Fast Facts:

About: Microneedling, also called mechanical Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment used to reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, and improve the overall quality of the skin. By creating micro-injuries to superficial dermal layers, microneedling causes collagen and elastin stimulation, leaving patients with tighter and smoother skin.

Safety: Microneedling is FDA-approved as safe for the treatment of a variety of skin concerns without the potential side effects and extensive downtime associated with lasers and cosmetic surgery.

Convenience: Being that a single microneedling session takes no longer than 30 minutes and involves minimal side effects or downtime, it is considered a very convenient way to improve the quality of your skin.

Cost: The average microneedling cost ranges $400 to $1000 per 1 session.

Efficacy: Clinical trials have shown consistent evidence that microneedling is effective in improving fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scars, stretch marks, and pore size.

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What is Dermapen microneedling?

Microneedling also called collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure carried out using a hand-held mechanical device called Dermapen. By creating tiny punctures in superficial dermal layers, Dermapen microneedling causes micro-injuries to the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing response by stimulating collagen and elastin production, which is responsible for skin tones, texture, tightness, and overall rejuvenation. Microneedling is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments in dermatology and works on nearly all skin types. In addition, it has minimal side effects and very limited downtime.

Why is microneedling so popular?

What we perceive as truly beautiful skin is a smooth texture, soft and glowing complexion, and tightness. Unfortunately, sun damage, aging, and acne can significantly affect these qualities by leaving behind sun spots, dryness, acne scarring, and an overall older appearance. Microneedling also called collagen induction therapy, is supported by a large body of research and is known as one of the greatest tools to improve the quality of one’s skin.

One of the major benefits of microneedling is not only that it can be customized to suit a variety of skin types, tones, complexions, and textures, but that it comes in several different forms, from its traditional method to intradermal serum infusion, and radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening.

With this procedure, you can regenerate and maintain a plump and youthful-looking dermis, glowing from deep layers of the skin to the epidermis.

How does microneedling work?

The science behind Dermapen is based on the body’s natural response to regenerate itself upon injury. During the microneedling process, the skin is punctured numerous times with a precisely controlled depth, spacing, frequency, and pattern, by the tiny fine needles attached to the hand-held mechanical device. As such, micro-injuries are caused, triggering the body to repair itself by producing new collagen and elastin.

Collagen and elastin are paramount to the skin’s structure, elasticity, and firmness, which is why this phenomenon naturally heals any impurities in the treated area, such as sun damage, pigmentation, scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as improve the overall quality and firmness of the skin.

Microneedling before and after

What conditions does microneedling treat?

Microneedling works on several skin types, textures, and tones, and offers the following range of benefits:

  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Fights sun spots, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and discoloration
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Tightens sagging skin
  • Treats acne scars and acne marks
  • Reduces the appearance of microneedling for stretch marks
  • Reduces pore size
  • Can boost cosmetic effects if alternated with Radiofrequency laser
  • Can be paired with PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy) to fight hair loss
  • Tightens and firms skin

Who is a candidate for microneedling?

Does microneedling work on all skin types? Absolutely! If you have clogged pores, acne scars, blemishes, and marks, beginning signs of skin laxity, fine lines, and microneedling for wrinkles, you are a good candidate for this anti-aging and rejuvenating treatment. There are a few conditions that disqualify you from being able to undergo microneedling including:

  • Skin infections or dermal conditions
  • Open wounds or abrasions
  • History of hypertrophic or keloid scars, skin infections, and herpes simplex
  • Radiation therapy within the past 12 months
  • Pregnancy

How do I prepare for microneedling?

There is no preparation associated with microneedling. Dr. Schwarzburg may recommend that you discontinue blood thinners, such as Aspirin or Advil, to reduce the chances of bruising. Before your cosmetic treatment, it is helpful to come in with a fresh face free of makeup or moisturizer to ensure that the treatment area is clean and ready for sanitation.

What is a microneedling procedure like?

Consultation: The first step is a consultation provided by Dr. Schwarzburg in which he will examine the condition of your skin, the depth of your lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, and additional concerns, as well as your home skincare routine. With this information, he will determine the ideal microneedling treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

Procedure: On the day of your procedure, the area to be treated will be properly sterilized and a topical numbing cream containing lidocaine applied. Once the numbing cream has settled and can be removed (after approximately 30 minutes), a specially designed cosmetic stylus is used to direct several sterile fine needles into your dermal layers through a grid-like pattern and motion. During this time, you may experience a “sandpaper-like” sensation. The full session will take no longer than 30 minutes, and when complete, a serum is applied to the treated area to help the skin’s healing process and provide hydration.

How long is a microneedling procedure?

On average a professional microneedling procedure can take anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes. If you add the time it takes for the numbing cream to settle, the full appointment may take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Are there any risks and microneedling side effects?

While side effects are rare, your skin may feel slightly raw and itchy for a few hours after the procedure, due to minor swelling and open pores. You may also notice some redness, which subsides within 12 to 48 hours after your appointment. If carried out by professionals in a professional setting with all the hygiene measures in place, the side effects will be minimal. Your microneedling recovery will be pain-free and very low maintenance.

Is there aftercare or downtime? What to put on skin after professional microneedling?

Because it is minimally invasive and has little to no side effects, there is no after time and not much microneedling aftercare. You will be advised to apply ointment or cream on your face to reduce dryness, stay away from direct sunlight and sun exposure, and heat for the first 24 – 48 hours to speed up the healing process.

Using the right skincare products and following a proper skincare routine is vital to get the desirable results after Dermapen microneedling. Sunscreen topicals are an essential component of skincare before and after microneedling. Daily application of hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serum can be very beneficial and are highly recommended by Dr. Schwarzburg as products with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C are rich in antioxidants that your skin needs every day. Once the treatment is complete, your skin will begin to renew itself and regenerate new skin cells. During the first week after the Dermapen Microneedling procedure, it is advised to avoid using skin care products that contain retinol and alpha hydroxy acids, as well as any type of exfoliants. A week after the procedure you may go back to your regular skincare products.

How much does microneedling cost?

You may be wondering, how much is microneedling? The Microneedling cost largely depends on the skin conditions and the aesthetic outcome the patient has envisioned and wants to achieve. It also depends on the size of the area to be treated, the number of sittings necessary to improve mild acne scars, the type of device used, as well as the expertise level of your doctor. On average, the cost of microneedling can be around $400 to $1000 per 1 session, when performed by an experienced board-certified physician.

Can I combine microneedling with other treatments?

Microneedling can be combined with several minimally invasive procedures including lasers, such as Fraxel, Secret RF fractional microneedling (microneedling with the added benefit of radiofrequency), and PDO thread lifts to further tighten, smooth, and lift the skin. In addition dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane can be used as under-eye filler and in various regions of the face to rejuvenate and enhance one’s appearance, alongside neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport, both of which are able to reduce and prevent the formation of wrinkles.

Combining Dermapen microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

This combination is a highly effective method for skin rejuvenation and minimization of signs of aging. It is common among patients to opt for microneedling with PRP infusion during Dermapen because it allows growth factors derived from the patient’s plasma to speed up cellular regeneration, resulting in a younger appearance. It can treat discoloration and acne scarring and add radiance to the skin, as well as promote hair growth in male and female patients and other types of alopecia. Microneedling with PRP before and after the fact works wonders on your skin. You may want microneedling with PRP under the eyes or get your plasma microneedling PRP for scars. Regardless, the PRP microneedling recovery is little to none, making PRP scar removal both safe and effective.

What Is The Difference Between Dermapen Microneedling Treatment and Dermarolling?

Both Dermaroller and Dermapen devices are used for microneedling to boost collagen production and regenerate the skin. Dermapen is the upgraded version of Dermaroller, and has an electronic component. Dermapen is safer and more effective in application than traditional microneedling rollers, which is why it is more favored by dermatologists.

Dermapen vs DIY Dermarolling microneedling
Dermapen is more effective than dermaroller

How many microneedling sessions do I need?

3 – 5 Dermapen Microneedling treatments are typically necessary for optimal results, each of which should be spaced one month apart. However, the number of sessions needed is dependent on the gravity of your case, your desired results, and your individual response to the procedure. After the primary sessions, biannual follow-up rounds are advised to maintain your results.

Does one session of microneedling work?

One microneedling session will benefit your skin and immediate improvement following the first round is common, though visible results are typically not apparent until 2 – 3 sessions.

Does microneedling hurt?

Depending on your pain threshold you may feel mild discomfort or no pain at all. Due to the application of a strong topical anesthetic, it is unlikely for any patient to experience a significant amount of pain during this procedure.

When will I see my microneedling results?

You may notice results within 7 – 10 days after your appointment. However, because collagen production takes time, you will notice continuous improvements for 4 – 6 months as your skin becomes stronger and smoother.

What will my microneedling before and after results look like?

Before microneedling, you will have skin irregularities, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and overall uneven skin texture and tone. After your third or fourth session, these flaws will be greatly reduced for overall smoother and more radiant skin. In addition, your skin will feel firmer, making you look less tired and rejuvenated.

How long does Microneedling last?

Microneedling causes collagen and elastin production, creating a smoother and healthier dermis. Nonetheless, follow-up sessions enhance and maintain the results, which should be viewed more as a routine to improve and maintain the skin’s quality, rather than something that has a set result duration. In case of deeper wrinkles or scars, Dr. Schwarzburg may suggest pairing microneedling with other skin resurfacing treatments.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Dermapen in particular offers a wide range of benefits for all skin types and age groups, even for those with sensitive skin. It may be used on the face, neck, stomach, chest, back, legs, and hands, and is clinically proven to diminish dermal imperfections and treat microneedling stretch marks, melasma, sun spots, fine lines, rhytids, and wrinkles, as well as reduce microneedling for pores and acne scarring.

Other benefits include:

  • Adjustable needle depth for varying textures and skin thickness
  • Can be used on all parts of the body
  • Increases skin’s ability to absorb serums and creams
  • Minimally invasive
  • Not painful
  • Only takes 30 minutes
  • Minimal side effects and downtime

Does microneedling work for acne and acne-related scarring?

You may have asked yourself, do acne dents go away? While deep acne scars microneedling does not get rid of acne, it does have the ability to reduce or eliminate acne scars and pockmarks that are commonly left behind. Your microneedling for acne scars before and after results will be amazing.

Is microneedling effective for Acne Scars? Does collagen help acne?

Some might wonder, are acne scars permanent? According to a survey conducted in NIH, moderate acne scars can be significantly reduced and sometimes even eliminated after 5 sessions.

Acne scars develop as part of a process called atrophism, in which a lack of collagen causes “dented” scarring. It increases collagen production in atrophic acne scars helping to reduce their appearance. Your microneedling acne scars results will be amazing.

  • How many microneedling sessions are necessary to treat acne scars?
    The severity and size of acne scars define the number of microneedling sessions you may need. Dr. Schwarzburg suggests 4 – 6 rounds to revamp the dermis and make acne scarring less visible. However, this does vary based on the individual condition.
  • Which skin types does microneedling work best on when treating acne scars?
    All skin types and tones may benefit from microneedling for acne scars. It is more about the body’s ability to generate new collagen that affects the outcome of your sessions, as well as the type and depth of the acne scar.
  • Do acne scars come back after? Are the results permanent for acne scars?
    Through controlled trauma application on the skin, microneedling facial stimulates the natural healing process, building collagen and leaving the skin tighter, smoother and healthier. There will be no setback with the improved acne scars unless you have active acne, in which case new scars may develop.
  • Can it make the scars worse?
    A common concern is that the micro-injuries caused during microneedling will worsen the condition of the scarring. If performed properly, microneedling will not make acne scars worse. We do not recommend microneedling to patients who have inflamed skin or when other types of acne scars, apart from actinic, are concerned.

How is microneedling at Skinly different from microneedling or dermaroller treatments in a spa?

Microneedling devices and derma roller acne scars attainable in online stores and in a spa or home-use setting have much shorter needles (0.2 – 0.5 mm) than those used by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist (1.5 – 4 mm). Dr. Schwarzburg is able to adjust the depth of penetration based on his extensive knowledge of the complexities of your skin and your desired outcome.

The quality of spa and home needles may cause scarring or hurt your skin, as many of them are flimsy with slightly angled or bent needles. Dr. Schwarzburg only uses the highest quality devices allowing him to hit your skin’s surface at a perpendicular 90° angle to minimize scraping, scratching or other trauma to the dermal layers.

Lastly, as a board-certified cosmetic physician, Dr. Schwarzburg has an extensive understanding of the skin and how to best approach any condition that his patients may have. You may be wondering, who is qualified to perform microneedling? For microneedling, a licensed physician or medical professional is required to supervise any procedure that breaks your skin. At Skinly Dr. Schwarzburg himself will be performing your microneedling treatment.

Should I do at-home microneedling?

Although “at-home” microneedling kits are available and many cosmetic companies promote them, Dr. Schwarzburg does not recommend going for DIY microneedling treatments. First of all, the procedure requires completely sterile conditions to prevent skin irritation and infections. Secondly, the results won’t be the same as if carried out by professionals in a professional environment. Dr. Schwarzburg has been a practicing expert in the field for many years. The experience and knowledge gained and applied during all those years will ensure your safety and the efficiency of the treatment.

What is better for acne scars: Lasers or microneedling?

Acne scars can be successfully treated by both microneedling and lasers. Microneedling works best on patients who do not have any active acne lesions and is most effective for atrophic acne scars. Laser treatments, such as Fraxel laser, work very well to treat more superficial layers of the skin and can help reduce the appearance of acne scarring by stimulating collagen production and reducing discoloration. Laser treatments should not be used on patients who still have active acne, as the heat associated with the procedure may cause the infection to spread.

Why not just use a laser or chemical peel?

Lasers and chemical peers serve their own set of purposes and can be very beneficial to treat certain skin types and conditions. However, microneedling does have some benefits that are not shared with lasers and chemical peels, including that it can be used on all skin textures and tones and all parts of the body, it requires almost zero downtime and limited side effects (lasers and chemical peels often have at least one week of downtime), and it is nearly painless. Lasers and chem peels can be extremely painful and come with an array of risks and side effects due to their often invasive nature.

Is microneedling worth the money?

If you are trying to find a way to improve the quality of your skin, microneedling is very effective, minimally invasive, and nearly painless. Considering the consistently positive outcomes experienced by millions of patients, microneedling is very much worth the cost.

Is it covered by insurance?

Microneedling is considered a cosmetic treatment and therefore, is not covered by insurance. However, Skinly Aesthetics does accept FSA and HSA flexible spending cards.

Is microneedling safe?

Microneedling is FDA-approved as a safe and effective procedure to tighten and smooth the skin’s surface. It has minimal side effects and downtime, allowing patients to recover quickly and effortlessly.

What are the pros and cons of Microneedling

Pros:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Minimal side effects and downtime
  • FDA approved for dermatological purposes

Cons:

  • May require several sessions
  • Requires maintenance for sustainable results

Takeaway

Microneedling is a popular procedure utilizing the body’s natural reparative response to stimulate collagen and elastin production where it is needed most. This results in tightened and smoother skin and overall better skin quality. The treatment takes 20 – 30 minutes and has a low risk for side effects and limited downtime allowing patients to return to normal activities immediately after their session.

How can I get started with my microneedling treatment?

At Skinly Aesthetics we offer our patients customized services, using different combinations of hyaluronic acids, neurotoxins, and other high quality products to give your skin the health and glow it deserves. We offer customized anti-aging procedures for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, microneedling around eyes, upper lip lines, hands, neck, and décolletage. Dr. Schwarzburg’s professional approach and years of experience in the field will leave you with no regrets. Due to his tailored microneedling plans for each of his patients, your skin will thank you.

In order to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwarzburg in his New York office and learn more about what treatment will work best for you, please contact us at (212) 774-4264 or info@skinlyaesthetics.com.