Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko appears to have his movie star features back after dioxin poisoning in 2004 turned the smooth-faced Adonis into a pockmarked bulldog.
Latest images of Mr Yushchenko swimming in the icy waters of a lake in Kiev suggest he has full-recovered from the disfigurement and scarring which ruined his face.
The charismatic president is pictured with a big smile on his unblemished face as he marks Epiphany - an Orthodox Christian tradition - by immersing himself in blessed water.
The president's doctor Mykola Korpan has reportedly said in a Ukrainian newspaper that Mr Yushchenko's face was to eventually return to normal.
With the aid of modern medical technology, Dr Korpan was confident Mr Yushchenko's appearance would be restored in just a few years, as the poison gradually disappeared from his system.
An investigation into the attempted murder of Mr Yushchenko was opened in 2007, but no-one has ever been charged.
The president's pro-Western allies have accused Russia of being behind the plot to kill him, but Moscow maintains its innocence.
Ukrainian prosecutor general Oleksandr Medvedko has said only three countries - one of them Russia - in the world produce dioxin TCDD
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