Pakistani Scientist Develops a System to Evaluate Effects of Cosmetic Procedures

Dr Syed Afaq Ali Shah


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Gone are the days when you were afraid of the results of cosmetic surgeries, wondering what your new look will be. Thanks to Dr. Syed Afaq Ali Shah, a Pakistani-Australian computer science researcher at the University of Western Australia, the outcome of different cosmetic procedures will now be predicted with a lot of certainty. The new 3D Face Analysis System, developed by Dr. Afaq and his fellow researchers will effectively evaluate the effects of cosmetic surgeries. It has been a major breakthrough considering the intermittent and unreliable results of facial procedures.

Using this system, the people willing to undergo plastic surgeries to change their look will be provided with images showing their future face in 3D, making it easier for people to decide whether or not to opt for the cosmetic procedure. Previously, there were no systems introduced to predict the future result of cosmetic procedures precisely, therefore, the results were wonderful for some, and surprising for others. Cosmetic procedure practitioners were using misleading 2D before and after images to persuade their patients.

The research team includes Professor Mohammed Bennamoun who is a leading computer vision expert, Dr. Michael Molton, and Dr. Syed Afaq. All the members of this research team are extremely adept at their craft and have contributed significantly towards the development of this system, which would prove quite helpful in cosmetic procedures in the days to come. The system is undergoing various trials for the time being and has made significant progress in providing accurate results till now.

The project is being funded by Cosmetic Medicine Australia Pty Ltd. which is being run by Dr. Molton and Australian Research Council Linkage Project. The effort put in by the gentlemen has been recognized and welcomed by the community and researchers alike and has already won the ‘Start Something Prize for Research Impact through Enterprise’ Award during the UWA Research Week this September. Dr. Afaq and his team received the award during the UWA Research Excellence and Innovation Awards and Honours Awards in a ceremony held at the University of Western Australia.

Talking about the working of this newly developed system, Professor Bennamoun said,

The system indicates where the changes have occurred and by how much, in association with a probability based predictive modelling to help the patient understand the potential changes before treatment

He further explained that they have tried to develop a system which uses two overlaid images, and by their comparison, a single image is created which accurately evaluates and models the possible changes which would occur after the treatment. He and his team felt the need for this system because of the deceiving nature of the 2D photos used to predict the cosmetic effects.

Any system helping people decide better is cool, but a system developed by a Pakistani developer is even more scintillating. Jokes apart, the system developed by Dr. Afaq and his fellows is a great step towards the development of cosmetic procedures. We wish him best of luck for all his future endeavors.