Smooth, clear and glowing skin is a dream for many. And yet, there are certain inevitable factors that negatively affect our skin quality, such as exposure to sun, acne breakouts and aging. The consequence of such influential factors are skin imperfections, like actinic damage, sun spots, acne scars, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles. The good news is, though, that the technological and scientific advancements in the field of dermatological medicine have discovered methods of preventing and reversing these damages. Dr. Schwarzburg, MD offers his clients a number of medical grade skin care treatments at his medical boutique spa – Skin Genity. Professional microneedling or collagen induction therapy is especially popular among those treatments. In fact, it is one of the most sought after and highly effective procedures for skin rejuvenation and refinement. Microneedling results have the real potential to bring back your confidence about your skin. The treatment repairs the skin without involving laser treatments and injections in the procedure. Furthermore, it does not require any downtime. Microneedling creates micro-injuries on the skin and enriches it with supportive anti-aging sera.

Dermapen, Dermaroller, or Eclipse Micropen are among the hand-held devices that are used during a microneedling session or collagen induction therapy to improve the quality of the skin. These devices utilize very small and sharp needles to make tiny microscopic holes in the epidermis and dermis. The natural response of the skin to these micro injuries is self-restoration. Thus, the skin is provoked to produce new collagen and elastin. The small fine needles are designed to treat both body and face as the penetration depth is adjustable. This feature makes the procedure multi-functional allowing it to target the skin on different parts of the body, with different thicknesses. Microneedling has the capacity to effectively treat stretch marks, acne scars, enlarged pores, as well as fine lines, without any downtime if performed by a well-trained professional with extensive experience in the field, like Dr. Schwarzburg, MD.

Microneedling session before after

What Functions Does Microneedling Carry?

Below are listed the functions that a professional microneedling treatment carries out:

  • Improves the appearance wrinkles and fine lines
  • Treats sun spots, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma and discoloration
  • Addresses skin tone and texture
  • Makes the skin firmer
  • Helps with acne scars and acne marks
  • Improves the appearance of stretch marks
  • Reduces pore size
  • Enhances cosmetic effects of other procedures, like those of a radiofrequency laser treatment
  • Can be complemented by PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy) to address hair loss

Who Is A Good Candidate For Microneedling?

One of the advantages of microneedling is that it works for all skin types. Whatever your skin type and texture be, most likely you are a good candidate for microneedling. It is effective even for those patients whose skin is sensitive. There are just a few reasons that might hold you back from microneedling. Let’s list them. In case you have an active skin infection, like acne breakouts or herpetic lesions, you better not hurry with microneedling. The same is true if you have eczema, psoriasis or keloids in your medical history. If you happen to be dealing with any of the aforementioned issues, please make sure to first have those treatment barriers properly assessed before deciding to go for microneedling treatment.

What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling NYC?

The microneedling procedure and particularly Dermapen offers a wide range of benefits for patients with all skin types and from different age groups. Even those with sensitive skin can undergo a microneedling session and have amazing results. Dermapen is a microneedling device developed to boost new collagen and elastin production on any skin area, be it face, neck, stomach, chest, back, legs or hands. It basically carries out two functions. Firstly, it leads the skin to repair and refine itself through micro-wounds created by fine needles. Secondly, it is used to infuse the skin with sera containing hyaluronic acid, vitamins, peptides and growth factors. The serum infusion multiplies the effectiveness of the procedure. As you can already imagine, this is a safe and effective way to successfully address skin imperfections. Microneedling works for stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. It can even help with cellulite; even though the solution in this case will be temporary. Another important function that the procedure carries is reducing pore size and improving skin tone and texture. This is the reason microneedling effectively treats acne scars and marks without any downtime. The dermapen microneedling penetration depth being adjustable, it is able to safely and efficiently treat different areas of the face and body. Moreover, it can be paired with such treatments as Juvederm dermal fillers and Botox.

Microneedling before after

Does Microneedling Help with Acne?

Acne is a wide-spread issue and a source of insecurity for many patients. Unfortunately, even when acne itself goes away it tends to leave scars and pockmarks on the skin. There is a wide variety of different topicals, masks and sera, as well as a range of cosmetic treatments that are created to improve the appearance of acne scarring. The existence of such a big variety of scar treatment methods on the market can lead to confusion and make you choose just anything out of desperation. Luckily enough in the field of cosmetic dermatology and medicine there are such experts as Dr. Schwarzburg, MD, who knows how to help you find your way of lasting acne scar elimination.

What Does Microneedling Do for Acne Scars?

Microneedling is known to be one of the most effective non-invasive treatments to address acne scars, ice picks, rolling and boxcar scars and improve their appearance. Microneedling dermaroller makes tiny punctures on the skin thus stimulating the body’s own collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are responsible for the smoothness, youthfulness and healthy appearance on the skin look. They help eliminate acne scars as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks or make them less visible. In his medical and dermatological practices, Dr. Schwarzburg frequently combines microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) to achieve the best results when it comes to skin rejuvenation.

Does Microneedling Really Work for Acne Scars?

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 effectively treats all skin types and tones. A study conducted in the US National Institute of Health (NIH; J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015 Jul; 8(7): 36–42) has proven that microneedling enhances collagen (types I, III and VII) production .

If you struggle with acne scars and are looking for a method to get rid of them, Dr. Schwarzburg is here to help you with a sustainable solution. Make sure to contact us and learn more about the treatments that can help you reduce acne scarring on your skin in the most optimal way.

How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Required to Treat Acne Scars?

Such factors as the severity and the size of scarring determine the number of microneedling sessions needed to treat acne scars. Microneedling destroys the skin’s “memory” of scarring and rejuvenates the skin without causing any damage to the tissues. That is how it treats acne scars. Apart from that, microneedling effectively works on age spots, mild hyperpigmentation and melasma. To enjoy the full effect of microneedling treatment, more than a single session will be needed. Dr. Schwarzburg’s general recommendation is to take 4 to 6 microneedling sessions to perfect the structure of your skin and make acne scarring less apparent. However, please be aware that the number of sessions is mainly conditioned by the initial state of your skin.

The fine surgical needles that microneedling devices use pin-prick the skin creating micro-injuries on the skin. These micro-injuries provoke the skin to start a self-repairing process and in this process collagen and elastin are produced. This whole cycle results in a rejuvenated skin with new cells and a healthier look.

To minimize the possible discomfort that the procedure might cause prior to the treatment a topical numbing cream is applied to the targeted area. The effect of microneedling is usually enhanced by rejuvenating or restorative sera that get infused into the skin through the micro-channels opened up by the needle pin-pricks. Different sera serve different purposes; for example Vitamin C addresses hyperpigmentation, while platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used for skin rejuvenation.

Which Skin Types Can Be Treated by Microneedling When Addressing Acne Scars?

Patients with all skin types and tones can benefit from the microneedling treatment  when it comes to improving acne scars. The thing here is more related to the body’s capacity of generating new collagen. This is what can have an impact on the treatment results. New collagen production is an absolute necessity in the healing process of the existing scars. When trying to understand whether microneedling will work for you or not it is important to take into account the type of acne scarring that you have and the depth of inflammation. Microneedling is probably not the best option for you if you’re dealing with active breakouts, rosacea or eczema. You should also hold back from the procedure when pregnant. Thus, before undergoing the treatment make sure to consult with your doctor and only after that make a decision on whether or not you’re going to give the procedure a chance.

What Is the Frequency of Microneedling Sessions When Treating Acne Scars

To enjoy the maximum of what the procedure offers, you will need to undergo microneedling sessions once in every 4-6 weeks. The frequency is determined by the time that collagen needs to regrow, which is a minimum of four weeks. Apart from the initial sessions, it is advisable to continue the treatment with follow-up appointments for the best results. Dr. Schwarzburg will eagerly help you with the most optimal treatment plan to match your specific needs and the peculiarities of your skin. However, keep in mind that the frequency of maintenance treatments depends on the depth of your acne scars.

How Effective Is Microneedling For Acne Scars?

NIH has conducted surveys on microneedling according to which it can successfully treat, reduce and in some cases even eliminate moderate acne scars within the course of five sessions. Some patients prefer to enhance the results of the treatment by adding vitamin C serum or PRP to it. Another treatment that can be paired with microneedling is radiofrequency. Radiofrequency improves skin elasticity and firmness. The results of microneedling can leave you nicely surprised if the procedure is performed by an experienced and skilled, board-certified physician such as Dr. Schwarzburg. Another advantage that the procedure offers is lack of downtime. Once the treatment is completed you may experience some redness and soreness on your skin surface that will subside in a matter of days . Bruising and skin irritation are other minor side effects that can be expected․

Do Acne Scars Come Back After Microneedling?

Microneedling brings forth the natural healing process of the skin through controlled trauma application. Due to the procedure, new collagen fiber is formed which results in skin firmness, tightness, smoothness and overall health. This being said there will be no setback once the scarring is reduced. Keep in mind, though, that microneedling will not give you the best results if your acne is in an active stage, continuing to cause breakouts and pimples. First opt to resolve the issue of acne itself and only after that start your acne scar treatment.

Can Microneedling Worsen the Condition of Acne Scars?

Many patients get concerned with this question after learning that the skin gets micro-injured during the treatment. However, microneedling can’t make the condition of your acne scars worse if administered correctly.  The key feature of microneedling is boosting the natural healing process of the human body. This process is activated through the controlled trauma caused by the fine needles of dermapen. When it comes to restoring skin that has atrophic acne scars the technique works wonders.

Before the treatment we always inform and warn our patients that they should not move forward with microneedling if the skin is still inflamed or in case other types of acne scars, apart from actinic, are concerned. If all the measures of precaution are in place and the skin is not inflamed, then you can rest with the thought that microneedling will do nothing but good to your skin. We cannot overemphasize the importance of having your microneedling treatment administered by an expert in the field if you want to have satisfying and long-term results. It is also essential to take good care of your skin after the procedure, allowing it to maintain its healthy look. Remember that the skin is very sensitive throughout the treatment process –  in between the sessions. That is why it is highly recommended by Dr. Schwarzburg to integrate high SPF sunscreen in your daily skin care routine during the whole treatment process. This is a protective measure to prevent irritation or sun damage.

Are Microneedling Results Permanent for Acne Scars?

Microneedling is known for its efficacy when treating atrophic acne scars. The procedure permanently reduces or eliminates the scars through a method that utilizes the so-called “magic formula” of stimulating collagen production in the skin. Due to the activation of the natural healing process the skin restores its elasticity and volume. Many patients have reported about the awesome transformation they have experienced in the appearance of their acne scars, as well as the general improvement of their skin quality after microneedling.

How much is Microneedling in NYC?

Microneedling cost mainly depends on the initial condition of your skin, as well as the results you want to achieve. The price is also affected by the size of the treatment area, the number of sessions needed to improve acne scarring and the expertise level of your doctor. The average cost of microneedling is anywhere from $400 to $800 per session if performed by an experienced doctor. At first, it may seem that the procedure is a bit too expensive, however if we take into consideration that microneedling results in permanent improvement of acne scarring, we will see that this is a pretty reasonable cost, especially in comparison with other more invasive and expensive acne scar removal procedures.

Which Is the Best Treatment For Acne Scarring

The treatment of acne may take some time. Unfortunately, even when it is gone, the traces mostly remain in the form of scarring. However, modern medical aesthetics offers a wide variety of procedures that are reported to effectively deal with acne scars. Microneedling, PRP microneedling, laser treatment, and chemical peels are among those procedures. In general, none of the procedures on its own can be named the best, as there are different forms of acne and hence different types of acne scarring. Every treatment addresses and tackles a specific type of scarring. Thus, the treatment that is specifically chosen based on the type of acne scarring and the general skin condition will be the best. During the initial one on one consultation with his patients Dr. Schwarzburg  helps them choose the most optimal procedure for their individual case.

What Is Better for Acne Scars: Lasers Or Microneedling

Acne scars can be successfully treated both by microneedling treatment and by Fraxel laser treatment. Microneedling serves better to those patients who don’t have any active acne lesions; besides, it is more successful at treating atrophic acne scars. For the remaining scenarios, laser treatments will be a better option.

eMatrix, Fraxel, and V-Beam are rejuvenating laser treatments that effectively treat acne scars and redness. The V-Beam is used to address 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. The latter is renowned as one of the most effective acne scar treatments available. As for eMatrix laser, it works through stimulating collagen production. This helps the skin to heal the cells and improves the appearance of acne scarring. Laser treatments can be complemented by microneedling or PRP microneedling to further enhance the results and make acne scars less visible. In you suffer from acne scarring, Dr. Schwarzburg can offer you a wide range of effective treatments to achieve your desired results.

Does Microneedling Work for Acne Scars?

Microneedling is primarily known as an anti-aging aesthetic therapy. However, it is also used to treat acne scars. There are several different types of acne scars, and the treatment must be chosen based on the type of scarring and the condition of your skin. One type of acne scarring is called atrophic. It is caused by a lack of collagen in the skin. This means that replacing the lost collagen will be a solution and will improve the appearance of the scarring. Microneedling is recognized to be one of the most successful methods to induce collagen and elastin production in the skin. This is why Dr. Schwarzburg claims that microneedling is an outstanding way to treat atrophic scarring. It is a common practice to combine microneedling with dermal fillers to increase the skin volume, or fill out the remainder of the scar, making the atrophic acne scars or fine lines even less visible. Microneedling has become popular not only for improving the appearance of scarring but also as an overall skin care procedure. It can radically transform the way the skin looks and feels, causing low to zero discomfort during the procedure and not requiring any downtime after it.

Does Microneedling Offer a Skin Tightening Effect?

The technique that microneedling utilizes implies traumatizing the skin. As a result, fibroblasts are attracted to the site of injury and collagen and elastin production are boosted. Collagen and elastin are responsible for skin tightening. Thus, microneedling is a well-known skin tightening method; it makes the skin extra glowing and healthy.

What Is The Process Of Microneedling Treatment?

A Microneedling NYC session usually takes from 15 to 45 minutes. The time needed for the treatment typically depends on the type of microneedling and on the patient’s pain tolerance level. Preceding the procedure you will have a personalized consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg at his NYC clinic, Skin Genity.  During the consultation he will examine your skin condition, the depth of your fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, additional concerns, and gain some information on your home skincare routine. After having a fuller picture of your case, Dr. Schwarzburg will determine if microneedling is the best treatment option for you. If the answer is positive, then he will move on to choosing the growth factors, e.g. PRP, for your specific skin type.

On average, microneedling takes less than an hour. The device makes use of multiple sterile fine needles that puncture the skin creating micro-injuries. The skin responds to the procedure by activating its own healing process. The benefits of microneedling can be maximized by the infusion of hyaluronic acid, growth factors, or PRP.  You will be asked to keep the treatment area away from water for 24 hours in order not to hinder the effectiveness of the serum which is working in your skin. Apart from the healing process, enhanced by collagen and elastin production, the skin needs this time to be fully saturated with the serum, which will stimulate additional collagen and elastin production. You may experience some dryness on your skin for the first 24 hours, so you will be instructed to use moisturizers and sera, a gentle cleanser and sunscreen (at least SPF 30).

Is Microneedling Painful?

Some patients report to have experienced light discomfort during the microneedling session, while others claim to have sensed zero pain. Before the treatment a strong topical numbing cream is rubbed into the area of treatment that is meant to minimize pain and discomfort levels. After this the area is sanitized with alcohol. And only when the aforementioned two steps are completed the actual process of microneedling starts.

Does Microneedling Really Work?

Microneedling NYC results in a healthy, glowing and youthful skin. At times even a single session is enough to see how awesome the procedure is. Microneedling works through micro-injuries created by dermapen needles which boost the body’s own collagen and elastin production. Although even one session can show notable changes, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends undergoing three to five sessions to enjoy the best results that the treatment offers. At the beginning, the sessions should be carried out one month apart. As for the follow up appointments, they can be scheduled twice a year to enhance the cosmetic results. For an overall rejuvenating effect microneedling can be combined with dermal fillers and Botox. In more challenging cases with deeper wrinkles or acne scars Dr. Schwarzburg might also suggest taking other resurfacing treatments.

How Safe Is Microneedling ? What are the Side Effects?

There are only minimal side effects associated with microneedling, if the procedure is administered by an experienced and skilled specialist in a professional environment, e.g. clinic, where all the hygiene measures are in place. Dr. Schwarzburg performs microneedling on a daily basis in his NYC clinic, Skin Genity, located in the Upper East side. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure deemed to be safe for all skin types. Microneedling implies little to no risk of hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration. A topical anesthetic is applied to the areas of treatment in advance, meant to reduce pain and discomfort levels as much as possible. However, please be aware that you can sense some slight pin pricks at the touch of the small fine surgical needles.

Are Microneedling Results Permanent?

It is better to perceive microneedling as a regular skin care treatment that helps maintain the good quality of the skin, instead of focusing on the longevity of its results. The factors that negatively affect our skin do not cease from being, hence we need to constantly maintain a certain skin care regimen that could ensure our skin stays healthy and glowing in the long term. With this said, if microneedling is a part of your skin care then its results can be permanent. Of course, it will not stop you from aging and will not serve as a specific shield from sun damage. However, it will surely improve the quality of your skin, continuously creating new and healthy skin cells that you will need to take care of by putting effort into the maintenance.

How Long Does the Effect of Microneedling Last?

Microneedling creates micro-injuries and, thus, provokes the skin to produce collagen and elastin in an effort to repair itself. The result of such a manipulation is a smoother and healthier skin. However, follow-up sessions would be necessary to maintain and enhance the results of microneedling. Microneedling should be viewed more as a routine treatment that improves and maintains the good skin quality, rather than a try out procedure that has a set result duration. If you are concerned about  deeper wrinkles or scars, Dr. Schwarzburg may suggest pairing microneedling with other skin resurfacing treatments.

Complementing Dermapen Microneedling With Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The combination of Dermapen microneedling and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) has proven to be impressively effective when it comes to skin rejuvenation and visible minimization of aging signs. Many patients choose to enhance Dermapen treatment with PRP infusion. During the procedure growth factors are derived from the patient’s plasma and infused into the skin which facilitates and speeds up the process of healing and cellular regeneration, leaving the patient with a younger-looking skin. Microneedling with PRP is known to treat discoloration and acne scarring, making the skin firmer and more radiant. Besides, PRP has orthopedic application, it is used as a  joint treatment, too. Dr. Schwarzburg also makes use of another effective function that PRP carries –  it treats female and male hair loss and other types of alopecia.

What Is The Process Of Dermapen Microneedling Treatment?

Dermapen punctures the skin and penetrates into it using microneedles . The administering professional can adjust the penetration depth, which means that it can be used on different parts of the body. Just like with other microneedling treatments its results can be maximized 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?

Both Dermaroller and Dermapen devices can be used to carry out  microneedling. They boost the body’s own collagen production and the regeneration of the skin. Dermapen is the upgraded version of Dermaroller and has an electronic component. It is considered to be safer and more effective in application when compared to traditional microneedling rollers; that is why it is more preferred  by dermatologists.

Dermapen VS Dermaroller

What is Dermapen Microneedling?

Microneedling is performed by a hand-held device called Dermapen. It stimulates blood circulation and boosts new collagen and elastin generation. Dermapen helps to form microchannels in the skin through which topical treatments are soaked into the targeted areas more effectively. Through this process Dr. Schwarzburg can inject a wide variety of active ingredients, sera and growth factors right into the skin. These ingredients boost collagen production and collagen is responsible for skin tone, texture, tightness and overall rejuvenation. Dermapen microneedling is known to be among the most effective anti-aging treatments in dermatology.

One of the advantages of microneedling over traditional laser treatments or microdermabrasions is that it can be safely performed on different skin tones. In fact, the procedure is so gentle that it can even target such an area, as under the eyes. In the meantime, other methods can not guarantee safety when dealing with such a delicate area. Another advantage of this technique is that dermapen utilizes disposable needles that are discarded after each treatment; this largely reduces the risk of infection.

Who Is Qualified to Perform Microneedling?

A board certified physician or an allied healthcare professional,  such as a nurse under the supervision of a physician can administer a professional microneedling procedure. In this day and time almost every spa salon over the corner claims to be performing the procedure. This is a very subtle treatment, meaning you need to do your own thorough research and check the professional background and expertise level of your physician. Be attentive for all the proper hygiene measures to be in place in order to prevent infections and potential side effects.

The skin being a delicate organ, many people face different skin issues. At Skin Genity, Dr. Schwarzburg makes customized treatment plans for his patients using a combination of treatments based on each individual’s needs and expectations. This is especially important when dealing with aging signs in areas like around the eyes, upper lip, hands, neck, and décolletage. Such an individualized approach has proven to always have great results; you will be left with no regrets and will be able to enjoy your radiant, glowing, and youthful skin.

Could I Do Microneedling At Home?

“At-home” microneedling kits are advertised and promoted by many cosmetic companies. However Dr. Schwarzburg does not recommend DIY microneedling treatments. First and foremost, microneedling should be carried out in a completely sterile environment in order to avoid skin irritation and infections. Apart from that, DIY microneedling results won’t be anywhere near the results achieved in a professional environment by a qualified professional. Dr. Schwarzburg is a doctor with many years of experience in the field of cosmetic medicine and with a lot of practice in 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.

Microneedling Aftercare - What Skincare Products to Use After Microneedling

A proper skincare routine after Dermapen microneedling is essential for achieving your desired results. Sunscreen must be present in the patient’s daily skincare before and after microneedling. One of the recommendations of Dr. Schwarzburg is using hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serum as they are antioxidants dense and your skin needs antioxidants every day. Once you finish the treatment your skin will start renewing itself and regenerating new skin cells. This is a phase when you don’t want to use skincare products that contain retinol and alpha hydroxy acids, as well as any type of exfoliants. Try to follow this short guideline during the first week after your Dermapen microneedling procedure. After a week you can freely go back to your regular skin care products.

How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Required?

If you want to observe and enjoy the best results that the procedure offers, you will need to go for three to five Dermapen microneedling treatments. When treating deep acne scars, more sessions may be required. Dr. Schwarzburg encourages maintaining the results achieved through the main treatment phase by biannual follow-up treatments for the most optimal results.

At Skin Genity we make customized treatments for our patients, creating different combinations of hyaluronic acids, neurotoxins, and other high quality products to give your skin the health and glow it deserves. Skin Genity offers anti-aging treatments for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, eyes, upper lip lines, hands, neck, and décolletage. Due to the tailored microneedling treatment plans of Dr. Schwarzburg his patients achieve the results they have in mind

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Schwarzburg in his New York office and to learn more about the treatments, please call us at 212-203-7415 or email us at

Is Microneedling Worth It?

If you are looking for ways to  eliminate or reduce wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, acne scar, or stretch marks, then you surely need to give microneedling a chance. Microneedling NYC is an up-to-date and effective dermatological technology that boosts skin regeneration through elastin and collagen production. The outcome of the procedure is eliminated scar tissues and revitalized skin. Microneedling is recognized to be one of the most efficient methods when it comes to improving the appearance of stretch marks. Fine surgical needles slightly traumatize the epidermis, inducing the natural healing process of the skin. The created micro-injuries lead the skin into the process of collagen and elastin production; these two are responsible to create new and healthy skin cells and improve the texture of the skin  – the smoothness of it.