Many dream of having smooth, clear and glowing skin. However, our skin quality is inevitably affected by such things as exposure to sun, acne breakouts and aging. As a result, we are left with skin imperfections, like actinic damage, sun spots, acne scars, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately enough, technological and scientific advancements in dermatological medicine have discovered ways to reverse and prevent these damages. At his medical boutique spa – Miracle Face, Dr. Schwarzburg, MD offers his patients a number of medical grade skin care treatments, such as professional microneedling or collagen induction therapy. This one of the most sought after and highly effective procedures for skin rejuvenation and refinement. Microneedling results will leave you nicely surprised. It repairs the skin without laser treatments and injections. Moreover, it does not require any recovery time. Microneedling works through micro-injuries created on the skin through which the skin gets enriched with supportive anti-aging sera.

There are different hand-held devices, including Dermapen, Dermaroller, or Eclipse Micropen, with the help of which microneedling, or collagen induction therapy can be carried out. The mentioned devices use very small and sharp needles to make tiny microscopic holes in the epidermis and dermis. The skin responds to the therapy by trying to repair itself. As a result, new collagen and elastin growth is triggered. The small fine needles are made for both body and face, the penetration depth being adjustable. This function allows you to target any skin thickness. If carried out by a well-trained professional with extensive experience in the field, like Dr. Schwarzburg, MD, microneedling will effectively address stretch marks, acne scars, enlarged pores, as well as fine lines, without any downtime.

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May 16, 2017

Microneedling session before after

What Are the Functions of Microneedling?

Our professional microneedling treatment promises to carry out the following functions.

  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Addresses sun spots, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma and discoloration
  • Perfects skin tone and texture
  • Results in skin firmness
  • Treats acne scars and acne marks
  • Improves the appearance of stretch marks
  • Makes pores less obvious
  • Enhances cosmetic effects if paired with radiofrequency laser
  • Can be combined with PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy) to address hair loss

Who Is A Good Candidate For Microneedling?

The good news about microneedling is that it works for all skin types. Regardless of your skin type and texture, the likelihood that you are a good candidate for microneedling is very high. It works well even for patients with sensitive skin. Only if you have an active skin infection, acne breakouts or herpetic lesions, you better not hurry with microneedling. The same is true about patients with medical history of eczema, psoriasis or keloids. If you are dealing with any of the mentioned issues, you will need to first have those treatment barriers properly assessed before deciding to go for microneedling treatment.

Microneedling before and after

What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling NYC?

A wide range of benefits are offered by microneedling procedures and particularly Dermapen for all skin types and age groups. Even patients with sensitive skin can benefit from it. Dermapen is a device that is designed to stimulate new collagen and elastin production on any skin area, be it face, neck, stomach, chest, back, legs or hands. Not only does it lead the skin to refine itself through micro-wounds created by tiny needles, but also offers the benefit of infusing the skin with sera containing hyaluronic acid, vitamins, peptides and growth factors. The serum infusion maximizes the effectiveness of the procedure. As you can see, this is a safe and effective way to diminish skin imperfections. Microneedling works for stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Even when it comes to cellulite, it can provide a temporary solution to it, too. Another important function of the procedure is reducing pore size and improving skin tone and texture. That is why microneedling effectively treats acne scars and marks with no down time. As dermapen microneedling penetration depth is adjustable, it is a safe and efficient way to treat different areas of the face and body. Besides, it can be combined with such treatments as Juvederm dermal fillers and Botox.

Does Microneedling Work for Acne?

Acne is a serious issue that causes insecurity among many patients. Sadly, more often than not even when acne itself goes away, it leaves scars and pockmarks on the skin. There are a number of various topicals, masks and sera, as well as a range of cosmetic treatments that promise to improve the appearance of scarring. This variety in the market can lead to confusion and choices made out of desperation. Luckily enough now it is possible to find your way of lasting acne scar elimination with the help of such experts in the field of cosmetic dermatology and medicine as Dr. Schwarzburg, MD.

What Is Microneedling For Acne Scars?

Microneedling is considered to be one of the best non-invasive methods to treat acne scars, ice picks, rolling and boxcar scars and improve their appearance. The tiny punctures made on the skin by microneedling dermaroller boost the body’s own collagen and elastin production. These two make the skin look smooth, youthful and healthy. They help reduce acne scars as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. It is a common practice for Dr. Schwarzburg to complement microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) to achieve the best results when it comes to skin rejuvenation.

Can Microneedling Help with Acne Scars?

In case you are bothered by acne scars and are looking for a sustainable solution, Dr. Schwarzburg will eagerly help you. Contact us to learn more about the treatments that can help you reduce acne scarring on your skin in the most optimal way. Microneedling is a minimally invasive, safe and innovative method designed to improve the skin quality by reducing the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. It works well on all skin types and tones. The fact that microneedling enhances collagen (types I, III and VII) production has been proven by a study conducted in the US National Institute of Health (NIH; J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 8(7): 36–42).

How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Necessary to Treat Acne Scars?

The number of microneedling sessions necessary to treat acne scars depends on the severity and the size of scarring. Microneedling diminishes the skin’s “memory” of scarring and rejuvenates the skin without damaging the tissues. This is the technique it utilizes to treat acne scars. Microneedling is also effective with age spots, mild hyperpigmentation and melasma. To enjoy the full effect of microneedling treatment, you will need more than one session. Dr. Schwarzburg suggests taking 4 to 6 microneedling sessions to improve the structure of the skin and make acne scarring less visible. However, please note that the number of sessions mainly depends on the individual skin condition.

Microneedling devices work through fine surgical needles that pin-prick the skin. The micro-injuries on the skin provoke it to start self-repairing process which basically happens via collagen and elastin production. As a result, he skin is rejuvenated with new skin cells and looks healthier.

A topical numbing cream is applied to the area of treatment aimed at minimizing the possible discomfort the procedure might impose.
Microneedling is commonly enhanced by rejuvenating or restorative sera that get absorbed in the skin through the micro-channels opened up by the needle pin-pricks. Different sera are used for different purposes, e.g. Vitamin C serum helps with hyperpigmentation, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be applied for skin rejuvenation.

Which Skin Types Does Microneedling Work Best on When Treating Acne Scars?

Microneedling treatment is beneficial for all skin types and tones when it comes to treating acne scars.It is more about the body’s capacity of generating new collagen that has an impact on the treatment results. New collagen is absolutely necessary for the healing process of the existing scars. When determining whether microneedling will work for you or not it is important to consider the type of acne scarring and the depth of inflammation. With active breakouts, rosacea or eczema, as well as in case of pregnancy, microneedling is probably not the best option for you. Make sure you consult with your doctor and only after that make a decision on whether you’re going to give the procedure a chance.

How Often Should You Have Microneedling For Acne Scars

To maximize the usefulness of the procedure, you will need to undergo microneedling sessions once every 4-6 weeks as collagen needs a minimum of four weeks to regrow. Besides, it is advisable to continue with follow-up treatments after the initial ones for the best results. Dr. Schwarzburg will be glad to help you with the best treatment schedule to match your specific needs and the peculiarities of your skin. However, be aware that the frequency of maintenance treatments depends on the depth of your acne scars.

How Effective Is Microneedling For Acne Scars?

Based on the findings of the survey conducted by NIH, microneedling can successfully treat, reduce and in some cases even eliminate moderate acne scars within the course of five sessions. Some patients prefer complementing the treatment with vitamin C serum infusion or PRP with the purpose of maximizing the results. Another treatment that can be combined with microneedling is radiofrequency; the latter enhances skin elasticity and firmness. The results of microneedling can bring a nice transformation if the procedure is administered by an experienced and skilled, board-certified physician such as Dr. Schwarzburg. No downtime is associated with microneedling. There can be some redness and soreness on the skin surface during the first couple of days after the treatment, though. Bruising and skin irritation are some minor side effects that can occur.

Do Acne Scars Come Back After Microneedling?

Microneedling provokes a natural healing process in the skin through controlled trauma application. Due to it, new collagen fibers are formed which brings forth skin firmness, tightness, smoothness and overall health. This means that there will be no setback with reduced scarring. Take into consideration, though, that microneedling will not serve you at its best if you have active acne, continuing to cause breakouts and pimples. Before you start your acne scar treatment, first opt to resolve the issue of acne itself.

Can Microneedling Make Acne Scars Worse?

This is a question that many patients raise after coming to know that the skin gets micro-injured during the treatment. The answer is “no”: if administered correctly, microneedling will not affect acne scars negatively, worsening their condition. The golden feature of microneedling is boosting the natural healing process of the human body. This is done through the controlled trauma created by the fine needles. This technique is wonderful when it comes to restoring skin with atrophic acne scars. We inform and warn our patients that they should not move forward with microneedling if the skin is inflamed or when other types of acne scars, apart from actinic, are concerned. If the measures of precaution are in place and there is no active inflammation in the skin, then you can be sure that microneedling will do nothing but good to your skin. It is of high importance to have your microneedling treatment administered by an expert in the field if you want to have satisfying and long-term results. Also make sure to take good care of your skin after the procedure to allow the skin to maintain its healthy look. Note that the skin is very sensitive throughout the treatment process – in between the sessions. That is why Dr. Schwarzburg highly recommends integrating high SPF sunscreen in your daily skin care routine all throughout the treatment process. This is a good way to prevent irritation or sun damage.

Are Microneedling Results Permanent for Acne Scars?

When atrophic acne scars are concerned microneedling is known for its efficacy at their permanent reduction or elimination. The so-called “magic formula” of this method is boosting collagen production in the skin. Due to the stimulation of the natural healing process the skin restores its elasticity and volume. Many patients testify about the radical changes they experience in the appearance of their acne scars, as well as the general feeling and look on their skin after microneedling.

How much is Microneedling in NYC?

Microneedling cost is mainly affected by the initial condition of the skin, as well as the desired results of the patient. It is also conditioned by the size of the treatment area, the number of sessions necessary to improve acne scarring and the expertise level of your doctor. The average cost of microneedling varies from $400 to $800 per session if administered by an experienced doctor. The price may seem to be high, however if we count the fact that microneedling results in permanent improvement of acne scarring, the cost proves to be reasonable, especially when compared to other more invasive and expensive acne scar removal procedures.

Which Treatment Is Best For Acne Scarring

The treatment of acne may take a while. However, there are many different procedures that are effective at dealing with acne scars. There is a wide variety of treatment options for acne scarring that modern medical aesthetics offers, e.g. microneedling, PRP microneedling, laser treatment, and chemical peels. No single treatment can be named the best, as there are different forms of acne and different types of acne scarring. The treatment specifically chosen for a certain type of acne scarring and general condition of the skin will be the best. During the initial personalized consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, he will gladly help you choose the most optimal procedure for your individual case.

What Is Better for Acne Scars: Lasers Or Microneedling

Both microneedling treatment and Fraxel laser treatment effectively address acne scars. Microneedling is a better option for those patients who don’t have any active acne lesions and is more successful at atrophic acne scar treatment. For the rest of the cases, laser treatments could be an excellent solution.

eMatrix, Fraxel, and V-Beam are rejuvenating laser treatments that have the capacity of efficiently addressing acne scars and redness. The V-Beam treats red acne scars and redness in inflammatory acne cases, just as in noninflammatory ones. Fraxel Dual pinpoints fractions of the skin, resurfaces them and allows the skin to heal. It is known to be one of the most effective acne scar treatment procedures. As for eMatrix laser, it stimulates collagen production, thus healing the cells and improving the appearance of acne scarring. Laser treatment can be combined with microneedling or PRP microneedling for even better results on making acne scars less visible. In case you suffer from acne scarring, Dr. Schwarzburg has a wide range of treatments to offer you for your desired results.

Does Microneedling Work for Acne Scars?

Microneedling is primarily recognized for its anti-aging properties. Nonetheless, it also addresses acne scars. There are different types of acne scars, hence the most optimal treatment option can be determined based on the condition of your skin and the type of scarring. There is a type of acne scarring that is called atrophic. It is the consequence of a lack of collagen in the skin. This is the case when replacing the lost collagen will improve the way the scarring looks. And microneedling is one of the most successful methods of inducing collagen and elastin production. For this reason, Dr. Schwarzburg states that microneedling is a fantastic way to treat atrophic scarring. Oftentimes, microneedling can be complemented by dermal fillers to make the atrophic acne scars or fine lines less visible by increasing the skin volume, or filling out the remainder of the scar.

Microneedling has gained a lot of popularity not only for improvement of scarring but also for overall skin care as it brings radical improvement to the appearance and health of the skin, with low to zero discomfort during the process and requiring no downtime.

Does Microneedling Tighten Skin?

Microneedling technique works through trauma creation. As a result, fibroblasts are attracted to the site of injury and collagen and elastin production are boosted which is responsible for skin tightening. Microneedling is a common skin tightening method; it gives the skin extra glow and health.

What Is The Process Of Microneedling Treatment?

The duration of a Microneedling NYC session is usually from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type of microneedling as well as the patient’s pain tolerance. Before the procedure itself you will have a one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg at his NYC clinic, Miracle Face. He will examine your skin condition, the depth of your fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, additional concerns, and ask questions about your home skincare routine. After forming a clearer picture of your case, Dr. Schwarzburg will determine if microneedling is the right treatment option for you. If yes, then the growth factors, e.g. PRP, will be chosen for your skin. The average duration of a microneedling session is less than an hour. The device uses multiple sterile fine needles that penetrate the skin creating micro-wounds. The skin responds to the procedure by activating its own healing process.

The benefits of microneedling can be expanded by infusion of hyaluronic acid, growth factors, or PRP. Not to disturb the effectiveness of the serum at work in your skin, you will be asked to keep the treatment area away from water for 24 hours. Apart from the healing process enhanced by collagen and elastin production, the skin will use this time to soak in the serum, which will boost additional collagen and elastin. You may experience some dryness on your skin for the first 24 hours, so you will be recommended using moisturizers and serum, a gentle cleanser and sun-protection (at least SPF 30).

Does Microneedling Hurt?

Some patients may experience mild discomfort during the microneedling procedure, while others might not feel any pain at all. Prior to the treatment a strong topical numbing cream is applied to the area of treatment that minimizes pain and discomfort levels. This is followed by sanitization of the area with alcohol. And only after the aforementioned two steps the actual process of microneedling starts.

Does Microneedling Work?

The end result of microneedling NYC is healthy, glowing and youthful skin. Sometimes even one session shows such a result. Microneedling creates micro-injuries in the skin through which the body’s own collagen and elastin production is boosted. Although even one session is enough to see notable changes, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends taking three to five sessions for the best results. At the beginning the sessions need to be one month apart, then the frequency will be biannual to enhance the cosmetic results. To give the skin an overall touch of rejuvenation microneedling can be paired with dermal fillers and Botox. For more challenging cases with deeper wrinkles or acne scars Dr. Schwarzburg might also suggest other resurfacing treatments.

Who Is Qualified to Perform Microneedling?

A professional microneedling procedure should be administered by a board certified physician or an allied health care professional, such as a nurse under the supervision of a physician. Nowadays, there is no lack of spa salons where the procedure is claimed to be performed by different aestheticians. Make sure to do your own research and check the professional background and experience of your physician. Do not overlook the necessity of all the proper hygiene measures to be in place in order to avoid infections and potential side effects.

The skin is a delicate organ and people can face different skin issues. At Miracle Face, Dr. Schwarzburg offers his patients a customized approach using a combination of treatments based on each individual patient’s needs. This is essential when dealing with aging signs in areas like around the eye area, upper lip, hands, neck, and décolletage. The outcome of this customized approach will leave you with no regrets, granting you the chance to enjoy your radiant, glowing, and youthful skin.

Should I Do At Home Microneedling?

Many cosmetic companies promote the “at-home” microneedling kits, however Dr. Schwarzburg would not recommend going for DIY microneedling treatments. Firstly, the conditions for the treatment are to be completely sterile in order to prevent skin irritation and infections. Besides, the results won’t be close to what is achieved in a professional environment by a qualified professional. Dr. Schwarzburg has an experience of many years in the field of cosmetic medicine and particularly in the practice of microneedling. It is the experience and knowledge gained and applied during all those years that ensures the patient’s safety and the success of the treatment.

Dermapen vs DIY microneedling

Microneedling Aftercare - What To Put On Skin After Microneedling

It is essential to use the right skincare products and follow a proper skincare routine after Dermapen microneedling to achieve your desired results. Sunscreen must be incorporated in the skincare of the patient before and after microneedling. Dr. Schwarzburg highly recommends using hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serum as these two are rich in antioxidants that your skin needs every day. After the completion of the treatment your skin will start renewing itself and regenerating new skin cells. Because of that it is not advisable to use skincare products that contain retinol and alpha hydroxy acids, as well as any type of exfoliants during the first week after the Dermapen microneedling procedure. After a week you can freely go back to your regular skin care products.

Is Microneedling Safe? Are there any Side Effects?

The side effects associated with microneedling are minimal, if the procedure is carried out by an experienced and skilled specialist in a professional environment with all the hygiene measures in place. Microneedling is a daily practice for Dr. Schwarzburg in his Upper East side office in NYC. Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is safe for all skin types and poses little to no risk of hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration. The topical anesthetic applied to the areas of treatment prior to the procedure is meant to reduce discomfort and pain levels from little to zero. However, please keep in mind that there can be some slight pin pricks at the touch of the small fine surgical needles.

How Long Does the Effect of Microneedling Last?

Microneedling creates micro-wounds, provoking the skin to produce collagen and elastin and repair itself. As a result, the patient is left with a smoother and healthier skin. However, follow-up appointments are really beneficial for maintaining and enhancing the results of microneedling. Microneedling should be perceived more as a routine treatment to improve and maintain the skin, rather than something that has a set result duration. When it comes to deeper wrinkles or scars, Dr. Schwarzburg may suggest complementing microneedling with other skin resurfacing treatments.

Combining Dermapen Microneedling With Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

When it comes to notable skin rejuvenation and visible minimization of aging signs, the combination of Dermapen microneedling and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) has proven to be impressive. Many patients tend to choose enhancing Dermapen treatment with PRP infusion. The growth factors derived from the patient’s plasma that are used during PRP facilitate and speed up the process of healing and cellular regeneration, resulting in a younger-looking skin. Microneedling with PRP addresses discoloration and acne scarring, making the skin firmer and more radiant. PRP is also known for its orthopedic application, like joint treatment. Another effective application of PRP that Dr. Schwarzburg makes use of is treating female and male hair loss and other types of alopecia.

What Is The Process Of Dermapen Microneedling Treatment?

Dermapen uses microneedles to penetrate into the skin. The penetration depth is adjustable, thus it can be used on different body parts. Like with other microneedling treatments its results can be enhanced by infusion of hyaluronic acid, growth factors, or PRP with every pass of the needle.

What Is The Difference Between Dermapen Microneedling Treatment and Dermarolling?

Microneedling can be carried out by both Dermaroller and Dermapen devices which are used to boost collagen production and regenerate the skin. Being the upgraded version of Dermaroller, Dermapen has an electronic component. The latter is considered to be safer and more effective in application when compared to traditional microneedling rollers; this is the reason it is so much favored by dermatologists.

Dermapen versus dermarolling

What is Dermapen Microneedling?

A hand-held device called Dermapen is used for microneedling. It activates blood circulation and stimulates generation of new collagen and elastin. With the help of dermapen microchannels are formed in the skin through which topical treatments are absorbed into the targeted areas with higher efficiency. During this process Dr. Schwarzburg can apply a wide variety of active ingredients, sera and growth factors right into the skin. These ingredients activate collagen production, collagen being responsible for skin tone, texture, tightness and overall rejuvenation. Dermapen microneedling is popular for being one of the most effective anti-aging treatments in dermatology. It is safe to be applied on all skin tones; this is one of its advantages over traditional laser treatments or microdermabrasions. It is so gentle that can even target the area under the eyes, while the rest of the methods can not guarantee safety when treating such a delicate area. Another advantage of this technique is that dermapen needles are disposable and discarded after each treatment, which largely reduces the risk of infection.

How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Necessary?

If you want to witness and enjoy the best effect of the procedure, then three to five Dermapen microneedling treatments will be necessary. When deep acne scars are concerned, the number of the required treatments may be more than that. And after the completion of the the main sessions, Dr. Schwarzburg encourages continuing with biannual follow-up treatments for the most optimal results.

At Miracle Face 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. In our service manual you can find anti-aging treatments for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, eyes, upper lip lines, hands, neck, and décolletage. The professional approach of Dr. Schwarzburg with his years of experience in the field of cosmetic medicine will leave you with no regrets. Due to his tailored microneedling treatment plans for each of his patients, your skin will be grateful to you.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Schwarzburg in his New York office and to learn more about the treatments that will work best for you, please contact us at 212-920-7790 or follow the link info@miraclefacemedspanyc.com.

Is Microneedling Worth It?

If you are bothered by wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, acne scar, or stretch marks, then you will surely not regret giving microneedling a chance. Microneedling NYC is a modern and effective dermatological technology that supports the skin regeneration through elastin and collagen production. The result is the elimination of scar tissues and the revitalization of the skin. Microneedling is known to be one of the most successful methods when it comes to reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Fine surgical needles slightly traumatize the epidermis, stimulating the natural healing process of the skin. The created micro-injuries provoke the skin to start producing collagen and elastin, the latter being responsible for the creation of new and healthy skin cells and improvement of the skin texture – the smoothness of it.

Is Microneedling Permanent?

It is better to view microneedling as a method of skin care maintenance, instead of being concerned about the longevity of its results. The factors that negatively affect our skin are constantly out there, hence we are to constantly maintain a certain skin care routine to ensure our skin stays healthy and glowing in the long term. With this said, if the treatment is a part of your skin care then microneedling results can be permanent. It will not stop you from aging and will not serve as a specific shield from sun damage. However, it promises to upgrade the quality of your skin, creating new and healthy skin cells that you will need to take care of by putting effort into the maintenance.