Tighter Skin

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 6:58am

New procedure promises to give women with aging skin a natural-looking lift.

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

First a numbing cream is applied to her 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, 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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