The acupuncture needles create a barely perceptible, micro-trauma to the local area. This micro-trauma causes the body to react, leading to an increased qi (blood, body fluid and lymph) circulation to the face. The increased circulation allows nutrients, oxygen and hydrating fluids to reach the skin’s various layers. It also allows toxins to be removed, which build up in the tissues from the cells metabolic processes. The needle also stimulates fibroblasts, which increase collagen and elastin production. Fibroblasts are cells which synthesise the extracellular matrix and collagen, which are the building blocks of the skin. The collagen takes around four to five weeks to accumulate in the skin.
Results for fine lines and wrinkles therefore tend to take longer than results for other issues such as dry skin and acne which may resolve much quicker.