Face corsets, made by artist Paddy Hartley, are designed to simulate the effects of cosmetic surgery.

In addition to exploring people’s obsessions with beauty, the corsets are helping surgeons treat patients disfigured by things such as burns.



Paddy Hartley has been working with material scientist Dr Ian Thompson from King’s College London to adapt the corsets into facial dressings.



The dressings are designed to protect and support the face, for example during the recovery period after surgery or skin grafting.



Dr Thompson hopes to get approval from the relevant regulatory agencies to add a thin layer of very fine glass powder to the inside of the dressings which he believes would aid healing.



The powder contains sodium, phosphorous and calcium particles that stimulate cells to grow and tissues to heal, as well as having antibacterial properties.



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