Researchers at The University of Western Australia have produced a new 3-D imaging system that will provide patients considering facial cosmetic procedures with an accurate prediction of the results.

The system will replace misleading and unreliable before and after 2D photographs that are currently being used by most health practitioners performing cosmetic work.

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

Professor Bennamoun said there was a rising demand for subtle and ‘natural’ enhancement of personal appearance through cosmetic medical procedures, which was due to many factors including the increasing longevity of the population, more people returning to the workforce and more frequent relationship turnovers.

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