Australian researchers have developed a new 3D-imaging system that will provide facial cosmetic procedure patients with an accurate prediction of results.

Developed at the University of Western Australia, plastic surgeons will be able to provide a better idea of potential results, compared with previously used 2D photographs – known to be misleading and unreliable.

Winthrop Professor Mohammed Bennamoun from the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering said the team had developed a fully automatic system to produce a 3D analysis of the outcomes of facial procedures.

“It is a 3D system that compares two overlaid images to produce a single and precise evaluation of the actual effects of a cosmetic procedure,” he said.