A new facial tattooing technology has the potential to transform the face in a way that no other facial enhancement has been able to do before.
The new technology uses a highly complex blend of collagen and other pigments to create a highly pigmented skin that can mimic the appearance of a real-life face.
Its so-called “beauty inject” technology, developed by Melbourne University researchers and developed by Australian skin and hair scientist Dr David Waring, has been trialled in patients who have had at least one cosmetic surgery, and is now being tested in cosmetic surgeons and tattoo artists.
Key points:The technology has been used in cosmetic surgery and tattooing but it is the first time it has been applied to a real personIt uses a complex blend with collagen and pigments in a complex process that involves injecting a thin layer of skin into the eye, lips and cheekbone to inject a natural pigmented layerThe technology is a new type of facial enhancement and uses a combination of collagen pigments and pigmentation from skin cellsDr Waring said it would be a new form of treatment for people who already had facial skin injections, but it would provide the ability to make a real difference to the appearance and function of their skin.
“It could change the way people look, the way they feel, the skin texture they can feel on their face,” he said.
“We are really excited to be able to take this technology to a wider range of people.”
The technology, known as beauty inject, has also been trialed in cosmetic tattooing and skin retouchers, and Dr Waring says it is currently in clinical trials for facial enhancement.
He said the technology was being used in tattooing, in the same way that cosmetic surgery was.
“What we have done in cosmetic tattoos is a very precise injection into the skin that will allow a person to change their appearance and it will allow them to change the appearance they can achieve,” Dr Washing said.
“But the beauty inject will also have the potential of being used for other things, because we are trying to do the same thing, but with a new technique.”‘
Real-life’ faceWith a face like a real human, the beauty injection could be a very effective treatment for facial problems, like acne and scars, Dr Wasing said.
The research has been funded by the Australian Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Australian Science Foundation.
The beauty inject technology is currently being trialled by cosmetic surgeons, skin retOUchers and tattooists.
“This technology is not just for cosmetic surgeons,” Dr David said.
“It could be applied to other cosmetic areas such as the neck and upper lip, where we have already found a lot of success in using this technology in those areas.”
The beauty injection technology has already been used by dermatologists, surgeons, and tattoo experts to treat skin problems and is already being applied to many of our existing cosmetic procedures.
“So this technology has a long history of being applied successfully to skin problems, and there is a lot more work to be done to apply it to other areas.”
He said it could also be applied as an eye treatment or as a skin-softening treatment, and would likely be used in the near future for facial injections.
“People could apply it for eye surgery, or to make facial tattoos, or in other areas where it is a natural way of creating a real face.”
If this technology can be used for cosmetic surgery or in cosmetic treatments to make real-world changes in the skin, that’s a really exciting time,” Dr Dave said.