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Software simulates plastic surgery

U of T professor Parham Aarabi wants to rearrange your face – but he’s no bully. The computer-engineering researcher has pioneered web-based software that uses facial-recognition algorithms to simulate plastic surgery. Want to see what you’d look like with Angelina Jolie’s lips? Just upload your photo to the website, and within a few seconds the software transforms your image.“A lot of people are interested in trying different hairstyles, or a different eyebrow shape,” he says.

By moving the software online and making it easy to use, Aarabi hopes that it will allow some people to satisfy their curiosity without an expensive trip to the surgeon. And, for those who are interested in more than a virtual procedure: a new version of the software has recently become available to plastic surgeons.To try your own digital facelift, visit

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