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Microneedling at Integrated Complementary Healthcare Services

Needling on faceAlso known as Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive technique that promotes collagen production through the use of a needling device. This handheld device that resembles a pen glides over the skin at a specific depth creating punctures in the area it covers.

How Does It Work?

The tiny needles create channels into the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. The needles trigger the body’s healing process, which creates more collagen and elastin in the dermis as well as an increase in blood flow.

With microneedling, there is no downtime like with peels or lasers. Different needle depths are used based on which area of the body is treated. Microneedling improves skin texture, firmness, and hydration. It also reduces wrinkles, pigmentation, pore size, stretch marks, and acne scars. Your skin will be revitalized with a youthful glow.

What to Expect

The area to be treated is cleansed first. A numbing cream is then applied and left on the skin for 15-20 minutes to make the procedure more comfortable. Once the numbing cream is removed, hyaluronic acid or individualized serums are applied as the procedure is performed. The actual microneedling takes about 15 minutes.

Most patients will experience redness similar to a sunburn after the treatment. There may be areas of pinpoint bleeding, which may last 24-48 hours. The redness subsides after a few hours and makeup can be used 12 hours post-treatment. Patients may notice peeling or flaky skin for a few days, which is completely normal.

It’s essential to keep the skin moisturized and use a broad-spectrum sunblock. Within 1-2 weeks, the skin is smoother and more youthful. The full effects of collagen production are seen a few months later. Your practitioner may suggest products to use at home to further improve your results.


Microneedling can be safely done every 4-6 weeks until the patient achieves the desired results. The number of treatments depends on the skin condition being treated and how the skin responds. Most patients will see results after the first treatment and continue to improve.  Once the desired effect is achieved, it is recommended to have 1 or 2 treatments per year to maintain results.

Microneedling cannot be used on the following patients:

  • Accutane use within the past six months
  • Radiation treatment on the skin within the past year
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Eczema, psoriasis, active acne, rosacea, or other chronic skin conditions in the area being treated
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Diabetes (delayed wound healing)
  • Had microneedling within the last four weeks
  • Had BOTOX® within two weeks or dermal filler injected within the last four weeks of the microneedling treatment
  • Scleroderma, blood clotting issues, collagen vascular disease, immunosuppression, or active infection

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Contact Integrated Complementary Healthcare Services today to schedule an appointment for microneedling Moosic!
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