Micro-Needles Deliver Lifting Energy to Aging Skin

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

By Diana Gonzalez
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:49 PM EDT
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Yolanda Florin is among those hoping a device called ePrime will give her face a natural-looking lift. The procedure uses micro-needles.

Yolanda Florin is among those hoping a device called ePrime will give her face a natural-looking lift. The procedure uses micro-needles. "With the fine needles I don?t have to go under the knife for a big surgery or having all the risk," she said.

Yolanda Florin is middle-aged and hoping a device called ePrime will give her face a natural looking lift.

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

"With the fine needles I don’t have to go under the knife  for a big surgery or having all the risk," said Florin.

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.

"And you don’t want to do it centrally for example because there are nerves going through the area," Bowes said.

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

"We do it along the cheeks in a horizontal or vertical position to create some lifting," said Bowes.

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

"To the dermis, the deep layers of the dermis actually, where the collagen is, where we can stimulate contraction and new collagen to form," Bowes said.

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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