Mark B. Taylor, M.D., a world-renowned dermatologist and cosmetic laser surgeon, has been in practice for over thirty years. Since the origination of laser treatments for skin, Dr. Taylor has been a leader in the field of cosmetic laser surgery, pioneering and teaching many new laser techniques to over 4,000 doctors world-wide.

Dr. Taylor is President and CEO of Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center, located in Salt Lake City, UT. It is the largest dedicated cosmetic laser center in the world. Dr. Taylor and his well-trained staff use cutting-edge products and over twenty-eight different lasers to provide a range of high-quality services including removal of birthmarks, hair, scars, spider veins, and tattoos; skin rejuvenation and resurfacing; eyelid restoration and lip enhancement; tumescent liposuction and cosmetic skin surgery, acne, cellulite, and stretch mark treatments.

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Over the past three years, there has been a great deal of interest in nonablative fractional resurfacing. Nonablative fractional resurfacing is a process where thousands of tiny "light spicules" are used to treat the skin, no tissue is removed. This causes photocoagulation of small 0.1mm columns of tissue that then heal quickly with little or no downtime producing a smoother texture and tone to sun damaged, porous, and scarred skin.

The new kid on the block is ablative fractional resurfacing, where small 0.1mm columns of skin are vaporized and removed with "light spicules" from a carbon dioxide or erbium YAG laser. This results in increased skin tightening and an improvement in wrinkles, but also more recovery time, typically four to seven days. Ablative fractional resurfacing is also billed as a single procedure, whereas nonablative fractional laser resurfacing is typically a five-treatment process. The advantage to ablative fraction laser resurfacing is that there is less messy care, usually a single procedure, and more improvement than five treatments with nonablative fractional resurfacing.

Many of the laser companies will be selling this type of new laser early in 2008. Fraxel, Lumenis, Palomar, Sciton, Alma, and others will be pushing their machines at the American Academy of Dermatology Conference in February 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. I was recently invited to a VIP event in Santa Clara, California where I was able to test the new CO2 Fraxel. I will be testing other devices in the next few months to determine which device is the best. Stay tuned for a follow up.

In the near future, I will also be introducing a new skin care delivery system that far exceeds anything on the market today, so be sure to check back each month to stay on top of future advancements in the skin care industry.

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