Does Gua Sha for Face Slimming Work?

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You’ve likely already seen various videos on TikTok and YouTube about gua sha for face slimming and interesting outcomes from users. Many claim to have a more contoured and slimmer face after consistently utilising this well-known practice. 

Fortunately, this post is about gua sha for facial slimming, so we won’t be exploring the supposed health benefits and will concentrate on its use as a beauty tool. Gua sha for face slimming has become increasingly recognised as a result of people showcasing remarkable results, including reducing a double chin, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and even more sculpted faces after using gua sha frequently.

So what precisely is a gua sha and can gua sha truly make your face look slimmer? Continue reading to find out how effective gua sha for face slimming is when compared to injectable aesthetic treatments.

What Is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is a complementary therapy whose origins are from traditional Chinese medicine. The technique is very simple and involves gliding a flat, slender, shaped massage implement over your face. 

The long-term effects of using gua sha for face slimming are disputable. However, this massage tool may help to increase blood flow by stimulating the circulatory system of the soft tissue of the skin. Many people have used this Chinese treatment for years and advocate that it can improve your health by stimulating the body’s lymphatic drainage system. 

It is claimed that regular facial gua sha can help to clear toxins from your system and even reduce symptoms of chronic inflammation, which can cause issues such as persistent joint pain and a weakened immune system. In addition, it is said to loosen phlegm and reduce congestion when you have symptoms of flu and respiratory infections. 

What Is the Best Gua Sha Stone for Face Slimming?

The three most popular gua sha stones are made from natural jade, black obsidian, quartz, or amethyst, with jade being the most common type. Despite having a similar overall form, Gua Sha stone shapes will differ slightly. Finding the right-shaped gua sha stone is essential if you want it to be effective. 

A gua sha stone with curved edges and a double notch roughly the size of your palm is a good bet. Any larger, and it might be difficult to hold. And it won’t match your facial contours if it’s too small.

How to Properly Perform the Gua Sha Face Slimming Technique

Your skin has to be clean before beginning your gua sha facial massage

For the perfect gua sha face slimming results follow these five steps:

1. Move your gua sha stone down each side of your neck. 

2. Next, move it down the middle of your neck. 

3. Now sweep it over each of your cheeks upwards towards your hairline. 

4. Finally, move it upwards over your forehead, starting between your eyebrows. 

5. Repeat three to 10 times, but avoid applying too much pressure on your skin. 

Top tip: Apply a cold compress when your gua sha procedure is complete to reduce inflammation and redness. 

Does Gua Sha Work? 

Gua sha is a massage technique using a tool made from natural stone. Improvements in skin tone and texture are certainly a benefit of gua sha. Many of your lymph nodes are concentrated in the neck and head region, and gua sha is an effective method of moving lymph fluid and boosting your lymphatic system. The gua sha massage technique can also help to increase blood supply and help to reduce puffiness and swelling. 

This may make your face appear temporarily slimmer and improve your complexion. 

It is important to understand that it will not get rid of fat deposits contributing to a double chin or providing any long-term, significant changes to your facial contours. Fat dissolving injections or liposuction is the only way to permanently reduce a double chin. And if you desire a noticeable improvement in your facial contours, dermal fillers or facial implants are recommended.

Using a gua sha stone may help to improve skin tone and texture, but if you are seeking a significantly slimmer face or more defined contours, you should consider a non-surgical aesthetic treatment that has proven results. 

The two treatments we use at Harley Street MD in London to create the appearance of a slimmer face and more defined contours are Botox for jawline reduction and hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are particularly effective for enhancing cheekbones and defining your jawline. They can also be used to augment your chin which can make your face appear longer and slimmer. We can also use fat-dissolving injections to reduce a double chin

Depending on the results you want to achieve, you may require multiple non surgical treatments to get the look you want. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions and work with you to deliver the very best results according to your unique needs and preferences.


At our aesthetic clinic in London, we can combine different face slimming non-surgical aesthetic treatments and techniques to create bespoke treatment plans. To find out which non-surgical cosmetic procedures are most suitable for you, book a free, no obligation consultation at our Harley Street clinic.

Founder at Harley St M.D.
Dr. Chia Tan is a UK trained medical doctor that specialises in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and testosterone replacement therapy. He is qualified as a medical doctor since 2003 and has since trained extensively. He has been featured in several leading magazines as well as invited to appear on TV to discuss aesthetic medicine and the latest cosmetic procedures.
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