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Facial Acupuncture

Both Lilja and Anne Marie have completed a certified facial acupuncture and massage training course from US based and world renowned facial acupuncture pioneer, Viginia Doran. Virginia's website is here  and it contains lots of information about her treatment programme, including FAQs and contraindications. Anne-Marie organises her UK training and both Lilja and Anne-Marie assist with the clinical training of Virginia's techniques at the workshops.  

See here for Lucy Wearing's rave review of Lilja's treatment!! (NB the price quoted in the blog was for a full course of 12 treatments at £900 early in 2010- prices have now gone up slightly)

Facial Acupuncture is a relatively new innovation in the UK - but the Chinese have been using it for over a thousand years (at least as early as the Song Dynasty 960AD-1270AD)! Acupuncture practices were employed for the Empress and the Emperor's concubines for beauty. The Chinese discovered and utilised ways to change the energy flow within the body to initiate the healing process for revitalisation helping the body to look and feel better.

We recently saw a 'rave review' for botox: "I may feel just as stressed but I don't look it!" - we would personally prefer to look and feel less stressed!!  Wouldn't you?

"Radiant" and "Healthy" are the words that usually spring to mind seeing people who have had Facial Acupuncture- it is that subtle glow of being in love, and of feeling good that is initially apparent, and then the lasting effects of a more even complexion, fewer wrinkles and tauter skin become clear.  


A typical course of treatments would be 12 treatments over 6-12 weeks, and you should start to see an effect after 4-6 treatments.  Each treatment lasts about an hour and a half and is very relaxing. Very occasionally, slight bruising may occur, but this fades quickly.

Details of what happens in a treatment:

  • Full Chinese medicine diagnosis
  • Pre-treatment with organic floral facial waters (to make needles as pain-free as possible)
  • Gentle needle insertion according to individual need / constitution
  • Relaxation time
  • Gentle needle removal

Facial treatments are £90 and are 1.5 hours.
Concessions are not available for this treatment. 

There are contraindications for facial acupuncture and is not suitable for pregnant women, people with pituitary disorders, epilepsy, people with high blood pressure (even if it is controlled with medication), migraine sufferers, diabetics, people with an active cold, flu or herpes outbreak (though they can have a normal acupuncture treatment to help their general wellness), or people that have had another type of facial procedure (e.g. botox, restylane, surgical facelifts etc) within the past 12 months.  You also cannot have this treatment if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or hungover from either of these. Your health is the most important thing to us, so please don't be offended if, after a full consultation, we decide that Facial Acupuncture is not suitable for you at this time.  If you tend to bruise easily, let us know as we may recommend a course of supplements before starting treatment.

Does it really make a difference? 
A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: the skin becoming more radiant with improved elasticity of facial muscles, leveling of wrinkles, and an overall feeling of revitalisation.

Facial Revitalisation Massage  is also available- this has similar benefits to the facial acupuncture but perhaps less dramatic and lasting.  However the treatment is very refreshing and revitalising, and especially great for lymph drainage, congestion, puffiness and sinus issues.


"OMG Lil!!! Magician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" LW, Make up artist, Crystal Palace

"I thought it was great and a couple of friends thought some of the lines had plumped out! It is definitely something I would consider a course of treatments...!" SH, Kingston

"Many thanks for my Facial Acupuncture treatment.  It was great and I felt great afterwards- I would definitely like to have the full 12 sessions!" SV, Balham

"Anne-Marie, I look totally different! A lot of the age pigmentation has faded, the crazy paving wrinkles have gone and most of the expression lines around my eyes and forehead are much less prominent. Astonishingly the bags under my eyes are missing and I didn't even know I had them til they weren't there! My eyebrows are much higher and straighter so that shows the whole face has lifted. I'm definitely ready to face lunch with the ex husband! Thank you so much!" MB, Brighton

Relevant articles / websites:

See here for a review in the South London Press of Lilja's treatment on a needle-shy journalist!



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