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What to Expect During Your First Facial Acupuncture Session in Glasgow

Female with great skin undergoing a facial acupuncture treatment with multiple needles in her face.

If you're considering facial acupuncture to rejuvenate your skin and enhance your well-being, you may be excited but also a little apprehensive. Facial acupuncture, an ancient holistic approach to youthful vibrancy, has been modernised over the past 20 years. In this article, we will take you through what to expect during your first facial acupuncture session at a renowned Glasgow-based clinic - Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic - led by myself, Dr Eoghan Colgan - a medical doctor and acupuncturist.

Before the Session

Preparation is important to ensure a seamless acupuncture experience. Here are a few guidelines to help you prepare for your first facial acupuncture session:


Before your treatment, you will have a consultation with me to discuss your health history and facial concerns. This consultation can occur at the first appointment or be scheduled as a free 15-minute consultation in advance, especially if you have any specific medical complaints. This step is crucial as it allows me to tailor the session to meet your unique needs and optimise the results.

Eating and Hydration

Having a light meal before your appointment is advisable to prevent dizziness during the session. Additionally, ensure that you are well-hydrated before every session.

Removing Makeup

Before your facial acupuncture session, make sure to remove all makeup. This step ensures a clean canvas for the acupuncture needles to be applied effectively.

Arrival and Environment

As you enter the acupuncture space at the Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic, you will be greeted by a calming ambience and soothing music playing softly in the background. The clean and comfortable room creates an environment conducive to relaxation and healing.

Holistic acupuncture scene - towel, serums, and needles

The Initial Assessment

I will begin by conducting an initial assessment to understand your medical history, skincare routine, lifestyle, and any specific concerns you might have. This assessment helps tailor the session to address your unique needs and optimise the results.

Cleansing and Examination

To prepare your face for the acupuncture needles, I will gently cleanse your skin, removing any remaining makeup or impurities. During this cleansing process, I will also examine your face to understand its texture and tone and identify the primary areas that require attention.

The Glasgow Facial Acupuncture Process

At Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic, the facial acupuncture process involves three stages: body acupuncture, facial muscle acupuncture, and skin acupuncture.

Stage 1: Body Acupuncture

I will insert ultra-fine acupuncture needles into classic acupuncture points in your arms and legs during this stage. These points work on your inner Qi (life energy) and have several benefits, such as calming and relaxing you, suppressing discomfort and strengthening and detoxifying your body. For this reason, we recommend wearing loose clothing that provides easy access to your lower legs and lower arms.

Acupuncture needle in the foot - Liver 3 position

Stage 2: Facial Muscle Acupuncture

In stage 2, around 25 ultra-fine acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin and muscles of your head and neck. This technique lifts and tones the muscles and promotes facial sculpting. Additionally, the microscopic injuries caused by the needles stimulate your body's growth and repair response, increasing blood flow, oxygen, and nutrient delivery and boosting collagen production.

Stage 3: Skin Acupuncture

Stage 3 involves the insertion of smaller intra-dermal needles directly into fine lines and creases on your face. These needles provide localised injury to the wrinkles, leading to accentuated collagen production, plumping of the skin, and filling-out of the creases.

You may feel a warm, tingling sensation during the needle insertion process as your body's energy flow is stimulated. Once the needles are in place, you will rest for 20-30 minutes, allowing the acupuncture to take effect.

Additional Therapies

Most acupuncture clinics will incorporate additional elements to the treatment session, including herbal remedies, moxibustion, massage, etc. At Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic, I will conclude your treatment with massage.


I will use various techniques, such as using my hands, a Gua Sha Stone, and a Jade Roller, to further stimulate the acupuncture points on your face, reduce tension in the muscles, promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and work serums into the small perforations created by the acupuncture needles. This massage helps hydrate your skin, encourages collagen production, and improves overall rejuvenation.

I use a high-quality Hyaluronic Acid & B5 Serum for the massage and complete the session with a high-quality moisturiser, leaving your face tight and nourished.

Gua Sha stone, Jade roller and serums

Post-Session Care

After your facial acupuncture session, there are a few important steps to follow for optimal results and to ensure the longevity of the effects.

Avoid Touching Your Face and Applying Makeup

For the next twelve hours or until the following day, avoid touching your face, including with your mobile phone, and avoid applying makeup. This precaution allows the acupuncture points to settle and reduces the risk of introducing any irritants to the skin.

Sun Protection and Hydration

Direct sun exposure should be avoided, as your skin may be more sensitive after the session. Additionally, maintaining good hydration by drinking adequate water is essential for overall skin health and well-being.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

To allow your body to fully benefit from the session, avoid engaging in strenuous activities immediately after the facial acupuncture session. This rest period allows your body to absorb the treatment's effects fully.

Final Thoughts

This natural and holistic skincare treatment aims to enhance your intrinsic beauty and promote overall well-being. Embrace the session with an open mind and allow the ancient wisdom of facial acupuncture to nurture your skin, soul, and spirit.

To schedule your first facial acupuncture session in Glasgow and experience the benefits of this holistic skincare approach, contact the Glasgow clinic today.

Rediscover your natural radiance with facial acupuncture.

Note: I have been trained in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture by Paul Adkins. For further information, visit

Eoghan Colgan and Paul Adkins, founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture
Eoghan Colgan & Paul Adkins

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