Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

Facial Cupping Specialist

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center

Acupuncture & Nutrition Counseling located in Shelton, CT

Facial cupping is a traditional treatment that remains favored worldwide because of it’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective results.  People in Asia, Russia, and Europe have been utilizing facial cupping techniques for rejuvenation and maintenance for years. Small glass cups with suction are used during facial cupping, which helps to lift the skin and other facial tissue. Lifting the facial tissue activates the lymphatic drainage to aid in eliminating toxins, cellular waste and excess fluid in the face and neck. Rigid muscle tissue in the face and neck is easily massaged with facial cupping.

Facial Cupping Q&A

Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Cupping:

  • Increased blood circulation to head and neck
  • Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin
  • Improved absorption of facial products
  • Drainage of stagnant fluids
  • Reduced puffiness and edema
  • Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles

What to Expect from your Facial Cupping Session

Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream.  After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins.  It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions.  A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes.  Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer.

Lines and wrinkles will plump and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness.  The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue.   Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering with TMJ disorders.

How Many Treatments are Recommended for Optimal Results?

As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person.  The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week.  We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.

Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?

Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently.

Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind.  Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains.  Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.

What are the benefits?

Facial cupping has been shown to:

      • increase oxygen-rich blood circulation
      • strengthen skin and connective tissues
      • stimulate cells responsible for collagen production
      • relax muscle tension

Because of this, facial cupping is said to:

      • brighten skin
      • minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles
      • tone chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage
      • decrease puffiness
      • regulate oil production
      • improve nutrient delivery and product absorption

Will it leave bruises?

Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.

Are there any other side effects or risks?

Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include:

      • Nausea
      • Dizziness
      • Lightheadedness
      • Cold sweats

If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping. 

Set up a free consultation with Joseph to see how and if Facial cupping can work for you!