There is a brand new laser treatment called Fraxel repair™. It was debuted at the American Academy of Dermatology last week in San Antonio, Texas. On January 31, 2008 an impressive demonstration was highlighted on NBC’s Today Show. The unique features of this treatment are that patients in their 30’s to 50’s can get face and neck tightening without a surgical facelift, as well as improving skin color and texture. Patients in their late 50’s to 70’s can have deep wrinkles removed without the downtime of surgery or more aggressive lasers. Like the previous Fraxel technologies, Fraxel repair is a fractionated laser that treats a predetermined percentage of the skin while leaving normal surrounding skin to help with the healing process. The laser is a carbon dioxide laser which actually removes tissue. The surrounding normal skin shifts to fill the void left by the lasered area. There is noticeable shrinkage and tightening of the skin during the procedure. I am currently doing my due diligence to make sure that this promising technology delivers what it says, that both patient and physician satisfaction is high, and that there are few to no complications with the treatment. In the meantime, the Fraxel 1500 laser is still the gold standard for skin rejuvenation in my practice. Stay tuned for more on Fraxel repair. If you have any experience with the treatment, please write your experience on my blog.