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Skin flaws can be fixed with little ‘down time’

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — For many patients, a major barrier to seeking treatment of facial skin imperfections such as broken capillaries or the signs of sun damage and aging has been the "down time" associated with healing and recovery after treatment. Now, a variety of devices and techniques presented at a recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco allow surgeons to provide patients with facial rejuvenation procedures involving little or no down time.

The advent of non-ablative (non-wounding) treatments is a major breakthrough. New lasers and intense pulsed light systems can correct broken veins, vascular and pigmented lesions, symptoms of rosacea, wrinkles and other facial imperfections.

Resurfacing, also called microdermabrasion, uses a highly controlled vacuum to move fine, sand-like crystals across the affected area to smooth surface lines and eliminate age spots.

For more information on these techniques and referrals to doctors, contact the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: 1-800-441-2737 or visit its Web site at www.asds-net.org.