Laser treatments best for eradicating skin blemishes says US surgeon

Facial blemishes such as chicken pox and acne scars will not be removed by traditional facelift treatments – but separate procedures are now available which can help eradicate such marks. A procedure called carbon dioxide (CO2) laser skin resurfacing is the latest innovation to help in this regard, however. The treatment has been shown to be effective in the removal of facial blemishes such as age spots, sun damage and crows' feet, and, according to Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr Wally Zollman, "can be very effective for complete facial  rejuvenation" when combined with any of the well-established facelift treatments. Laser skin resurfacing can be used on any part of the face, from the forehead to the jowl line. It is administered under a general anaesthetic, but is usually given as an outpatient treatment. Recovery time is about two weeks, Dr Zollman says, but he claims that the combination of facelift and laser treatments is far more effective than either of the treatments in isolation, resulting in "the greatest amount of revitalisation."