New procedure promises to give women natural-looking lift

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POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:04pm

The procedure uses micro-needles to deliver radio frequency below the surface of her skin.

First a numbing cream is applied to the face for 30 minutes.

Then dermatologist Dr. Leyda Bowes carefully maps out the areas that will be treated, avoiding spots where there isn't fatty tissue.

Lidocaine injections are also used to block the pain before the hour long procedure begins.

Every time Bowes pushes a button tiny needles penetrate the patient's skin.

Bowes also said it also stimulates hyaluronic acid production which is the main ingredient in facial filler.

This is a one time treatment for skin that is not severely sagging.

Patients can expect some bruising and swelling for up to a week.

Eventually the skin will look smoother and plumper.

It takes three months to see the full results which Bowes said should last two years, maybe longer.

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