About: Microneedling (MN), also known as mechanical collagen induction therapy (CIT) is a minimally invasive skin tightening and rejuvenating treatment via repetitive puncturing of the skin with sterilized microneedles. The micro-injuries caused by the punctures trigger the body’s natural healing response by stimulating collagen elastin, improving the quality and texture of the dermal layers in the treated area. MN can be used to treat a wide range of cosmetic and dermatologic conditions, including fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, photodamage, amongst others.
Safety: Medical microneedling devices are FDA approved as a safe treatment to improve the appearance of the epidermis and treat a variety of cosmetic and dermatologic conditions. Risks and side effects are minimal to none.
Convenience: Microneedling is incredibly convenient as 1 session takes no longer than 30 minutes and does not require any downtime. In NYC, Microneedling is one of the most popular skin tightening treatments due to its quick and effective nature, making it easy to step into Dr. Schwarzburg’s clinic to get an MN session during your lunch break.
Cost: On average in New York, 1 microneedling session costs $500 – $1000.
Efficacy: Several clinical studies have demonstrated excellent results in terms of the efficacy of microneedling to improve the texture and tone of the skin and reducing the appearance of rhytids, pigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, and pore size.
DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING – WHAT IS IT?
Textured skin is something that most of us deal with, whether it’s genetic, age related, general health, or lifestyle. At this day and age, medical technology and dermatology has advanced to a significant degree, leaving us with multiple options to treat these dermal related insecurities and impurities in a minimally invasive manner. One of the most popular and best known tools is dermapen microneedling.
Microneedling was first developed in 1995 on the basis of subcision, a concept in which hypodermic needles were used to trigger the body’s natural healing response in depressed cutaneous scars. Today, microneedling is a wide-spread and clinically accepted collagen induction therapy that comes in many different forms. The dermapen is one such tool and is a hand-held mechanical device equipped with several tiny needles that puncture the skin at an adjustable rate and depth to cause micro injuries to the skin. This induces a wound healing response in which the body produces collagen and elastin, primary proteins responsible for the structural strength and integrity of the skin. As such, MN is used in both cosmetic medicine and dermatology to treat various skin conditions including acne scars and textured skin, as well as general signs of aging like sun damage, facial folds and lines caused by repeated muscle contractions, and laxity.
WHAT IS THE MECHANISM OF ACTION IN MICRONEEDLING?
Generally speaking, the primary component and function of microneedling is the mechanically induced stimulation of collagen and elastin production in the treated area via micro-injuries caused by the penetration of dermal layers with tiny hypodermic needles. As the needles penetrate the stratum corneum, micro-conduits are formed causing minor trauma to the epidermis. During this process a phenomenon takes place in which platelets and neutrophils are triggered to generate growth factors including TGF-alpha, TGF-beta, and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF). As a result, the body’s growth factors stimulate collagen and elastin production in the papillary layer of the dermis. When it comes to the treatment of scars, microneedling breaks down collagen strands in the superficial dermis, causing collagen synthesis directly below the epidermis resulting in a reduction in the appearance of scars.
Collagen and elastin are long chain proteins recognized as the building blocks of the skin, and are responsible for its structure, integrity and youthfullness. Collagen is needed to keep all body organs in place, but it is especially crucial in the skin which is exposed both to the environmental elements and to internal processes such as acne, infections and inflammations. Both age and gravity play a role, as our cells produce less collagen, weakening our skin and ligaments and making us look older, saggier, and wrinklier. Acne and acne scarring are the most common causes for skin imperfections secondary to constant inflammation, clogged and dilated pores and then in the end – acne scarring. As microneedling stimulates collagen production, it is frequently used to remedy common signs of aging through activating intinsic rejuvenating mechanisms. Dents in the skin produced by acne scarring are hard to conceal and live with, and this is where dermapen microneedling can make a big difference.
Dermapen microneedling can be beneficial to treat various dermatologic and cosmetic concerns on all kinds of skin types, textures, colors, and ages. This mechanical collagen stimulating procedure isn’t only limited to the face; in fact, it can be used all over your body from your scalp for hair growth to your legs to address skin laxity or stretch marks. Due to its versatility in terms of adjustable needle depth and speed of penetration, it can be adjusted based on your individual needs, whether you are looking to treat melasma, sun spots and photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles, or to minimize your acne scars. Microneedling comes in many forms and is commonly used as a tool to create temporary microchannels in the dermal layers for the intradermal administration of serums and vitamin infusions.
Dr. Schwarzburg, the medical director at Skinly Aesthetics in New York, explains that Dermapen needling is minimally invasive, painless, and quick, taking only 30 minutes per session. Once complete, there is no downtime and only minimal risks and side effects, if any at all.
CAN I USE MICRONEEDLING AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE AGAINST AGING PROCESS?
In the current day and age, getting dermapen microneedling and other medical cosmetic procedures is no longer about reversing any existing skin damage – it has become a reliable way to prevent any of the future problems from happening in the first place. Dr. Schwarzbrg, a well-known cosmetic dermatology specialist in New York, notes that a large percentage of his patient demographic is getting these advanced procedures to keep their already healthy and good-looking skin from getting worse. This shifting attitude towards self-care is driving patients in their early to mid twenties to cosmetic dermatology clinics as they prefer to take a proactive approach to skin care and focus on prevention rather that correction. Just as they have a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and physical activity to keep looking and feeling good, they are just as keen on keeping their skin healthy with modern technology at their disposal. Regular dermapen microneedling sessions prevent your collagen levels from getting depleted, so you can enjoy tight and youthful looking skin essentially for decades well into you mid eighties and above.
MICRONEEDLING – WHY IS IT SO POPULAR?
Let’s be honest, there is no one on the face of this earth that doesn’t want smooth and flawless skin. But now let’s be realistic – no one is perfect and nearly everyone has one or the other facial imperfection caused by genetics, hormones, lifestyle, health, sun exposure, aging – the list goes on and on. While what we see on social media and in our favorite celebrities is texture-free skin and a glowing complexion, we all know that even Kim Kardashian keeps her youthful appearance with a little bit of help using the advanced technology that cosmetic medicine has to offer.
Microneedling is one such treatment and comes in many forms to revitalize the skin, create a more even texture and tone, and an overall rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Due to its versatility, dermapen microneedling is completely customizable based on your particular concern, medical history, and skin type. At his NYC Medical Spa, Dr. Schwarzburg treats a wide variety of patients with different complexions, textures, and conditions, basing each of his patient’s treatment plans off of their initial consultation, in which a detailed discussion about their aesthetic goals, medical history, questions, and concerns takes place. Whether your individual treatment will involve traditional dermapen microneedling, radiofrequency microneedling, or AquaGold vitamin infusion, microneedling can be tailored to meet your unique needs. The depth of the dermapen needles can be precisely regulated to penetrate a certain dermal layer to achieve a desired cosmetic goal. When patients present complaining about uneven complexion the needles will fire more superficially, but when acne scarring is the main issue then the needles go deeper to get more intense inflammatory reaction and more collagen generation. All of these nuances must be taken into account and Dr. Schwarzburg advises to do a thorough research on your provider in NYC before scheduling your dermapen mirconeedling appointment.
Aside from its versatile nature, microneedling is popular because it is so quick and efficient. You can bring on a natural and refined glow with just one 30 minute session, without having to worry about a lengthy downtime, or any serious risks or side effects.
CONDITIONS TREATED WITH MICRONEEDLING
Microneedling is used to treat a multiplicity of dermatologic concerns on a diverse range of skin types, textures, and complexions.
Microneedling for general dermal improvement: Microneedling is effective in maintaining and improving the overall quality of average skin complexion with minor impurities such as dilated pores, dryness, or skin that feels uneven or grainy to the touch. You may also have stretch marks caused by weight gain or pregnancy, which is difficult to get rid of. By stimulating collagen production, the epidermal surface and deeper dermal layers are tightened, minimizing the size of your pores and making your skin look and feel smoother and rejuvenated. When administered in combination with serums and vitamin infusions, such as mesotherapy, microneedling offers hydration and deep nourishment that penetrates beyond the outermost layer, leaving you with a supple glow. This effect is really prominent when hyaluronic acid is used, which is known for its hygroscopic or water-attracting properties providing you with immediate hydration that penetrates beyond stratum corneum into deeper epidermal and dermal layers.
Microneedling for age related concerns: Common signs of aging are inevitable as we are constantly exposed to UV radiation, pollutants, and daily stressors. In addition, repeated muscle contractions and facial expressions eventually lead to wrinkling, as our bodies produce less collagen, reducing our skin’s ability to “bounce back” and leading to laxity and sagginess. Because microneedling functions on the basis of collagen stimulation, it is an excellent option to remedy these unfortunate results of aging, by tightening, lifting, and rejuvenating the skin, making you appear more youthful and refreshed. With the addition of radiofrequency (RF) energy, RF microneedling provides the added benefit of thermal energy for an even more dramatic outcome.
Microneedling for photodamage: All of us are exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays resulting in sun damage, such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, dark spots, and premature aging. Microneedling can be combined with radiofrequency energy to treat photodamage and pigmented skin, alongside intradermal administration of customized serums designed to depigment dark spots caused by excessive sun exposure.
Microneedling for acne: Acne is hard to control and can be caused by genetic, hormonal, and medical factors. Unfortunately, even once your acne has been treated, you may be left with acne scars and indentations. These scars can be treated using various forms of microneedling selected by Dr. Schwarzburg based on your individual needs.
Microneedling for hair growth: When combined with serums containing follicle stimulating ingredients and blood plasma (platelet-rich plasma), microneedling can be effective in promoting hair growth and generating a healthy hydrated scalp.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is effective on all skin types and can be universally beneficial to treat a wide range of dermatologic and cosmetic issues in both men and women of all ages. If you’ve been struggling with the unfortunate consequences of acne breakouts such as scarring and deep indentations or unevenness, then microneedling may be the perfect option for you. Weight gain and fluctuation can cause stretch marks that are often a major source of insecurity, regardless of your overall body weight. If this applies to you, dermapen microneedling can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and smooth out your skin. Other conditions that benefit from microneedling are overall signs of aging like rhytids and skin laxity, or textured skin and dilated pores.
All in all, microneedling works to rejuvenate, tighten, and repair your skin, making nearly anyone a candidate for the treatment.
Nevertheless, there are some contraindications that may disqualify you from being a candidate for microneedling including skin infections, herpes simplex, chronic medical conditions with poor wound healing (such as diabetes), open wounds or abrasions in the area of concern, as well as a history or tendency to develop hypertrophic or keloid scars. If you are pregnant or have had any form of radiation therapy over the past 12 months, you should avoid microneedling unless approved by your physician.
MICRONEEDLING FOR ACNE AND ACNE SCARRING
Ance is something that many of us struggle with, from our teenage years and even beyond, well into our 20s. Once the acne has finally subsided, you may be left with the uncomfortable impression of acne scars in the form of indentations and craters. Do acne dents go away or are acne scars permanent? Naturally, acne scars can fade over time, though they often stick around for a long period of time or indefinitely. Acne scars are the result of a phenomenon described as atrophism, which is caused by a lack of collagen leaving behind atrophic (indented) scarring.
However, microneedling has been clinically proven to be effective in minimizing and even fully eliminating acne scars and pockmarks with a well constructed treatment plan composed by a qualified and experienced board certified cosmetic physician like Dr. Schwarzburg.
Microneedling is minimally invasive and requires no preparation. However, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends coming into your appointment with a clean face, free of makeup and moisturizer as the area will be sanitized and cleaned before the procedure regardless. You should also avoid blood thinners and NSAIDS 1 week prior to your appointment to decrease the possibility of bruising. You may experience some redness and dry skin for 1 – 2 days after your treatment, which should be taken into consideration if you have any upcoming social events so you can plan your session accordingly.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURAL PROCESS OF MICRONEEDLING?
Before your microneedling session takes place, you will start off with a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg at his medical spa located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York. During your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals and inquire about any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Schwarzburg will undergo a thorough physical examination and take note of your medical history to establish a customized treatment plan that is suitable based on your individual needs.
The procedure itself is straightforward and will start off with sanitation of the area of concern, followed by the application of a topical lidocaine containing anesthetic. The lidocaine cream will settle for 15 – 30 minutes after which Dr. Schwarzburg will strategically apply the microneedling stylus adjusted according to your pre-determined treatment plan, in terms of needle depth and speed of penetration. During your session, the mechanical device equipped with several sterile needles will be carefully directed into your dermal layers in a grid-like pattern and circular motion. This process will take approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by the application of a customized serum to hydrate the treated area and further encourage the healing process. Once complete, you are free to carry on with normal daily activities and will be provided with a cream that should be applied on a daily basis to maintain hydration over the course of the following week.
IS MICRONEEDLING PAINFUL?
Microneedling is usually well tolerated by most of Dr. Schwarzburg’s patients. Given that a topical anesthetic is applied beforehand, the overall discomfort is minimized significantly. However, if you are particularly sensitive to pain, you may experience mild discomfort and a pinching sensation. You may also inquire about ProNox, a Nitrous Oxide inhalant that will make you feel more relaxed throughout your session.
HOW LONG DOES A MICRONEEDLING SESSION TAKE?
Overall you can expect to spend approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour at your microneedling appointment. The first 15 – 20 minutes will cover the time it takes for the topical numbing agent to settle, followed by 30 minutes of actual treatment time as the microneedling takes place. Immediately after your provider finishes the procedure you will see a healthy pink glow as there’s increased blood flow to the treated area, and with an application of the hyaluronic acid hydrating serum the skin gets plumper and thicker for an overall rejuvenating outcome.
MICRONEEDLING RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Generally speaking, microneedling is not associated with any major risks or side effects if performed by a qualified medical practioner. The average patient typically experiences redness and mild swelling for 1 – 2 days following the initial administration of the dermapen. The treated area may feel slightly raw or itchy due to the inflammation and dryness posed by the microscopic damage caused by the punctures of the needles. After your appointment, Dr. Schwarzburg will provide you with ice packs to mitigate swelling, and a cream that will keep your skin hydrated until fully recovered.
You should always keep in mind that dermapen microneedling is a cosmetic medical procedure and can cause serious complications if not done properly. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is a serious side effect when Fitzpatrick skin types IV and VI are treated too aggressively. The skin gets covered with dark irregular patches of hyperpigmentation, which requires strong laser and specialized creams to treat. Also, if done using a wrong setting with a lot of force, the healing reaction can be too intense and result in superficial scarring, which requires even more complicated therapy. Your face should not be a practice zone for someone who recently graduated or received inadequate training, and finding a board-certified doctor is necessary to get the results you want. If you live in New York then you should see board-certified Dr. Schwarzburg at his private cosmetic dermatology practice for your dermapen microneedling treatment.
CAN MICRONEEDLING WORSEN ACNE SCARS?
If you have acne scars and are worried that the micro-injuries caused by microneedling may worsen or even enhance your scars, you can rest assured that no, microneedling will not cause further damage to your scars. Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated consistent evidence of 50% – 75% improvement after 1 – 6 consecutive microneedling treatments performed by a qualified provider. However, if you currently have cystic acne or inflammation, some forms of microneedling may not be suitable for you. To confirm whether or not microneedling will be an effective option to treat your acne scars, it is best to consult with Dr. Schwarzburg in NYC to go over all possible treatment options to safely and effectively repair your skin.
MICRONEEDLING DOWNTIME AND AFTERCARE
Microneedling is minimally invasive and does not cause significant damage to the skin, particularly on the epidermal surface. Minor side effects include redness and potential edema and inflammation which subside within 1 – 2 days. Many patients have reported dryness that may persist for up to 5 days, though this can be mitigated with a gentle cream provided to you by Dr. Schwarzburg as a part of your procedural post care. You should also avoid direct exposure to the sun and heat for the first 24 – 48 hours and apply sunscreen to avoid excess inflammation and redness. In some cases, Dr. Schwarzburg will give you a customized serum containing Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to apply to the treated area for several days following your microneedling session to further enhance your results.
It is advised to steer clear of products containing retinol and alpha hydroxy acids and exfoliants as they can irritate your sensitive skin for 1 week following your treatment. Once 7 days have passed, you can continue with your regular skin care regimen.
There is no true downtime required after microneedling, though you may want to refrain from social events until your skin is fully healed, which can take 2 – 5 days.
WILL ONE MICRONEEDLING SESSION BE ENOUGH?
One microneedling session can be beneficial for some, and typically demonstrates some degree of improvement. However, for more dramatic results, 2 – 3 sessions are standard for the average patient, and are completely variable as each patient has different areas of concern. In some cases, 1 round can be great in maintaining the quality of your skin, while patients dealing with deep atrophic acne scarring will need multiple sessions to successfully address the gravity of dermal depressions.
HOW MANY MICRONEEDLING SESSIONS ARE NECESSARY?
For the average patient looking to minimize pore size and refine the texture of their skin, 3 – 5 dermapen sessions are typically sufficient to observe substantial results. Nonetheless, this standard approach does not apply to everyone, as the skin is a complex organ and varies contingent on your skin type, complexion, and the severity of the issue you want to address. For example, if you have deep wrinkles or are struggling with dermal laxity, you will likely need well over 5 microneedling sessions, and potentially in combination with other cosmetic modalities based on Dr. Schwarzburg’s recommendation.
In addition, everyone responds differently to mechanically induced collagen stimulation, which will also play a role in the number of sessions needed to achieve your desired outcome.
For those patients who are getting dermapen microneedling as a form of preventative treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg usually sees them at least once a month as this allows patients to fully recover and continue to maintain their excellent results. Getting your needling session on a regular basis prevents your skin from getting droopy, and maintains your skin elasticity essentially indefinitely. Dermapen microneedling is an excellent tool to put aging process on hold and maintain your natural beauty for a long time.
HOW MANY MICRONEEDLING SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO GET RID OF MY ACNE SCARS?
The number of microneedling sessions needed to get rid of your acne scars depends on multiple factors. The depth and number of the atrophic indentations will determine how many sessions you will likely need. In addition, your individual response to the treatment will play a role in the efficacy of each session, meaning that if you respond well, the suggested 4 – 6 rounds of microneedling can be adequate to minimize your acne scars. If your body has a below average response to the effects of microneedling, additional sessions may be necessary.
Clinical studies have found a 50% – 70 % improvement in atrophic acne scarring after 6 microneedling sessions at 2 week intervals.
DOES MICRONEEDLING TREAT ACNE SCARS ON ALL SKIN TYPES?
Microneedling can repair acne scars on almost all skin types. The primary factor contributing to the number of rounds needed to effectively eliminate your scars is your individual response and your body’s ability to generate new collagen. If you currently have active acne and inflammation, microneedling may not be appropriate until your breakouts have been treated, as the treatment, especially if it involves thermal energy, may cause your acne to spread, potentially exacerbating the problem.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE MY MICRONEEDLING RESULTS?
One of the amazing advantages of microneedling is that your results are essentially instant. Once the edema and redness have subsided within 2 days, with consistent care and application of the creams and serums provided to you by Dr. Schwarzburg, your dewy glow will be evident within days following your initial appointment. Of course, optimal results are achieved with maintenance, meaning that the recommended 4 – 6 sessions will truly amplify the outcome of your microneedling transformation. In addition to your instantly visible results, your skin will continue to produce collagen over the following 4 – 6 months, further enhancing your flawless skin! Keep in mind that your microneedling results will continue to amplify and maintain your skin looking supple, and a lot of patients choose to keep regular intervals every 1-1.5 months.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR BEFORE AND AFTER MICRONEEDLING RESULTS
Everyone has a different reason for wanting to undergo a microneedling procedure, whether it be uneven texture and tone or skin irregularities, the inevitable consequences of aging and sun damage, or insecurities about scars and stretch marks.
Regardless of your particular concern, a properly constructed microneedling treatment plan will rid you of these insecurities leaving you with smooth, supple, and glowing skin with minimized pores and overall stronger dermal structure. Mechanically induced collagen therapy will help repair your dermal layers leaving you with a radiant and youthful glow on the surface, giving you a major confidence boost in all aspects regarding the quality of your skin.
When Dr. Schwarzburg’s patients come for their treatment follow up they immediately notice how their previously deep acne scars get lighter and less noticeable, and that pesky fine lines are not as visible requiring less makeup to cover them. The before and after microneedling results are both subtle to the outside world, but dramatic to the patients themselves. Friends and colleagues usually notice the brighter complexion and that the skin is healthy, with most common compliment being “your skin looks so healthy and refreshed”! There is no better testament to efficacy of dermapen microneedling than comments like that.
HOW LONG WILL MY MICRONEEDLING RESULTS LAST?
The longevity of your microneedling results are fully dependent on how well you maintain them. As microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin production, these proteins will continue to restore your skin over the course of several months; however, without a well established skin care regimen and regular follow-up sessions, your results may also diminish over the following months, meaning that you cannot neglect your skin and expect 1 microneedling session to keep it smooth and healthy long-term. The ever present gravity, environmental pollutants and relentless aging process continue to exert their effects continuously and without mercy. To keep that delicate balance in your favor and to have your microneedling results last indefinitely you will need to schedule regular follow-up sessions to maintain your smooth and radiant skin. Adding hyaluronic acid formulations to your skin immediately following the procedure potentiates the effects of collagen induction and keeps your skin moisturized. Following your initial 4 – 6 session treatment plan, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends monthly or bimonthly preservation and may suggest other minimally invasive dermal treatments to further boost your results.
WILL MY ACNE SCARS COME BACK AFTER MICRONEEDLING?
Once your acne scars are diminished via microneedling, there is no chance of them resurfacing over time. Because mechanical collagen induction therapy stimulates the natural healing process and breaks down collagen fibers present in atrophic acne scars, there will be no setback in the treated areas. However, if you have active acne breakouts following your MN revision, you may develop new scars, which of course, can be repaired as well.
CAN MICRONEEDLING BE PAIRED WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?
Yes! There are a great number of modalities that can be used in conjunction with microneedling, all of which are minimally invasive and will further enhance your appearance.
Skin tightening treatments: Microneedling is effective in treating many dermatologic concerns, though in more severe cases, may not be enough on its own. Other tools that are an excellent addition to traditional microneedling include fractional resurfacing treatments utilizing thermal energy and lasers, such as Fraxel, which targets superficial dermal layers to address hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles that can’t be addressed with microneedling alone. The carbon laser facial is a more mild device that clears out your pores to minimize their size and is particularly beneficial for patients with acne prone or oily skin. While microneedling does tighten the dermis on a superficial base, patients who suffer from moderate to severe skin laxity can take advantage of a PDO thread lift, a non-surgical facelift to elevate loose skin in the face and for jawline contouring.
Injectables: Microneedling will smooth the texture of your skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines – however, it will not prevent the formation of wrinkles caused by constant facial expressions and muscle contractions. To address this issue, Botox in NYC can be injected into overactive facial muscles to relax their contractions in animated regions such as the glabellar region to treat frown lines, around the eyes to mitigate crow’s feet, and the forehead to get rid of those unwanted horizontal lines.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can be utilized to contour facial features in the form of cheek filler or lip enhancement, or to restore lost volume with under eye filler for an overall more youthful appearance.
DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING AND blood plasma (blood plasma-)
Platelet-rich plasma (blood plasma) therapy is based on the concept of platelet growth factors supporting wound healing. In cosmetic medicine, blood plasma contains small amount of platelet enriched plasma and is used to treat dermal conditions such as acne, alopecia, and ulcers, utilizing its growth factors. blood plasma can be combined with microneedling via intradermal infusion to rejuvenate the skin and promote dermal cell regeneration. Due to its efficacy in wound healing, the combination of blood plasma and microneedling can treat pigmentation, scarring, and stretchmarks while simultaneously providing a more radiant and luminous complexion. blood plasma can also be applied as a dermal filler to restore volume under the eyes and minimize dark circles, though a traditional hyaluronic acid based filler is a more appropriate option if that is your goal.
DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING VS. DERMAROLLER
You may have seen derma rollers trending on TikTok and other social media platforms – a small device with a roller covered in pointy little needles that is often promoted as a solution to grow out your hair and revise your skin. The dermaroller is not FDA cleared and is available for anyone to purchase at most drug stores or online. While it can serve the above mentioned benefits, it is difficult to judge its safety, as there are so many derma rollers available on the market, some of which are flimsy and imprecise. If you truly want to boost collagen production and undergo microneedling, it is best to leave it up to a board certified medical professional, like Dr. Schwarzburg in New York, using dermapen microneedling, which is FDA approved for medical use, safer, and more effective.
SHOULD I DO DIY MICRONEEDLING?
DIY microneedling rollers are available online and in many drug and beauty stores, promoting themselves as “at home” microneedling kits to reap the benefits of microneedling from the comfort of your own home at a much lower cost.
Dr. Schwarzburg warns against “at home” microneedling as the results will never replicate those of a medically approved mechanical microneedling device. In addition, the reason why microneedling should be performed by a qualified medical professional is because it should be under sterile conditions using the proper equipment which can only be selected by an expert with a deep understanding of the complexity of the skin. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified cosmetic physician and offers various forms of microneedling in NYC at his medical spa. You can consult with him before risking a DIY microneedling mishap.
SHOULD I USE MICRONEEDLING OR LASERS FOR ACNE SCARS?
Both microneedling and lasers are effective in treating acne scars. Which option or combination is right for you will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg as everyone’s condition is different and requires a uniquely optimized treatment plan. Microneedling is best for patients who do not have active acne and want to treat atrophic acne scars. RF microneedling and lasers should be avoided in patients with active acne, as the thermal damage may cause the acne to spread, rather than improve. If you do not have active acne, RF microneedling and lasers are safe and work great in combination as RF microneedling targets deeper dermal layers, like the SMAS layer of the skin, while lasers like Fraxel address impurities and irregularities in more superficial dermal layers, giving you a smoother, crater-free face from the inside out.
CHOOSING MICRONEEDLING OVER LASERS OR CHEMICAL PEELS
There is no set rule that microneedling is in any way superior to lasers or chemical peels. In fact, in some cases lasers and chemical peels are more advantageous for certain dermatological concerns that are more severe and require more advanced and intense medical modalities, such as fractional laser resurfacing like Fraxel or thermal technological intervention.
General microneedling or vitamin infused microneedling is ideal for patients who want to address overall skin irregularities like bumps and scars, and to tighten the pores. In addition, microneedling is typically less intense than lasers and chemical peels and require no downtime, whereas chemical peels for example, will result in blistering, peeling, redness, and tenderness for up to 2 weeks post-treatment, which isn’t particularly convenient if you are trying to undergo any form of skin tightening in NYC, where most of us have packed schedules and cannot afford to take time off from work to recover. Due to their invasiveness, abrasive lasers and chemical peels also pose a higher risk in terms of risks, side effects, and downtime.
HOW MUCH IS MICRONEEDLING?
If you’re wondering how much money you’re going to be investing into microneedling, the answer will vary based on several factors. In NYC the average cost of 1 microneedling session ranges $500 – $1000, though the price may be lower in suburban areas. Another contributing factor that will affect how much you will be paying per session is the original quality and texture of your skin and what your desired outcome is. There is no “one size fits all” approach to microneedling, and as your friend may only need 2 sessions to see amazing results, you may need 6 or more sessions to treat your condition, in which case you will be paying more than your friend. Deep acne scarring will require several sessions, and this will also depend on your biological response to the treatment. Overall, the cost depends on how many sessions you will need for optimal outcomes. In addition, the qualifications of your provider will influence the cost, as a board certified cosmetic physician with over a decade of medical experience, like Dr. Schwarzburg, will charge more due to the extensive knowledge and ability to truly customize and optimize your treatment plan. A nurse or esthetician will likely charge less, as their medical experience is limited in comparison and may be harder to grasp.
IS THE COST WORTH MICRONEEDLING?
Yes! When it comes to keeping your face looking youthful and vibrant, it’s really hard to put a price tag on it. But essentially – yes, microneedling is worth every penny you spend on it as it helps you maintain both your physical attractiveness and your self-esteem. If your goal is to fix uneven skin texture, scars, or signs of aging, then microneedling is an effective treatment to do so. Based on the clinical evidence of its efficacy and millions of happy patients, for patients looking to treat the above-mentioned dermal inconsistencies amongst others, microneedling is well worth the cost!
WHERE CAN I GET MICRONEEDLING NEAR ME?
Microneedling procedure has immensely grown in popularity over the last decade. A lot of patients are choosing microneedling because of its proven efficacy, ease of application and no downtime. Because of the exceptionally high search volume for the keyword “microneedling near me” a lot of spas without proper medical personnel have opened up in NYC. When patients search for “microneedling near me” in New York a lot of different medical spas show on a map. The number of medspas to choose from to get your microneedling treatment can be overwhelming and confusing. A lot of them lack proper training in this highly advanced rejuvenating skin procedure and have estheticians with minimal training perform it.
Dr. Schwarzburg and his team are all board-certified doctors with decades of experience under the belt in carrying out highly successful minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments. If you consider getting your microneedling done in New York, then Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is an excellent choice because of its medically certified status and wealth of experience in providing microneedling services in Big Apple.
IS MICRONEEDLING COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Unfortunately, microneedling is not medically necessary as it is strictly an aesthetic treatment falling under the category of cosmetic medicine; thus, it is not covered by insurance. At Skinly Aesthetics, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, we accept FSA and HSA flexible spending cards.
IS MICRONEEDLING SAFE?
Yes! After having undergone a thorough examination by Dr. Schwarzburg is a confirmed candidate, Microneedling is safe and FDA approved to treat various conditions affecting the dermal layers and surface. Due to its minimally invasive nature, there are almost no side effects, risks, or downtime, allowing you to go through a safe and speedy recovery.
MICRONEEDLING PROS AND CONS
Microneedling comes with many benefits aside from the obvious aesthetic purposes it serves. It is minimally invasive, meaning that there is no surgical intervention, and the risks and side effects associated with MF are far less severe than that of a surgery. There is also minimal to no downtime. The only downside comes in terms of the cost as depending on your individual case, you may need more than just 1 session and regular monthly follow-up treatments may be needed to keep your face permanently healthy looking and young.
MICRONEEDLING AT SKINLY IN NYC VS. DERMAROLLERS AT A SPA
There are several types of microneedling tools all of which function differently. Derma rollers used at spas by estheticians can be purchased by virtually anyone online or in beauty stores and pharmacies. As such, the quality of dermarollers is extremely limited with shorter needles (0.2 – 0.5 mm) compared to professional medical microneedling devices that are only attainable by qualified medical experts and physicians with needle lengths that can be adjusted up to 4 mm. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified plastic surgeon who invests heavily in the best quality state of the art microneedling devices that can be adjusted in depth, speed of penetration, and radiation, based on the complexities of each individual patient’s dermal condition.
The needle quality of dermarollers are questionable and are not FDA approved as they have been found to cause scarring and damage to the dermal layers due to the needles being angled or bent. At Skinly Aesthetics, NYC, Dr. Schwarzburg uses high quality devices equipped with needles that penetrate the skin at a perpendicular 90° angle for precise administration, safety, and heightened efficacy.
As a board certified cosmetic physician specializing in minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Schwarzburg has extensive knowledge on the complexities of the skin and understands how to treat various dermatologic conditions that an esthetician is not qualified to diagnose or treat.
Microneedling is an effective FDA approved mechanical device that stimulates the body’s natural healing response via mechanically induced collagen production. It can be used to treat various dermatologic conditions including common signs of aging, scarring, and stretch marks in a wide range of patients. The procedure takes no longer than 30 minutes and is minimally invasive, associated with minimal risks, side effects, or downtime. Several sessions may be required for optimal results.
WHERE CAN I GET MICRONEEDLING IN NEW YORK CITY?
If you’re looking for your go-to spot for your microneedling collagen stimulating treatment, then Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, is the place to be. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified cosmetic physician who specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. During your consultation he will go over specific details about your aesthetic goals, medical history, and restrictions to formulate a customized treatment plan uniquely designed for you.