes, tones and reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles in addition to tightening pores and improving muscle tone. In advanced facial acupuncture, your body’s energy is further strengthened by the insertion of needles in the arms, legs and body helping to fulfil a complete treatment that which balances the improvement of the external beauty by strengthen the internal energies that influence it.


Cosmetic Botox treatments have the benefit of time, the only take a few minutes and don’t require any anaesthesia. The discomfort experienced is minimal and you’ll be able to notice the full effect of the reduction of wrinkles and smoothing in about 3 to 7 days.

Cosmetic acupuncture benefits both your internal and external being. If you have any other symptoms that present themselves, they are also normally addressed, leading to a more holistic treatment overall. The most visible of benefits are the improvement of muscle tone, elimination of fine lines, the reduction in sagging jowls, tightening of the neck, lifting drooping eyelids, tightening pores and improving facial colour, leaving your skin rejuvenated. It does not require anaesthesia.


Botox treatments have a number of drawbacks. First of all, you should note that the effects of Botox treatments are not permanent, it requires touch ups every 3 to 6 months to keep the effects visible due to the gradual return of muscle action. Botox use also comes with possible temporary side effects such as paralysis of the wrong muscle group, allergic reactions, headaches, blurred vision and swelling and/or redness at the site of the injection. If administered wrongly there is also risk of bruising, drooping eyelids, uneven smile or the loss of the ability to smile. There is also the issue of the cost that comes with it as a recurring temporal treatment. It will normally cost between $250 to $500 for each area injected.

Cosmetic acupuncture’s biggest drawback is the number of sessions it takes to make collagen permanent. Each session can take up to 60 minutes, with a recommended 10 sessions of initial treatment recommended by the Cosmetic Acupuncture Association. This can make it a little costly with each session costing between $120 to $150. The side effects of acupuncture might include bruising and puffiness


Having looked at the two and seeing just how different one is from the other, the decision on which treatment to undergo is entirely up to you. It will most likely boil down to how quickly you want to see results and the permanence of said results.

Yan Acupuncture Clinic offers you facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatments as well as Chinese herbs, which can be combined with the acupuncture treatments. We welcome your questions in relation to the treatments we offer.

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