MIAMI (CBS4) – A new procedure turns back the clock around our lips and flips that frown around.

In particular, all those wrinkles that form around our lips as we age.  It’s an ageless gleam so many of us long for but as we get older we wrinkle.

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Shirley Hodgson couldn’t tolerate the wrinkles around her lips anymore, but after a new erbium laser procedure she says she looks and feels like a different person.

“I just want to go around everywhere and go look,” she said.

She’s laughing and smiling now but for four years Shirley was in hiding.

“I wouldn’t accept invitations to go out.  I didn’t want to be seen out.”

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She was depressed before she found a way to fix her frown.

“This is the latest and greatest generation of these erbium lasers,” said  Dr. Jason Pozner in Boca Raton.

He has performed the 20 minute laser process on Shirley that she says turned back the clock 20 years.

“It’s a high energy pulse that removes the layers of the skin a little bit at a time,” said Dr. Pozner.

A layer of skin is about the thickness of a piece of paper. For the lip it takes about 8 to 10 passes of the laser,  that’s about 8 to 10 pieces of paper.

Dr. Pozner says this has become so popular he treats 3 to 4 patients a week.

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The procedure runs anywhere from $2000 to $5000.